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    Over on another restoring board, one of the more advanced men mentioned using a 1 7/8" trailer hitch ball as a weight. At under $10 us, that seemed like a nicer option to see if weights work with your lifestyle. This is the USA style hitch which bolts to a coupler that goes in the drawbar, not the Euro style curved forged piece that goes in the drawbar.

    I'll give him that it does do a beastly job with stretching once you get around it. Be VERY careful if you try one.

    Most commercial tuggers seem to be more 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 width, and after some research i found that there's a more restorer-size version of a hitch ball.

    Curt # 40093 replacement ball for a 1-1/4 inch trailer sway control. It's part of a damper system for a trailer hitch to help prevent the 'Tail from wagging the Dog'. It's shank is in a 5/8 thread with a 1-3/4 long threaded portion to add weights to.

    i'm unsure if it's a stainless or a hard chrome. it's not polished, so cleaning is a more detailed event.

    If you can't convince yourself if you should drop the coin on a tugging weight yet, it's a cheap experiment.
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    Originally posted by Frizzen View Post
    Over on another restoring board, one of the more advanced men mentioned using a 1 7/8" trailer hitch ball as a weight. At under $10 us, that seemed like a nicer option to see if weights work with your lifestyle. This is the USA style hitch which bolts to a coupler that goes in the drawbar, not the Euro style curved forged piece that goes in the drawbar.

    I'll give him that it does do a beastly job with stretching once you get around it. Be VERY careful if you try one.

    Most commercial tuggers seem to be more 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 width, and after some research i found that there's a more restorer-size version of a hitch ball.

    Curt # 40093 replacement ball for a 1-1/4 inch trailer sway control. It's part of a damper system for a trailer hitch to help prevent the 'Tail from wagging the Dog'. It's shank is in a 5/8 thread with a 1-3/4 long threaded portion to add weights to.

    i'm unsure if it's a stainless or a hard chrome. it's not polished, so cleaning is a more detailed event.

    If you can't convince yourself if you should drop the coin on a tugging weight yet, it's a cheap experiment.
    Interesting. My trouble is, the tape seems not to like heavy weights. I wonder if I should try duct tape again...
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    • #3
      How heavy is the weight you are using? I use a clock weight which weights 35 ounces. There is no difficulty with the tape I use. The tape used is Transpore by 3M. Over that I apply a double layer of ordinary masking tape. So far there has been no slippage. The device is worn between 1 and 2 hours.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by J9+stk View Post
        How heavy is the weight you are using? I use a clock weight which weights 35 ounces. There is no difficulty with the tape I use. The tape used is Transpore by 3M. Over that I apply a double layer of ordinary masking tape. So far there has been no slippage. The device is worn between 1 and 2 hours.
        I am up to 40 ounces. But the problem is the oils from my skin. If my skin is clean there is no issue... Sometimes it is a bit of a chore, when I want to just throw on the device.
        PROGRESS GALLERY

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        • #5
          I find that the tape mentioned above does a good job of holding. The masking tape is as a backup.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Frizzen View Post
            Over on another restoring board, one of the more advanced men mentioned using a 1 7/8" trailer hitch ball as a weight. At under $10 us, that seemed like a nicer option to see if weights work with your lifestyle. This is the USA style hitch which bolts to a coupler that goes in the drawbar, not the Euro style curved forged piece that goes in the drawbar.

            I'll give him that it does do a beastly job with stretching once you get around it. Be VERY careful if you try one.

            Most commercial tuggers seem to be more 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 width, and after some research i found that there's a more restorer-size version of a hitch ball.

            Curt # 40093 replacement ball for a 1-1/4 inch trailer sway control. It's part of a damper system for a trailer hitch to help prevent the 'Tail from wagging the Dog'. It's shank is in a 5/8 thread with a 1-3/4 long threaded portion to add weights to.

            i'm unsure if it's a stainless or a hard chrome. it's not polished, so cleaning is a more detailed event.

            If you can't convince yourself if you should drop the coin on a tugging weight yet, it's a cheap experiment.
            I'm going to try this. Ideas for how to attach weights to the threaded end of the hitch ball?

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