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TorkLift SuperHitch Magnum Trailer Hitch Installation - 2021 Ford F-450 Super Duty

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How to Install the TorkLift SuperHitch Magnum Trailer Hitch on a 2021 Ford F-450 Super Duty


Hello everybody, Clint here at etrailer.com. Here at etrailer.com, we install, test and review a lot of different products to help you as a customer make a more educated decision before your purchase. Today, we're gonna be working on a 2021 Ford F-450. We're gonna be taking a look at and I'll be walking through how to install Torklift's SuperHitch Magnum trailer hitch receiver. You might be asking yourself, why do I need to add this trailer hitch receiver to the back of my truck, if I'm using an in bed camper. And the simple reason is, is if you're using your standard hitch, you're not gonna be able to use any ball mount accessories with your truck.

So adding the Torklift SuperHitch is gonna allow us to buy the SuperTruss extension. That way we can still use our receiver tube off the back of our camper. The greatest benefit of adding this hitch and using the SuperTruss, is you'll be able to take things with you when you're on the road. So if you're going camping for the weekend, maybe you wanna take your boat, you can tow that with a SuperTruss or if you wanna use a cargo carrier for a generator, or any luggage or maybe you wanna take a bike rack with you, this is gonna allow you to do so. You create a little bit more cargo space in your truck or in the back of your camper.

And since that camper is in the bed, that is gonna take up a lot of your space to haul things. This is what our SuperHitch Magnum is gonna look like installed. It's definitely for heavy duty applications. As you can see, it's pretty big, It looks really heavy duty. It's made out a really thick metal, nice and strong, has a really nice dimple black powder coat finish to make it look nice for a long time.

A lot of our customer reviews have said that this hitch is awesome, even two or three years down the road and it doesn't even look like it's been used. And as you can see, there are two receiver tube openings. The top one is gonna be 2 1/2, with this sleeve, that comes out to two inches, and the bottom is gonna be two inches. So this is gonna be pretty common. You'll be able to use it with a lot of different accessories while still using it with your SuperTruss, whenever you do have your camper in the bed of your truck.

All right, down here, we're gonna have our safety chain plate, there's a nice big opening. It'll work with your bigger safety chains, just like our clevis hook here. Right here is gonna be our 5/8 inch hitch pin hole. This is a very common size, so finding a pin is not gonna be hard at all. And our kit actually is gonna include two pins and clips. But if you did wanna find a locking pin or clip, you can find those here at etrailer.com. To take out your sleeve, you're just gonna take out your pin and clip, then simply slide your sleeve out of your receiver tube. Now I'll go ahead and get a couple of measurements for you, just to help you understand where the SuperHitch Magnum is gonna sit on the back of your F-450. The measurement from the ground to the bottom part of our receiver tube opening is about 16 1/2 inches. You just wanna keep that number in mind for ground clearance or whenever you're putting your ball in the rise or lowered position. And actually, our ends on a SuperHitch here, are gonna be the same measurement. So you don't have to worry about those hanging down anymore than the receiver tube. And our receiver tube opening sticks out past the end of our rear bumper. So you're not gonna have to worry about any of those folding accessories. As far as our weight capacities are concerned, I had mentioned this is a very heavy duty hitch and the weight ratings definitely reflect that. As far as our gross trailer weight rating, we're gonna be at 20,000 pounds. That's gonna be the weight of the trailer and the load included. And then our maximum tongue weight rating, which is gonna be the amount pushing straight down on our receiver tube is gonna be 2,500 pounds. So, but you can use weight distribution using the Everest weight distribution system. That's gonna knock our gross trailer weight rating up to 30,000 pounds and our tongue weight rating up to 3,000 pounds. Now keep in mind for the trailer weight rating, that's the weight of the trailer and the load included. But you always wanna check with your Ford's owner's manual and make sure that your truck is capable of towing at those capacities. And if it's not, always go with the lowest number. Our SuperHitch Magnum is also gonna have a higher weight capacity than the SuperHitch Hero. So if you're are using it for those heavier duty applications, this is definitely gonna be your way to go. Our cross tube is gonna be visible on our hitch. As you can see, it's pretty big, as I've mentioned, this is very heavy duty. The cross tube is actually gonna be four inches by four inches, so it's definitely pretty big. And in my professional opinion, this is gonna be a huge upgrade to your F-450. Whether you're new to using an in bed camper, or even doing it for a while, and just wanna take a trailer with you or use a cargo carrier bike rack, like I said. This is gonna be a great option for you to look at. Now in terms of installation, getting it installed really is not that bad. Biggest part is gonna be how heavy everything is. With that being said, I'll go ahead and show you how to get it installed now. To start our installation, we want to remove our two bumper support bolts on the back of our hitch here. We're gonna use a 13 millimeter socket. You're gonna repeat that same process on the other side. We're now gonna have two 21 millimeter nuts on each side located right here and right here. We can now take this off. Now, we don't wanna take these all the way off. We're just gonna get it to where there's a couple of threads on each side. Then we'll move over to the other side to get those loosened up as well. That way when we loosen both sides, the bumper can support itself. And now I just wanna take one nut off of each side, to where it's gonna be supported on each side by one nut. If there's an extra set of hands, we just wanna remove that nut on each side and then we can lift our bumper out of place. Now you wanna be careful here 'cause we do have a wiring harness connected. So then once you lift this off, we can disconnect our wiring. There's gonna be a little tab here on your seven way. You just wanna click that and undo it. You're gonna have one more plug here that kind of reaches back. You just wanna push down on that tab and pull it off. Now we can remove our bumper. Our instructions aren't gonna tell you to do this but when you are removing this bumper, we're gonna take a cam buckle strap. If you don't have a cam buckle strap. You can find on here at etrailer. We're just gonna loop it around the mounts for our bumper, run it through our factory safety chain loops on each side and back to the bumper mount on this side. Then we'll just tighten that strap down and that'll support our hitch. We're gonna have two bolts on the back of our hitch that we're gonna need to remove. We're gonna use a 24 millimeter socket. We are gonna wanna grab a long breaker bar or ratchet just to help break these loose as they are pretty tight. And if you're having trouble breaking this loose with a breaker bar, you can always grab your jack handle or a long pipe and then add it to the end of your breaker bar like so and use it as a cheater bar. That's gonna help you get more leverage to break that bolt loose. For this inside bolt, you are gonna need a ratcheting wrench once you get it broken loose, or just a box end wrench. But I do suggest using a ratcheting wrench 'cause it's gonna make life a whole lot easier and make this job quite a bit faster. We just wanna get this all the way loose. And if you are having trouble, I suggest spraying some penetrating oil on there, just help loosen things up. We just wanna save our hardware now. Before we get any farther, we wanna make sure to remove our wiring harnesses from our hitch. We'll just grab a trim trim panel tool kind of pop these tabs out of our hitch. This will just keep our wiring from getting damaged when we lower our hitch down. You wanna make sure to do this on both sides. We now wanna remove our two hitch bolts on this side the same way that we did on the passenger side. We have four more bolts on each side to remove, we're gonna have two here and then two just inside of our hitch opening. Again, you're gonna need a breaker bar with probably a cheater bar on the end and do the high torque. We now have all of our hardware removed and our hitch is being supported by our strap. And then one bolt that I left in on the front on each side, if you do this, it'll keep the front of the hitch from swinging down, hitting your exhaust or possibly injuring you. So doing it this way is gonna be a lot more safe. You wanna grab something to support our hitch. In this case, we're gonna be using a cart but if you're doing it at home you might wanna grab a couple friends or if you're doing it on the ground, you can raise up a jack with a piece of plywood under it, really anything that's gonna help you catch that hitch once we loosen that hardware. We're now ready to loosen up our last bolt, just like so. We just wanna undo our cam buckle strap, like so. And then we can just slide our hitch away from our truck. You don't wanna watch this wiring and make sure that it doesn't get stuck in your hitch. We are gonna be reusing our factory hardware which means we're gonna be reusing our nut plates and our frame rail. Now these do get a little bit twisted whenever you are taking the bolts out, but that's no problem 'cause they do move pretty easy in the frame. You can just grab a small flat blade screwdriver but really anything that's gonna be able to reach up into the frame. You just wanna get those centered. We're gonna make sure to do that for all of them. Before we install our hardware, we wanna make sure to add our 5/8 flat washer over our factory hardware like so. We're gonna do this for all of our bolts. When we lift up our side plates we want our flanges facing the inside and our square facing the back. It's gonna be a good idea to grab an extra set of hands. With our extra set of hands, we just wanna get our holes lined up and then get a bolt started on each side, just to help support that side bracket. With that hardware started, we can let it go and it'll support itself. You'll repeat that same process on the other side. So now we're gonna install the rest of our hardware. So that's gonna be two up there, one more here, and then two back here. Now we wanna leave it all loose until we get our center section installed. So I'll go ahead and do this on both sides. Now our center section is pretty heavy, so I decided to use a floor jack. It bounces on here pretty nice. If you are doing it at home, I would suggest having at least two or three people just to help get this lifted up and centered in position. We have all of our hardware installed on our side plates. As you can see, they're nice and loose. So we just wanna slowly jack up our center section to where it's close to the same height. Now we just wanna slide it close to position, like so. Then we just wanna pull out on our side plates and then push this in just a little bit more. And we just wanna grab our hardware we'll just kind of slide that through our side plate. And then on the other side, we'll meet that with a split lock washer and a hex nut. I'm actually gonna get the bottom on this side too. Now it's not supported by just one bolt. And then we'll shift the other side into place. Our instructions aren't gonna tell you to do so, but you are gonna have to lower the spare tire to make enough clearance for your hitch. You just wanna lower that down and out of the way, then we can slide our hitch into position. This square right here is gonna fit into the opening in our side plate. We're just gonna wanna pinch out on our side plates, kind of just push our hitch into position, like so, and we can just add our hardware and a slide our hex bolt through, add our split lock washer and our hex nut on the back. We'll repeat that same process for our three remaining holes on each side. Now I just wanna come back and tighten down all of our hardware. We wanna make sure that our hitch is centered while doing so. We'll use a 19 millimeter socket and wrench to tighten down the bolts in our cross tube. We're now ready to come back and torque everything down to the amount specified in our instructions. You also wanna make sure to torque down the bolts holding our cross tube. We're now gonna need to move back to our bumper support bracket. We're gonna have two bolts that we need to remove using a 21 millimeter socket. With this nut removed, we'll reach around from the backside and grab that plate and totally remove it. We can now repeat that same process on the passenger side. We wanna grab our 1/2 inch bolt with a 1/2 inch flat washer. We're just gonna slide this through this hole here closest to this top corner. Then we're gonna use those two openings from where we removed those nut plates. We're gonna use the same hardware combination with that bolt and the flat washer. But on the top two, we are gonna add another flat washer, like so. Then we can grab our frame bracket, we'll just slide that over, like so, add a flat washer, a split lock washer and our hex nut. On the bottom, we're gonna, I wanna add our provided spacer and then we can lift our bigger bracket up and over, just like so, then we can grab a flat washer, a split lock washer and our hex nut and we'll get that started. Our top bolt right above this, we're gonna use the same hardware orientation that we did for this bolt. We can now repeat that same process on this side. You also wanna come back and tighten down our hardware with a 19 millimeter socket and wrench. Now, we just wanna come back and torque it down to the amount specified in our instructions. So as far as our hitch installation, everything is installed for our hitch. Now we just need to kind of zip tie our wiring up and out of the way. I went ahead and already did that. But when you're doing that, you can just raise your spare up and kind of move that wiring out of the way. Once you get your spare up and kind of get an idea of where everything's gonna sit. Now we'll lift our spare back up and then reinstall our rear bumper in the reverse order we took it apart. When reinstalling your bumper, you wanna make sure to replug in your harness for your parking sensors and your seven way connector and make sure to add two bolts on both sides for our bumper connections. For our final step, we need to install our new hardware for our bumper support. We're gonna grab our bolt and a flat washer, just slide that through the hole, and on the backside, that's gonna be met with a flat washer, a split lock washer and our hex nut. Now we just wanna use a 14 millimeter socket and wrench to tighten it down. With all of our components re-installed and everything torqued down, we're now ready to hit the road. That's gonna do it for our look at and the installation of the Torklift SuperHitch Magnum on our 2021 Ford F-450..


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