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2" Hitch Ball - 1" Diameter x 2-1/4" Long Shank - Chrome - 12,000 lbs

2" Hitch Ball - 1" Diameter x 2-1/4" Long Shank - Chrome - 12,000 lbs

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Durable steel ball has a 1" diameter x 2-1/4" long shank. Built-in wrench flats ease installation. Chrome finish resists corrosion. Fine threads provide strong grip. Lock washer and nut included. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch ball from Curt. 2" Hitch Ball - 1" Diameter x 2-1/4" Long Shank - Chrome - 12,000 lbs part number 40038 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Curt Trailer Hitch Ball - 40038

  • Trailer Hitch Ball
  • 2 Inch Diameter Ball
  • 1 Inch Diameter Shank
  • Standard Ball
  • Curt
  • 12000 lbs GTW
  • Class III
  • Chrome-Plated Steel
  • 2-1/4 Inch Shank Length

Durable steel ball has a 1" diameter x 2-1/4" long shank. Built-in wrench flats ease installation. Chrome finish resists corrosion. Fine threads provide strong grip. Lock washer and nut included.


Features:

  • Hitch ball provides a connection point for your trailer's coupler
  • Fine threads provide tight, strong grip
  • Heat-treated steel is durable
  • Corrosion-resistant chrome finish
  • Built-in wrench flats make it easy to hold ball in place while tightening the nut
  • Lock washer and nut included


Specs:

  • Ball diameter: 2"
  • Shank dimensions: 1" diameter x 2-1/4" long
  • Weight capacity: 12,000 lbs
  • Fits ball mount platforms at least 3/8" thick
  • 1-Year limited warranty


40038 Curt 2" Diameter Hitch Ball with Medium Shank - 12,000 lbs GTW - Chrome

Replaces E-119R





Video of 2" Hitch Ball - 1" Diameter x 2-1/4" Long Shank - Chrome - 12,000 lbs

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




Video Transcript for Curt Hitch Ball - Trailer Hitch Ball - 40038 Review

Today were going to take a look at the Curt 2-inch hitch ball, part number 40038. This hitch ball is 2 inches in diameter. It has a shank diameter of 1 inch, and a shank length of 2 inches. The wrench flats, as you can see here and here, are 1 5/8 of an inch apart. This item has a weight capacity of 12,000 pounds. It features fine threads for more holding strength.

It meets US V5 specifications and it is tested for safety. Now were going to bring in our ball mount and our trailer hitch demonstrator to show you how this would be installed. You would just slide the shank into the ball hole, place the washer, the washer and the nut do come with this item, and then finger tighten that, and once youve got that as tight as you can get it by finger tightening, you would get your wrench and tighten it the remainder of the way so you can use it with your trailer coupler and attach your trailer. That should do it for our Curt 2-inch hitch ball, part number 40038.


Customer Reviews

2" Hitch Ball - 1" Diameter x 2-1/4" Long Shank - Chrome - 12,000 lbs - 40038

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (254 Customer Reviews)

Durable steel ball has a 1" diameter x 2-1/4" long shank. Built-in wrench flats ease installation. Chrome finish resists corrosion. Fine threads provide strong grip. Lock washer and nut included.

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Worked as expected. 600873



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Seems like a quality piece that was made by someone who cared. The finish was even and consistant. The threads were smooth as silk without the slightest bind as the nut was threaded up the shank by hand. If it holds up in use (resists corrosion) it will be just that much better. The 12,000 lb load capacity should handle the 1,650 lb camper I'll be pulling :-) 93819



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We got this so we could open our tailgate without having to unhitch the trailer. It works great! Product is good, service was fast... it made our trip to Alaska much happier (our dog needs the tailgate lowered so she can jump in and out for potty breaks). We still need to have the truck and trailer pretty much straight in line with each other... if there is too much angle left or right, we can't fully lower the tailgate. We drive a 2015 Ford F-150. 400541



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Nice heavy duty ball. It is rated double the weight of the ball I have been using. I would rated it higher if it was made in USA instead of China. 137759


Comments
Still working fine.
Charles S - 06/26/2015

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Good 807973



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Great company, service and products. 811588



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I've had no issues with the ball, fit well and appears high quality. 807640



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no issues with product 805687



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JUST AS ADVERTISED 806537



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As seen 803972



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I had a very unique setup on my Range Rover, and I needed a special hitch that was nearly impossible to find except for from here. The product came exactly the way and in the configuration it was promised. It has worked out perfectly for my setup. 802148



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Good price for a necessary product. Finish looks okay, but it's made by the ChiComms, so we'll see how long it lasts at the saltwater ramp. Curt makes some good stuff, but as a covid-19 survivor, I will be avoiding ChiComm made products as often as practicable in the future. 801052



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Fits perfectly! 798504



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Great products. Easy to order and good customer service. etrailer has many other products and check etrailer website when I need a product they carry. 796229



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Quality product and delivered when expected! Great experience and will certainly use etrailer.com again! 795443



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Excellent product! . I will purchase ag ain 794929



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Fast shipping - 786008



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Ordered a stinger and 2" ball. Arrived in perfect condition and one day sooner than expected. 785459



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I love etrailer.com ! The products are quality and they offer something many others have seem to have forgotten about... Excellent customer service and support! Yes you can even speak to a human on the phone! Thanks Paula for all your help :) 786713



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Super impressed with the service and timeliness of your organization. Found y’all randomly on google and you are super legit. Helpful website, helpful recs, customer reviews. Customer service great too. Forgot part of my order (wiring harness) and it was overnighted, arrived on time. Everything on point. Keep it up. The hitch itself was easy enough to install. Had to really use some PBlaster on the rear most holes and ended up needing an impact to get the job done. Beware kinda hard with just hand tools if the receiving holes are rusty, 782086



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Like my other orders from etrailer I received exactly what was ordered packaged correctly and on time. Thank you etrailer 782703



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great product...ez to enstall... 778315



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Product arrived in a timely matter. Exactly what I was expecting. 777276



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My order came very quickly and was packaged so everything was in good shape. I will use etrailer again when I need anything for my trailer's, Thank You 776440



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Great experience dealing with this company. Easy ordering. Great instructions! Would go now where else if I need a new hitch. Highly recommended! 776434


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Ask the Experts about this Curt Trailer Hitch Ball

  • Torque Recommendation for Tightening Curt Hitch Ball to Ball Mount
    Curt recommends the use of 250 ft/lbs of torque when tightening the nuts of their hitch balls with a 1 inch diameter shank like the part # 40038 that you referenced. The general rule is for a 3/4" shank tighten to 150 ft/lbs For a 1" shank tighten to 250 ft/lbs, and for a 1-1/4 inch shank 450 ft/lbs.
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  • Hitch Ball Height of Curt 2 Inch Ball # 40038
    The ball height of the Curt 2" Hitch Ball - 1" Diameter x 2-1/4" Long Shank - Chrome - 12,000 lbs # 40038 is 2-3/4 inches. I've attached a photo to assist.
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  • Why is Curt Hitch Ball # 40038 w/ 12,000 LB GTW Shank Diameter Smaller Than Husky Ball w/ 8,000 LB
    I spoke with my contact at Curt and numerous factors go into the capacity of a hitch ball, including the way the shank is threaded as well as the way the metal was finished. The Curt Hitch Ball, # 40038, has been tested and has a 12,000 lb towing capacity. You definitely want to use a hitch ball that is rated high enough for the weight of your horse trailer and part # 40038 would cover this. Although the Husky ball looks to be sturdier, you mention that it only has an 8,000 lb capacity...
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  • What Are the Torque Specs for the Curt 2" Hitch Ball
    The 2" Hitch Ball part # 40038 has a 1" shank so the torque spec will be 250 ft. lbs.
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  • Is a Ball Mount Spacer Available for a Hitch Ball with a 1 Inch Diameter Shank
    To use the Curt 2 Inch Trailer Ball, # 40038, with the Draw-Tite Forged Ball Mount, # 40330, you will want to use the Reese Hitch Ball Bushing, # 58184. This will not reduce the towing or tongue weight capacity of the hitch ball or the ball mount, but you will be limited to the 12,000 lb towing capacity of the hitch ball since it is the lowest rated component.
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  • Made in U.S.A. Hitch Pin Lock for 1-1/4 inch Trailer Hitch Size
    We have the Deadbolt hitch pin lock part # 7680 that fits 1-1/4 inch hitches, has a 1/2 inch diameter, and is made in the USA. We do not have any standard hitch pins made in USA for this size though.
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  • Hitch Ball Recommendation Made in America
    I believe I have something that will work for you, but the Curt Hitch Ball # 40038 that you referenced is not made in the USA, it is made in China. You might be interested in a Convert-A-Ball Interchangeable Ball Set # 904B. This product is made in the USA and comes with an interchangeable hitch ball that will give you the option to easily change between a 2 inch and a 2-5/16 inch ball.
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  • 12,000 lb Hitch Ball Availability with a 1-1/4 inch Diameter Shank
    We do carry a couple balls with 12,000 GTW ratings that are 1-1/4 inch diameter shanks. They are both 2-5/16 inch diameter balls but check out the balls part # 19286 and # 63835. If you are looking for a 2 inch diameter ball the highest rated ball we have is the # A-90 at 10,000 lbs GTW.
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  • What Size Wrench is Used to Tighten Curt 2 Inch Trailer Hitch Ball 40038
    Curt hitch ball # 40038 has a 1 inch diameter shank. For Curt balls with 3/4 or 1 inch diameter shanks you would use wrench # C20001. The nut on that ball should use the 1-1/2 inch end of the wrench. You could also use a large crescent wrench if you have one large enough.
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  • Height of Curt Hitch Ball 40038 and Compatibility with Convert-A-Ball Cushioned Ball Mount
    I went out to the warehouse and pulled Curt hitch ball # 40038. From its base to the top of the ball it is 2-3/4 inches tall. Curt hitch ball # 40038 does indeed fit Convert-A-Ball cushioned ball mount # AMSC2. The ball mount requires a ball with a 1 inch diameter shank that that is what the ball has. I have linked a picture showing the measurement and some videos on the ball and ball mount for you.
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  • How to Select Correct Size Hitch Ball for 2012 Forest River Grey Wolf M-26BH Travel Trailer
    Forest River does not maintain coupler specs on their website for your 2012 Grey Wolf M-26BH but it is easy enough to examine the coupler on the trailer to see the required ball size; this will usually be stamped into the steel housing. Based on this trailer's dry hitch weight of 402-lbs, odds are that the coupler takes either a 2-inch ball or a 2-5/16-inch ball. You'll want to check your tow vehicle's ball mount to ensure you choose a hitch ball that not only matches the ball size for...
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  • Why Do CURT Trailer Hitch Balls 40038 and A-90 have Such Different Towing Capacities
    I spoke with my contact at CURT and he told me what gives the CURT Hitch Ball, # 40038, more strength is the way it is threaded and that it is heat treated beyond what # A-90 is so that gives the 40038 the higher rating. He added that even though 40038 has a smaller shank, the way that the metal was finished allowed it to be tested and rated higher.
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  • Torque Rating for the Curt the 2" Hitch Ball # 40038
    According to Curt the 2" Hitch Ball # 40038 that you referenced should be torqued to 250 ft/lbs.
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  • Torque Specs for OEM GM Trailer Hitch 25980916 For a 2015 GMC Terrain
    The bolts that hold the OEM GM Trailer Hitch 25980916 to your 2015 GMC Terrain will need to be torqued to 74 ft lbs. The amount of torque that gets applied to the hitch ball on the ball mount however will vary based on what hitch ball it is. For example, if you were using the 2" Hitch Ball part # 40038 which has a 1" diameter shank then the nut will need to be torqued down to 250 ft lbs. This figure will be similar for other hitch balls with a 1" diameter shank. If you don't want to...
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  • Do Curt # 40038 and Brophy # CB-20Z 2-Inch Hitch Balls Use a Fine Thread on the Shank
    The two 2-inch hitch balls you referenced, Curt # 40038 and Brophy # CB-20Z, do both have fine threads on their shanks. This is common for 2-inch hitch balls.
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  • What Is The Diameter of the Collar on the Curt 2 Inch Hitch Ball 40038
    Yes, I went out to our warehouse for you an measured the 2" Hitch Ball part # 40038. The diameter of the collar (excluding flat side) is going to be right at 2" or 1.95" to be exact.
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  • Extra-Long Ball Mount for Use with 2014 Range Rover HSE 2-Inch Hitch
    It sounds like you are looking for an extra-long ball mount for a 2-inch hitch that will give you more room between your Range Rover Rover HSE and your trailer. Hidden Hitch ball mount # 80232 measures 15-3/4-inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the center of the ball hole. This ball mount provides either 3/4-inch rise or 2-inches of drop, depending on how you install it in your hitch. Draw-Tite ball mount # 2753 measures 9-inches from the hitch pin hole to the ball hole....
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  • Winch Recommendation for a PWC Trailer
    Sorry to hear about your Sea Doo falling off your trailer! When picking out a boat or PWC winch the general rule of thumb is that you need a winch with a 2 to 1 capacity for the weight of the watercraft. So since 500 kg equals right at 1,100 lbs and everything we offer is rated in lbs you would want at least a 550 lb rated winch. The Dutton Lainson winch part # DL14125 has a 600 lb capacity and would work well for you. I attached a link to a review video for this winch for you to check...
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  • Hitch Ball That is 2 Inches with a Shank That Measures 1 Inch Diameter and 2-1/2 Inches Long
    We don't currently have a hitch ball that has a 2-1/2 inch long shank but we have a couple that might work for you. The Curt # 40038 is a 2 inch ball with a 1 inch diameter shank that is 2-1/4 inches long. And then the Curt # C40020 is the same except the shank is 3 inches long.
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  • Weight Distribution System that Allows For Bracket Placement 35 Inches Behind Hitch Ball
    The Curt Weight Distribution systems part # C17052 and C17002 brackets fit frames that are 2-3/4" wide so you will not have an issue with the brackets fitting your frame. Curt does not specify bracket placement for MV weight distribution systems however, the bars measure 30-5/8" long. The two Curt systems you mention also have a tongue weight range of 800 lbs-1,000 lbs which is very overrated for your setup with a 450 lb tongue weight. An overrated weight distribution system can cause a...
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System for 2013 Forest River R-Pod 177
    A weight distribution system is a good idea anytime there is a noticeable drop on the rear suspension of your vehicle. It is also a good idea if you are experiencing any sway to help minimize that trailer wander with wind gusts and passing traffic. Your 245 lb dry tongue weight along with 36 gallon fresh water tank will double that weight. The Curt MV Weight Distribution System # C17050 you referenced will help with the distribution and reduce sag but will not help at all with...
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  • Parts Needed To Tow Trailer With 2019 Ford Escape
    To tow a trailer this summer with your 2019 Ford Escape, you will need a hitch, ball mount with ball, trailer wiring and locking pin. I recommend to use the etrailer Class III hitch part # e98866 because it is a concealed cross tube design with a nice matte finish. The cross tube is hidden behind the bumper so the only part of the hitch that is visible once installed is the receiver tube. I have added a photo for your reference. The matte finish design hides dirt, rust and dings on the...
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  • Husky Spring Bars Compatibility with Trailer Hitch Weight of 476 lbs
    The Replacement Spring Bar for Husky Towing Round Bar Weight Distribution Hitches - Qty 1 # HT31521 are designed for trailers with a total tongue weight (loaded trailer tongue weight along with any cargo behind the rear axle of your tow vehicle) between 801 and 1200 lbs. These bars will be far too strong for your trailer and could cause a rough ride and even some wheel bounce. I definitely do not recommend them for your trailer. My recommendation is to use a system more suited for...
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  • Recommendation to Help Back and Forth Movement in Trailer Hitch While Towing
    To help alleviate the back and forth chucking you are experiencing with your 2 inch receiver there are a couple of things I recommend doing. First is to use a cushioned ball mount, the Convert-A-Ball, which is designed to reduce this type of movement and additional road shock with its polyurethane cushioning interior; if you take a look at the accompanying diagram it displays the cushioned inside of the ball mount. I will list the different rise and drop available for this ball mount below....
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  • 1992 Dodge Ram 250 Conversion Van Hitch Recommendation
    The Zephyr conversion didn't do anything to change the rear bumper and frame area of your 1992 Ram 250 van, so a standard hitch would work great for you. I'd recommend the Curt Class III Receiver Hitch # C13041. The hitch has a 6000 lb towing/600 lb tongue weight capacity. If used with a weight distribution system, that would climb to 10,000/1000 lbs. In other words, the hitch will have more towing capacity than the van, although you'll be limited to the actual capacity of the van. The...
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  • Trailer Hitch, Wiring and Tow Capacity of 2018 Lexus RX 350
    I checked out the owner's manual for a 2018 Lexus RX 350 and it said the maximum towing capacity was 3,500 lbs, and the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13272 has a 4,000 lb towing capacity so you will not have any problems using this hitch for towing less than the 3,000 lbs you mentioned. That said, we do recommend verifying all towing capacity information with vehicle manufacturers as they have the final say on these matters. To complete the towing set up for your 2018 Lexus RX 350 with...
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  • Transmission and Power Steering Coolers for 2015 Jeep Patriot
    The 2015 Jeep Patriot with either 2.0L or 2.4L engine does have a towing capacity of 1000-lbs; the 2.4L models with the Trailer Tow Prep Package (AHC) or the Freedom Drive II Off Road Package (AWL) can tow up to 2000-lbs trailer weight. You can see these towing specs in the page from the owner's manual (page 179) that I linked for you. Towing capacity for any vehicle is determined by the auto maker and adding aftermarket products does not increase it. Installing a hitch with a higher...
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  • Recommended Extended Ball Mount or Hitch Extender for Towing Boat Trailer
    For your 2018 Tahoe and boat trailer needing a longer extension between them I recommend the Hidden Hitch Ball Mount - 3/4" Rise, 2" Drop - 15-3/4" Long - 6,000 lbs # 80232. Having a longer ball mount like this will not reduce the capacity of your hitch at all. This will give you a length of 15-3/4 inches from the center of the ball to the hitch pin hole. For a compatible hitch ball the shank needs to be 1 inch diameter for this mount. I recommend the 2 inch ball # 40038 or 2-5/16...
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  • Solution for Tailgate That is Hitting A-Frame Jack
    While your frustration is understandable and we have a solution for you, I wouldn't be able to tell you with absolute certainty that using the Stromberg Carlson Electric Trailer Jack # JET-3755 will stop your tailgate from hitting the jack. The reason is, A-frame jacks like these mount to a specific place on your trailer and if your tailgate comes down at that point, they will hit. What you can do instead is use a side-frame mount jack like the Fulton Marine Jack # HD50000101 or you...
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