Here are the maintenance torque specs for the bolts:
Originally Posted by borninblue
I have the equalizer 14K. I just noticed that one of the bracket arms is very loose. When I say bracket I am referring to the two pieces that the bars slide into attached to the hitch and ball. If I'm looking at the hitch it is the left jacket or bracket. I can literally spin it around with my finger. The right side is very tight. I can move it, but it's still tight. I see two bolts on the top of the hitch, but I thought in the manual it said not to adjust these. Thanks in advance and happy 4th!
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•For the bolts that hold the sockets into the head (you can see the heads to either side of the hitch ball), we recommend that you maintain the torque between 45 and 60 ft-lbs.
•For the bolts that hold the Inside Link Plate and the Outside Link Plate together across the frame require 50 - 70 ft-lbs.
•For the bolts that hold the L-bracket to the Outside Link Plates, the torque spec is 65 - 75 ft-lbs
These "torque specs" should be checked periodically to maintain the proper friction that is needed to provide the anti-sway characteristics of the Equalizer.
"A good rule of thumb is to check the torques on the bolts that need it, grease the sockets in the hitch head where they rub against the forged head, and paint any exposed metal with a high-grade enamel rust-resistant spray paint."
...called "preventative maintenance".