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Posted: 09/19/21 10:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

With regard to decreased capacity of an extended shank---I've had two of them on two different trucks. No problem at all. On my current set up, the Equilizer hitch actually takes up a fair amount of the weight transferred to the truck.
Anyway, they have worked well for me, and I can lower the tailgate without denting it on the hitch. It also allows tighter turns too.

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Posted: 09/20/21 12:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Depends on the length of the hitch extension (obviously) and the load.
I fully understand that and the math behind it.
Fact is, my hitch is super short and a short extension will put it similar to a normal hitch. No large cantilever for the tongue weight I have.


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Anyone know of a source for short 2.5” extension?
I even hit up the Fleet Farm last weekend when I was in Minnesoooota, no dice. 100 different hitch parts but not what I need.

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Ha, just called Torklift here. He said 24" ext is the shortest he's ever seen, so I believe that could be considered final answer!

I need another project like a hole in my head, but gonna have to make one I suppose.

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So, quick measurements on my receiver and stinger, and it would seem to be no issue to make an extension about 8” long. 6” wouldn’t quite work. And obviously anything longer would work fine.
Seems strange with the vast number of 2.5 and 3” hitch trucks that this product is not available. Of the 2 trailers I own and 1other that I tow sometimes with my personal truck, all would be mush more user friendly if separated from the ass and of the truck by a bit more.

Oh well, put it on the to do list I suppose. Haven’t researched tubing yet to see if I can build one with heavy enough tubing for the plug end of the extension so as not to need to get solid bar stock.

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Posted: 09/30/21 09:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My mistake......

I just checked mine and it IS a 2"receiver extension.... NOT 2-1/2"


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Posted: 09/30/21 09:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I guess that the Reese shank, that I linked to, wouldn't give you the length required?





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If me, just buy the shortest and cut it down to whatever length you need/want...drill new holes as needed

then paint it with zinc rich paint


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Lynnmor wrote:

I guess that the Reese shank, that I linked to, wouldn't give you the length required?


Yessir I believe it would, thanks.
Maybe I didn’t explain, but I have a nice shiny new adjustable aluminum drop hitch that I’d prefer to use.

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BenK wrote:

If me, just buy the shortest and cut it down to whatever length you need/want...drill new holes as needed

then paint it with zinc rich paint

That’s a good idea, but would still have to weld a reinforcing collar around the receiver end of the extension after cutting it down.

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