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Old 07-11-2011, 11:17 AM   #11
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Will try to get a photo in the next couple days. Trailer is unhooked but you'll be able to see the snap up bracket and how it bent.
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Old 07-11-2011, 12:05 PM   #12
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How many chain links under tension are you using ??

Be careful that the free hanging chain link nearest the snap-up bracket is free to move around. I have seen several pictures of people that have that chain link in a bind....in other words, above the chain link under tension instead of at the bottom of that link hanging loose.
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Old 07-11-2011, 12:42 PM   #13
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What I really want to see is a side shot photo of your rig hitched
up ready to roll.

There has got to be some interference there somewhere.
It's not just the weight on the WD bar chain that's bending the
bracket.
The bar or chain must be tangling in something else.

A side photo of the rig hitched would be real helpful.
And one from above looking down would be nice too.....
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Old 07-11-2011, 01:34 PM   #14
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Here's a couple photos of mine. Bent Bracket and #2
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Old 07-11-2011, 01:40 PM   #15
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Yep, our bracket looks just like yours, Coops1 - except that our bolt was even straighter up and down.
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Old 07-11-2011, 01:58 PM   #16
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Wow......I just couldn't picture what it looked like.

The only thing I can think of is that the bolt is not tight enough to "cut" into the frame. Other that that, I don't have the foggiest.
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We were "told" by the install guy at CW in Winchester that you don't want to "over tighten" these bolts. He said to tighten them to snug and then go only one more turn as it was not good to over tighten them. But now, this has happened twice with brackets installed by CW and once to the one we had to put on ourselves in the Outer Banks.
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Old 07-11-2011, 02:19 PM   #18
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What I really want to see is a side shot photo of your rig hitched
up ready to roll.

There has got to be some interference there somewhere.
It's not just the weight on the WD bar chain that's bending the
bracket.
The bar or chain must be tangling in something else.

A side photo of the rig hitched would be real helpful.
And one from above looking down would be nice too.....
Nope, our chain hangs off, loose, straight down. Nothing to get caught up or bound between the bars at all.
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Old 07-11-2011, 02:23 PM   #19
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How many chain links under tension are you using ??

Be careful that the free hanging chain link nearest the snap-up bracket is free to move around. I have seen several pictures of people that have that chain link in a bind....in other words, above the chain link under tension instead of at the bottom of that link hanging loose.
Dane, at Reese, said they recommend that there should be no more than (6) links in between the cam U-bolt and the snap up bracket. We have been right at link #6 but at the start of our return trip from OBX, tried link #5 so as to throw a bit more weight to the front of the truck. After discovering the 3rd bracket bent just an hour down the road, we put it back to #6 for the remainder of the drive home. Just wanted to go back to what we had been doing and not wanting to try something new. The previous two snap up brackets bent when we were on link #6.
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Dane, at Reese, said they recommend that there should be no more than (6) links in between the cam U-bolt and the snap up bracket.
Hmmm, I am pretty sure my instructions stated a minimum of 5 links under tension.....and I don't think there was a maximum. Either way, with 5 or 6 links, that should not cause the problem.

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We were "told" by the install guy at CW in Winchester that you don't want to "over tighten" these bolts. He said to tighten them to snug and then go only one more turn as it was not good to over tighten them.
I can understand that over-tightening could weaken the metal.
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