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Thanks everyone. I just got the message that the dual cam set up has been shipped. I will report back soon.

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jerem0621 wrote:

Thanks everyone. I just got the message that the dual cam set up has been shipped. I will report back soon.

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I added the 26001 dual cam sway control kit to my 94 vintage easylift WD hitch two years and 6000 miles ago. works great.
Unless you own a drill press or have access to one I recommend you take the bars to a machine shop to drill out the 5/16 inch hole to 1/2 inch. That spring steel is hard.
It took me about a hour and a half, let the smoke out of a 3\4 drill and burned up a carbide bit. I spent more money doing it myself than the price of having a machine shop do the work.
The final adjustment of the cams can best be accomplished by going to a level empty parking lot where you can easily drive in a straight line and stop numerous times.
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Ron3rd wrote:

Sorry for the semi-hijack, but can that kit the OP bought be used with my old EZ Lift WD setup with round WD bars? Or do they make a kit for round bars?


I think that as long as your bars taper from round to flat on the end then you should be ok.

I am going to try and document my install from grinding the WD bars (if needed) to drilling the hole (if needed) to installation and final adjustment of the dual cam system. Hopefully this forum will be able to help me out along the way as I complete the install.
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jerem0621 wrote:

Ron3rd wrote:

Sorry for the semi-hijack, but can that kit the OP bought be used with my old EZ Lift WD setup with round WD bars? Or do they make a kit for round bars?


I think that as long as your bars taper from round to flat on the end then you should be ok.

I am going to try and document my install from grinding the WD bars (if needed) to drilling the hole (if needed) to installation and final adjustment of the dual cam system. Hopefully this forum will be able to help me out along the way as I complete the install.
Thanks!


Thanks, and yes, mine do go from round to flat at the end. It's the old EZ lift style that uses a small u-bolt that goes through 2 holes at the end of the WD bars and the u-bolts hold the chains. I guess I could drill out the holes?


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Sorry for the semi-hijack, but can that kit the OP bought be used with my old EZ Lift WD setup with round WD bars? Or do they make a kit for round bars?

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Ron3rd wrote:

jerem0621 wrote:

Ron3rd wrote:

Sorry for the semi-hijack, but can that kit the OP bought be used with my old EZ Lift WD setup with round WD bars? Or do they make a kit for round bars?


I think that as long as your bars taper from round to flat on the end then you should be ok.

I am going to try and document my install from grinding the WD bars (if needed) to drilling the hole (if needed) to installation and final adjustment of the dual cam system. Hopefully this forum will be able to help me out along the way as I complete the install.
Thanks!


Thanks, and yes, mine do go from round to flat at the end. It's the old EZ lift style that uses a small u-bolt that goes through 2 holes at the end of the WD bars and the u-bolts hold the chains. I guess I could drill out the holes?


I read John's post about his EZ lift he added dual cam sway control to for the same kit. IIRC he said that he didn't have to modify his bars at all and his was a total bolt on operation.

Here is the best deal on Reese Dual Cam Sway Control Part 26001 on the net today, (at least that I can find)

eBay Auction (Not Mine)

For a brand new kit for approx $145.00 its an absolute steal. Its more than $50.00 cheaper than any kit on the net that I can find and more than half price what PPL wants for theirs.

I think that this kit is out of production now, so they are just going to get rarer and rarer.

I am sitting here in anticipation of my Dual Cam Sway Control kit, I know that I am going to have a lot of work ahead of me, hopefully it will not be that bad. Not really sure at this point though.

Here are some pics folks.

Here is the hitch head with 7 washers. It is a trunnion hitch, which works better, I think, for my top mounted coupler with 6 inch frame rails. maybe I am backwards on that.



Here are my 1000 lb Husky WD bars that will be modified to accept the Dual Cam adapters.



Dual Friction sway control that is going on Craigslist once I successfully install the Dual Cam system



No more worrying about the WD bars crashing into the coupler while turning sharp (It's not just backwards you have to worry about folks!)



No more worrying about the friction ball mounts being bent because of a too tight turn (backing up or going forward, doesn't matter) Notice the left sway bar mount is slightly bent in towards the hitch ball? Yeah, it can happen.



Here is my rig before our last camping trip of the fall. Not to bad looking for a 18 year old TT and a 15-16 year old truck if I do say so myself. LOL



All things being considered,mostly my family. I think that the decision to purchase the dual cam retrofit kit is a good decision. Hopefully I will notice a significant difference. I anticipate that I will..

One other thing. I will not have to do anything in bad weather but drive carefully right? No adjusting the dual cam, it works the same in wet weather?

Thanks!
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I retrofitted my Reese hitch with the HP Dual Cam as you are doing. The difference from friction to the DC was amazing. My set up is now rock solid and I have a confidence that was not there previously. Good choice.


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You are gonna love the difference once dialed in.

Previous set up for me was a single friction sway bar between a Tacoma and 17 foot hybrid. When we purchased the Koala, we insisted on the DC since we were towing at/over the limits of the Tacoma. Even with such a mis-matched TV towing the Koala was far more comfortable than the old Hybrid.

Hitching up is much easier & wet components no longer groan enough to wake the dead.


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I read John's post about his EZ lift he added dual cam sway control to for the same kit. IIRC he said that he didn't have to modify his bars at all and his was a total bolt on operation.

Here is the best deal on Reese Dual Cam Sway Control Part 26001 on the net today, (at least that I can find)

eBay Auction (Not Mine)

For a brand new kit for approx $145.00 its an absolute steal. Its more than $50.00 cheaper than any kit on the net that I can find and more than half price what PPL wants for theirs.

I think that this kit is out of production now, so they are just going to get rarer and rarer.

I am sitting here in anticipation of my Dual Cam Sway Control kit, I know that I am going to have a lot of work ahead of me, hopefully it will not be that bad. Not really sure at this point though.


Just a note: While that is a good price on ebay for the new kit. I have bought 3 used off ebay and never paid over $50 bucks. You just have to be patient. In fact the first one was in with several friction sway controlers. Guy was selling all together, think I paid $40 and sold the friction controlers for $25 each. Got lucky on that one. Good luck, John


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