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Old 03-24-2009, 07:36 PM   #1
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Cushioned hitch shank?

Does anyone have any input on cushioned hitch shanks? Sounds like a good idea, just wonder what happens if the rubber gives, will it cause the pin to shear? Suppose to give a smoother ride. Any input would be appreciated.
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Old 03-25-2009, 08:38 AM   #2
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Is what you're talking about?



If the rubber gives (highly unlikely) you'll get a lot of slop back and forth but it would take a lot to shear the pin. Probably a lot more than your tow combination can produce.

I've never had the kind of problem it's designed to help. Most of the issues with hitch shanks are side to side slop in the receiver tube which this does nothing for. It would also be useless if you needed any kind of weight distribution.
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Old 03-25-2009, 06:11 PM   #3
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re: cushioned shank

Well they make WDH shanks the same way. I believe it would give a smoother ride, but wonder if 8000# with 1 inch of travel might be enough to snap a 5/8" pin in double shear. I will have to calculate it out. Your probably right it will take quite a bit, however I was hoping someone had experience with these cushioned shanks. Thanks for the input.
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I've used one for the last 5 years. Awesome! Take the "jounce" out of towing. I would recommend it.
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Thank you. I beleive that it will be a better ride. I just wanted someone who actually used one opinion. It is not that expensive, I will order today and post my experience. Thanks again for your input.
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