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Old 10-27-2014, 01:26 PM   #15
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hi Jim, it still porpoises a good bit ,and the back end is on the low side .good to the equil- I- zer hitch instructions; but still lower than what looks right . think that 500 pound difference front to rear is to big ?
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Old 10-27-2014, 07:51 PM   #16
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hi Jim, it still porpoises a good bit ,and the back end is on the low side .good to the equil- I- zer hitch instructions; but still lower than what looks right . think that 500 pound difference front to rear is to big ?

Yes on the 500 lbs being too big. The nasty ride and the low rear should be resolved in order to get you more safe and comfortable. Keep transferring weight to the front axel until the rear wheel well height is only .5 inch lower(max) than the front and then go to the scales again. You will know you have it right by how well it will handle when it is set correctly. I was using a Reese Dual Cam on my 2003 Jeep and even though the Safari had a much higher TW than your setup, I never experienced any negative performance issues. ( other than lousy fuel economy) good luck. Jim


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Here is the 2003 & the GT. The Jeep is about .5 inch low at the back. Both Jeep and GT loaded for extended trip. Jim


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Old 10-29-2014, 05:01 AM   #18
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wow ! we could be twins !Almost ,same grand Cherokee ,silver of course ,ha! wish I could figure how to up load photos from my ipad .anyways really nice rig !!
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You do need more weight on the front wheels, the front should be about 1/2" lower with the trailer on than it is without.

I think what you will find is that you can adjust the torsion bars to transfer more weight to the front wheels but as soon as you drive through a dip somewhere you will wind up twisting the receiver and be back where you started.

The problem with the Equalizer brand hitch is that the torsion bars are not tapered so they have very little range of motion. If you stay out of deep dips or remove the torsion bars before driving through them it will be fine.

Your springs are likely fine, good shocks make a dramatic difference, you can also sometimes improve your tire size.

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Wanted to return to this old thread to follow up for anybody else using a similar setup . Best thing i did was a trip to cat scale , then shifted weight to front axle off the back .just a couple of washers on the equalizer did it . New shocks ( bilstiens) smoothed out the rest !
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