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Curt Towing Starter Kit for 2" Hitches - 2" Ball - 1" Rise, 2-1/4" Drop - 7.5K

Curt Towing Starter Kit for 2" Hitches - 2" Ball - 1" Rise, 2-1/4" Drop - 7.5K

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  • Fixed Ball Mount
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • Class III
  • 7500 lbs GTW
  • Drop - 2 Inch
  • Rise - 1 Inch
  • Curt
  • One Ball
  • Ball Mount Kit
  • Steel Shank
  • Steel Ball
This convenient starter kit has everything you need to tow minus the hitch. Includes an 7-1/2" long, powder coated ball mount with a pre-torqued hitch ball; hitch pin and clip; hitch receiver lock with keys; hitch cover; and a storage case. Call 800-298-8924 to order Curt ball mounts part number C45534 or order online at Free expert support on all Curt products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Curt Towing Starter Kit for 2" Hitches - 2" Ball - 1" Rise, 2-1/4" Drop - 7.5K. Ball Mounts reviews from real customers.

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Curt Ball Mounts - C45534

This convenient starter kit has everything you need to tow minus the hitch. Includes an 7-1/2" long, powder coated ball mount with a pre-torqued hitch ball; hitch pin and clip; hitch receiver lock with keys; hitch cover; and a storage case.


  • Starter kit contains the basic components needed for towing
  • Ball mount lets you hook up your trailer to your tow vehicle
    • Shank slides into your vehicle's hitch receiver
    • Ball platform provides mounting point for hitch ball
  • Hitch ball provides connection point for your trailer's coupler
    • Pre-torqued to factory specifications
  • Hitch receiver lock helps prevent theft of your hitch-mounted accessories
    • Easy-to-use design requires only a quarter-turn of the key to lock or unlock
    • Watertight dust cap prevents internal corrosion
    • 2 Keys included
  • Sturdy steel construction with rust-resistant finishes
    • Black powder coat finish on ball mount
    • Chrome-plated hitch ball and hitch lock
  • Rubber hitch cover with Curt logo keeps dirt and debris out of your receiver when you're not towing
  • Sturdy, reusable case lets you store the kit components
  • Made in the USA


  • Application: 2" x 2" trailer hitch receiver
  • Gross towing weight: 7,500 lbs
  • Tongue weight: 750 lbs
  • Ball size: 2"
  • Ball mount length: 7-1/2" from center of hitch pin hole to center of ball hole
  • Rise: 1" from top of inside of hitch opening
  • Drop: 2-1/4" from top of inside of hitch opening
  • Warranties:
    • Lifetime for ball mount
    • 1-Year limited for hitch ball, hitch lock, and hitch cover

45534 Curt Towing Starter Kit with 2-1/4 Inch Drop Ball Mount

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Video of Curt Towing Starter Kit for 2" Hitches - 2" Ball - 1" Rise, 2-1/4" Drop - 7.5K

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.

Video Transcript for Curt Ball Mounts - Fixed Ball Mount - C45534 Review

Today we're going to be reviewing part number C45534. This is the CURT towing starter kit for 2" hitches. Now this kit's going to contain the basic components that are needed for towing. It's going to come with a ball mount. That's going to let you hook up your trailer to your tow vehicle. It's going to feature the shank that slides into the receiver tube of your hitch.

Ball platforms going to provide a good mounting point for a hitch ball, which is already installed. It's going to be a 2" hitch ball. That's going to provide a great connection point for your trailer's coupler. It's already pre-torqued for factory specifications. You can loosen that up, flip it over on the mount.

That way you can use the mount in the rise position as well. Both drop and rise positions are available with this starter kit. That's going to help ensure a nice level tow. This right here is going to be your hitch receiver lock. This is going to lock your accessory inside of your hitch. It's going to prevent theft.

Very easy to use. It's going to have the water-tight dust cap. That's going to prevent internal corrosion. You're also going to get two keys for that unit so you always have that backup. This right here is going to be your started 5/8" pin and clip. That's going to come with the ball mount as well.

Then you're going to have the rubber hitch cover with the CURT logo. That's going to keep dirt and debris out of the receiver of your hitch when you're not using the mount. Let's go ahead and take this out of the carrying case. That way we can go over some of the key features and some more measurements. The carrying case is a hard plastic construction. It's got the nice little carrying handle right here so that way you can easily transport it as needed and you can keep it close at hand, always keeping it nice and stored inside of your vehicle or storage component. I'm simply just going to go ahead and take everything out of the carrying case. Now this is going to be made from a sturdy steel construction. Everything on this unit's going to have nice rust-resistant finishes. Here on the ball mount this is going to have your black powder coat finish. It's going to have a chrome-plated hitch ball as well as the hitch lock. Again, all of this is to prevent rust and corrosion. Nice rubber hitch cover designed to fit into a 2" by 2" trailer hitch receiver. CURT's going to make this product in the USA. It is designed for 2" by 2" trailer hitch receivers. It's going to offer a gross towing weight of 7,500 pounds with a maximum tongue weight of 750 pounds. Again, the mount's made out of a nice steel construction. It's going to have the hollow shank here on the back. It's going to be your standard 5/8" pinhole. The hitch ball, that's going to give us a size of 2". It's got the wrench flats on each side. That way you can get your wrench on there. You can loosen it up if needed, flip it over, that way you can use the mount in the rise position. Now here on the sticker it's going to say that this mount offers a 2" drop or a 3/4" rise. Those are estimated or rounded-off measurements. When I did the actual measurements in the rise position, measuring from the top of the shank to the top of the ball platform, we're going to get a rise of right at 1". Then the drop position, doing that same measurement from the top of the shank to the top of the ball platform, that's going to give us a drop of 2-1/4". The distance that we have from the center of the hitch pinhole to the center of the hitch ball, that's going to give us a measurement of about 7-1/2". The measurement that we have from the center of the hitch pinhole to the back of the shank, that's going to give us a measurement of 2-1/2". I want to go ahead and show you how easy this is to install in your hitch. All you have to do is take the mount, place it into the receiver tube of your hitch until you get your pinholes to line up with one another. Then you can either insert your 5/8" pin and clip or you can use the hitch pin and lock. Really simple operation. It's going to use a barrel-style key design, which is a little bit harder to pick, so nice pick-resistant design. It's got the lock core that slides here on the other end of the pin. Get that pushed on, rotate the key until it allows you to disengage. Then that portion's going to stay on the end of the pin, locking your accessory inside of your hitch, which is great because it's going to prevent anybody from being able to run off with your accessory. That's going to do it for our review of part number C45534. This is the CURT towing starter kit for 2" hitches. .

Customer Reviews

Curt Towing Starter Kit for 2" Hitches - 2" Ball - 1" Rise, 2-1/4" Drop - 7.5K - C45534

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (25 Customer Reviews)

This convenient starter kit has everything you need to tow minus the hitch. Includes an 7-1/2" long, powder coated ball mount with a pre-torqued hitch ball; hitch pin and clip; hitch receiver lock with keys; hitch cover; and a storage case.

- C45534

Great starter kit..the only thing missing from the package was the receiver cover..thus the 4 star rating. 549223

- C45534

Superior quality,outstanding customer service! Ask for Helen or Anna to take your order,they really know their products and will ensure you will get everything you need! Curt hitches and accessories are second to none. I will be shopping with etrailer again. 553442

- C45534

Great product, great service, great price. Saved a bundle over purchasing/installing at dealer or local shop. Was easy to install myself. Will do business here again when I need more products. Thanks very much. 497466

- C45534

The trailer hitch arrived on time, was easy to install following the enclosed directions, and worked as advertised. I am extremely happy with my experience with etrailer. 336719


It has performed extremely well. I am very satisfied.

Bill W - 01/30/2018


- C45534

EXCELLENT I ordered the Towing Starter Kit on Wednesday and received it Saturday. The product is just what I wanted and ordered and is of high quality. It works well with my new class III hitch. I especially like the locking pin to secure the receiver to the hitch. I am moving from Colorado to Florida and found the hitch, towing starter kit and a rented trailer to be my best option to move my belongings. This starter kit was a better buy then any I found in retail stores. Thanks etrailer. 451194

- C45534

I was surprised when I noticed that the hitch, wiring harness, and the towing starting kit had arrived a day sooner than estimated. Total install time for the hitch and wiring harness was no more than an hour because I took my time and wanted to route everything perfectly, no drilling or fancy tools needed. The build quality on all these products is fantastic (no wonder it's one of their most popular items) If you're on the market for a hitch and wiring harness combo and anything else regarding towing I say give a try. YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPOINTED! 191594

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Nice that it comes with a locking pin. Regular pin, hitch cap and a holder for all of when not in use that fits in the small trunk are and not banging around if not in the case. 643475

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I like it thank you 642529

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Great product! 635106

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Works great 628928

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Very nice product. Received on time as promised, packaged well, price was very reasonable. Very happy with purchasing experience. Thank you! 612498

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Absolutely perfect..was pleasantly pleased with quality of this starter system..will use often. 603338

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Great product for first time trailering. Includes everything I need including the lock which I didn't know I needed. I didn't see the pin in my package through....but I eventually found it inside the drawbar! 598071

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Quality product. Has every connection to hook up the hitch. The whole hitch comes in a easy carry case. Stores very well when not in use. Price is perfect, if you buy everything separately in the kit you would spend twice the money. Well satisfied. Don't forget fast shipping!! 588364

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Looks good! 569693

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great product love it, thanks guys 552182

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this product works great and towing made easy sorry no camera for picture it looks really good on the truck. 498531

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I sorry about the delay in the review. I just installed it Friday 11/4/17 Working great so far Thanks, Patrick 450022

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Product is great and easy to install and looks Nice! etrailer is great with communication as well regarding your order! Will be back again 444775

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Product arrived in condition and timing as expected. Installation was easy for this first-timer. 435489

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Distance could be a little longer between actual ball and the rise/shoulder of the ball mount so as to allow the yoke on the handle of Thetford SmartTote2 LX four-wheel waste tank to lay down flush, thereby making the towing of the tote more stable and secure. 343152

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Excellent. Well made and complete package for basic towing needs. Quality construction and installed flawlessly. (F250) 336322

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Everything here to tow in a easy kit. 258555

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Great products. Exactly what we need for our travel this weekend. Arrived quickly and just in time for our road trip! Thank you! A+++ 209979

- C45534

Excellent service, product met expectations. Looking forward to using on my toad. 184514


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  • How to Measure the Rise/Drop of a Ball Mount
  • The find the rise/drop of a ball mount you will measure from the top of the shank to the place where the ball mount platform meets the hitch ball (see attached picture). For example, the Curt Towing Starter Kit # C45534 comes with the hitch ball installed in the "drop" position which measures 2-1/4". I have attached a photo to demonstrate this as well as a link to a helpful article on how to find the drop/rise needed for a ball mount, and a link to our selection of ball mounts that...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring Harness for 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • We do have trailer hitches for your 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, Draw-Tite # 75908 and Curt # C13195. These are identical in design and installation but I suggest the Curt # C13195 since it offers a higher tongue weight rating. Extra capacity is never a bad thing. For a 4-pole wiring harness for the trailer lights I suggest the Tekonsha # 118784 which will plug in under the car on the driver's side. The picture included shows the connector that will plug in at the tow package harness under...
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  • Wiring Kit Needed for Towing with a 2013 Chevrolet Traverse
  • The Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch # 75528 is a great option for your 2013 Chevrolet Traverse! I can definitely help you figure out the best wiring kit to purchase to get you on the road. If you have the tow package on your Traverse then you will simply need to connect the T-One # 118270 up behind the bumper on the passenger side of your vehicle (see attached photo). This kit also requires you to connect the included fuses and relays to complete the wiring circuits. All of this is...
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  • Wiring Harness Options for a 2014 Lexus RX450h
  • Yes, that is consistent for your 2014 Lexus RX 450h as well. I checked the online owner's manual for your vehicle and the fuse locations were the same. You can verify this with your copy of the owner's manual as well. I found the fuse location charts started on page 694. If you do have the factory tow package then part # 118252 is what you are needing. If you do not have the factory tow package then the T-One # 118255 is what you need instead. This has the same wiring harness for the...
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  • Can the Ball Mount Included w/ Curt Trailer Hitch Towing Starter Kit be Used in Rise Position
  • Yes, the ball mount in the Curt Trailer Hitch Towing Starter Kit, item # C45534 can indeed be used in the rise position. When in the rise position, the ball mount provides a 1 inch rise.
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  • Ball Mount Recommendation for 2 inch Hitch on 2007 Mazda CX-7
  • Prior to purchasing a ball mount for your vehicle, check the coupler on your boat trailer. The ball size should be stamped into the metal somewhere on the coupler. You will also need a ball mount with the proper rise/drop. I have attached a link to our FAQ page on ball mounts, which will show you how to measure for the correct ball mount. If your measurements prove it appropriate, a good option for your CX-7 with a 2 inch hitch receiver would be the Curt Trailer Hitch Starter Kit #...
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  • Recommendation for Transporting 400 lb Motorcycle With 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX
  • The EcoHitch Stealth Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2" # 306-X7261 you asked from for your 2012 Subaru Impreza is not compatible with your 400 lb motorcycle with a carrier. This hitch is only rated for a max capacity of 200 lbs. That greatly surpasses the hitch weight capacity and doesn't even include the weight of the motorcycle carrier itself. Your best option would be to tow a small trailer like the Detail K2 Mighty Multi A-Frame Utility Trailer # K2MMT5X7. For this you...
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  • Do You Carry a Towing Start Kit that Includes a 1-7/8 inch Ball
  • The Curt Towing Starter Kit # C45534 comes with a 2 inch ball since it is the most common ball size. If you need a 1-7/8 inch ball, you would need to piece together a kit or get a different kit. We do have a kit with a 1-7/8 inch ball, part # 989899. It includes 2 ball mounts and 2 balls and an bag. It includes a standard pin, not a locking hitch pin. If you wanted to piece your own kit, you could use part # 7683 for the lock, Draw-Tite ball mount part # 2923 and Tow Ready...
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  • Recommended 2 Inch Ball Mount with 0 Rise and Drop
  • For the EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 306-X7266 you will be installing on your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon, I recommend using a ball mount with a 1" rise as the tongue weight of your trailer when loaded will lower the rear of your vehicle about a 1/2" or so depending on the weight of your trailer. For a ball mount, I recommend taking a look at the Curt Towing Starter Kit part # C45534 which comes with a 1" rise ball mount, locking hitch pin, and receiver tube cover. You...
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  • Least Visible 2-Inch Hitch Option for 2018 Honda CR-V
  • The best 2-inch hitch option for your 2018 Honda CR-V is the Curt model # C13397. This USA-made hitch has the 2-inch receiver size you want and it is also the most discrete in appearance. You can refer to the linked video for a comparison of hitch options and to the included photo and video showing this hitch fully installed. The small center receiver tube is the only part of the hitch that will be visible. If your plans are for a hitch bike rack or hitch cargo carrier you can use such...
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  • Will Hopkins Plug-In Trailer Wiring Harness Fit a 2019 Jeep Wrangler
  • The Hopkins Plug-In Simple Vehicle Wiring Harness # HM42635 that you referenced is a fit for 2007 - 2014 Jeep Wranglers so for your 2019 Wrangler you will want the Tekonsha T-One # 118786 instead. Hopkins currently doesn't have a wiring option for you (as of May 2019) and we have found the Tekonsha wiring to be the most reliable on the market. The T-One has the same type of plug-in connectors as the Hopkins that you referenced but it also has a hot lead that you route up to your battery...
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  • Ball Mount Recommendation for 3 inch Drop that has 2 inch Ball and 7,500 lb Capacity
  • The closest we have to that would be the Curt ball mount kit part # C45534. This ball mount has a 7,500 lb capacity, a 2 inch ball, and has a drop of 2-1/4 inches which would be about right once you consider the sag the rear suspension might have with the tongue weight of the trailer on it.
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  • Can a 2014 Subaru Impreza Carry a Motorcycle Carrier over 350 lbs Tongue Weight?
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  • How to Pick Out Ball Mount for 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500
  • You'll want to first determine the hitch ball size you need. On the coupler you should see a size listed near where the ball inserts into it. Most likely it will be 2-5/16 inch due to the weight of your trailer but it could also possibly be 2 inch. I attached an FAQ that details how to pick out the correct ball mount. Picking out the correct ball mount will allow your trailer to sit as level as possible. Basically you will first measure the height from the ground to the top of the receiver...
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  • Towing Capacity for a 2017 Dodge Durango with RWD
  • I took a look at the online version of the owner's manual for a 2017 Dodge Durango and if your RWD model has the 3.6L with a GCWR of 8,900 lbs (found on the sticker of your driver's door jamb) then your towing capacity is 3,500 lbs. If the GCWR is 11,600 lbs then the capacity is 6,200 lbs. If you have the 5.7L RWD then your capacity is actually 7,400 lbs. You will want to check your owner's manual to confirm these ratings and then keep in mind that if your trailer hitch has a different...
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  • Can the Curt T-Connector be Permanently Mounted on the Outside of a 2019 Toyota Highlander
  • Yes, you definitely can mount the Curt T-Connector # C56217 next to your hitch receiver so that it is readily available. We haven't had any customers come in and ask for it to be installed that specific way yet (January 2019) so I don't have a video, but there should be a grommet in the rear cargo area of your 2019 Toyota Highlander that you can push the 4-Way Flat connector through. If you need to cut the grommet to push the connector through then you can use some sealant like the...
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  • Is the Curt Towing Starter Kit C45534 A Good Fit for the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox
  • The Curt Towing Starter Kit part # C45534 would indeed work for your 2019 Chevrolet Equinox. As you stated, the 1-1/4" difference from the trailer hitch and coupler while using the above ball mount will then be reduced with the tongue weight of the trailer added to the vehicle. The trailer also does not have to be perfectly level either, but the more it is the better off you will be. That said, the above ball mount will work just fine. If you need any other parts for your towing setup...
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  • What is the Towing Capacity of a 2015 Jeep Cherokee with the 3.2L V6
  • If you have the factory tow package on your 2015 Jeep Cherokee Limited then you should have a wiring plug present near your trailer hitch receiver, If you do have one and you aren't sure if it is aftermarket or not then you can simply check to see how it is installed. The Pollak # HM40975-11933 is a replacement wiring kit for the tow package so you will see a square connector near the trailer hitch. Otherwise the wiring will lead up to your tail lights like the Curt T-Connector # C56208. According...
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