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Old 01-11-2010, 03:31 PM   #1
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Slight movement side to side in 2" adaptor.

I have a Blue Ox adaptor in order to raise the receiver 2".
When I had a wonderful Sportscoach, it was a snug fit.
With this 08 Tour there is a little more wiggle room than I like.
My question is: can I somehow shim the adaptor to snug it up. I intend to leave the shim(s) (if possible) in all the time? Would it be possible to shim only one side and top and keep relative straightness?
I admit there may be nothing wrong, maybe my imagination.

Thanks, Kerry
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If you leave it in all the time it will rust into tightness. Only kidding!

Depending on manufacturer, etc. most have a little play to make it easier to get in and out when the inside is rusted. If you feel it needs to be a little tighter, rather than shim which may be difficult, you may want to use a sleeve of very thin metal all the way around. Get something you can bend easily and make sure you lube all mating surfaces before you put it in or it will rust in place. Tightly bend it around the receiver and then drill the holes for the pin, that will hold it in place and it will not be seen.
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Nothing wrong w/shims. I'd use some sheet metal, you can get metal roof flashing (galv steel not aluminum) @ HD or Lowes. If you bend it over on itself to make a double thickness, then make a 90, cut it to 1.75x1.75 and tap it in, that will tell you how fat or thin your first attempt is. You want it snug. Even then, however, you will find it rattles out over miles. So make 2 or 3 when you find the formula so you can replace them as they migrate elsewhere.

You could try wrapping the inside piece on two sides, one of which extends back past the hitch pin hole, so the pin catches the metal shim. It will likely migrate fore or aft and jamb a bit on the pin, but will probably hold more securely than just shoved in from the back.
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Another way of doing this if you have the tools, is to drill and tap two holes, one on the top or bottom and one on the side of the reciever, thread in and tighten the two bolts and now you are now nice and snug for pennies.
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EngineerMike. Thanks. My biggest concern was the "migration" or working their way out. You gave the solution.
I"ll see Blue Ox at Quartzsite and look at the double clamp. As I've gotten older, laziness keeps geting bolder.
Thanks to all who replied.

Kerry

I noticed there is another Kerry on the forum, that's not me. Wait...I'm not him either. LOL
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