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Old 10-30-2020, 07:39 PM   #1
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Jack is a little crooked

My jack is a little crooked. Not as much as the flag pole indicates as it is a loose fit and exaggerates the lean.

Any ideas or suggestions on straightening it?

Thanks to John Leake “Sandlapper” for the flag pole holder...
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Is the jack plate on top of a star washer and that is tipping the jack?
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Old 10-30-2020, 08:02 PM   #3
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If it’s not the star washer as GCinSC2 pointed out, you could loosen the bolts and add some stainless steel washers as shims to plumb it straight.
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There are worse kinds of crooked jacks...

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Old 10-31-2020, 11:07 AM   #5
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Your jack looks mounted sideways. Did you do the modification?
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Old 10-31-2020, 11:58 AM   #6
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Mine came mounted that way but I understand a lot of people turn them to make room for the flag pole holder.

I will look for a star washer but I’m not familiar with that.

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Planenut,

Some directions suggest putting a toothed (star) washer between coupler and jack post plate for grounding purposes. Bites into both metal surfaces. It COULD shim the jack and cause the tilt you're reporting.

The idea of using a purposefully placed washer as Bubba L suggested to correct the tilt is a decent idea too.

Might as well inspect coupler to jack mounting plate for bends etc.

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To this old eyes that flagpole looks way more out of plumb than that jack post.

Yeah, the jack post might not be exact, but that flag pole there, something doesn't look right. It's leaning more than the jack post.

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Mine was side ways and bent. Forgetting to raise the jack before attempting departure will do that, leaving a big deep furrow in the roadway. Lesson #4691 and counting.
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The flag pole holder to flag pole has a little slop so it exaggerates the lean... a little Tape to tighten the fit will take a lot out.

I see a small gap on one side where it is bolted down but no star washer. Perhaps I can shim it up and tighten up a bit.

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To this old eyes that flagpole looks way more out of plumb than that jack post.

Yeah, the jack post might not be exact, but that flag pole there, something doesn't look right. It's leaning more than the jack post.

JMHO
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Try cutting sleeves from a plastic coffee container. Wrap them around the pole and slide in to flag holder.

I have same holder just three pole version.
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Some directions suggest putting a toothed (star) washer between coupler and jack post plate for grounding purposes. Bites into both metal surfaces. It COULD shim the jack and cause the tilt you're reporting.
I've heard that theory, and although it's good for grounding, I never do that. It allows water to puddle in the space and develop rust. I put the star washers on top of the jack mounting plate. I use grade 8 bolts and they don't rust and seem to chase the threads in the frame so I have a good connection.
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To this old eyes that flagpole looks way more out of plumb than that jack post.

Yeah, the jack post might not be exact, but that flag pole there, something doesn't look right. It's leaning more than the jack post.

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That is what I thought as well. Jack looks straight enough to me.
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I've heard that theory, and although it's good for grounding, I never do that. It allows water to puddle in the space and develop rust. I put the star washers on top of the jack mounting plate. I use grade 8 bolts :

We’re on the same page. My comment was for troubleshooting an angled jack post.

Not how to install it.
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