Today, were gonna install the Equal-i-zer Sway Control Hitch part number EQ90-00-1200.First thing Im gonna do for our install is go ahead and attach your hitch bolt to the head assembly. And check your instructions for your shank distance. Were gonna install our hitch ball, lock washer and nut, go ahead and tighten it down. To install the hitch ball, what you gotta do is actually take the sockets where our spring bars go into and spread them apart. That way, you can get your socket inside. If you dont do that, its gonna be impossible to get the socket in there.
Then Ill go ahead and snug the bolt down and torque it down as specified in the instructions.Well go ahead and install the shank into our receiver hitch and install the hitch pin. Alright, next thing you wanna do is go ahead and go to your trailer and make sure its on level ground. I have the trailer sitting in level as best as possible and we wanna measure from the top of the coupler down to the ground. So its like 20 inches. So, when we set our head assembly onto our shank, we wanna measure that as close as possible.Ok, and before we install our head assembly, we need to place this washer assembly right here in that hole and that controls the tilt of the head.
Now, depending on the vehicle youre working with, it depends on how many washers youre using. More washers will tilt back the ball toward the trailer. Less washers will bring the ball close to the tow pin. Were gonna start off with five and try our initial judgment from there and see how it works.If were sure of our measurement, well go ahead and install the rest of our hardware. Use flat washers, lock washers and nut.
Alright, well go ahead and tilt our assembly up and theres a screw on the bottom that we need to adjust to take up the slack right here.Alright, well go ahead and turn our attention to the trailer. Once again, well install our frame brackets. We have one installed already right here. To give you a reference, the measurement were gonna use is from the center of the hitch ball is gonna be 32 inches to the center of our bracket. Now, if you have objects on your ton of the trailer that covers up that spot, you can move it in and out as needed and see the instructions for that distance.Our bracket consists three pieces of hardware.
Our first bracket with the short oval on one side is gonna get two of the short hex bolts just like that. Were gonna take our long bolt, well flip it over and put our long bolt through here, set that on the trailer, lock washer and nut. And then back to the other side and put our bolt as close as possible to the bottom of the frame. Were gonna take our bracket and for our initial setup, were gonna put it right in the middle. We may have to adjust it up or down. Well just try it out first and well install our two nylon lock nuts.Once were sure of our placement of our bracket, these two bolts here, were gonna tighten down and torque down as specified in the instructions.Alright, well go ahead and install our spring bar with the sticker facing out. This cutout will hit the bolt on the inside here. Well slide it into place then our pin then our clip. Were done with the driver side, lets go ahead to the passenger side and repeat the same process.With our spring bars installed, lets go ahead and back the truck onto the trailer and connect up. Okay, now what well do is go ahead and lock the coupler up to the ball and well go ahead and pick up the truck and trailer with the jack so it makes it easier to install the spring bar to the frame brackets.Alright, now were gonna take our spring bars and slide them onto the top part of our frame bracket. And put a pin that helps retain it in place and a clip on the bottom. With driver side down, well do the same thing on the passenger side. Go ahead and double-check our dimensions. From the center of our pin here to the outside edge, the absolute minimum should be three inches and were at 3 . Looks like were in good shape, lets go ahead and lower our truck and trailer and see how it sits.Alright, lets start our initial setup. Well go ahead and raise the truck and trailer once more to take the tension off the spring bars, get them out of the way and well adjust the frame brackets. Since we raised it up, we kinda lost some room to the side of the bar end but the kit does come with a tool that help you do that. You just need to last it a little bit over just like so.Alright, our driver side is done, repeat the same process over the passenger side. Alright, well go ahead and lower it one more time and check out our measurements with our truck and trailer.To increase our force to pick up our tongue load, we can go ahead and add one more washer to the head assembly and tilt it back more, try it again. If that doesnt work, well go ahead and raise our bracket one more hole up.Once were satisfied with our adjustment, well go ahead and torque down the last of our bolts.And thatll finish our install for part number EQ900-00-1200.
Today we are going to cover a few questions about weight distribution in general that we get a lot. First we will start off with the hitch itself. A common question is can any hitch be used with the weight distribution assembly. Virtually any two inch receiver hitch as the one we have here, can accommodate weight distribution. However there are a few odd ones out there that do not, mainly they are on small SUVs and maybe a couple of minivans, for the most part almost any two inch receiver hitch can accommodate weight distribution. The only real bulletproof way to find out is to look at the sticker on the hitch itself and you will see some numbers on there. The numbers you want to look for here are right here. This one says weight carrying and that is for the hitch itself which means that is the maximum weight the hitch can carry without any assistance.
Today were going to show you how to measure for a weight distribution shank. It looks kind of confusing with the different lengths and amount of holes on it and different measurements. Were going to keep it basic and simple so you can pick out the right one the first time and well show the steps that are needed to do that. First thing we do is get two measurements, we need to measure from the bottom of the coupler down to the ground. Also we need to measure from the top of the hitch opening down to the ground. The difference between the two measurements will tell us what size shank to get. Well make that 13 1/2 inches and looks like we have a measurement of 21 inches. With some simple math, the difference will be 7 1/2 inches, so we need to find a that is close to that. The closest one we have is part # 3344. That part will have a eight inch total so that will be as close as we can get. Well check that out to make sure it works. With our measurements in hand, lets go ahead and test it. As you can see the ball height is the same as the coupler so it looks like a perfect match.