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#1 csevel1

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 06:15 PM

We purchased a sway bar for our SD and I was wondering how crucial it is to mount/weld the 1" ballplate 1.5" forward of the hitch ball? Our particular hitch will only allow for the plate to be welded directly perpendicular to the hitch ball. We would still be able to be 5.5" away..just not forward. Does this distance affect anything? Hope this makes sense. Thanks for any feedback. :)

#2 Muttley

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 10:45 PM

Etrailer.com sells a bolt on bracket that handles that job without any welding. I have been using one for five years, no problem.
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#3 lkg907

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 07:31 AM

I tried to send you the instructions that came with my swaw bar adapter, but the forum said that the file was too big. PM me with your e-mail address and I'll send it to you.'
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#4 Euphoria

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 11:21 AM

Not sure why it would have to be mounted forward of the hitch ball. My receiver hitch has an integral mount for the 1" sway bar ball, and it sits parallel with the hitch ball (relative to the rear bumper,) and that is where it has lived and functioned perfectly for the past 5 years. Don't see any real justification for mounting it forward of the main 2" hitch ball, but I can see a real problem in doing so, if you should happen to inadvertently make a "jack knife" turn while backing, and wind up bending it around your main hitch because it is forward of the 2" ball. Mounting it directly perpendicular to your main hitch ball, parallel with the line of your rear bumper,should be the optimum installation position.

Edited by Euphoria, 22 July 2012 - 11:24 AM.

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#5 csevel1

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 12:49 PM

Thank you all so much for your insight~! We decided to just buy the adapter plate and avoid the whole welding thing altogether.

#6 Don in OKC

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 08:11 AM

A 'shin biter'.

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#7 lkg907

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 04:22 PM

Here you go.

#8 Larry & Debbie Gamble

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 05:21 AM

A sway bar will operate and function in all planes. Not just horizonatlly but vertically as well. Moving the ball forward facilitates the geometry required to minimize suspension bounce on bad roads. Really makes a difference if traveling a road like I10 towards Baton Rouge.

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