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Old 03-11-2011, 06:19 AM   #15
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When all said and done make sure everything fits together very tight. When I need to adjust mine it takes a little persuasion from a hammer. I hardly left enough room for paint - there is no slop in this connection.
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Old 03-11-2011, 12:19 PM   #16
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I wish I could make the Arrow adjustable bars cost effectively but it just isn't the case.

What Mark is doing, And Crispy already did, is probably the best option.

If "they" would make their hitch boxes better it wouldn't be such a problem.

Compare the two and you'll see why a 3P bar can't fit in the Arrow.

Also, as a side note, Arrow owners should check the warping/bending of the top edge of the box as shown in the Arrow box on the left. It affects weight distribution because it will not engage the hitch bar properly.
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Old 03-11-2011, 01:56 PM   #17
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If I was buying new I would. But I have to make do with with what I have for now.
Oops, sorry - good point...
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Old 03-11-2011, 02:33 PM   #18
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I seem to remember that at one point, Sean at PP was offering an adjustable height hitch bar that would work with the HAHA.

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Old 03-16-2011, 08:46 PM   #19
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I got this in the mail from Pro-Pride.
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Old 03-16-2011, 08:50 PM   #20
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And now I have this. If I didn't already have the drop bar, I would have just copied the PP stinger. I still have some work to do on it. Its to tight, I'll have to take some off of the sides. And Then I'll paint. In the pic I have it set up for around 5". That should be closer to what I need.
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Old 03-16-2011, 09:09 PM   #21
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For those interested. I cut the original stinger with a band saw. Took the parts from PP to where I use to work and gave a welder a box of girl scout cookies. He welded everything up for me and now I just need to clean everything up and paint. Only problem is it's to tight right now. I had to hammer it in there. I'll have to hit it lightly with a grinder.

Its really not difficult, even if you had to pay a welder, it would be cheaper than having multiple stinger's.
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I got it painted up and its ready to go. The modified hitch is about 2-1/2" longer than original.
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Well it didn't take long to need a new drop bar. I bought another truck and Ive gone from a 2" to 5" and now I'm at 7" of drop. I can go more, but much more and I think I would start looking at a different hitch system.
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Old 06-10-2011, 02:03 PM   #24
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Looks like you took the same route I did - works pretty slick doesn't it!
I notice your tow vehicle is a Dodge in the pictures. The 4x4 trucks have about 1.25" of spacers you can take out of the rear springs. I'm not sure if the 2wd have these spacers. I removed them from my truck and it sits much more level now - got rid of some of the rake.
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Looks like you took the same route I did - works pretty slick doesn't it!
I notice your tow vehicle is a Dodge in the pictures. The 4x4 trucks have about 1.25" of spacers you can take out of the rear springs. I'm not sure if the 2wd have these spacers. I removed them from my truck and it sits much more level now - got rid of some of the rake.
Mines a 4x4 and its actually been lifted slightly. 2" in the front or leveled. And I see where its got a 1" or so block under the rear springs. I'm just to lazy to remove them now, maybe later.
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I wonder why Hensley are so reluctant to provide such a design? Maybe the money to be made on selling stingers of different heights - although they do offer free exchange to original owners such as myself. Maybe they make $$ on shipping costs charged?

I did question one of their tech people on this point once and the only answer I got was that they had looked at it and concluded that it was not the way to go. No further detail offered - I should have asked - must be too polite!

I had to swap mine when I moved from our Sierra 1500 to 2500HD.

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Old 06-15-2011, 07:22 AM   #27
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DMCummins - I took the spacers out of the rear springs because I wanted the truck to ride more level, sit lower and I can put it in the garage with the cap on the back. I would lower the whole truck 4 inches if I could. I miss my old Jeep pickup.

I posed the question to Hensley and the answer was that there would be potential for side to side movement in the setup. I think it is more of a profit issue and I can't blame them for wanting to make a buck. Sometimes you just have to get creative.
I would be real surprised if there was any side to side movement as it takes quite a bit of effort and a small sledge hammer to make the stinger elevation adjustment.
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Well I just got back from a 700 mile trip with my new setup. I ended up dropping the stinger down to about 8", with this I was able to put a little more weight on the front axel and keep the trailer pretty level. I have 1000lbs bars if that makes any difference.

Everything worked great. No sway as expected, trailer tracked very true, everything stayed tight and true. Truck is a big improvement as expected going from a 1/2 to to 3/4 ton diesel.

Only concern was when I was filling up with water. Experience a very large bang from the hitch area. I guess the trailer rolled forward and the hitch pivoted and clanged. I checked everything back there and everything was still tight. I didn't have the brakes on at the time, I was just getting ready to move. It never happened again but it was loud. I have heard of the bump, but this was more of a bang.

And I got 13.9 mpg hand calculated. I was running around 65 most of the way, St. Louis to the Indiana Dunes, very flat. I'm happy with that. And my bias ply China bomb's did not explode.
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