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Old 05-18-2013, 09:53 AM   #1
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Right amount of spring bar bend for eaz-lift hitch

Howdy, I am trying to figure out the optimal set up for my Eaz lift WD hitch.
The various adjustments- height, tilt, and chain length- are confusing.

For a proper set up, how much should the spring bars be "sprung"? In other words, once everything is set up "loose", how far will the bars be pulled upward when tightened? I can change the tilt, and move the bars more or less, but does that really change the force they contribute to weight distribution? Confused? I am.

Suggestions appreciated. One knowledgeable friend said they should bend about 2-3". ????

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Don
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Old 05-18-2013, 10:16 AM   #2
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Howdy, I am trying to figure out the optimal set up for my Eaz lift WD hitch.
The various adjustments- height, tilt, and chain length- are confusing.

For a proper set up, how much should the spring bars be "sprung"? In other words, once everything is set up "loose", how far will the bars be pulled upward when tightened? I can change the tilt, and move the bars more or less, but does that really change the force they contribute to weight distribution? Confused? I am.

Suggestions appreciated. One knowledgeable friend said they should bend about 2-3". ????

Thanks,
Don
Proper rated bars, properly installed, AND properly adjusted should bend 1 to 3 inches, depending on the rating of the bars.

2 inches should be on the nose.

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I determine the chain link hook setting by parking on a flat surface then linking up until both trailer and tow vehicle are as level as reasonable.
If you have the correct weight bars they don't have to be excessively tight.
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OK, thanks. That's about what I thought. It's quite a challenge around here to find 60' of level hard surface, but I'm heading for the high school parking lot. The other thing I'm trying to accomplish is the suggested "top of the ball" hitch height. I think it's suppose to be 17 3/8"

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There are some very techy methods out there using a truck scale, but the quick way is the method described by Red Hound. The bars rating should match the tongue weight.
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