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Old 03-31-2013, 06:52 PM   #1
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sway bars

well i posted in the welcome section that we had put a deposit down on a salem, well we soon realized it wasnt going to work for our truck and ended up buying a shadow cruiser....

i understand this is a FR forum so I am sending my apologies early.

but we picked it up yesterday, a shadow cruiser 31bhs, its a great rig.

my question is the sway bars, when you put those on should you turn the handles all the way so they were tight? i put them on and turned 3-4 times, (dealer reco) and still felt some side to side swaying while driving home...just looking for opinions
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:51 PM   #2
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it would help if you stated what you're towing with and if you are using a WDH.
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towing with a 2012 chevy silverado 1500...

wdh i would have to go back and look...it all came as a package deal.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:06 AM   #4
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I'm assuming you have a friction sway bar since you mentioned tighten handle. I ran one for years and tighten as hard as I could go. They do not eliminate all sway and could if add 2nd one if you don't already have 2. After some use they will need to be cleaned with a wire brush. There are other options to help control sway through different devices. Look in etrailer.com.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:24 PM   #5
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I had 2 friction arms previously and hand tightened as far as they would go and backed off until handles were parallel to the arms facing forward. I remember reading those instructions. Make sure you loosen them before backing up and try not to drop them on a hard surface like concrete. The inside pads break off pretty easy.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:33 PM   #6
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I use two and tighten them as far as I can by hand. Two versus one will make a big a difference.
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I knew my old hitch was set right when it made all kinds of noise turning a shape corner. That was as good as a friction hitch would do. Grinding and popping noise. I would start looking for a better hitch. If you plan on traveling a lot of miles.
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When I got the walk through at the dealer, he told me to tighten it just until snug. It didn't take me long before I was tightening it as tight as I could get it and still be able to un-tighten. Made a huge difference.
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I put a open end on mine. And tightened up real good. I would get a second one to go on the other side. It about 50 bucks e trailer.com. under sway control. It's not going stop the sway all way. But it should help. Have u drove the trailer in the wind yet or trucks passing. Mine did ok with one or the other. But both high winds and passing trucks look out and hang on
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i have 2 sway bars, one on each side.

i am going to try and tighten a little more on my next trip. thanks for replies, i am sorry i am not a FR owner for now and there are no shadow cruiser forums
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