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Old 04-09-2016, 07:33 PM   #1
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Have any of you had groves cut into your 5/8 socket bolts ? I took mine apart and noticed groves cut into the bolts where the bottom of the socket is . I contacted Equalizer and they said my angle set bolt wasn`t tight enough. I have it torqued to 70ft pounds. How much more could you go? I was thinking I`m over doing the hitch. I know I`m over on tongue weight. Would I be better off to buy the 14k head or use my old reese with 1500 bars. I do like the Equalizer hitch thou.
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Old 04-09-2016, 10:27 PM   #2
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I haven't pulled my bolts out for a long time. I will do that soon and take a look.


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Old 04-09-2016, 10:50 PM   #3
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I pulled mine a couple of weeks ago - 1k/10k setup with about 7k miles towing. No grooves. 70 ft/lbs sounds high for the angle set bolt. This is from the owner manual: Use a wrench to tighten the angle set bolt until
it comes into contact with the shank and lifts the
head to where the spacer rivet also comes into
solid contact with the shank. Tighten the angle set
bolt an additional 1/2 turn.


The socket bolts are torqued to 45-60. I like 55 and check it every trip.
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Old 04-10-2016, 07:26 AM   #4
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I thought 70 ft pounds was plenty but EQ said my set bolt wasn`t tight enough. I think I don`t have it adjusted just right or I need to go to a heavier duty hitch. I can buy the 14k head or go back to my reese which I never had on this trailer.
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Old 04-10-2016, 08:35 AM   #5
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If you are referring to the bolts that hold the two sections of the head together (my e2 has 3/4" bolts) they get torqued to 250 ft-lbs not 60 ft-lbs
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Old 04-10-2016, 08:54 AM   #6
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I just finished setting up my WDH, the set bolt according to the instructions should be tightened until the rivet washers touch and then tighten another 1/4 turn. and should be checked after 50 miles of towing, large bolts holding head torque to 260 LBS
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Old 04-10-2016, 09:34 AM   #7
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I just finished setting up my WDH, the set bolt according to the instructions should be tightened until the rivet washers touch and then tighten another 1/4 turn. and should be checked after 50 miles of towing, large bolts holding head torque to 260 LBS
After our last camping trip, I've learned to check the torque on every bolt before taking it out again. The side bar sockets were extremely loose. My manual states the shank bolts should be torqued to 320 LBS, but I don't know how to tighten it that much with the wrench I have. Anyone know where I can purchase a wrench that size?
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Old 04-10-2016, 09:40 AM   #8
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I originally considered renting the large torque wrench but at $50 a pop I gave that idea up. Found pretty decent one on Amazon that goes as high as 600 ft/lbs for under $200. Has paid for itself already with the number of times I have used it. And spent another $25 bucks for an impact socket to fit the bolt.


It's big and heavy, so be prepared to find a place to store it.


I did get funny looks at the RV park when it got delivered-it's in a case that looks like a rifle case!
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If you are referring to the bolts that hold the two sections of the head together (my e2 has 3/4" bolts) they get torqued to 250 ft-lbs not 60 ft-lbs

I am talking about the bolts holding in the bar sockets, not the bolts fastening the head to the shank.
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Old 04-10-2016, 10:00 AM   #10
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I am talking about the bolts holding in the bar sockets, not the bolts fastening the head to the shank.
I don't have any grooving on mine. When I was setting up the hitch Equal-i-zer told me that there wasn't any torque spec for those bolts but the important part was the nut was tight enough that the lock washers were fully compressed and then tighten a bit more for safety. This was in response to my question when one of the bar socket bolts was so tight I couldn't move it.
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