Today we are going to show you part number SR25733 from Softride. This is their steel Tightening Ball Mount. This part number is for the 2-inch version. This is also available in 4-inch and 6-inch versions, too. A few features of this ball mount are that it comes complete with a wedge and tightening hitch pin to combine for safe and quiet towing. It comes with a stainless steel hitch pin - which is really nice you do not have to worry about corrosion. It comes with a 1-inch shank hole for 1-inch balls. It is rated for Class IV applications with a 1,000-pound tongue weight and 10,000-pound towing weight. And it actually tightens the ball mount in three directions: front to rear and also up left to right or up and down. Next we will cover some of the features and details and show you how it works.
The ball mount comes with a tightening hitch pin, which is this part right here. This is constructed of stainless steel, and it just threads in right here. This bolt tightens up the ball mount against the hitch so it pulls against the hitch, like so. And when the ball mount gets pushed inside of the hitch, this wedge comes up and actually locks everything into position, so it does not move left to right or up and down. Also this hitch pin controls movement from forward to rearward, too, eliminating flop in the hitch that way, also. And then your lock here, which is constructed of brass and stainless steel, goes on the other side. And this lock simply gets pushed onto the pin. And it comes complete with a cap to keep the elements out of the lock itself. Now I will actually go ahead and install this on a typical 2-inch receiver to give you a better idea of how it works.
Line up the pin holes and then install your hitch pin it is an actual tightening hitch pin itself. And then install your lock on the other side, and it just snaps into place. Once you have the lock in place, then go ahead and tighten up the bolt. We are going to use a 7/8-inch wrench. And when we tighten it up you will actually see the ball mount move to the side. And also you will this wedge actually go into this corner right here to help lock everything in position. And you can see the ball mount actually raise up a little bit as it contours to the hitch. All right, once you have it tightened down, you are not going to have any left to right, or up and down, or front to rear. So essentially this is a solid connection at this point.
When you take off the ball mount what you want to do is go ahead and loosen the bolt back up. Do that first, until you can move your lock around. Then just use your key and take off the lock. And then you can go ahead and unbolt the rest of the pin. All right, and that covers the review of part number SR25733 from Softride.
Today we are going to talk about ball mounts: what they are for, and what they can do for you. As you can see here, we have a variety of different types. And we are going to start off with the most basic type and go all the way up to the most advanced ones with the most adjustability to them. First, we will start off with a typical ball mount. And this configuration here is for a 2-inch receiver and also is a drop version. Basically, it is going to be 4 inches. Also, some models will have a gusset on the bottom, here, to give them a little bit added strength. Some of the typical straight ones will not have this, of course. And, depending on the materials it is made of, some will have the gusset and some will not. One other thing about ball mounts is, we have to talk about rise and drop. Basically, how they measure that is from the top of the shank down to the bottom of the plate here, that is considered the drop. And the rise position is considered this way - from the top of the shank again - well, to the top of the hitch - to the top of this plate here. And that gives you your rise measurement. So, in this case, we actually have from here to here a 4-inch drop, and then from here to here we have approximately about a 2-3/4 inch rise. And those rules apply to any ball mount out there. 1:04