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Old 06-10-2014, 11:07 AM   #1
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Equalizer -L brackets

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To anyone who has the "Equlizer" hitch. Regarding the "L" brackets that wrap around the tension bars on the trailer.
It occurred to me that if one of those became lost/broken/stolen, I'd be out of luck in terms of towing.
I've already bought dupe cotter pins, Hitch pins and Clevis pins.

What is the actual name of that bracket anyway, I looked on Amazon but couldn't find it.
Anyone know?

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Old 06-10-2014, 11:29 AM   #2
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They are called L-pins and you can get them direct from Equalizer: Equalizer Parts
The part number is 95-01-9430, $15.25 for a pair of the *NEW* Snap L-pin.
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Old 06-10-2014, 12:11 PM   #3
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Hope you are using the bracket jacket also .
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Hope you are using the bracket jacket also .
What's the bracket jacket do for me?
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What's the bracket jacket do for me?
It's supposed to quite some of the creaking and poping noises. I'vs contacted the sales manager at Equalizer and be said most customers like them, we'll see. He also said that there may be a small reduction in sway control because you don't have the friction of that metal to metal contact. I was surprised to learn that a lot of the noise actually comes from the hitch head, the sockets the spring bars slide in to. Need to keep those greased up pretty good apparently.

I just ordered the bracket jackets and a double set of replacement pins and brackets. Curious to see how the jackets work.
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Old 06-11-2014, 08:23 AM   #6
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The 'jackets' make a huge difference. But you still need to grease the ball and the top and bottom of the 2 moving parts on the head (that the bars go into). Not too much ,just enough not to make a mess.
There is enough tongue weight ,especially after loading the front compartment and adding 2nd battey to tongue,that you will not notice any sway differnce.
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The bracket jackets don't fit with the redesigned pin.
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Old 06-11-2014, 10:54 AM   #8
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I don't really care so much about the noise, so if that's all the bracket Jacket does I will probably pass. Unless they also help to keep the L bracket from falling off.
I don't know, but looking at the casual way the L bracket is just sitting there, it seems with enough rattling, it might actually come off. I'm probably just being paranoid though.


As far as lubrication for the noise, just so I'm clear. The part you lubricate is the part of the hitch that is ON the truck and not on the trailer, correct? Obviously the ball head is on the truck, but I'm talking about where the tension bars connect.

Lastly, what to lubricate it with?

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1st , the jackets cannot come off unless you take the bar off and manually twist them off.
2nd, just use a basic white grease , but anything will work . and ,yes it is the 2 square parts that are bolted to the hitch head that goes into the truck sleeve. With the bars attached you can swing the bars way out and put a small dab of grease on the upper and lower points of the square part that has paint removed.That is were the friction points are .

Why not use the jackets ? the noise is annoying.
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I just ordered a spare set of L brackets. It said on the Equalizer site that the Jackets don't fit the "new" L brackets. I think the "new" ones are the ones with the swing over lock, which I currently have.
I kind of like the noise, makes me know that everything is working as it should!
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