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Troubleshooting Rear Sag With Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution System Connected on 2006 Ford F-250

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Carolina Squat Going On I bought this hitch and I had the RV company install it on my 2006 F250 and my rear fenders went down two inches while the 9000 lb trailer is level. I was thinking with a 2900 lb payload 1100 lbs tongue weight wouldnt require me to upgrade my rear suspension. Other weight distribution hitches you would make the tow vehicle and the trailer level then set the bars so weight is distributed over both. This one it seems like the whole goal isnt to make them both level, but to lift it up high enough so the bars can easily slide over so they rest on the trailer frame brackets. Is the height set right on this or do I have to upgrade the suspension? I would think the dealer who does a hundred of these wd hitches a year has it set right.

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The Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution System w/ 4-Point Sway Control # EQ37140ET may or may not be set up correctly. You'd be surprised by how many systems are not installed correctly at dealers. I'd double check your setup first and then if needed address the truck sag. I've attached the installation instructions to assist.

A weight distribution system should not only help your trailer to sit level but should also reduce the sag of your truck. If your truck sees very little difference from when the system is engaged versus the spring bars not engaged, then it sounds like a set-up issue. However, if you see help when the trunnion bars are engaged and the truck and trailer coming closer to level, then I recommend adding suspension enhancement. That amount of tongue weight is significant, so this may be the best option to reduce sag.

For your 2006 F-250 I recommend the Timbren Rear Suspension Enhancement System # TFR250SDF. This will be disengaged when you are not towing or carrying a load and will progressively support your truck to reduce squat when under load. Although this will not increase your capacities, it will drastically reduce sag, act as a shock absorber, and reduce body roll on corners as well.

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