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2-5/16" Hitch Ball - 1-1/4" Diameter x 2-1/2" Long Shank - Raw - 30,000 lbs

2-5/16" Hitch Ball - 1-1/4" Diameter x 2-1/2" Long Shank - Raw - 30,000 lbs

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Raw, heat-treated hitch ball from B&W has a 1-1/4" diameter x 2-1/2" long shank with 12 threads per inch. Designed for heavy-duty towing. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch ball from B and W. 2-5/16" Hitch Ball - 1-1/4" Diameter x 2-1/2" Long Shank - Raw - 30,000 lbs part number BWHB94004 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-496-5010 for expert service.
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B and W Trailer Hitch Ball - BWHB94004

  • Trailer Hitch Ball
  • 2-5/16 Inch Diameter Ball
  • 1-1/4 Inch Diameter Shank
  • Standard Ball
  • 30000 lbs GTW
  • Class IV
  • Class V
  • Raw Steel
  • 2-1/2 Inch Shank Length
  • B and W

Raw, heat-treated hitch ball from B&W has a 1-1/4" diameter x 2-1/2" long shank with 12 threads per inch. Designed for heavy-duty towing.


  • Hitch ball provides connection point for your trailer's coupler
  • Fine threads (12 threads per inch) provide tight, strong grip
  • Heat-treated steel is durable
  • Raw finish
  • Lock washer and nut included
  • Made in the USA


  • Ball diameter: 2-5/16"
  • Shank dimensions: 1-1/4" diameter x 2-1/2" long
  • Weight capacity: 30,000 lbs

HB94004 B and W Heat-Treated Hitch Ball - 2-5/16" - 30,000 lbs

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Video of 2-5/16" Hitch Ball - 1-1/4" Diameter x 2-1/2" Long Shank - Raw - 30,000 lbs

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Video Transcript for B and W Hitch Ball - Trailer Hitch Ball - BWHB94004 Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at part number BWHB94004. This is the B and W 2-5/16" Hitch Ball. The hitch ball's going to provide a good connection point for your trailer's coupler. It's got the fine threads. It's going to provide a nice, tight, strong grip. It's actually going to have 12 threads per inch.

The unit's made from a heat-treated steel. It's very strong and very durable. It's got the raw steel finish to it. You're going to get the 2 and 5/16 inch hitch ball. You're going to get your lock washer as well as your nut.

The product's made right here in the USA. The ball diameter on the unit's going to measure 2-5/16 of an inch. If we take a measurement of the shank length from the bottom of the platform to the end of the threads we're looking at about 2 and 1/2 inches. Just the threaded portion is going to measure about 1 and 3/4 of an inch, and then the shank diameter is going to give us a measurement of 1 inch and 1/4. The weight capacity on the hitch ball is going to be 30,000 pounds. When installing this, you'd place it through the ball hole on the ball mount, lock washer goes underneath, followed by the nut.

That just threads right on there, and then you would need to torque it down to the specifications listed by the manufacturer. That's going to do it for our review of part number BWHB94004.

Customer Reviews

2-5/16" Hitch Ball - 1-1/4" Diameter x 2-1/2" Long Shank - Raw - 30,000 lbs - BWHB94004

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (282 Customer Reviews)

Raw, heat-treated hitch ball from B&W has a 1-1/4" diameter x 2-1/2" long shank with 12 threads per inch. Designed for heavy-duty towing.


Wanted a "Made in USA" product. This was overkill for our needs, but it will last forever. Can develop minor surface rust, but not enough to be a nuisance.


The hitch ball looks really good. It was easy to install because the treads were so well cut. The ball itself looks really smooth.


I’m happy with the product


Exceptional quality and paired nicely with the BW hitch mount.


The ball rusts at the surface. I took some emory cloth to it, cleaned it up, and sprayed clear coat on it to inhibit rust. Each time you tow, that clear wears off, so shoot it again after each tow if you don't tow frequently.

I still recommend this ball and B&W mount. A coworker just bought his first truck, and when he asked, I recommended he get a B&W hitch for it, from etrailer of course.
Mark F - 10/21/2021


This ball is hard as hell.


Slow to ship a stock item!!


Good strong ball... highly recommended for heavy trailers


The Best hitch ball available anywhere


This is a very well made tow ball. Fit and finish is nice - oxide finish, no paint or plating, which is fine by me. I like that it is of domestic origin.

Order was processed by eTrailer quickly. It took over 5 days to arrive (I paid for 3-5 day shipping), but I suspect that was UPS / holiday shipping issue.


So far, so good. Just make sure you get yourself a REAL big socket - the nut on this thing is GIGANTIC. My 15" adjustable wrench wouldn't even open far enough. I used a monkey wrench (adjustable plumber's wrench) with a 4' cheater bar on it to tighten. I work on small engines, not diesels, so nothing I had was big enough. Just FYI ...

Put over 10k towing miles on it - still good. Surface rust because its unpainted, but thats going to happen with raw, unpainted steel in the Northeast. I keep the top half greased with Amsoil off-road 2, and all is well.
Smithsonite - 02/08/2016


Exactly what I needed for the food trailers we produce!
Heavy tongue weights are now controlled.


Best quality hitch ball I've ever seen.


Sure aughta handle my load and then some, real quality material. The biggest part of this transaction is the attention to detail by e-trailer, great people.


Very good quality, definitely has some good weight to it for strength and fit perfectly on hitch.


B&W makes great American made products! Thank you for selling them. P.S. i don't work for B&W either. Great raw high strength ball. Period


heavy duty trailer ball looks like it will get job done with over kill


All items shipped immediately, were well packed, and arrived safely. Each item is very high quality and meets or exceeds advertising description. Communication has been excellent from the time the order was placed. I plan to do more business with etrailer.


Very nice! Exactly what I was wanting, thanks!

Michael - 01/13/2021


very high quality heavy duty ball that's made in the USA.


Appears to be an excellent product. The info tag with the ball listed the torque specs for installation which was very helpful.


I wish it didn't completely rust over within a month, but that's just what happens. Doesn't look good but no other issues.


Built like a tank, it looks like its milled from one single piece of metal. Really fine smooth threads like I haven't had before on a hitch. High quality.


Shipping was faster than expected, Well made high quality products. I will be a repeat customer.


Quality Item. Should last forever.

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See what our Experts say about this B and W Trailer Hitch Ball

  • Nut Size for B&W Heat Treated 2-5/16 Inch Raw Steel Hitch Ball
    The B&W 2-5/16" Hitch Ball - 1-1/4" Diameter x 2-1/2" Long Shank # BWHB94004 has a nut that is the traditional socket size of 1-7/8 inch and has fine threads that are 12 threads per inch to fit that 1-1/4 diameter shank.
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  • Torque Spec For The B and W Hitch Ball BWHB94004
    The Tech at B&W says the hitch ball part # BWHB94004 should tightened to 120 ft lbs with a 2-15/16" wrench.
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  • Will B & W Heat-Treated Hitch Ball Work in Gooseneck Hitch?
    When I reached out to B & W regarding your question, they advised me that the product # BWHB94004 is not rated for use with a gooseneck. That product is made more for a hitch ball opening on a bumper and it is a threaded application. I have linked all the Gooseneck hitch balls we have available.
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  • Would B and W Hitch Ball BWHB94004 Work to Tow a 7,500 lb Boat and Trailer
    The hitch ball part # BWHB94004 that you referenced is a 2-5/16 inch hitch ball with more than enough capacity for your 7,500 lb boat and trailer. As long as the ball hole in your ball mount is 2-1/2 inches in diameter this would work for you. If not I attached a link to a page that has all of the 2-5/16 inch hitch balls we carry.
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  • Recommendation for a Replacement Gooseneck Ball
    Either gooseneck ball # BWHB94004 will work for your application. It has a high weight capacity that will work with your 19,000 pound trailer.
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  • Would the 2-5/16" Hitch Ball Have a 3,000 lb Tongue Weight Rating
    Couplers and hitch balls are rated only for gross trailer weights. But the common total trailer weight to tongue weight ratio that is used is 10 percent. So the 30k rated hitch ball part # BWHB94004 would have a 3,000 lb tongue weight rating easily.
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  • Availability of USA-Made 2-5/16-Inch Hitch Ball Rated for 30,000-lbs
    We do offer a USA-made hitch ball with specs similar to the one you referenced. B and W offers their 2-5/16-inch hitch ball # BWHB94004. This has a gross weight capacity of 30,000-lbs, a 1-1/4-inch diameter shank that is 2-1/2-inches long, a fine thread pitch (12 TPI) and includes the lock washer and nut. All heat-treated parts have a raw finish.
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  • Recommended 2-5/16 Inch Hitch Ball and Ball Mount for 2-1/2 Inch Hitch Receiver
    The Curt Forged Ball Mount for 2-1/2 Inch Hitches # C45456 referenced in your question represents the highest capacity ball mount we currently have available that will fit your 2-1/2 inch hitch receiver. As you mentioned, this particular unit has a maximum trailer weight capacity of 20,000 pounds. It is compatible with the 1-1/4 inch shank on the B&W 2-5/16 Inch Hitch Ball # BWHB94004 that you referenced. When used together, you will just need to follow the lower 20,000 pound capacity on...
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  • 2-5/16 Hitch Ball That is Made in America
    The Curt 2-5/16" Hitch Ball # C40085 is made overseas, though we do have a similar hitch ball that is made in America, the B&W # BWHB94004. Like the Curt hitch ball, the B&W is 2-5/16", has a 1-1/4" shank and a 30,000 lb towing capacity. The shank on the B&W is 2-1/2" long, which is 1/8" shorter than the shank on the Curt ball.
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  • What is the Country of Origin for Curt Trailer Hitch Ball # C40030
    The Curt trailer hitch balls are all made in China. Many trailer hitch receivers too are made outside the U.S. but Curt does manufacture their hitches stateside. The 2-5/16-inch hitch ball you referenced, Curt # C40030, has a 15K gross trailer weight capacity. For a comparably-rated 2-5/16-inch chrome-plated ball that is made here in the U.S. you can use B&W part # BWHB94004. This is rated for 30,000-lbs. Its shank is 1-1/4-inches in diameter and 2-1/2-inches long.
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  • Will a Trailer Hitch Ball with a Raw Finish Last as Long as a Ball with a Chrome Finish
    A chrome finish ball is going to look good but it will not be corrosion resistant. A ball with a machine finish like # C40041, is going to have about the same corrosion resistance. In terms of performance they will wear at about the same rate under normal use. The best balls in terms of corrosion are going to be stainless steel followed by zinc coated balls. But in terms of balls that have a 30,000 pound capacity and a 1-1/4 inch shank, ball # BWHB94004 or # C40085 are the only options....
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  • Will the B and W Hitch part # BWHDRH25132 Fit a 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 6 foot Bed
    Yes, the B and W Heavy Duty trailer hitch part # BWHDRH25132 that you referenced is a confirmed fit for your 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 6 foot bed that has either a standard or step bumper. For a heavy duty hitch with as much capacity as this hitch has you really aren't going to find a better deal. For a ball mount you would want the part # BWBMHD30010 and then for a 2-5/16 inch ball part # BWHB94004.
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  • How Long Should Hitch Ball Shank Be to Fit Curt Forged Ball Mount # C45458
    The 2-1/2 inch shank length on B&W ball # BWHB94004 might be just a bit too short for ball mount # C45458. The recommended ball, # C40008, has a shank length of 2-3/4 inches. Basically the shank has to be long enough for the nut to thread all the way on with about 3 or more threads sticking out past the bottom of the nut.
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  • Weight Distribution Recommendation for 37 foot Forest River XLR 29KW Toy Hauler
    1,500 lbs of tongue weight is pretty heavy but we do have weight distribution systems that are rated high enough for that. We have the Reese Titan part # RP66006 which has a tongue weight range of 1,000 to 1,700 lbs which would work well. Then for a hitch ball we have the part # BWHB94004 which has a 30k capacity. Then for a 2-1/2 inch hitch shank with a 17k capacity we have the part # RP54977 which would work well.
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  • Trailer Wiring and Weight Distribution Ball for a 1993 Dodge W350
    For your 1993 Dodge W350 you can use Curt trailer wiring harness # C55317. It plugs in line with the truck tail light wiring. But if you are concerned about overloading the truck wiring I recommend a hardwire, powered harness # 119147KIT. This will draw power for the trailer lights directly from the truck battery. Then to add a 7-Way you will need # ETBC7. I have included some links that show and explain the # ETBC7 installation. The links also explain how a brake controller will be installed....
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  • How Much Does the TorkLift # TL49YR Weigh?
    The TorkLift SuperHitch Magnum Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class V - 2-1/2" and 2" # TL49YR weights 157 pounds. It also comes with 2 included hitch pins and is 100% made in the U.S.A. The beautiful thing about this hitch is that you can receive the maximum usable weight capacity of 30,000 pounds with the TorkLift weight distribution system # TLWD1000. In order to use the weight distribution system, I recommend the Adjustable Shank for TorkLift SuperHitch Everest Weight Distribution...
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  • What Weight Distribution System and Sway Bar is Best for 18 ft Toy Hauler 22,000 GVW
    The Weight Distribution System that will work for a trailer that big is the TorkLift SuperHitch Everest Weight Distribution System - 30,000 lbs GTW, 3,000 lbs TW # TLWD1000. If you can tell me the vehicle you have I can match a Torklift (TorkLift) receiver that will work with this weight distribution system. The TorkLift SuperHitch Everest Weight Distribution System does not come with a shank or hitch ball. You will need a shank like the Adjustable Shank for TorkLift SuperHitch Everest...
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  • Which Sway Control System For 14000lb Trailer With 2100lb Tongue Weight
    That is a lot of tongue weight for a 14k lb trailer! You are right at the top of the normal range of 10-15% of the trailer weight. For you setup I recommend the Tuson Electronic Sway Control System for Electric Trailer Brakes - 1 to 4 Axles # 335TSC-1000 which uses utilizes your trailer's electric brakes to correct sway when it occurs. I included a video of the Tuson # 335TSC-1000 for you to take a look at. If you are looking to add a weight distribution system I recommend the TorkLift...
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