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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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40038 - Chrome-Plated Steel CURT Trailer Hitch Ball
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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 or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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CURT Trailer Hitch Ball

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

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.


  • 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


  • 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

Item # 40038

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 2 Inch Chrome Hitch Ball Review

What's up, everybody Adam here with etrailer. Today, we're gonna be taking a look at the Curt trailer ball. When it comes to trailer balls, there's a couple of things we need to consider. One, we want to make sure it's the right size for our coupler. And this one is a two-inch trailer ball. So you wanna look on the top of your coupler.

Typically, it's going to say what size it is. So just check that, make sure it's the right size. Two, we want to make sure that the ball is gonna be able to handle what we plan on using it with. So this one has a capacity of 12,000 pounds. So we're probably not gonna overload this thing.

Another thing we kind of want to think about is the ball mount that we're using it with. Make sure if you do plan on kind of maxing out this trailer ball, make sure that the hitch receiver is going to be able to handle that weight as well. With this specific setup, yes, the ball is rated for 12,000 pounds, but our ball mount is not. So between the two, the lowest number is 7,500, so that's what we're limited to. If we're willing to max this ball out, what we'd have to do is grab a ball mount that's gonna be able to handle 12,000 pounds as well.

So something to kind of think about. Also the holes that the ball goes down through, the shank, we do want to make sure that it's going to have a diameter of one inch. That's how big the shank is. We don't want anything any bigger, just because there'll be a lot of play. And anything smaller of course, it's not really gonna fit.

Another thing about the shank, we are gonna make sure that we grab a ball mount that's not going to be too thick for it. The shank is about two and a quarter inches long. So we want to make sure that we can get a thickness of at least three eighths of an inch. So those are all the things you kinda have to think about whenever picking out the right combo, you know, you need a lot more components than just the ball, and we have them here at etrailer. So just use that information to piece together your system, so you can be towing properly. And that's basically it for a look at the Curt two inch trailer ball..

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   (2796 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.


What to say about a hitch ball? It went on the mount easily and quickly. All parts and instructions were included, packaged well, and in perfect condition. Delivery was fast. Price was excellent and the customer services was even better! Thanks to Paula S. And etrailer for another great experience.


I know the finish won’t last but I was hoping I’d get a little longer out of it. It just seems like it aged very quickly and I even greased it to save it a bit although you’re not supposed to for general trailer safety. Still works though… don’t know what else you could ask. If you buy one, but from etrailer. No better site on the internet

We do recommend greasing the hitch ball to help disconnecting the coupler and to help protect rust. Use with the trailer coupler is going cause scratches which will eventually lead to rust. I recommend using grease part # 58117
White Grease Hitch Ball Lube
with the ball.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 04/27/2022


I neeed to pull a trailer with my 2019 GMC Yukon. I found and followed the instructions on determining the drop of the hitch, the instructions were spot on. I hooked up my trailer to my Yukon today, all was level and worked perfectly.

I had driven around to Napa, Lowe’s, Home Depot and Walmart, and nobody had the 9” drop hitch I needed. Came back to Etrailer, bought the 2” ball and pin, and the Curt 9” drop hitch. I received the items quickly.

Great website,




Very professional and received in two days. Also ordered an extended ball hitch which came in the same package. I called and discussed the extended ball hitch vs a hitch extension and she answered all my questions and I got the correct solution for my issue. Highly recommend etrailer


This product worked great. Although it wasn't the way I planned it, the first time I used this trailer mount, I towed my car 1600+ miles round trip.


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,


We are happy with our whole package including hitch, receiver, wiring and ball mounts.


I received this hitch the next day during the vivid-19 pandemic. It was very easy to install.

2020 Subaru Outback
Pull the small rear panel off the bumper, remove 6 bolts and slip the hitch in between the bumper bar and the frame, tighten the new bolts in (not the stock bolts) and put everything back together. The reason there is a open hole on the hitch is because you cannot remove the bumper bar without removing the whole back end which would be a royal pain.

The brake wiring connector is right on the rear part of the spare tire compartment on the passenger side. It was hard to find but it just all snapped together.

Awesome product, awesome service!!


Shipping box was badly damaged which resulted in the hitch paint being chipped in a few places

I will have our customer service team reach out to you.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 01/31/2022


The hitch ball fit beautifully into the trailer hitch and is rated to tow 5,000 pounds, which well exceeds what I need for my 18' motor boat.


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 :-)


Gwen Y knew exactly what I needed and I didn't have to ask any stupid questions...Gwen Y deserves a raise!!!


Suffice to say after 3 or 4 years and a number of purchases I have never had an unhappy experience with etrailer


Solid product. Haven’t had any issues with a year of casual use


Works very well. Easy to use and is very strong.


Works like it should. It is holding up well.


Great product, made solid, sure to give me many years trailering my Harley!!!!!!

Thanks e-trailer!

Great quality, solid, reliable. Ive had no trailering issues while using this product
Al - 10/02/2021


everything was just great, The proc=duct is well done and quality. I recommend etrailer


Well honestly it’s just a hitch ball. The 5 stars go to etrailer and their customer service. The first ball I ordered was back ordered and I received an email within minutes of placing my order with a replacement suggestion. Always shop here first, you won’t be disappointed!


looked good haven't tow with it


Seems to be of good quality. No issues.


Does everything a hitch ball should! Shines when not in use and pulls the trailer when in use.

Still working just fine after several hundred miles of twisting turning roads! A little grease goes a long way too!
Eric - 01/05/2022


Has held up well after roughly 30k miles of use with 8-11k lbs pulling a skidsteer and dump trailer.


Order was processed super fast and hitch/ball is perfect for our gator!


Bought this heavy duty ball for extra security towing a 7000 GVWR dovetail. It fits the hitch and receiver insert perfectly and looks new after several 100 mile tows.

Im satisfied with the fit and finish after many uses.
Victor W - 01/30/2021
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