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Old 07-26-2016, 07:47 AM   #1
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Removing sway bars for backing in

Hi all -
Newbie with a 2016 FC FB with an Equal-i-zer hitch. I'm wondering how many people remove their anti-sway bars before backing in. I was told this weekend that tight maneuvering with the bars on puts undo stress on the truck frame.

I haven't removed mine yet and while it does make some noise turning while backing in it seems to do ok with the bars on.

Is this good advice?
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Old 07-26-2016, 08:02 AM   #2
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Yes we do this, makes a difference when backing.
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Old 07-26-2016, 08:09 AM   #3
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Not necessary with the Andersen or Blue Ox systems. The only two systems I have actual experience with.
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I can't think of a reason to remove the BARS while backing up. That put no more strain on the frame than when going forward.

It has long been suggested that one loosen the EZ Sway Control Friction Plate before backing but not the WD bars.
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Old 07-26-2016, 08:16 AM   #5
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Used eazsway for years, never loosened them.
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Old 07-26-2016, 08:16 AM   #6
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I remove mine.

I have enough distractions without the "gunshot" going off at a critical time! Plus it's very common that I'm backing in past 9pm. I would hate to scare someone and make them drop their beer.
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Old 07-26-2016, 08:19 AM   #7
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I have a typical friction type sway bar. I never take it off before backing.
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Old 07-26-2016, 08:29 AM   #8
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Never have taken my Equalizer bars off backing. Keeping the head sockets and ball lubed and bracket jackets is a quiet experience.

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never have taken my equalizer bars off backing. Keeping the head sockets and ball lubed and bracket jackets is a quiet experience.

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Slightly off topic.

My Rocket Scientist ( literally ) friend directed me into a spot at a rally type situation. The ground was a little mushy…then it rained.

To get out at the end of the event, I took off the sway bar and weight distribution bars. I wanted weight back on the rear wheels for more traction. I got out easily.

The Rocket Scientist said, " Humffff. That was a good idea !"

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To clarify as the terms are often used interchangeably.

We remove or totally loosen our anti sway device not our weight distribution bars.

Sometimes if it's late at night the WD bars are a little creaky as far as noise and disturbing neighbors.
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Old 07-26-2016, 08:54 AM   #12
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After reading some of the responses to the OP, I had to go back to be sure I read the post correctly and saw you were asking about the Sway device, not the WD torsion bars. It has been recommended by Can-Am to remove the Sway control device, but no need to remove weight distribution bars.
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My dealer told me to remove the bars but it's a PITA. So I called equalizer, and they said if it's set up properly (ie enough room left at the ends) you do not have to remove them. I have the pads under the bars at the trailer end that quiets all the noise. No problems backing
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If I was backing up a hill into a site I might consider removing the bars, but so far I've never needed to and haven't had any problems.
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