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Old 06-03-2020, 10:57 AM   #1
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F250/350 3 inch Hitch and 3 inch Shank SLOP

This is a shim I have been sliding in to 'snug' the up and down slop/play in the factory Ford 3 inch Hitch. I insert this shim, when the 3 inch Equalizer Hitch shank is being inserted. It goes in snug, until once towing. The tolerance is that close, yet the beating was surprising... to me.

This is using a 3 inch shank that fits into the 3 inch Ford Hitch.

The knurled part on the shim on one end is the original width of 1 1/2 inches.

The 'hammered' stainless steel is now 2 1/8 inch and curling over the edge.

Ford tells everyone their 3 inch Hitch and 3 inch shank are snug. Too snug and it is difficult to remove and insert.

Try the shim and see what you discover. There could be plenty of 'clunking' going on and you may not notice it at all. Anyone notice this before?

This could also be the same with the 2 1/2 shank and hitch combinations. You may want to try what I did. There is more going on than what we can imagine possible.
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Old 06-03-2020, 03:41 PM   #2
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Or you could use one of these:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


These work very well. I carry a spare due to the tightening of the two bolts has to be very very tight.
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Old 06-03-2020, 04:44 PM   #3
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I just welded mine together. No slop/play now. End of problem. Mig wire is cheap.
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Old 06-03-2020, 05:47 PM   #4
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I didn't know that Equalizer made a 3" shank. I looked at their site and 2 1/2" is the largest I could find.

https://www.equalizerhitch.com/store/shanks

I just upgraded my Equalizer hitch to a Pro-pride and I decided to go with the 3" shank that Propride offers. It was a $75 upgrade. It fits the 3" receiver really well on our 2020 Ford F350 The biggest downfall is that it is heavy, but really solid.


https://store.propridehitch.com/prop...control-hitch/
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Old 06-03-2020, 06:04 PM   #5
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Sloppy sleeve for 2 1/2" to 3" is WORSE

I had originally the 2 1/2 inch shank on my Equalizer that fit the 2014 Tundra. I do not know if there was lots of play, as I did not check. Never thought about it.

When I went to the 2016 F350 a sleeve is provided by Ford, that slides over the 2 1/2 inch shank to make it a 3 inch shank with the sleeve. It was so sloppy, I purchased the 3 inch shank and installed it onto the Equalizer Hitch. I could hear it when towing slowing and going over slight dips in the road for water run off.

As wilsodf says... the 3 inch shank is heavy for any brand of hitch! I could not find a 3 inch shank in Denver and ordered one on the Internet. Should have figured that out first that the Internet is the First Place to Look. Delivered right to my door with a tag on the shank, no packaging needed.

I may have to go the way Turk123 did.

Ol Bob... before I weld, I will try Turk123's method after studying that option.

Maybe... I will not insert the shim. Those who do not know this is occurring between the shank and 3inch hitch sleeve, while towing, no one notice. This has to be happening to EVERYONE who has not tried to try a solution.

Slide in your 2 1/2" or 3" shank and pull up. How much slop? Then move left to right. Now... do you understand putting thousands of pounds of a hammer in this area could cause fatique at some point? Or is it just Ford?

The longer the shank, I would expect the end to move much more. At least with the standard shank, I can drop my tail gate and have lots of room to spare. I can also turn sharp and not have a tail light go into the rock guard or corner of the trailer.

That is good news.

I would probably believe the 2 1/2 inch shank on 2 1/2 inch sleeves on half ton tow vehicles are also hammering away. Try a thin shim... and comment about any results after a trip.

Is there an issue with receivers on tow vehicles? We will not know until others comment and have some way to illustrate.. how much.

I find the Equalizer Hitch with 1,000# bars, excellent. Just this slop is more than I expected on the Ford F350.
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Or you could use one of these:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


These work very well. I carry a spare due to the tightening of the two bolts has to be very very tight.

I might give that a try. I have something similar but I canít attach it when using my blue ox equalizer shank along with rock tamer flaps. There just isnít enough room.
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Old 06-04-2020, 04:04 PM   #7
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This design feature came out decades ago with the 2" and then all sizes.
Too many loud mouthed fools crying and complaining that the shank got rusted solid into their receiver. Then both the makers of the receivers AND the makers of the shanks "FIXED" the problem for you. So with larger receiver openings AND smaller shanks they won't rust together as quickly due to all the slop.
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This what I use. So far thereís no slop, but I check before hook up and make sure it tight.Click image for larger version

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