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Old 05-06-2015, 05:04 PM   #1
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"Bolt On" vs. "Clamp On" Brackets

I've narrowed down my search for Weight Distribution, but I have to decide if I want a "clamp on" bracket or a "bolt on" bracket.

Since I'm a newbie on this subject, I want to hear if there are any major considerations I should think about.

The "Clamp on" makes sense from a multi-use standpoint, but it also seems like it puts a lot of trust into a couple of tightened bolts. Has anyone ever lost a bracket while on the road?
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The brackets that came with my Curt WD system work just fine and I wouldn't worry about losing them. My brackets slip over the top of the tongue and are held in place by one bolt each. Especially when the bars are doing what they do, significant downward pressure is put on those brackets. If anything is happening to make those loosen up, you have bigger, more pressing problems to deal with.

http://www.curtmfg.com/part/17063

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I've narrowed down my search for Weight Distribution, but I have to decide if I want a "clamp on" bracket or a "bolt on" bracket.

Since I'm a newbie on this subject, I want to hear if there are any major considerations I should think about.

The "Clamp on" makes sense from a multi-use standpoint, but it also seems like it puts a lot of trust into a couple of tightened bolts. Has anyone ever lost a bracket while on the road?

Not on the road but I did have a Blue Ox clamp on bracket fly off and hit the side of my head while releasing a bar. I made the mistake of trusting the work done at a dealership. I should of double checked the brackets for proper install. Lesson learned the hard and painful way.
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