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BHpony
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2021 7:02 am    Post subject: right distance Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Is there a thing as to close for your hitch to be for for best traction. To close to axle or further back for antique pulling.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2021 10:18 am    Post subject: Re: right distance Reply to specific post Reply with quote



There is virtually no ordering specs for these distances. There are different types of trailers according to what is to be carried what will tow it, how you want to load it. Conventional wisdom is that you want adequate tongue weight not so much for traction but in order to be able to keep it under control. You also need to have enough length to be able to put your load at the appropriate distance from the hitch point for adequate tongue weight.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2021 11:53 am    Post subject: Re: right distance Reply to specific post Reply with quote

No one size fits all formula. Many variables in sleds, tracks, hitch designs, tractor balance, etc... just have to experiment to find what works for you
 
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2021 3:47 pm    Post subject: Re: right distance Reply to specific post Reply with quote


If you are tractor pulling at local club events you must go by the club rules for hitch height and draw bar length from a certain point on the tractor.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2021 2:18 am    Post subject: Re: right distance Reply to specific post Reply with quote



The local rules don't specify a certain length or height. They specify a limit in how far to the front or rear or how high the hitch point may be. The competitor is allowed to adjust his hitch within those parameters for what he believes will work best for his tractor sat the weight, with the conditions of that track on that day.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2021 10:19 am    Post subject: Re: right distance Reply to specific post Reply with quote

you want your hitch pulled in as close to the axel as rules allow (the closer the sled is hooked to the tractor's center of gravity the less it will pull the front wheels off the ground) and as high as rules allow to increase weight transfer from the sled to your rear tires.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 5:46 am    Post subject: Re: right distance Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Most clubs go by NATPA rules and this is their rule on hitches.

 
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