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Old 03-13-2014, 07:27 PM   #1
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Sway Bar How Tight ????

Just installed a friction type anti sway bar on my 4500 # TT. Can't get any firm opinion on how tight i should set the lever, the manual says to tighten till the lever stops, it doesn't stop, just get tighter and tighten. I quess it would if i really but my 250 pounds on it. But how tight should it be to avoid damage ?????
The trailer pulls fairly well without it as far as trucks passing,but windy days move it around a bit.
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Old 03-13-2014, 10:30 PM   #2
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I was told not to over tighten it. Mmmm, interesting, do not think I have any Manuel on it either.
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Old 03-14-2014, 05:57 AM   #3
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just tighten it as far as it will go without putting excessive force on it( straining yourself). I broke one before from having it too tight. If you have to make it that tight something is wrong.
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So far I haven't had a sway problem with my 30 ft TT but my Duramax don't get pushed around very easy. With that, I tighten it until the friction pads touch and give the handle another turn. What I've heard is to tighten it until the tow vehicle won't correct from a turn and back it off 1/4 turn until the tow vehicle will barely correct from a turn. I think you're going to have to find the sweet spot by trial and error.
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Old 03-16-2014, 08:54 AM   #5
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The handle is tightened when in use.
The bolt adjusts the tension.
How to Properly Set the Tension on the Curt Sway Control Bar # 17200 | etrailer.com
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You are supposed to tighten it down until the steering no longer springs back to center while turning a corner, then back off a bit. If you cant get this to happen, you need two.
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When I had mine I just made it "snug" not overly tight. Went with a weight distribution set up on my newer tt. I would say it's a 75% improvement over just the friction type.
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