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How To Install a Tow Ball To Your Vehicle

KT Cables LogoFitting a Tow Ball to your vehicle is relatively simple process as long as you have the correct ball size for your receiver hitch. The receiver hitch is made up of several parts: a ball on top, a long, cylindrical threaded shaft, the lock washer, and the nut, which keeps the ball secured on the receiver’s ball mount.

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One.

First, insert the shaft into the receiver hole so the trailer ball is facing upward.

Two.

Place the lock washer and the nut onto the bottom of the shaft, and then move them up all the way so that they touch the ball mount. Now, screw the nut on very tightly, and keep the ball on top from moving around too much. One way to do this is to grip the ball with a pipe wrench or a large set of pliers.

Three.

Use another wrench to tighten the nut on the bottom until it’s locked in place. Every time you tow, make sure the nut and washer are securely fastened.

There are many different types of switch balls. Sometimes Tow Balls have locking pins or grooves inserted into the shank that allow you to unlock the ball from the rest of the unit. Remember, it’s very important to install the ball properly, and to have one that’s the right size. That little metal ball bears the weight of your 10,000 pound boat, so it’s not something to mess around with!

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Tow Ball has been removed from the Tow Ball Mount

Step 4

Insert Tow Ball with Ball facing upwards

Step 5

Place Shin Protector on the first before inserting Tow Ball into Tow Ball Mount

Step 6

Secure Tow Ball using washer and nut by hand, then tighten using a torque wrench.

Step 7

Tow Ball has been fitted. Shin Protector protects shins against injury, protects clothes against grease exposed by Tow Bar and is high visibility at night.

Step 8

High Visibility Tow Ball Covers are also available.

Watch a Full Video Demonstration of ‘How to Fit a Tow Ball to your Vehicle’

 

KT Tow Balls and Tow Bar Accessories available at your local Supercheap Auto Store

KT70110KT Chrome Tow Ball
Model. KT70110

– Shank size 7/8” x 50mm
– 3500kg load rating
– ADR Approved 62/02 & AS4177.2-2004

 

KT70105

KT High Visibility Chrome Tow Ball Cover
Model. KT70105

– Chrome High visibility at night, glows in the dark
– Protects clothing from dirt and grease
– Suits regular 7/8” x 50mm tow balls
– The glow charges throughout the day using natural light

KT70106
KT High Visibility Black Tow Ball Cover
Model. KT70106

– Black High visibility at night, glows in the dark
– Protects clothing from dirt and grease
– Suits regular 7/8” x 50mm tow balls
– The glow charges throughout the day using natural light


KT70100
KT High Visibility Shin Protector
Model. KT70100

– High visibility at night, glows in the dark
– Protects clothing from dirt and grease
– Suits regular tow tongues
– The glow charges throughout the day using natural light

To view the range at Supercheap Auto, click here. Check out more great content from KT Cables at their blog, here.

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