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Old 11-11-2014, 05:03 PM   #1
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What is everybody using instead of these? I remember seeing some alternatives in a thread somewhere before, but I'll be danged if I can find it again. The Weight Distribution bars are bending the pins so I have to go to something else.

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No, those won't work. The chain lift is supposed to have a solid pin that goes through both sides at once. I would look for some bolts that fit the holes well and have a long enough unthreaded shank to go from side to side. Maybe 4" by 1/4 inch machine bolts.
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I use lynch pins

available at hardware and tractor supply type places.
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Thanks MR, maybe that's what my old brain is trying to remember. I recall some kind of commercially available solution.

I seem to recall in that old tread the debate was actually about the hitch pin on the receiver. Open end up or open end down. Down means road debris can push it out of the slot. Up means that road debris can pull it out of the slot. Yeah, me too.

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Thanks Bill. What you see in picture 2 is how this came from the factory, minus the twisted and mangled pin, of course. The pin is all twisted because the chains roam around while driving. Hard to believe the factory didn't think this thru a little better. This is a Curt 17001 hitch (I think that's the right model number).

The lift is only drilled on the end facing the trailer, so I assume that is how they designed it. Meaning, the pin isn't supposed to go between both sides of the chain lift.

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