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Old 09-11-2017, 09:01 AM   #57
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First I've ever heard of 3"
There was a post on a F150 / F250 Thread that had not heard of a 3 Inch receiver, nor a 3 Inch Shank on an Equalizer Hitch.

Find my Thread about Equalizer Slop. This has my first encounter with the 3" shank and the F350 3" receiver.

My 2016 F350 4x4 Diesel has a THREE INCH receiver with a slide in that reduces it to a 2 1/2" to fit the smaller Shanks. This evolved into a Thread I did about Equalizer SLOP because of the '2 1/2" adapter shim' being loose in the receiver. Very loose and not what you would want hammering itself to a pulp while towing.

I purchased a 3" Shank from Equalizer and swapped my 2 1/2" Shank out. It fit snug, but the up and down had some slop. I cut a 12" piece of thin steel, about 3" wide, put a bend on the front of this shim, so I could push it into the receiver, when inserted the shank.

Swaps out easily and it is also shown on the Equalizer website, how to do it.

This was a post, also by mikeinca.
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Ray, I e-mailed Equalizer about the possibility of getting a 3" shank for an F250 receiver and they told me they only offered 2" and 2 1/2". But you say you got a 3" from them? I hope you're right and the person who wrote me is wrong. Before I call them and speak to someone directly might you have a part number or other reference I could use?
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Ray, I e-mailed Equalizer about the possibility of getting a 3" shank for an F250 receiver and they told me they only offered 2" and 2 1/2". But you say you got a 3" from them? I hope you're right and the person who wrote me is wrong. Before I call them and speak to someone directly might you have a part number or other reference I could use?
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I am sorry. I measured and the Tundra was a 2" and the F350 a 2 1/2".

I was thinking the Tundra was 2 1/2" and I added 1/2" for the Ford.

The adapter shim reducing the receiver from 2 1/2" to a 2" shank still is sloppy, and just replacing the shank, or getting a hitch already set up to fit whatever your receiver takes.

Talk about a 'stupid moment'. I turned around the F350 from going to a Breakfast Buffet at a Casino... hoping I could correct his in time. Now... for fresh doughnuts.
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Ray, I e-mailed Equalizer about the possibility of getting a 3" shank for an F250 receiver and they told me they only offered 2" and 2 1/2". But you say you got a 3" from them? I hope you're right and the person who wrote me is wrong. Before I call them and speak to someone directly might you have a part number or other reference I could use?
I had my 2" Sleeve welded to the hitch. It is in there solid and eliminated all movement of the shank. Should I ever need to remove it all I need to do is grind the welds off.
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I am sorry. I measured and the Tundra was a 2" and the F350 a 2 1/2".

I was thinking the Tundra was 2 1/2" and I added 1/2" for the Ford.

The adapter shim reducing the receiver from 2 1/2" to a 2" shank still is sloppy, and just replacing the shank, or getting a hitch already set up to fit whatever your receiver takes.

Talk about a 'stupid moment'. I turned around the F350 from going to a Breakfast Buffet at a Casino... hoping I could correct his in time. Now... for fresh doughnuts.
No worries. Sorry that your breakfast got sidetracked.

The 2017 F250 diesel definitely does come with a 3" reciever as well as 3- to 2 1/2 and 2 1/2 to 2" reduction sleeves. Using both sleeves would be like having Russian nesting dolls back there! I'll figure out something before the AS and truck get here.
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When you buy a new F-250 or 350, it *should* come with a shim to take the 2.5" down to 2". It is worth checking for it when you pick up the truck. In *some* cases it does not seem to be part of the truck as delivered .... I have empirical data ....

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I am sorry. I measured and the Tundra was a 2" and the F350 a 2 1/2".

I was thinking the Tundra was 2 1/2" and I added 1/2" for the Ford.

The adapter shim reducing the receiver from 2 1/2" to a 2" shank still is sloppy, and just replacing the shank, or getting a hitch already set up to fit whatever your receiver takes.

Talk about a 'stupid moment'. I turned around the F350 from going to a Breakfast Buffet at a Casino... hoping I could correct his in time. Now... for fresh doughnuts.
Ray- I have that adapter shim in my new F250 and don't find it sloppy. Maybe tolerances on yours are different, but mine is fine.
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When you buy a new F-250 or 350, it *should* come with a shim to take the 2.5" down to 2". It is worth checking for it when you pick up the truck. In *some* cases it does not seem to be part of the truck as delivered .... I have empirical data ....

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I wondered whether that might be an issue. The marketing literature specifically mentions two adaptor sleeves for the 3" receiver but stuff like that does sometimes go missing and, sadly, many dealers know a lot less about their product than they should. One more thing to stay on top of at delivery time....
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