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trailernovice

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Posted: 12/31/19 01:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As mentioned in another post, my w/d hitch and one of the tension bars is shot

I see an exact replacement online for a lot less than a dealer would charge

Is installing the hitch as a DIY project possible? I could pattern the settings from the unit I have now and then fine-tune it

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Certainly, it can be a DIY project. for example, for the 4pt. Equal-i-zer, there are tons of installation videos available.


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Posted: 12/31/19 03:04am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Simple installation, here is a video.





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I'm positive you'll do a much better job than most dealers!


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dodge guy wrote:

I'm positive you'll do a much better job than most dealers!


I agree with him

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It can be a DIY project but you may need some uncommon tools. In the case of the Equal-i-zer, a 1-7/8" thin wall socket and 320 lb torque wrench are recommended to install the ball. I didn't have a 1-7/8" socket that would fit in the trunion cavity so I had a trailer shop install my ball with an impact; they didn't have a torque wrench that large either.


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Like most things, when somebody says "Can I do it myself?" I can not answer, and wonder how anybody can. I can say "Yes, it's easy" but I know my tool and skill set. Who knows yours?

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Definitely a do it yourself project. As mentioned, you may need special tools. Instead of purchasing those tools, I simply went to a shop and had them tighten an torque the big bolts. I offered them $20, they turned it down. Only took a second.


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If you don't know you probably should get some help.

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If you're comfortable with sockets and wrenches as well as a tape measure then I would say yes you can. One tip for when it comes time to tighten the hitch ball. Turn the hitch sideways in the receiver so the nut is pointing toward the drivers side of the tow vehicle. Now you can put your socket and bar on it and use your body weight to add some extra oomph.

Same thing goes for loosening the nut. Turn the receiver sideways so the nut points toward the passenger side and use your body weight to help break the nut free.


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