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Old 02-17-2006, 08:26 AM   #1
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Weight distribution flip clip issue

OK folks I have two related questions regarding the clip where the chain on the weight distribution hitch connects to the trailer. First, I have some damage to the clip itself (bending) I have tightened it as much as can but this has had limited effect. on the inside of the frame there is maybe 3 inches that the bolt takes up. So I am wondering is this bending of the connector bracket common? and what causes it? Should I have some sort of spacer on the inside to reduce the distance the connecting bolt is extended? Would it be a bad idea to spot weld the bracket to the frame?
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Old 02-17-2006, 08:59 AM   #2
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Rodney,
It would only bend where your arrow points if you had it sitting too high, and I suspect that's what happened. It probably rode up a little as you tightened the long bolt that holds the bracket in place. Then, as you torqued the equalizer bar, the bracket bent itself into position on the frame member where it wants to be.

Take it off. Inspect to make sure it didn't crack. Bend it straight. Put it back, and snug it to the frame member this time. Tighten it up. Inspect to ensure that it didn't creep up. The curbside bracket creeps up, the driver's side snugs down as you tighten the bolt that holds them in place.
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I have a inch between the frame and the bracket. The adjustment bolt has enough left for three inches as you stated. It looks like one size fits all. I check mine every time out and have not needed to tighten mine. If yours have bent, I would think that they would bend again. If it was me, I would install new ones. That's just my opinion........
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I see yours has also bent some flycaster
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Weld It?

Mine is welded.
I would hate to think of that thing falling off.
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I see yours has also bent some flycaster
If they did it was from the PO. I will have to look again. I will let you know.
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Though mine aren't bent, I would think that while engaged, it would not be impossible, but difficult for them to "fall off" when in use as the weight bars when in place pull downward with some degree of force.
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