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Old 09-09-2013, 07:24 PM   #239
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Hi, I drilled a second hole in my "L" pins and installed a roll pin in it; This helps hold this pin in place so it won't flop around and get bent or bind on the spring bars.
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I just straightened the crooked L brackets and link plates.
One L bracket was loose.
I can't say for certain if the installer torqued the nuts, but they are all at 70 ft. lbs. now.
It took 10-11 months to get loose the first time. Maybe it will stay in place this time. Maybe I will have to check/tighten periodically.
Has anyone had experience with bracket jackets or the new pins with thumb latches? I am considering ordering one or the other, but the bracket jackets and new pins won't work together.
Now, that's more like it.
Hi, my pictures on post number 29 show that I modified my "L" pins and use them with my bracket jackets.
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Old 09-09-2013, 07:29 PM   #240
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I might get new pins at the hitch head because the cotter key doesn't have enough sticking out to grab it by.
I think the bracket jackets just make it more quiet.
It is already less noisy than some hitches.
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:17 PM   #241
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I had this problem as well; I tried 3 fixes:

1. sway bracket jackets
2. bolt and 2" long spacer in the bottom link plate holes
3. a shim between the bottom of the frame and the lower bolt
Oh yea, 4 fixes. I forgot to add
4. Bob's roll pin solution on the L-pins. Stopped the bending of the L-pins completely, and at least reduced the amount of link plate slippage from the L-pins grabbing onto the spring bar and pushing the link plate around.
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Old 11-06-2013, 04:50 PM   #242
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I got the new pins for the weight bars.
I also sprayed the mechanism with silicone. Maybe that will quiet it down some- a little less of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald going on there-
I guess I should torque the bolts to 45 ft. lbs. One side is stiffer than the other side.
I want to get the new L-pins with the flip over latch, then drill holes and use the current cotter keys to keep the L-pins standing straight.
I also want to get the nylon bracket jackets.
Is there a lube I can put on the ball itself that won't get my clothes all dirty?
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Old 11-06-2013, 07:22 PM   #243
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Is there a lube I can put on the ball itself that won't get my clothes all dirty?
Grease is greaseódirt sticks to it as you drive down the road to make it worse. You could wear a moon suit or an apron, or better yet, train your wife to do it. Women seem not to be able to get dirty.

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Old 11-06-2013, 08:19 PM   #244
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I guess I'll just listen to it squeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaal!
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Old 11-07-2013, 07:12 AM   #245
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I guess I'll just listen to it squeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaal!
Ha!

I got the bracket Jackets and the new L pins.

All that Squaaaaallering & grinding is essentially gone now. It's made a huge difference. My wife & I don't cringe anymore when we are driving through the campground at low speed. We can even make a quiet early morning getaway.

(The new pins with the fold over retainer pin are officially not compatible with the Bracket Jackets, but I drilled holes in the distal end of the pins to accept a clip and they sit very well without seating too low in the square hole.)


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Old 11-07-2013, 07:39 AM   #246
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My new equal-i-zer squealed and moaned something terrible, but I figured based on what I read that was normal. After the first couple trips I noticed the bolts holding the two weight bar receivers were a little loose. I decided to strip the whole head apart and clean and degrease. Turns out the factory didn't grease all that much to begin with and there was visible wear. after regreasing and torquing everything proper my hitch is totally silent. The L brackets are factory supplied with no lube or pads. They are silent too. I have the 1200 bars and use 6 washers.
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Old 11-08-2013, 11:09 AM   #247
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Equalizer told me new style bracket jackets are due any week now to will work with the new spring clip bracket pins.

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Old 11-12-2013, 02:52 PM   #248
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Our solution to the noises is to close the truck windows. That does a great job of silencing the noise.

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Old 11-12-2013, 02:55 PM   #249
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Our solution to the noises is to close the truck windows. That does a great job of silencing the noise.

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AND turn up the radidio.....ROCK and ROLL!
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Ha!

I got the bracket Jackets and the new L pins.

All that Squaaaaallering & grinding is essentially gone now. It's made a huge difference. My wife & I don't cringe anymore when we are driving through the campground at low speed. We can even make a quiet early morning getaway.

(The new pins with the fold over retainer pin are officially not compatible with the Bracket Jackets, but I drilled holes in the distal end of the pins to accept a clip and they sit very well without seating too low in the square hole.)


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Hi evan, will you post a picture of your L pins with the clip?
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Old 11-15-2013, 07:13 AM   #251
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Hi Roger,

My rig is in storage right now & I won't be near it for a few weeks. -Sorry -

I will try to remember and take a pic of the setup when I'm up there next time.

I could draw you a diagram of how it works, if that would help.

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evan, no hurry, my Argosy is on blocks, not going out soon. I and others may want to see what you describe, a pic or diagram would be helpful.
Thank you, Roger
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