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    Posted: 08 Mar 2019 at 7:50pm
I have changed my tow vehicle and need to adjust the Equalizer WDH. The new hitch receiver is 3 inches higher.  The Equalizer Hitch instructions look pretty straightforward...except for the need of a 430 ft lb torque wrench.  Has anyone made this change themselves?
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The 430 ft. lb. torque wrench is for the hitch ball. Unless you are changing that, you don't need to torque the hitch head to shank bolts nearly that tight. You will be okay. I had to do it more than once. The first time was because the dealer set-up was not correct. When we changed to a Frontier, I needed to do it again for the new TV. It isn't hard.
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The shank bolts need to be 320 ft lbs.  I misspoke.

It sounds like a reasonable job.  Thanks for your help.

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This one will get you 300 ft. lbs. I just used a long socket wrench and a breaker bar when I tightened mine. I'm pretty sure I got close to the 320 by the time I was done. It never loosened up on me. Our older daughter has it now. We got a Hensley Cub hitch which we use now.

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A little Permatex always helps also.
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There is nothing magic about torque values. You don't need an expensive torque wrench.  1 ft-lb is one lb of force applied perpendicularly at 1 ft distance from the center point. Sinple as that.  So if you want 320 ft-lbs you can simply stand (carefully!) on your breaker bar at the correct distance based on your weight. Here is the calc: 

320 ft-lb X12 in/ft = 3840 in-lb.  Divide 3840 by your weight = the number of inches from the center where you will stand. Try to have the bar more or less horizontal (doesn't need to be perfect), and if the bolt you're tightening is vertical, turn the hitch 90 degrees in the receiver temporarily. 

That's all there is to it. 
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I did what offgrid did.....breaker bar and standing on it at the right location based on my weight....close enough.
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