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Old 08-13-2017, 04:46 PM   #15
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I knew I would get worthwhile input from this site. I am a novice at this, but my conclusion is that before going to the sway bar I need to decide about the benefit, or not, of WD. Given my truck and trailer combination WD does not seem totally necessary, but it probably can't hurt; yes?
Take my advice (FWIW) and just do it. Many types of WD hitch systems have sway control built in, others need a separate friction bar.... but get a WD hitch.
You have a really large trailer with significant hitch weight. Go with WD.

Wanna really start a war? 😱 Ask this forum for pro's & cons of the various hitch systems. Then sit back & enjoy the fireworks 😂 As for me I don't have experience with them all so I can't really say which one. But they all seem to work. Maybe consider ease of setup if that's important to you.
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Old 08-13-2017, 04:50 PM   #16
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-- snip -- yes?
Yes, as suggested above, do your research. Lots of threads on hitches. Pat

"Sway bars" is likely not a correct designation. A tow vehicle will have sway bars - a bar that connects left and right suspension to limit body lean. You may need to upgrade them, but what you are likely asking about and what the above responses are intended to address are weight distribution hitches. These hitches use spring bars to transfer weight to the front axle to retain the ability to steer and maintain stability. Sway control is achieved in several different methods. Understanding what works best for your rig is your research assignment. Have fun. Pat
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Old 08-13-2017, 06:22 PM   #17
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Sway bars are part of the hitch assembly separate from the WD part on some hitches such as some Reese and easlift. Thay are attached to the a frame and the hitch head with small,hitch balls. I towed exclusively on the ball only with two sway control devices. Occasionally using an eazlift adjusted for little or no WD also with the same two sway control bars. No WD...I towed with a oneton truck. Don't try that with your bimmer.
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Old 08-13-2017, 07:38 PM   #18
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AS - don't take that bet. Pat
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Old 08-13-2017, 08:51 PM   #19
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I'm not about to tell you what wd brand to get, as mentioned, it's like politics or religion here. But, I will tell you that the difference is very noticeable in a very positive way. The good thing is that even entry level systems at +/- $500 show that difference. I'm probably starting a war here by saying that, but it's true.

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Old 08-14-2017, 08:06 AM   #20
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Well, there are multiple things called "sway bars". One reference is to the anti-sway bars that are (or are not) part of a vehicle's suspension. You can have them on either the front or the rear suspension. They come in various sizes and are a surprising omission on various vehicles. Because they get "left out" by the factory, it's not uncommon to install (or upgrade) them as an after market item.

On some versions of hitch, you can get a friction gizmo to damp out sway. That anti-sway device is very dependent on the type of hitch you get. They are very uncommon without a WD hitch.

So, which one are we talking about ...

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It's not a matter of whether you can tow it -- it's how much weight you take off the front (steering) axle. I wouldn't recommend towing a trailer that large without WD.
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I do have a tendency to latch onto a word ....

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When I hear "sway bar" I think of a link that prevents the axle from moving sideways on leaf springs. One side is attached to the frame and the other end to the axle. Very helpful in crosswinds.
But everyone veered into WD hitches, so I'm probably overthinking this.
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When I hear "sway bar" I think of a link that prevents the axle from moving sideways on leaf springs.
Good thought - what you describe is a panhard rod and it has some other names. Basically it is as you describe, a link/strut that positions an axle so it does not move from side to side. Most prevalent on coil spring solid axle vehicles as the coils have little lateral resistance. Actually it does allow movement as the link is shorter or longer when the the axle goes up and down. Limited value on heavy stiff leaf springs. Not required on independent suspension designs.

AS nailed it in post 17.

Sway Bar should likely be referenced as a Sway Control Strut. It is a sliding assembly with a disk brake style pad and a screw assembly to push it against a friction surface. Look up "Sway Control " "Unit, Kit, or assembly" on Google.

Here is an example. http://sinisterdiesel.com/i-24087479...SABEgKJlvD_BwE

If that is not what the OP had in mind, we are both over thinking it, but I hope not. Pat
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When I hear "sway bar" I think of a link that prevents the axle from moving sideways on leaf springs. One side is attached to the frame and the other end to the axle. Very helpful in crosswinds.
But everyone veered into WD hitches, so I'm probably overthinking this.
LOL! When I heard "sway bars"I was thinking about an new type of drinking establishment, like disco bars, sports bars, etc.
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LOL! When I heard "sway bars"I was thinking about an new type of drinking establishment, like disco bars, sports bars, etc.
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I'll admit, *that's* an interpretation that did not occur to me

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Any bar, given sufficient alcohol consumption, is potentially a "sway bar"......🤢
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