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Old 06-22-2014, 12:41 PM   #1401
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Adding washers allows the hitch to distribute more weight and provide more lift to the rear of your truck, as you described in an earlier post you made.
Pictures are a little misleading and only you know if the rig is not leveled. Have you been to the scales yet?
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Went across Cat scales back in October. All numbers were within spec, but rear axle was within 200# and front axle was within 400#. Would the 5th washer make it more even. The trailer has about 1,400# leeway. I could transfer a little more to the front and a little more to the trailer.
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Old 06-22-2014, 12:44 PM   #1402
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I have an '04 4Runner and I have 6 washers. Washers helped me to level mine out, kind of a tweak. I've raised and lowered the hitch, added washers until the wheel well measurements were in line with what the Equalizer documentation said. Your rig looks pretty level to me. I assume it handles OK. I think you're good to go if you don't have any problems with the rock tamer height.

Mine will pop and squeak at the sway bars in the L-bracket if any moisture gets between them. (Squeak is the sway bar going forward-backward, popping is the sway bar movement between the L-bracket and its retainer pin.) I put a small dot of grease under the sway bars (smear it on the bar and L-bracket) and that stops it. I know you aren't supposed to grease them but I use as little as possible. Sometimes just smearing the area with your finger will do the trick.

I thought the Sway Jacket Brackets would cut down some of the noise.
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Old 06-22-2014, 01:02 PM   #1403
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I would try it Hony. You could always go back to 4 if you don't like it. I like to tinker, that's just me.
What helped reduce the noise on my hitch was taking it apart as Bob described in his Equalizer thread and clean the heads, relube top and bottom and reinstall tighten to at least 40 inch pounds. Take it out for a test drive, retighten as required.
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and reinstall tighten to at least 40 inch pounds. Take it out for a test drive, retighten as required.
I think you mean foot pounds

Cleaning and torquing the bolts to specification is good, you can lube the sway bar retention sockets. Torquing all the bolts again cut noise by 50% I'd say.
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Whoops! that picture should be rotated clockwise 90 degrees.
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A small but nonetheless useful modification:

I need this - mine with full up to 4th notch it clears but one side down 1 notch and there is contact

I am wondering if JC will have a solution to this when I go there next year
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Best guess, roller must be located at the top of the door to protect the awning?
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Old 06-22-2014, 04:49 PM   #1412
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Raise the awning one more notch ?
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I need this - mine with full up to 4th notch it clears but one side down 1 notch and there is contact

I am wondering if JC will have a solution to this when I go there next year

We did get ours at JC. But if you need it, just mail order it (costs less than $10 I think.) Don't wait and risk scratching or otherwise damaging your awning.
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Best guess, roller must be located at the top of the door to protect the awning?
Correct, top left. My picture is not oriented properly as I indicate in my second post.
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