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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-21-2018, 06:22 AM Thread Starter
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How do I adjust my WD Hitch?

Hi everyone. I have a question regarding my weight distribution hitch. I recently purchased a new truck but the adjusted height is not the same as my old truck. I had a 1500 before and now I have a 2500. I know the height will be higher on the truck end. What do I do? Thanks
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-21-2018, 10:44 AM
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Is the head adjustable on the shank or welded? If welded you'll have to buy a new one or have the old one cut apart and rewelded. If you buy a new one buy one that's adjustable

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Phat rat. Its adjustable nothing is welded
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Depending on what brand of WD hitch you have will determine how you adjust.

Mine has 2 bolts that hold the ball / bars to the receiver adapter.

Set both the truck and trailer on a level surface. Level the frame of the trailer without the truck hooked to it. Measure the height of the ball. Measure the height of the ball, and adjust to be about 1" higher than the trailer.
Tighten all bolts to specified torque by MFG. Hook up trailer and adjust chains so that there is about 1" of sag in the truck at the ball (hence setting the ball about 1" higher in the previous step).

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Thanks, I've seen a few videos on you tube and I'm understanding the concept much more. I have a Husky Round bar hitch, which uses the chain links. The hitch was installed when I got the trailer but was not shown how to adjust it if I ever changed vehicles. I should have asked.
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Chevy states that a WDH is optional even with a 18,000 lb. trailer load. With a 12,000 lb. trailer load I have never needed a WDH with my 2011 truck and its frame.

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Chevy states that a WDH is optional even with a 18,000 lb. trailer load. With a 12,000 lb. trailer load I have never needed a WDH with my 2011 truck and its frame.
elkhornsun I did hear something like that somewhere. My trailer weights around 6000 lbs. dry. So I should try it but I would have to adjust it accordingly.
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I run the WDH not for the Weight distribution, but SWAY control in wind.

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I run the WDH not for the Weight distribution, but SWAY control in wind.
yeah I would say it's good for safety reasons. The wind and those big rigs passing are no joke.
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What brand & model wd is it?
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