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Gen-Y Torsion 2-Ball Mount Review

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Review of the Gen-Y Torsion 2-Ball Mount

Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the Gen-Y line of torsion hitches. Now these are available for 2 inch shanks, and for the 2 1/2 inch version.Now the Gen-Y torsion style hitches are coming along at a perfect time, with the trailer weight ratings of our trucks getting higher and higher and higher, we're really starting to build a lot of pressure at the connection point.By having the torsion flex system in between the connection point here at the truck and the tongue of our trailer, we're able to drastically reduce the amount of energy that's being forced into the back of the truck. So we're going to save a lot of the wear and tear on the chassis and the components, but also as a driver it's going to feel smoother. It's going to feel safer, and it's going to be easier to drive.On the trailer side of things, a utility trailer you're probably not too concerned with, but as these forces are generated it puts a lot of strain on the welds and the construction. The biggest benefit I think you're going to see out of these on the trailer side though, it's going to be your big bumper pull campers or your bumper pull horse trailers. Being able to keep the contents of that trailer safer, through reducing the amount of impacts they go through, are really going to add up over time.Now the torsion flex system this uses, is a tried and true system that's been used on trailer axles for a very long time.

Basically you can see the outer square tube here, well there's an inner square tube as well. In between those tubes, on all four sides, we've got cords. Those cords as the energy is applied, kind of squeeze together and expand. That's going to help reduce that effect. So all of that energy gets absorbed right inside of the torsion setup.Now let's take a look at the Gen-Y torsion hitch in use.

You can see cruising down a normal road service, as long as it's smooth and flat, the Gen-Y hitch is just going to make minor corrections. As we go from the paved surface on to the rougher surfaces of campsites or maybe gravel roads to get to our end destination, you can see it's going to have a lot more action. The pot holes, the wash boarding, things like that aren't felt nearly as much. Even out in field, we're going to have the much rougher surfaces and even ditches, the Gen-Y hitch does a great job of keeping everything in line.Now our 2 inch version is available in the 1200 series for the off set, or the 1400 series for the deeper drops. These offer a 1700 pound tongue weight rating, and a 16000 pound gross trailer weight rating.Once we go to the 2 1/2 inch version, we're going to have the 1300 series for the off set, and the 1500 series for that deeper drop.

These are going to offer a 2400 pound tongue weight rating, and a 21000 pound gross trailer weight rating.Now on the 2 inch variety, we have 2 series. You're going to have the 1200 series, which is off set, meaning the shank is going to be in the middle of the system. That's going to always give you, regardless of the drop you pick, a 2 1/2 inch rise. It's going to give you a level position, or even with the shank. Then you're going to have a 2 1/2 inch drop, 5 inches of drop, and 7 inches of drop.Now the 1400 series is going to be for the guys that have really tall lifts on their truck.

Instead of it being off set bringing the system up, it is actually swung under. So from the receiver tube opening on your truck, the top opening here is going to be 5 inches lower, and then it's going to go at 2 1/2 inch increments. You can pick from the 12 1/2, the 15 inch, or the total of 17 1/2 inches of drop, which would give you a 6 receiver tube opening down here.Now for the drops that exceed 12 inches, so the entire 1400 series, the stabilization kit is going to be provided to stiffen everything up and keep you hauling safely.Now the biggest difference we're going to have on the 2 1/2 inch series, as compared to the 2 inch series, is going to be the drops. The 1300 series, which is the off set, has a 3 inch rise, a zero, a 3 inch drop, a 6 inch drop. This is going to be available all the way through 9 and 12 inches. When we go to the 1500 series, it's immediately going to start with a 6 inch drop, and that can go all the way down to 21 depending on the amount of receiver tube openings you require. And just like the 1400 series, the 2500 series will have the stabilization system included.Now each of our torsion style hitches are going to have the dual ball set up. It gives us a 2 and 5 1/16ths inch ball on top, and a 2 inch ball on the bottom. Now this is a solid shank material, and you can see there's a hole that's been drilled through the middle of it here, that's for use with the inch and 7/8ths add on ball if you decide you have a need for it.Now on each of the series of hitches, they're going to come equipped with two pins. One for our clevis lock here, and one for the ball mount. The one for the actual pinning it to the truck, you'll have to provide. That part number if you want it to match, would be 325-GH-096.One thing I'll add there, is that if you're not going to be using a clevis hook style trailer, you can simply remove the clevis holder here and use that pin in the back of your truck.Now these are very desirable hitches, and you don't want yours to disappear. So if you'd rather everything in position, part number RH5-XL, is going to give you plenty of length to be able to go through there. And if you decided to get three, you could get them all keyed alike, so one key would operate the entire hitch.I like the unique design of the clips, basically you'll have to rotate it to pull it out. So we won't have to worry about these accidentally coming out.Now each of our pins are going to be 5/8ths of an inch in diameter. You'll see the end has been milled, so it gives you a really nice area to hold onto. And the hole here on the end, our clip is going to slide into.Now when using the pintle hook style set up, you want to be sure you're using the 2 and 5/16ths inch ball, and that you've got your keeper. So you just want to pull that pin. We're going to slide that forward. You're going to slide it all the way until your pinhole lines up, and re-secure it with your clip. That's going to keep everything nice and secure, and we're safe and ready for travel once you hook up your electronics and your chains.Now the hitch itself is going to have an extremely durable hammered finish powder coat, gives it a really nice look and a little bit of a silver and gray touch to it. All of our working components, like our pintle keeper and our balls, going to have a black powder coat finish.Now as the torsion system flexes, we've got pins here on the top and bottom that are going to rotate. You can see Gen-Y has added a grease circ there, to make keeping those lubricated very easy. It's going to extend the life and improve the operation of our hitch.Now to help maintain safety, each of our Gen-Y hitches has a built in scale. On the 16000 pound version, it's going to have a 1700 pound tongue weight scale. On the 21000 it's going to be 2400.Now this is adjustable, and periodically you will want to make sure it's centered with no load on the ball.Now for adjusting the scale, you'll need a Phillips screwdriver. You just want to loosen the Phillips screw, and you want to align the center point with the white line marked on our hitch. Once that's set, you're going to tighten that back down to hold it's position. The smaller point here will be 850 pounds worth of tongue weight. The larger point will be all the way at our max of 1700, or 1200 on the 21000 pound version and 2400.Now these heavy duty applications, having the appropriate tongue weight is going to be important for safety. It's going to prevent the trailer sway, or overloading on our truck.Now since we've had the Gen-Y torsion flex hitch out in the field, they've made some nice upgrades to it. We'd like to go over those with you.To start with, they're now offering a 3 inch by 3 inch shank, this is to keep up with the newer trucks that have those larger receiver tube openings. You'll notice they have both size pinholes that those 3 inch can come with as well, you've got the 5/8ths and then the one slightly larger.And of course just like the 2 and 2 1/2 inch to maintain the strongest possible setup, we're going to have a full solid steel shank.So regardless of whether you're hauling the heavier equipment trailers, you got a big horse trailer or camper, there's going to be a Gen-Y torsion flex hitch available that'll make you're towing duties safer and easier.

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