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1L243

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Posted: 08/03/12 05:09pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

After weighing in I wanted to try an get a little more weight on the front axle. I normally have 3 links haning in my WDH so I grabbed a extra link to four links hanging. It did raise the rear about 3/8" and dropped the front end almost a 1/2". I like the added weight to the front end but the bars are not as level as they were at 3 links. I have already angled the head about as much as I am comfortable with.

What do you think?



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Posted: 08/03/12 07:26pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think you should forget about having the bars "level".

You have at least five links under tension, and that's the only real requirement.

How much weight do you now have on the front axle compared to the unhitched weight?

BTW, when you hook the chain onto the lift-bracket hook, can you keep the untensioned link away from the hook so it does not cause the top tensioned link to be skewed?

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In the picture it looks like the truck's receiver is tilted forward quite a bit. Even with the hitch head tilted all the way back it looks like it's barely vertical.


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If it were my set-up, I would add a tad more ball mount tilt (if available) toward the TH so the ball coupler rests a little more square to the ball mount..... but that's just me....., then adjust the number of links under tension (as mentioned, minimum of 5 ) accordingly to meet the required TV front suspension weight transfer.

It may just be the angle that the photo was taken, but it appears to reflect a notable "upward' receiver pin box flex(?).

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The head does not angle up like it shows in the picture. that must be a weird angle with the camera.

It's been so long since I weighed my empty truck I can't remember what it was. It's a 1999 7.3 long bed 2WD extended cab.

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that hitch does look like it is too far tipped forward. I would move it back aft one more notch and try it.

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I'd go with more under tension links and tilt that hitch head.

You have clearance now but if you don't like the upward tilt of the bars, you'll need to tilt the hitch head to get the job done.


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1L243 wrote:

After weighing in I wanted to try an get a little more weight on the front axle. I normally have 3 links haning in my WDH so I grabbed a extra link to four links hanging. It did raise the rear about 3/8" and dropped the front end almost a 1/2". I like the added weight to the front end but the bars are not as level as they were at 3 links. I have already angled the head about as much as I am comfortable with.

What do you think?


You say you raised the rear about 3/8" and dropped the front end almost a 1/2". Is this as compared to not having the trailer hitched or from your previous configuration? Raising the rear is not recommended, taking weight off the rear axle. Both front and rear should lower equally or the rear slightly more than the front. There are separate opinions on both ways.


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Looks OK to me except I would redo the chain so the 4th link is not trapped like was previously suggested.
That being said, me, I would try tilting the head back some more.

I want the front end of the TV to come down some as the only reason I use a WDH is to keep the headlights on the road.


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1L243 wrote:

It's been so long since I weighed my empty truck I can't remember what it was.---
Okay -- I thought you meant you had recently weighed.

When you went from six links under tension (3 links hanging) to five links under tension (4 links hanging), the rear height increased about 3/8" and the front decreased about 1/2". Is this correct?

Since you don't have weights --

With 5 links under tension (4 links hanging), is the front higher or lower than the unhitched height, and how much higher or lower?

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