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How to Properly Set the Tension on the Curt Sway Control Bar # 17200


how tight should the handle on sway bar be tightened and how tight should the adjustment bolt be set.

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The handle is actually the on/off switch for the unit and the bolt under the handle is the tension adjustment bolt. You will need to turn the On/Off handle clockwise (tighter) until the handle will stay firmly in place parallel with the main body of the sway control.

Start out setting the sway control by testing with the adjustment bolt at the factory preset level of friction. You will need to perform a series of road tests with the loaded trailer. If there is not enough sway control adjust the tension bolt 1/4 turn clockwise (tighter) if there is too much tension adjust the tension bolt counter clockwise (looser) 1/4 turn. On subsequent trips increase or decrease tension by turning the adjusting bolt in 1/4 turn increments until the desired level of sway control is achieved.

A couple of things you should also be aware of are that you should never have the handle in the on position when backing a trailer and the unit should be turned off when driving in slick conditions.

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