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Old 12-28-2008, 03:44 PM   #1
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I'm going to try piggy-backing on this thread, rather than start a new one.
I just got a Gorilla Lock for the coupler, but I see that it wasn't designed for my '72's coupler design, because of a large, rolled lip, or flange, all around the socket area of the coupler. The lock has only a rather narrow slot for the coupler flange, and it would have to be just a flat one, not rolled up. So: what to do. Get a different kind of lock? or, would it be advisable to remove that part of the rolled-flange (with hacksaw, grinder, torch, etc.) so the Gorilla works? Is the entire folled-flange necessary for coupler strength? Not too much would have to come off, maybe 2 or so inches from the front. Here's a pic of the lock, showing the slot that slips over the coupler flange. Thanks- tim
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Old 12-28-2008, 04:40 PM   #2
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I have a similar situation to yours ... after thinking about it for a bit, I think I'll "split" the part that goes over the flange, with a plasma cutter or metal cutting bandsaw, and then just weld it back together with a spacer in place - all in order to make the "gap" for the lip larger. Shouldn't take too much work. That's at least cheaper than throwing away the lock and buying one with the "correct" opening.
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Old 12-28-2008, 05:02 PM   #3
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Any cutting on the hitch ball lip will weaken it-no mods. there.
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I'm going to try piggy-backing on this thread, rather than start a new one.
I just got a Gorilla Lock for the coupler, but I see that it wasn't designed for my '72's coupler design, because of a large, rolled lip, or flange, all around the socket area of the coupler. The lock has only a rather narrow slot for the coupler flange, and it would have to be just a flat one, not rolled up. So: what to do. Get a different kind of lock? or, would it be advisable to remove that part of the rolled-flange (with hacksaw, grinder, torch, etc.) so the Gorilla works? Is the entire folled-flange necessary for coupler strength? Not too much would have to come off, maybe 2 or so inches from the front. Here's a pic of the lock, showing the slot that slips over the coupler flange. Thanks- tim

Do Not Cut Your Coupler Flange! The rolled lip provides a substantioal strength increase. Get a different type of lock. There are others on the market.
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Old 12-29-2008, 08:22 AM   #5
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Thanks all, for the advice. I will take it, and send the Gorilla back, and look for a different kind of coupler lock. -tim
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