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Old 07-03-2010, 08:19 PM   #1
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Question Reese dual-cam sway installation

I just got my Reese round bar WD hitch installed and working. But to add on the dual-cam sway bars, the instructions call for a 17/32" drill bit to mount them to the A-frame, and nobody in town carries one. Since the screw that fits into this hole is self-tapping, it seems to me that size is critical and just using a 1/2" bit and wiggling it around wouldn't be a good idea.

What has everyone else done to mount this thing? Can I just use the 1/2" or do I need to keep looking for that odd-sized drill bit?
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Old 07-03-2010, 08:25 PM   #2
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I just got my Reese round bar WD hitch installed and working. But to add on the dual-cam sway bars, the instructions call for a 17/32" drill bit to mount them to the A-frame, and nobody in town carries one. Since the screw that fits into this hole is self-tapping, it seems to me that size is critical and just using a 1/2" bit and wiggling it around wouldn't be a good idea.

What has everyone else done to mount this thing? Can I just use the 1/2" or do I need to keep looking for that odd-sized drill bit?
You can use the 1/2 inch drill bit, but be careful when you screw the bolts in.

You may have to screw them in part way, and then back them out, and start all over again, so that you don't shear the bolts off.

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Check the instructions again, I drill a 7/16" hole and use a 3/4" socket on an impact wrench to install the brackets.
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Old 07-04-2010, 11:24 AM   #4
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Check the instructions again, I drill a 7/16" hole and use a 3/4" socket on an impact wrench to install the brackets.
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No, the directions are quite explicit--17/32". Why they couldn't just do 1/2" I'll never know... I think I've ended up spending more on tools for this job than I did for the hitch!

I'll try the 1/2" and use some 3-in-1 Oil and work the screws back and forth, just like in metal shop way back in 7th grade.
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http://www.reeseprod.com/fitguides/pdf/N26002.pdf
If this is the product you're installing it's a 7/16 drill, see page 4 of instructions.
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Read the instructions carefully. The instructions are for two types of frame construction, one using tubular steel and one using "C" channels. The hole sizes are different for the two types of frame materials. With the "C" channel a jam nut will be used on the bolts to hold the bracket in place. With the tubular steel you will not be able to use a jam nut. The bracket will be held in place by the threads cut by the self tapping bolt. Drill the holes for the self tapping bolts carefully or the amount of threads cut will be less.
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Correct, but they're telling you a 17/32" bit for a 1/2 bolt, so a little wiggle and no problem with fitting a 1/2 bolt thru the "C" channel if you only have a 1/2" bit.
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Check the instructions again, I drill a 7/16" hole and use a 3/4" socket on an impact wrench to install the brackets.
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Upon further review...Greg, you're absolutely right, it IS 7/16"! The 17/32" is for a C-frame, not tubular. Thank you very much for stopping me from screwing up. I haven't actually tried putting the hardware on yet, just been trying to figure out what to do from the (completely confusing) instruction sheet.

All that info about mounting the frame plates comes AFTER the section about towing it to adjust the cam arms. Are those plates supposed to be only held on by c-clamps and/or the set screw until after you adjust the cam arms? Or did Reese just forget to tell me to mount the frame plates first? Sooooo confusing...
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Go to etrailer.com and they have a video on how to instal it. I just received mine and will attempt to put it on. I will let you know how it goes.
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