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GEN 2 Weight distribution hitch issues

Discussion in 'Ford F-150 Raptor General Discussions [GEN 2]' started by demerson3814, May 24, 2019.

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    Andersen WDH goes with Raptor like PB&J

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    I am huge Anderson fan. Never seen that WDH until I just looked it up. Interesting design. The music on their promo video gave me brain damage though. I’m going to go recuperate.


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    I got everything working. For those that are interested - my tongue weight is 650lbs per the Sherline scale. I used 5 washers on the hitch and left the L-brackets in the center position. Trailer is almost exactly level, about 1/2” nose down when the suspension squats. Front wheel arch height is same as unloaded, rear is 1” down from unloaded. The 5pm rain showed up at 10:30am so no pictures.
     
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    Just saw this. Glad you got it worked out before I wrote a novel. Setting up a WD hitch can be a pain.

    I used to have a bumper pull toy hauler that was 1,400 lbs on the tongue. I towed it behind my Excursion and it was a beast. I was very lucky setting it up.

    I later got a F-250 and loaded up the same trailer, the truck was riding on the bump stops. I must have tried 10 different set ups before getting the thing to ride level, and be able to get on and off the truck. The washers, ball angle and height of the hitch made a huge difference. I read tons of forums, watched you tube and just needed to do some trial and error which took a whole day.

    The perfect result when set up is:

    Front end drops a little from ride height. That means your weight is being distributed. Too much drop and your adding way too much strain on your front end components.

    The rear of the truck and the trailer don’t sag too much but should be expected.

    If you can’t get it right, you might need new WD bars. In the past I went from 800 lb bars to 1200 lb bars. I had no idea the bars were wrong because they worked. Some scum bag stole my hitch so I went to a hitch shop and they were the ones that weighed the trailer and said it was 1400 lbs.

    I ended up with a new trailer and Blue Ox Hitch (about 650 lbs on the tongue +/-). It took some work... but I got the trailer to sit pretty level on the back of my 2019. I even measure the track width vs. a 2018 King Ranch Super Duty and we have an additional 9.5” of track width so it does tow pretty stable as well.

    Ultimately we can only tow 8K so there is a limitation with these trucks but loading my trailer wisely also make a huge difference in the experience.

    I had 2014 Ecoboost F-150 prior to this truck rated to 10,200 and it was tuned, inter-cooled, and everything else. It made gobs of power but my 2019 stock (only Corsa exhaust) seems to have way more usable power. The 4:10s and 10 Speed make a huge difference.


    I know the sensation your feeling about the live shocks but I don’t think it’s related. I get the feeling of the suspension being loaded/dropping when I release the e-brake even daily driving. It just depends on how the truck was loaded (forward/backward incline) when parked. My drive way has an incline and every now and then I feel the rear end “squat” when I put it in gear.
     
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    I just found your thread when google searching this. I am struggling with my equalizer hitch setup on my 19 raptor also. I am at 7 washers and the WDH is only giving me like 1/4 inch of rise in the rear. I found out about the live shock issue when hooking up the WDH also...a little more difficult then my 17 raptor. Im at a loss on how to get this truck to ride level. Im at 1.25 inches higher in front then rear right now with a 7300lb trailer. I hope you can post pictures of your L brackets. What was your before and after front wheel measurement?
     
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    I tried 5 washers, didnt like the sag then read the manual and it said to add more washers before going up on the L brackets...so I went to 7 washers and it hardly made a difference...then I noticed my height was off on hitch so I went up an inch on the shank and it helped about 1/4 inch. Im going to go back to 5 washers like you did and put my L brackets in middle.
     
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    I found getting it all hooked up and then driving it before remeasuring worked to overcome the Live shock issue. I was also careful to measure at the same spot each time with a straight edge.
     
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    I took your advice and just centered my L brackets...Im now thinking I will remove 2 washers and go back to 5. Do you have any photos?
     

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