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Old 06-17-2015, 06:07 PM   #15
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You ain't gotta use their grease necessarily- I use regular ole red wheel bearing grease in the round cardboard container from Advance Auto Parts.
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Old 06-17-2015, 07:09 PM   #16
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Old 06-17-2015, 07:09 PM   #17
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Yeah, grease is grease I guess. Love it when it gets on my clothes.


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Old 06-17-2015, 08:29 PM   #18
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Awe shucks, man! That's just "trailer pants". Wear the same ones over and over to keep from ruining another pair.
Actually, with time, you learn to couple/uncouple or simply walk by the thing without getting dirty.
I uncoupled in my "Sunday-go-to-meetin'-clothes" and didn't get the "trailer pants".


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Old 06-18-2015, 08:57 AM   #19
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I was afraid of the Blue Ox because of the bent pin (another thread "ever seen this").
My Ford F-250 has 2 1/2" receiver shimmed down to 2". I just ordered a new 2 1/2" Blue Ox shank hoping that removing the shim will take some of the play out of the receiver. The pin hole in the old shank seemed a little sloppy.
Saw the photos of that bent pin. It looked undersized to me and several others. The OP never returned with an explanation or follow up after that was pointed out.
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Old 06-18-2015, 09:26 AM   #20
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Sometimes, slop and play will cause an elongated pin hole or a bent pin.
Stop the slop, stop the elongated pin hole and the bent been plus add more stable and quiet towing.
Some type of anti-rattle device will accomplish this. I purchased mine off Amazon.


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Old 06-19-2015, 09:26 AM   #21
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I think you are right. I ordered the bigger shank and I think removing the 2 1/2 to 2 inch reducer sleeve will reduce much of the play in the hitch
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You might call Dallas driveshaft on Beckly ave. He is not bashful about telling if he can or can't do something he has gotten a lot of experience since Joe hitch has shut down
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Does the 2-1/2" use the 5/8" pin?
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Old 06-21-2015, 05:19 PM   #24
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Does the 2-1/2" use the 5/8" pin?
I upgraded my hitch receiver from Class IV to Class V (2-1/2 square). The pin I ordered with it was 5/8", but longer. I also have the adapter tube (2" to 2-1/2"). The pin I ordered is stainless steel and has the lock on the end.
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Old 06-28-2015, 12:01 AM   #25
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Went with Blue Ox to reduce the shock of towing to both the TV and AS. We get a bit of bounce on the big bumps but otherwise it's smooth and quiet with only the occasional pop on tight turns. Went with 750# bars and believe a bit of adjustment should help when we understand the impact of incremental changes. So much to learn. So much fun in the process.
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Thinking of switching to Blue Ox Sway Pro 1500 from my Equalizer 1000. Maybe the silicone grease I'm using on the Equalizer is not heavy duty enough compared to the bearing grease others are using. I grease mine every weekend trip out and torque the bar sockets down (45 ft/lbs). On my two week trip to Utah the first week it was fine but the last 3 days it made a lot of noise. Guess the silicone doesn't have the staying power. One of my retaining pins on the bar sockets got bent and scarred. I could feel the hitch grinding through the truck when backing up and making slow tight turns the last couple of days.

Figured the Blue Ox doesn't have this limitation of extreme greasing and provide easier adjustments than Equalizer.

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Old 07-01-2015, 01:41 PM   #27
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Get you a regular ole round cardboard tub of red bearing grease from the auto parts store and slather it all over the moving parts of the hitch head.
Noise gone.


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