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Review of Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution Parts - Shank for 2-1/2 Inch Hitch - EQ90-02-4700

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Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution Parts - Shank for 2-1/2 Inch Hitch - EQ90-02-4700 Review


Ellen: Hey everyone. I'm Ellen here at etrailer.com and today we're taking a look at the equalizer weight distribution shank. So this is going to be an important component for our weight distribution system from equalizer. It's going to be that connection point between our towing vehicle and our trailer. It's going to be where the head connects to, or the head assembly connects to, and then our bars connect to the frame on our trailer. Again, this is going to go into our hitch.It's going to give us the adjustment that we need to get the height leveled out between our towing vehicle and our trailer.

Of course, with a weight distribution system the whole idea is that we're going to be able to spread the weight of whatever we're towing out over more axles. A lot of times whenever you're towing with anything and you're putting all of that weight on one spot, in this case a hitch ball, it creates a lot of issues in your towing vehicle and also in your trailer. It makes for an uncomfortable ride and also can cause some premature squat in your towing vehicle.So having a weight distribution system is a good idea. It's going to help to alleviate a lot of those issues and make sure that everything rides nice and level. Again, with this we'll be able to adjust our height, get it where we need it to be.This is going to be a really solid piece.

It's going to be machined out of two solid pieces of steel welded together with a gusset, or kind of a thin there on the back. So you can see all the welds going all the way around there. It's going to be a really nice, heavy piece. Should be able to withstand years of service.You might notice the paint is starting to chip a little bit already. It's a dipped paint.

It is a solid steel construction though. That paint isn't really going to affect anything as far as the performance. It just might not look so pretty after a few years.Now as far as measurements and numbers to go over with you, got quite a few so let's dive right in. As far as the height for the drop, the max drop that we'll be able to get out of this is going to be three inches. So this would be the drop configuration.

If we flip it over that would be the rise, situated like that. The max rise that we can get out of this is going to be seven inches. The total height for the shank is nine and a half inches, so going from the very bottom to the very top.As far as the length we have several numbers to go over there. So going from our hitch pin hole here . this will probably be kind of hard for you guys to see, but going from that point to the front of our shank it's going to be nine inches. Going to the adjustment hole it's going to be eight inches. And then going to the back of that shank it's about seven inches. If we go to that fin or the gusset on the back, we'll have about four inches of clearance. So that's something to keep in mind, to look out for whenever you're putting this in place, especially in the rise position. You want to make sure that you have at least four inches of space between the hitch pin hole on your hitch, on your towing vehicle, and bumper or whatever closest part would be that that would hit. If you don't have enough space you might have to use it in the drop position or find one that has a little bit more space.We do have three inches of that shank going back. So again, another clearance measurement there. Most hitches should have plenty of space going back but there are a few exceptions so just something to keep in mind.The shank itself is going to be a two and a half inch by two and a half inch tube or shank. So that's going to fit in our two and a half inch by two and a half inch hitch receiver. The pin diameter here is going to be five eighths of an inch. So whenever you go to find a hitch pin, or locking hitch pin, you will want to find one that has a five eighth of an inch diameter.The overall length for this piece is going to be 12 inches. The hole spacing is going to be spaced out by an inch and a quarter. So center to center each of those is going to be an inch and a quarter apart. We will have six holes to make our height adjustment and each of those holes looks like it's about three quarters of an inch in diameter. All the hardware to connect that is going to come with your equalizer weight distribution system. It is designed to work with the equalizer, so we have a lot of options, a lot of configurations of the equalizer available here on etrailer.com, so check it out.Now as far as the other numbers to go over, the weight specs, it has a max gross towing weight of 16 000 pounds and a tongue weight range of 600 to 1600 pounds. So whenever you're choosing a shank you want to make sure that you have a good range there. You kind of want to be somewhere in the sweet spot. You don't want a system that's going to be too robust because then it can be a little too stiff and actually cause some more issues than it's solving. And on the other end you don't want to get something that's too soft because then it won't really do anything for you. So you want to be somewhere in the middle there. Again, those numbers, the tongue weight range is going to be 600 to 1600.This is going to be made in the USA and that's pretty much all there is to it for the equalizer weight distribution shank. Again, I'm Ellen here at etrailer.com. I hope I've answered all of your questions. If not let us know and we'll try to answer them as soon as possible. Thanks for watching and we'll see you next time.


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