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Old 08-11-2016, 11:27 AM   #1
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Drilling the shank

Sofigured out my old equilizer hitch shank was to high .new one is on order. Wondering if i can choke it up by drilling a new hole like can am does on thier setups . Mostly wondering how far in i can push it with out lossing turning clearance .have a 2012 jeep grand cherokee and a 20 ft flying cloud .
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I think you can do it with a compass and a piece of graph paper, unless you have Autocad or some other drafting program.

Or make mockups with cardboard, tracing your rear bumper and the front of the Flying Cloud.

I choked mine up a close as possible, but I have a Tahoe and a Tradewind. I was able to gain about 3 inches.

Be careful drilling the new hole. I wouldn't try it freehand. A large sturdy drill press and careful setup will insure perfect results.
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Old 08-11-2016, 01:13 PM   #3
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How could you compare the results ,do you think it helped ? No worries on actually making the hole im a aerospace machinist/toolmaker . Can do it at work on coffee break
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Unless you have a substantial drill press, for what it would cost - shouldn't be much - I'd be inclined to take it to a local machine shop to drill.


I have a floor mounted drill press, but even so, if I were doing it I would be inclined to go to a machine shop for a job that size.

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... snip... I choked mine up a close as possible .... snip... I was able to gain about 3 inches ...snip...
Did it help with weight transfer?
Did it change the way the trailer feels as you tow?

I'm thinking of doing the same thing.
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Did it help with weight transfer?
Did it change the way the trailer feels as you tow?

I'm thinking of doing the same thing.
Hard to say how big a difference it made as I didn't make any long trips before I did the drilling. I recall it was a little squirrely before and less afterwards, but I was making other changes in the setup at the same time.

I would do it again.

Regarding taking to a machine shop - I have a large floor drill press and I have as much confidence in my skill as I do the local machine shop.
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Picked up the new shank last night ,and sized it up . With the shank all the way into to the receiver ,bottomed out against the back ,ill pickup about 2 -3 inches. The gusset almost touches the receiver. It looks right ,but to be safe will test hookup the trailer to be sure I'm not losing clearance anywhere . My gut feeling is with the shank bottomed out ,it will add rigidity .
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