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Old 03-18-2007, 06:12 PM   #29
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Here are the individual parts.

The shank was extended and a new hole for the pin was added so it would clear the spare tire. It only goes as far as it needs to .. and no more. The extenstion is weldeed onto the BACK of the shank to provide support when in the hitch.


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and the single bar. It fits up into a socket just to the left of the ball (Drivers side)


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Drop trailer onto ball and then jack trailer and car up (Do not insert the bar before you do this.. it moshes into the ground and is pretty much unmovable with all the tongue weight on it... don't ask me how I know this...anyway, this in itself tells me it does quite a bit)
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Old 03-18-2007, 06:21 PM   #30
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Flip the breaker bar on the wdh to the "install/no tension side..


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OK.. NOW insert the bar into the shank...

Attach the chain to the J hook in the breaker bar and pull the bar over to the Tension position


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Insert the breaker bar lock into the hole and secure the clip. This thing looks identical to any hitch pin, and I am sure that is all it is.


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Drop trailer jack, fold up, Locate dogs, put in car and drive away!.. uh.. preferably after you have stowed your chocks.
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Old 03-18-2007, 08:55 PM   #31
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Thanks for puttin' that info up for us Gina
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Old 03-18-2007, 10:09 PM   #32
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Thanks, Gina, especially for the photos.

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...I measured with and without the WDH. I get rid of 2" of squat with the WDH. I would like to get a little more, but the guy adjusted it so that the "Pull em up" on the bar is at the limit of my abilities to pull the bar over, even with the tongue jack pushing up as much as I can get it to go. (There is a limit to my strength) A breaker bar would be helpful, I could have they guys at work make me one...
By "measured", I assume you're talking only about the Jeep's ride height. Is that 2" at the hitch, or at the axle? And how much does the Jeep squat with the trailer load before engaging the WDH? Did you also check for the change at the front axle? I'm not trying to be a pest, I was just wondering if you already had some more of this information to share...

Since effort to engage the handle is an issue, Gina, have you considered relocating the battery to allow the "lift unit" assembly to sit further back on the tongue, so you are pulling closer to the end of the bar? It looks like you're only 2/3 of the way along the bar, right at the minimum, so getting out to the end should require significantly less pulling force on the chain (and thus on the handle to engage it).
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Brian,

Since the squat was in the back of the CAR, and not the trailer, thats where I measured .... at the top of the wheel well, just as instructed to by the instructions. I am a girl, I am allowed to read them.

The lift assembly is precisely 18" back from the center of the coupler ball socket. (Don't think I didn't check) He had to scoot the battery back a bit to get it there. The battery is not going back any farther due to the tank cover.

I like the battery where it is and have no desire to relocate it or undertake the chore it would be to move it.

I did not measure the front, however, eyeballing it shows it near level with the rear, which is where it sits normally, and is also OK according to the instructions. Only a slight decrease in height by comparison to the rear is allowed, and there is enough there for me to notice the handling difference. Thats what counts.

By the book, this thing is set up correctly.
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Thanks Gina. I know that you can read the instructions, as I did; however, most people don't so I would not assume that your installer followed them.

Of course I would not expect someone to be judging "squat" by the trailer suspension height, but it is very common for people to report the amount that the hitch drops (rather than at the rear axle), which is why I asked.

I'm not suggesting that this thing was not set up correctly (did it sound like that?), just wanting to learn from your experience. There seems to be a lot of interest in this particular model of WD system.
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