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Old 03-02-2012, 07:58 AM   #1
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Question sway control tightness?

Installing a single sway control bar this weekend, once installed, how tight should it be set at? Any guidelines for this? Thanks,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:29 AM   #2
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Pro Series Friction Sway Control Kit - Economy - by Draw-Tite, Reese and Hidden Hitch Pro Series Weight Distribution 83660

Assuming you are referring to a friction bar sway control?

The video on the below link shows how to install the bar along with how to hook it up. The instructions say to tighten the sway control bar until stops.
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Old 03-03-2012, 01:25 PM   #3
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When I got mine the shop told me to finger tighten than 1 full turn after that.
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Old 03-03-2012, 03:45 PM   #4
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I've seen other videos that show to tighten the handle till tight and adjust the bottom bolt to the desired sway control. My friend said that I will know if it is too tight if it chatters. My Curt sway control bottom bolt is almost bottomed out and still doesn't chatter. Works though.
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You can break these bars if you tighten them too tight. I tighten mine until I feel just a little resistance and it works great. I have had to tighten it another quarter turn only once when the wind really started blowing.
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Read the instructions. If you didnt get instructions ask at the place where you bought it.
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If everyone read the instructions. We would not need places like this. I tighten mine a half turn past snug. Just have to remember to take it off before backing up.
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Yes, the video is your answer...tight, but not sludge hammer tight.
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I read the instructions that are on the bar. It said to tighten the handle all the way and adjust the bolt 1/4 turn at a time and test till the to the desired control is achieved.
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Right on Gundog

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So if it 'chatters' it is too tight? Our is making quite a racket ( brand new set up)
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That's what I've been told. If it chatters, back the bolt, not the handle off 1/4 turn and try again.

http://www.curtmfg.com/masterlibrary..._17200_INS.PDF
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The Reese friction sway controller install video says "From there, you just want to go ahead and tighten the handle back up until it stops and it should actually be back into its level position just like it was when it came out of the box".

But the description of the controller says "Friction adjustment for multiple towing situations". So I guess your question is "How do I adjust the friction for various weight in the trailer?"

I have an older Eaz-Lift friction sway controller that I used when I towed a 5x10 box trailer behind my 5er. We hauled a handicap scooter and generator and extra gas in the trailer when going to Texas Motor Speedway for a long racing weekend.Without the sway bar, when the 5er does a jig, the second trailer does a huge jog. So the sway bar somewhat controls the swaying of the second trailer. But to answer your question, I don't know the official answer. Mine has only one adjuster screw, and I get it as tight as I can get it with my bare hands, then use a cheater pipe and get it a schooch tighter. Works out good. It's too far away to hear it chatter, so if it chatters I don't know.

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Smokey, other than the eyelet and anti-rattle tab, the Eaz-lift is the same as my Curt dual pad bar.

I turn the volume up on my rear camera and can't hear any chatter.
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