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Old 08-05-2015, 08:29 PM   #729
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I don't know about the one above, but this socket definitly works.

Powerbuilt 643216 3/4-Inch Drive 12 Point 1-7/8-Inch Socket - - Amazon.com

I paired it with this breaker bar.

TEKTON 15207 3/4-Inch Drive x 24-Inch Breaker Bar - - Amazon.com

Inserted the hitch sideways into the receiver, then stood and jumped on the breaker bar. I weight about 170 lbs. At two feet that's 340 lbs of torque. Bouncing up and down a little more. So far the ball in on real tight and has not moved.
Just to follow up on this, I ordered these exact items and they worked like a charm. Thanks again.
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Old 08-05-2015, 09:20 PM   #730
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32 inches from center of ball to center of L bracket max distance per install instructions

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Thanks subfan1, I will be checking the distance on mine tomorrow. I think they are at 32 but I couldn't remember the exact number. I wouldn't take a plugged nickel for my Equalizer
I used it for 7 years on my previous trailer and it works like a champ on the AS.
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Old 08-05-2015, 11:36 PM   #731
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Maybe you took a really sharp turn someplace and cause the ball to slide so far forward it fell off the bracket.
I meant to say bar sliding off the L bracket.

Take a look at your bars to see the wear marks. There ought to be at least an inch or two of unworn bar at the end. Thats the way mine look. If there's wear very close to the end then move your L brackets closer to the hitch.
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Old 08-06-2015, 01:08 PM   #732
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That's where mine is sitting, 32". I took a sharp right turn but it's the right one that came out. Maybe right at the gas pump, the last left turn I made. It must be close and a real sharp turn must have allowed it to come out. I'll have to try a sharp turn in a parking lot and see how far the bar comes to the retainer.
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Old 08-11-2015, 06:27 PM   #733
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Bent L Pins

I've been looking through the thread but it is very long. Is it normal for the L pins to be distorted or bent? I see equalizer sells spares. Is this in case you loose one or do they need to be replaced if they bend a bit?
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Old 08-11-2015, 07:38 PM   #734
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I have not experienced any bending.

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Old 08-11-2015, 07:57 PM   #735
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I've been looking through the thread but it is very long. Is it normal for the L pins to be distorted or bent? I see equalizer sells spares. Is this in case you loose one or do they need to be replaced if they bend a bit?
It never hurts to have spares. I already had a bunch of spare parts from the PO, but I got the new pins (both ends) that have a built in clip; really nice and much easier to use. Now I have 2 sets of backup pins

The pins on the L bracket have a slight bend in the metal from where it was bent to make the "L" shape. Maybe that's what you're talking about? I don't see how you could bend or warp one of those, the spring arm pressure is mostly down. There is some pressure, side to side, on turns, no where near enough to bend a pin unless maybe in an accident.
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Old 08-11-2015, 11:25 PM   #736
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I recently noticed that my L pins have some noticeable wear from the bar.
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Old 08-12-2015, 05:46 AM   #737
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Get new L-pins every 2-3 years.
I got the new style with the flip over latch.
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Old 08-12-2015, 06:06 AM   #738
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Hi, going on 11 years and still using the original "L" pins, with my roll pin modification. The early "L" pins were black, and crudely bent. They looked like they were made by a black smith instead of machine bent. Sometimes people think that the original "L" pins have bent, but they haven't, they just look that way.
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No bending here, but we did buy an extra set of those and the cotter pins that hold the WD bars into the hitch head. We had visions of stranding ourselves by dropping a pin and being unable to find it. So, the extra set was cheap insurance.
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Hi, going on 11 years and still using the original "L" pins, with my roll pin modification. The early "L" pins were black, and crudely bent. They looked like they were made by a black smith instead of machine bent. Sometimes people think that the original "L" pins have bent, but they haven't, they just look that way.
The pins take away the slop and play, which takes away the wear- good idea-
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Bent L pins

Here's a photo of one of my pins.Click image for larger version

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Mine show a little wear, but no bending.


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