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Old 04-26-2008, 02:56 PM   #1
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I'm sure this is a common problem with Meridian/ Journey owners as well as anyone else with an unusually low hitch. I had this made a year ago and got lazy installing it until I started dragging my Sterling on the ground

I had this adapter custom made because I didn't really like the way the off-the-shelf drop/ raise hitches looked, and they really stuck out. It turns out that the way the Meridian hitch is built allowed me to have this cute little 'Z' adapter sparked up that fits really nicely on top of the receiver and not stick out like a sore thumb. This one has 1/4" clearance to the body above. Don't know why I took so long. They're hard to see, but I also had Grade-8 fine thread nuts welded on each receiver and cranked them both tight with locknuts as anti-clanks.


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I'm sure this is a common problem with Meridian/ Journey owners as well as anyone else with an unusually low hitch. I had this made a year ago and got lazy installing it until I started dragging my Sterling on the ground

I had this adapter custom made because I didn't really like the way the off-the-shelf drop/ raise hitches looked, and they really stuck out. It turns out that the way the Meridian hitch is built allowed me to have this cute little 'Z' adapter sparked up that fits really nicely on top of the receiver and not stick out like a sore thumb. This one has 1/4" clearance to the body above. Don't know why I took so long. They're hard to see, but I also had Grade-8 fine thread nuts welded on each receiver and cranked them both tight with locknuts as anti-clanks.


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Old 04-26-2008, 03:00 PM   #3
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Nice job Jeff. What do you tow that needs to be so much higher?
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Old 04-26-2008, 03:03 PM   #4
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Nice job Jeff. Looks very hefty. I am curious though....what are you towing that you need this? I tow a Chevy Tracker 4x4 which sits pretty high and have never been close to the ground. Looks great though.
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Old 04-26-2008, 03:15 PM   #5
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Jeff,

It looks great, just make sure that your Sterling tow bar is level when attached to the car. It needs to be within 4 inches of being level.
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Old 04-26-2008, 03:21 PM   #6
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We pull a CRV that WAS a problem until I realized that I could reverse the plates on the vehicle, and Roadmaster blessed it. The motivation here was that I kept dragging the towbar leaving gas stations, and one or two corners up by the house. I had it in for service and the dealer again caught it and destroyed the safety cables (that they cheerfully replaced). So this gets things up & out of the way. It's now also much closer to "average" height as I walk around the storage facility and inspect others.

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Old 04-26-2008, 08:02 PM   #7
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Hey Jeff, well done and that's exactly what I need because I tow the Colorado 4X4 that sits up higher. Local welder?
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Old 04-26-2008, 08:46 PM   #8
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Accurate Welding & Hitch in Santa Clarita.
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Thanks Jeff, I trust my welding only to a certain point.
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Jeff, would you mind telling me what you paid for your Z Drop Hitch? I like it and need one for my new Toad.

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Old 05-24-2008, 12:05 AM   #11
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I gave em' $150 to do it. It's expensive but what are you gonna do? It was all custom cut with customer supervision up to the tac-welds.
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Old 05-24-2008, 01:58 PM   #12
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I like it. Technical supervision always drives the price up.

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