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Old 08-26-2015, 02:13 PM   #1
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Those with L Bracket Sway Hitches

I know that there are a number of WDHs with sway control out there that use friction L brackets on the trailer A Frame.

Fastway E2
Equalizer 4Point
Reese (though not included in this conversation for soon to be obvious reasons)
Curt
and a few others.

If I attached a small piece of brake material to the L bracket, I wonder if it would assist in sway control as well as reduce noise.

Here is what I found..
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CNUGHCU..._g6F3vbZ7VB1B2

I'm hoping something like this would only enhance the friction and sway control.
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Old 08-26-2015, 02:22 PM   #2
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It is an idea but I dont know why a person would need them (maybe I am missing something). It seems if you set up your WDH correctly and it was the proper one (spring weight and what not) then something like this wouldn't be needed. I have a 2012 2500 and a 33 foot (overall) trailer and it has no sway and the friction on the bar seems adequate. Following to see what others have to say.
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Old 08-26-2015, 02:25 PM   #3
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It is an idea but I dont know why a person would need them (maybe I am missing something). It seems if you set up your WDH correctly and it was the proper one (spring weight and what not) then something like this wouldn't be needed. I have a 2012 2500 and a 33 foot (overall) trailer and it has no sway and the friction on the bar seems adequate. Following to see what others have to say.
I agree, but it would be interesting and might actually prolong the life of the B Brackets and trunion bars. Also, might be a quieter setup. Wouldn't be hard to JB Weld the brake material to them. just an idea.
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Old 08-26-2015, 03:05 PM   #4
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I don't think it would hurt the sway damping ability and may actually inprove it, and it should certainly dampen the noise. It would also reduce the wear on the "L" brackets as well as the spring bars.
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Old 08-26-2015, 04:46 PM   #5
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Equal-i-zer has optional "Bracket Jackets" that go in the L-bracket, to help with noise.

http://www.equalizerhitch.com/store/...products_id=66
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Old 08-26-2015, 07:22 PM   #6
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X 2 on the bracket jackets

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Old 08-26-2015, 07:35 PM   #7
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Just picked up the brackets and they showed up yesterday. Towing to NJ coming up so I will see how they work...
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Old 08-27-2015, 10:45 AM   #8
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Equal-i-zer has optional "Bracket Jackets" that go in the L-bracket, to help with noise.

Sway Bracket Jacket (pair) : Equal-i-zer Hitch Store
I have the bracket jackets, but Equalizer actually states that they may reduce sway control since there is no longer metal on metal contact. The brake pad material would provide a friction surface and actually increase the friction and should also decrease noise.
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Old 08-27-2015, 10:53 AM   #9
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I for one could care less about the noise. No big deal. It's the end results I'm interested in and that is preventing sway. My Equalizer 4 point WDH does just that and I'm happy. BTW how long do you think it's going to take to where out the brackets? I doubt I'll be around long enough to find out. Later RJD
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Old 08-27-2015, 11:04 AM   #10
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I guess i am missing something with these sway bar jackets and the proposed brake material. I switched from the Husky Centerline (Old Design) to the Equalizer 4 point and too experienced noise. Tuns out it was at the hitch head and not the l brackets. I greased the head as recommendation equalizer and the noise is nearly non existent. The low speed noise is likely coming from the brackets but its nothing other than a few pops. From an engineering stand point a huge portion of anti sway is due to the head and the lateral forces applied to the surfaces of the sockets. If set up correctly and maintained i don't see the need for the jackets or any additional friction forces. You may need to adjust the hitch and go with a tighter toque on the hitch head socket bolts. I check mine before each trip to ensure there is equal tension on both bars. JMO

I will also say not likely but a possibility of increasing the amount of friction to the bar surface could potentially have consequences similar to the reason why with the friction sway bar you must reduce the force when driving in rain or snow. Just a thought.
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