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Old 07-09-2019, 12:23 PM   #57
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Weight lifting keeps you young



The 2.5 shank is the best fix.


Someone once told me I looked like a weightlifter and asked me if I lifted weights. I replied - yes, every time I stand up (ba DUM dum!). Im here all week....

Yeah - it keeps me young while reminding me how old my back feels

It is a good fit though. I had read several threads about the pros and cons of the reducer sleeve and went with the larger stinger. Had I thought about the caulking solution then...... oh well. I think its also good advice. Lots of options!
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Old 07-09-2019, 01:14 PM   #58
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The over size shank adds $ 2,000.00 to the price.
According to the PP website there should be ~$50 difference, with tax etc.

The entire 2.5" adjustable stinger assembly purchased separately is $325.
https://store.propridehitch.com/prop...-2-5-receiver/

The 2" is $285.
https://store.propridehitch.com/prop...ble-hitch-bar/
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Old 07-09-2019, 03:09 PM   #59
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Just 4 drops to spot weld! Easy to remove, but holds tight.
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Old 07-10-2019, 09:47 AM   #60
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Weight lifting keeps you young

The 2.5 shank is the best fix.
I lift my 80 lbs Generator for that .
Puny weight 2.5" shank wouldn't work for me. I would need one for each arm :-)..
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Old 07-10-2019, 09:52 AM   #61
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Just 4 drops to spot weld! Easy to remove, but holds tight.
That's to simple for the " lets see how complicated we can make this " just to sound smart and sophisticated.
In 20 years I never needed a 2.5" receiver so at 75 I highly doubt I will ever need one.
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Old 07-10-2019, 05:10 PM   #62
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My pin hole was wallowing out a little so I bought a new adapter sleeve. The one that came with the truck was only 4 inches long so I got a longer one. I am a poor welder, but I welded the sleeve in and it has held for two years now. I tow a lot of things and have bike racks. They are all 2 inch.
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Old 07-10-2019, 05:55 PM   #63
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As suggested by others I would also buy a properly sized 2.5" stinger rather than try to jury rig something. Yes it's heavier, but I think it's a better solution than welding a sleeve in place. Just my $.02. As an aside, I do use a sleeve because the largest shank I could get with the Equalizer hitch was 2.5" and my diesel F250 has a 3" receiver. Fortunately the Ford 2.5" adaptor is flanged so it slides into place snugly at the perfect depth for easy alignment of the hitch pin.
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Old 07-11-2019, 02:56 PM   #64
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When I picked up the AS from the dealer he only had 2" shank for the Blue Ox and had to order the 2.5-inch shank. With the sleeve and the 2" there was way more slop then I wanted to deal with. I used it twice to get to a local campground and to tow back to get the 2.5 inches installed. I do agree that using the sleeve in 2.5-inch hitch will allow it to wallowed out not only the pin but the hitch also.





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Do not weld. Even a spot or tack.

Do not use the sleeve for long. It will make our pin hole get wallowed out. You will also Bend the hitch pin and get it stuck.

Buy a new stinger that is the right size. 2 1/2 stingers are becoming very common.
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Something I forgot to mention in my earlier post, and this is in response to some folks that have said they liked the glue idea and could alter it in the field.

I towed for a couple years with the factory adapter sleeve. When I decided to replace and weld the adapter, the old one would move in and out only the distance of the slop in the pin hole.

It was an hour long job under the truck with wrecking bars, steel pins and sledge hammer to get the sleeve all the way out. The wear around the pin had produced a lip that would not easily slide out.

If I had welded the sleeve in when the truck was new, the double thickness wall may have prevented the pin from wallowing out the pin hole, I don't know.
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Old 07-13-2019, 08:11 AM   #66
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Something I forgot to mention in my earlier post, and this is in response to some folks that have said they liked the glue idea and could alter it in the field.

I towed for a couple years with the factory adapter sleeve. When I decided to replace and weld the adapter, the old one would move in and out only the distance of the slop in the pin hole.

It was an hour long job under the truck with wrecking bars, steel pins and sledge hammer to get the sleeve all the way out. The wear around the pin had produced a lip that would not easily slide out.

If I had welded the sleeve in when the truck was new, the double thickness wall may have prevented the pin from wallowing out the pin hole, I don't know.
One reason I did weld mine. That was 2 years ago it is solid without any issues no slop in the pinhole and what I like the best there is a lot less slop between the shank as well with the sleeve .
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Depending on your type of hitch, you can get a new 2.5 in. Shank for $ 80 to $120
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