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i recently bought a new adjustable height weight distribution hitch and assembled as per the directions. the issue i have is that the head, even when the 5/8" bolts are torqued to 200 ft. lbs, still has some movement between the 2 pieces. it moves both up and down and side to side. it is a "Robin" brand (if that makes any difference)
is this movement normal? if not, would i be OK to grind some washers a little thin and put between the 2 halves? any suggestions? the bolts are grade 5 and i'm a little leary of tightening them any tighter.

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Re: weight distributing hitch head [Re: Hammer07] #4781
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Hey there hammer...

There should be no play in them at all, it there is you will hear and feel it all trip long...

I would either get some grade 8 bolts and tighten them up good, or try the shim washers...

If it were up to me though, the grade 8's would be choise... thumbs


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well, i'm doing both. because even with grade 8 bolts, i'm still trying to squeeze 2 pieces of very thick metal together and it just ain't happening. so i stopped at the hardware this morning and got some washers and some new bolts. i'll let you know how it works

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OK, i ground the washers a little thinner, but they were still ridiculously hard to even start, so i looked around the shop and spied the 50 ton press (insert Tim Taylor grunt). i gave it a little squeeze, and voila! i had to use the hammer to get them back together. torqued the new bolts and i'm good to go!
Thanks, Ranger

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Glad to see it worked out for you...

I especially liked the 'Tim Taylor' grunt... lmao


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