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Old 04-07-2019, 12:30 AM   #11
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Jaw replacement

Got indication that the replacement jaw has been shipped...How about one 60 year old guy replacing it...lol..I have equipment here on the farm to lend a hand..should be no issue..
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Old 04-07-2019, 01:17 PM   #12
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Got indication that the replacement jaw has been shipped...How about one 60 year old guy replacing it...lol..I have equipment here on the farm to lend a hand..should be no issue..
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I ( 54 year old ) replaced mine by myself... I had a rolling poly cart with a floor jack strapped to the top.. I rolled it under the pin box, loosened the nuts, removed all bolts but 1 on each side.
I made sure the jack was under the box and raised snug... I then removed the final bolts and lowered the pin box...

I simply rolled the table over to my truck and rolled it onto my tailgate.. Then I added the new one the same way,....

I would assume replacing the lower jaw would be a tab bit easier....
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Old 04-10-2019, 11:50 PM   #13
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Parts are here....

Hello Everyone....Parts to change over from the tri-glide to a fixed jaw showed up today.....noticed I will be about 1 1/2" higher at the pin box when I get the new jaw installed...? Is that what others have noticed....I can raise the hitch head in my truck to compensate....as it is the easier task than lowering the whole pin box..Others had to make this adjustment ?

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Old 04-11-2019, 12:58 AM   #14
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I raised the hitch. Lowering the pin box puts it closer to the bed sides.
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Old 04-17-2019, 03:40 PM   #15
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Greetings all....I installed the replacement parts yesterday without issue....used are smaller farm tractor (loader) as a helping hand....After measuring pin height before and after....looks like the pin placement is 2 1/2" higher now that the replacement fixed jaw is in place.....I will see if I have that much adjustment in my truck hitch to compensate...may have to do a combination adjustment (lower the trailer pin box one set of holes and raise the truck hitch a bit to get things level....
All in All....took about an hour....basic skills and tools needed (less the tractor)
Thankyou all who steered me in the right direction to get this issue resolved

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Old 04-18-2019, 12:26 AM   #16
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I forgot to measure before height, go so excited to do the change over. I see 1 1/2 inches to 2 1/2 inches change in height. I have a Reese 20K, can raise it at least 2 inches if not 3. Guess I'll have to hook up and see what needs to be done. Certainly easier to raise the hitch than lower that kingpin.

Also, I had a bit of a time trying to get the new anchor pin to line up once it went through the hitch.....finagled it a bit, and got it to go....bit of a pain for a one man show.
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Old 04-18-2019, 01:03 AM   #17
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Yes.....installing the pin was the only issue (one man show also).....managed to get the bolt started on the side that wouldn't quite line up...used it to draw the pin home.....I have a Reese 25K but only have one hole left to adjust on it....so i did that and will have to still lower the the pin box one hole...should be on the money then....Our F-450 dually is a little lower than most 1 ton SRW units which is great for stability but means I have to find a little more adjustment room...
The pin box is heavy....would be tough to do without some sort of lift...our loader will keep things under control when I get things loose....tomorrows project is to lower the pin box...I got 2 1/2 " difference from the tri-glide to the fixed jaw....The Reese is about 1 1/4" per hole adjustment ( I moved one hole) and the pin box moves 2" per hole....so it will be a little more than needed....which is fine as the trailer is empty now....and when we move... it will be loaded....I am sure it will make our truck squat a little extra...

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Old 04-18-2019, 01:51 AM   #18
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Eye opener...Check your pin box bolts !

I had a few minutes to prepare to lower the pin box (which i will do tomorrow)....decided to go out and remove some of the bolts....loosen them all...anticipating a grunt....Well, to my surprise all the bolts were no where near torque specs....I would describe them as barely snug....a couple of them were only along for the ride...not rattling loose....but loose....I know where this trailer traveled and who owned it....Its gone on one trip to Yuma from Alberta Canada and back....then the past owners wife got sick and it sat while she went thru a serious ordeal,,,,and thankfully recovered.....then they decided that a diesel MH would be better for their needs....so one long trip...Sounds like these units need to be checked regularly and any movement can accelerate wear and possible failure of the pin box attachment...

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Old 04-19-2019, 10:02 PM   #19
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Wow, Happy Easter everyone, just read this site about pin boxes, been having that clanking and banging going on since day of purchase in 2015, got around it by greasing entire Fifth Wheel and hitch before every travel, it would work for awhile then start back up.
Thanks for info printed on this thread, called Lippert got a case # and now all I have to do is send them info requested and was told they would send me lower jaw, outstanding.
Thanks for the use full info this site provides.
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Old 04-19-2019, 10:57 PM   #20
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Hey Jeff....Great that you found the info helpful....and it will resolve this issue (that could get serious)....As you read....its an easy fix....if you have some help....whether mechanical or strong backs....Piece of mind is worth the effort....that banging from movement in the tri-glide is hard on your nerves...
Keep us in the loop about the fix....

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