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Old 12-05-2021, 11:50 PM   #1
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Aligning Reducer Hack

A solution to aligning the 2" Reducer Sleeve in the 2.5" Receiver Tube:
It can be difficult to keep the holes in the reducer sleeve aligned with the holes in the receiver tube as you insert the Ball Mount. Sometimes it may seem more like luck than skill!
HACK: After placing the reducer into the receiver and aligning the holes, insert a shim (I prefer plastic from hardware store) in the gap between the Reducer Sleeve and the Receiver Tube. Make sure the holes are still aligned. Then, easily insert the Ball Mount until all holes align.
Insert the hitch pin and secure it with a cotter pin or Bolt Lock (as I have in the pic). Then remove the shim and store for future use.
These are pics of mine in action on my Equal-I-Zer hitch.
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Old 12-06-2021, 05:32 AM   #2
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Very cool hack. Thanks!
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Old 12-06-2021, 07:56 AM   #3
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A solution to aligning the 2" Reducer Sleeve in the 2.5" Receiver Tube:
It can be difficult to keep the holes in the reducer sleeve aligned with the holes in the receiver tube as you insert the Ball Mount. Sometimes it may seem more like luck than skill!
HACK: After placing the reducer into the receiver and aligning the holes, insert a shim (I prefer plastic from hardware store) in the gap between the Reducer Sleeve and the Receiver Tube. Make sure the holes are still aligned. Then, easily insert the Ball Mount until all holes align.
Insert the hitch pin and secure it with a cotter pin or Bolt Lock (as I have in the pic). Then remove the shim and store for future use.
These are pics of mine in action on my Equal-I-Zer hitch.
Or just weld it.

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Old 12-06-2021, 07:59 PM   #4
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Fords factory reducer has a lip that keeps the holes aligned.
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Old 12-06-2021, 10:01 PM   #5
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Or just weld it.

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Or buy an appropriately-sized shank and forget the sleeve.

Why go through the hassle every time you hitch up?
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Old 12-07-2021, 08:18 AM   #6
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Or buy an appropriately-sized shank and forget the sleeve.

Why go through the hassle every time you hitch up?
Isn't that why you match the receiver & 'shank"? I welded it. 👍
Some hitch's have little to no 'shankability' options.

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