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Old 05-19-2016, 06:22 PM   #71
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I must be looking at something wrong here. I measured my current shank from the hitch to the bottom and it is 7". The equalizer shank has more holes, but is labeled as a 6" drop. Am I only supposed to measure drop to the lowest hole to determine shank drop?

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Old 05-20-2016, 09:34 AM   #72
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Shank drop is a tricky thing. Some manufacturers measure it from the center of the receiver to the top of a standard ball (on their brand of hitch). Some measure from middle of receiver to top of ball MOUNT, some from top of receiver to top of ball mount. It's all over the place.

When I've been shopping, I've been looking for the actual measurements as opposed to what they call "drop". I've played with the calculator on Equal-i-zer's website and tried to determine from there if another (read "cheaper") shank will work. Curt makes a bunch of them in different sizes for example.

My primary issue is that I want it longer from the pin. I'd like to be able to drop my tail gate with the trailer coupled. I tried to rotate my jack, and that didn't work. Since I'm getting a new hitch anyway and will likely need a deeper drop shank, I figure I may as well get EXACTLY what I want. We shall see; I haven't even decided which hitch I'm going to get, but that's another thread...
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Tailgate wont open with the shank I got, its very close, and I haven't tried rotating the jack head.

The shank I referenced above is definitely longer than the stock, between 11 and 12 inches long. It appeared a little longer than the curt ones I was finding, overall I am happy with it being a 2.5" receiver shank and the height is perfect for the trailer. Tailgate would be icing on the cake

Here are a few photos, including a size comparison to the factory unit, its definitely longer



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Old 05-21-2016, 03:23 AM   #74
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Tailgate wont open with the shank I got, its very close, and I haven't tried rotating the jack head.

The shank I referenced above is definitely longer than the stock, between 11 and 12 inches long. It appeared a little longer than the curt ones I was finding, overall I am happy with it being a 2.5" receiver shank and the height is perfect for the trailer. Tailgate would be icing on the cake

Here are a few photos, including a size comparison to the factory unit, its definitely longer



Thank you for the pictures! How many washers do you have in there?

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Based on the relationship between the ball and the shank where it goes into the receiver, I think if I end up with the Equalizer, that's the shank I will end up with. That ball height looks just about perfect for my setup based on those pics. Thanks for sharing them!

My current shank ALMOST allows my tailgate to clear the jack head. I could probably do it with one more inch. So I bet that shank might actually allow me to clear the jack head? If not, it's not a show stopper, but man it sure would be nice!
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Got the new shank, high quality. Definitely tows better. The noise from the equalizer hitch is now RIDICULOUSLY LOUD! To the point where everyone jerks their head when I drive by. Turning going over bumps, going down or up inclines. I lubed it up and have the equalizer "jackets" installed. I also added a washer to the hitch, so six total. I'm assuming the brackets for the bars need to be moved down since I made no adjustments for them after the hitch was lowered?

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Got the new shank, high quality. Definitely tows better. The noise from the equalizer hitch is now RIDICULOUSLY LOUD! To the point where everyone jerks their head when I drive by. Turning going over bumps, going down or up inclines. I lubed it up and have the equalizer "jackets" installed. I also added a washer to the hitch, so six total. I'm assuming the brackets for the bars need to be moved down since I made no adjustments for them after the hitch was lowered?

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In my experience, it's not a quiet hitch towing around the campground, I am wondering if now that you have more proper weight on the bars if what your seeing is normal. It was MUCH louder on my ford with 5 washers (bars were tighter) than my Ram. Ford was also returning most of the weight to the front Axle, which I believe is normal due to the bars being tighter. I need more weight returned on the ram indicating I need 6 washers. The wheel well measurement also isn't returning 1/2 the distance as indicated in the manual.

Go get your weights is my advice, see what your dealing with. If your front axle weighs more with the trailer attached than the truck without the trailer, they are definitely too tight and you need to pull a washer or adjust the brackets.

Lowering the hitch head shouldn't impact the placement of the brackets on the trailer I wouldn't think, assuming the dealer installed it in the default locations, the bars should sit pretty visibly level on the brackets. Effectively when you lowered the hitch head, you also lowered the receivers for the weight bars, they should be the same in relation to the brackets mounted on your tongue. Do you have 2 holes above the top bolt and 2 holes below the bottom bolt on your brackets now? That is the default position I believe.
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One more thing, do a quick google search on "equalizer hitch loud", you will find several other forums discussing this. I too looked into it when I first had it, came to the conclusion yes, its a little loud at slow speeds and tight turns and is supposed to be.
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Got the new shank, high quality. Definitely tows better. The noise from the equalizer hitch is now RIDICULOUSLY LOUD! To the point where everyone jerks their head when I drive by. Turning going over bumps, going down or up inclines. I lubed it up and have the equalizer "jackets" installed. I also added a washer to the hitch, so six total. I'm assuming the brackets for the bars need to be moved down since I made no adjustments for them after the hitch was lowered?

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If you lowered the hitch on the truck, you should lower the brackets on the trailer the same amount (assuming they were level before). If you didnt, it is essentially transferring much more weight to the front axle than it originally was before.
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This is the current t setting on the bars.

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