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Old 10-28-2012, 04:18 PM   #11
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yes. arms should swing freely.There will be some resistance though. they should be torqued at 45# I believe, look at manual.
Thank you. The factory default, even superman can't move it
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Old 10-28-2012, 10:33 PM   #12
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Finally got the installation done. Using 6 washers worked for me. Also, the shank, I had reverse it (Equalizer web site suggest the shank down). With the shank being down, I scraped the driveway so I didn't want to take a chance like last night.

I didn't drive the freeway to test it out but did only the local street.

Since the ball is tilted, does that reduce the effectiveness of the locking mechanism to lock in the ball? Just being paranoid I guess.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:34 AM   #13
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No 6 washers is fine that's what I've had on mine for 2 years now.
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:10 AM   #14
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No 6 washers is fine that's what I've had on mine for 2 years now.
X2...no worries! You should lube and re-torque (per manufacturer recommendations) your link plate bolts every year.
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:16 AM   #15
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There is a video on youtube showing the setup process. They said in that video to start with 5 washers, then add or subtract as needed. So 6 should be no problem at all.
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Old 10-29-2012, 01:08 PM   #16
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8 washers is the max. Loosen the hitch head socket bolts and lube the top and bottom areas around the sockets and swing the sockets back and forth with a bar to distribute the lube. I tighten mine to 60 and that works well for me. The sockets are the main sway control so it is important to adjust these correctly.
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Old 10-29-2012, 03:31 PM   #17
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I'm not sure of the 8 washers, I've heard people having trouble uncoupling because of the ball angle while using 7 washers. Might just have been an issue with the trl tongue too.
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:08 PM   #18
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8 washers is taken directly from the installation manual.
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I'm not sure of the 8 washers, I've heard people having trouble uncoupling because of the ball angle while using 7 washers. Might just have been an issue with the trl tongue too.
I have seven washers in mine and has never had a problem with coupling or uncoupling. When the bars are attached it almost brings hitch head back to straight up. I need to transfer a little more weight and will be putting the 8th washer in next year to try it out.
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One more thing. I said above that Toyota has their own recommendation. Specifically, I think the manual says to adjust the weight distribution hitch until front fender is returned to the same height as before connection.

But please check your Toyota manual to confirm.
Exactly. The main goal of any WDH kit should be to return every bit of lost weight back to the front axle. The rear measurements are only a check to be sure you didn't actually increase the rear beyond stock.

You need to shift more weight, by adding more washers. If you are already level, then you may need to drop the head on the shank to the next slot. But try the washers first. If less than 1" tongue-high, that's OK.
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