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Posted: 03/18/20 11:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a new Curt A 16 hitch that I have had to try and then adjust the height a few times to level out the trailer. Anyone know how many times you can torque the bolts that go into the hitch? They are only set for 100 ft.lbs. so it is not a real high number. Just looking for some thoughts.
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Posted: 03/18/20 12:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you don't over torque there's no harm.





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Posted: 03/18/20 12:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not to start a war here but I personally would replace them with Grade 8 bolts.

They are metric Made In China and no idea what rating these have.

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Posted: 03/18/20 12:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Probably a good idea to replace them after a few times.
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Technically if the bolts have never been over stressed it is ok to reuse them. The problem comes in not knowing how tight the original installer tightened them. Did he use a torque wrench? Or did he follow the rule of if tight is good then tighter is better, and standing on it is great.

For the costs of that few bolts I would also replace with new grade 8 bolts.

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Posted: 03/18/20 01:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Why would you need to torque the bolts to determine which position leveled your 5er?


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So far, I am the only one who torqued them since new. I had to pull out the slider part of the hitch and go with the fixed hitch since the slider added about 3 inches to the height of my trailer. Purchased new side mounting brackets and now I am about 2" nose high. They recommend to check torque every 500 miles.
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Bolts are cheap, peace of mind is priceless.

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Posted: 03/19/20 07:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just a thought, use some anti-seize on those bolts if you think you'll be pulling them off occasionally. Just lower the torque settings by about 15%.


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I hope the instructions say “after the first 500 miles”. If it’s actually “every” 500 miles that’s a ridiculous requirement. A daily visual inspection makes sense, but I’m not getting a torque wrench out every day or 2.


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