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Old 06-23-2016, 07:52 AM   #1
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WDH adjustment

I am trying to fine tune my curt WDH 10000/1000. I know without using a scale I won't be %100. Unloaded I have measurements of 38 1/2 I the back. and in the front I have 36 . The installation Manual says everything should fall within 1/2" when I'm all setup the rear is at 38 and the front is 35 1/2". Everything I've read on the net says the front shouldn't go lower than the original measurement. It tows great with this setup but wanted to make sure I'm not damaging something. I will visit the scales before our next trip but in the mean time wanted to get all of your opinions.
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Old 06-23-2016, 08:24 AM   #2
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It sounds to me like you are fine. if the 1/2 in the front bothers you take a link out of your bars and see what that does no matter what you do drive it a little to see what effect if any your adjustment have other then height of the truck
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Old 06-23-2016, 08:40 AM   #3
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Get the front back to 36 and let the rear fall where it may.


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Old 06-23-2016, 09:28 AM   #4
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If it's towing good, I wouldn't change it at all until you visit a scale. And even then I wouldn't change it unless there's something really off about it.

The front being " lower isn't anything to worry about. Especially on that 1500 Ram and it's soft suspension.
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Old 06-23-2016, 12:22 PM   #5
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Get the front back to 36 and let the rear fall where it may.
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Don't pay so much attention to the rear, it's the front you need to worry about. The truck is designed to squat a little under load. I've not seen a hitch manufacturer yet say it was ok to load the front end more than stock, and most say not to. If the rear squats TOO much (more than...say 2") then look at replacing suspension or adding air bags. 1 - 2 " drop in the rear is normal.
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Old 06-23-2016, 12:36 PM   #6
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Don't pay so much attention to the rear, it's the front you need to worry about. The truck is designed to squat a little under load. I've not seen a hitch manufacturer yet say it was ok to load the front end more than stock, and most say not to. If the rear squats TOO much (more than...say 2") then look at replacing suspension or adding air bags. 1 - 2 " drop in the rear is normal.


This is what I'm conflicted with. The installation instructions on the curt hitch only say "it should settle within 1/2". Does not specify front or rear. I'll try and link the instructions


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Old 06-23-2016, 12:42 PM   #7
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https://www.curtmfg.com/masterlibrar..._17302_INS.PDF


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Old 06-23-2016, 01:36 PM   #8
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Here is the Youtube link for the Curt WDH setup.


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Old 06-23-2016, 01:49 PM   #9
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I've got a Curt, but different hitch. Yours would indicate that it doesn't really matter how much weight you put on the front as long as it's not lower than the rear. Still, based on my observations, your front axle limits are generally closer than the rear and therefore easier to exceed (most of the time). I'd still recommend setting it to unloaded weight (36 in your case ) and go from there.

EDIT: After watching the above video, I think you instructions weren't worded very well. The video states to settle within 1/2" of the original measurements, not front to rear. Your written instructions also state to expect about 1/8" drop in rear for every 100 lbs on average. I'd set the front between 36 - 36 1/2 and call it a day.
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Old 06-23-2016, 05:09 PM   #10
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You have to think about this... I know on my old F150 I could walk over and push down on the rear bumper with like two fingers and make it go down, that's why it had such a smooth ride. The rear is going to squat and in fact, you want it to squat. If you don't have enough weight on the rear its going to ride wierd and be usafe. Putting too much weight on the front is actually not good. Get the front back close to where it is unloaded and move forward. If the squat in the rear is bothersome you can add aftermarket item to fix it (I did being mine had a leveling kit on the rear witch made it look much worse than it was) or just live with it. I ended up moving up to a Ram 2500 4x4 with a Cummins and I promise I had not idea it would be such a huge difference. Its not even in the same ballpark as the f150 Ecoboost I had (and I had 2 Ecoboost truck a 2012 and 2014). One of the biggest is the braking. With the exhaust brake I can practically stop my whole rig by just barely touching the brake. The exhaust brake and downshifting do all the work. It pure awesomeness I promise.
I was basically maxed out on my F150 and was over my payload actually. I didn't want to get in an accident or cause one and my insurance say sorry... you were over your weight... good luck!
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