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    Default shock absorbing hitch - for a siglin style sled - ?

    Any thoughts on where to get the parts and pieces or where I can get my hands on one that is prefabbed?
    Would be nice to smooth out some of the hercky-jerky motion while towing loads.

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    Do not know about the shock absorbing hitch but one thing that you can do with a pental type hitch is get about a 3/8 nylon rope about 3ft. Tie one end on sled hitch then proccede to wrap the rope around and around in the hitch on the machine taking up the space between the two this will take the rattle out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by becker View Post
    Any thoughts on where to get the parts and pieces or where I can get my hands on one that is prefabbed?
    Would be nice to smooth out some of the hercky-jerky motion while towing loads.
    I found one made by Kimpex 2-3 years ago in Frontier sporting goods for a flap type hitch......Didn't really last very long for hauling firewood tho. So I slopped this one together outa some Harley springer front end springs that I had laying around. I have 125-150 or so 3 mile round trips with it. It does bend once in awhile, nothing that hasn't been able to be fixed with a sledge hammer and a stump....It's quite comfy....and has a good length of stroke for breaking the sled loose when loaded......Not very pretty tho.....IMG_5345.jpg

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    On a statement that 4951 made about breaking the sled loose. If when you stop with a loaded sled turn the machine either way right or left at a angle from the freight sled then when you go to start off again you are pulling sideways against the sled it is much easier to break loose that way.

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    My hitch has 7500 very hard miles on it. Am going to replace the shock with a new one that was just rebuilt, and have this one gone through. The steel is 3/4" rod.
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