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TorkLlift SuperTruss Hitch Extension Installation - 2021 Ford F-450 Super Duty

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How to Install a TorkLlift SuperTruss Hitch Extension on a 2021 Ford F-450 Super Duty


Hello everybody. Clinton 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 taking a look at and I'll be showing you how to install torklifts, SuperTruss, hitch extension for super hitches on our 2021 Ford F-450. So as you can see this is a pretty interesting looking device. And the reason you might need it or you would need it is if you do use an in bed camper.

Now, when you use an in bed camper, that's gonna cover up your truck's factory receiver tube opening. So you're not going to be able to use a cargo carrier if you wanna take a generator with you or just store some extra luggage on it, or a bike rack, or even tow a trailer. So adding this is gonna be a huge upgrade. Now you do wanna keep in mind you will need to add a SuperHitch to the back of your vehicle. And you can find plenty of those options here at etrailer.com.

But in our case, we do have the SuperHitch Magnum installed. Our receiver tube opening is gonna be two inches by two inches. And this is a really common size. So it's gonna be easy to find any ball mount of accessories, such as a Ball Mount, a cargo carrier, or a bike rack. And we are gonna have a plate style safety chain loop.

So it's gonna stay nice and tight to that receiver tube while also working with a lot of types of safety chains. As you can see, our big clevis hook fits on here, just fine. And it does use a standard five eight inch hitch pin opening. As you can see there, keep in mind a pin and clip does not come with this kit but you can find one here at etrailer.com. I also suggest looking for a locking pin or anti-rattle device.

Now I'll just give you a couple measurements to help you understand where this is gonna sit on the back of your F-450. Our measurement from the ground to the bottom part of our receiver tube is gonna be about 20 and a half inches. And the measurement from the ground to the bottom of our tube down here is gonna be about 16 and a half inches. So you just want to keep that number in mind for ground clearance. And the measurement from the end of our receiver tube up to the receiver tube on our truck is about 49 inches. But you do wanna keep in mind these do come in different variants all the way from 21 inches up to 60. So whatever works for your camper is the distance you're gonna wanna buy. One feature that I like is this plate for your wiring. That way, if you are towing a trailer, you can pick up some extensions and get your seven way out here. So you're not gonna have to stretch it or it's not gonna be long enough to reach to your truck. So looking a little bit more into how it works this device will slide into the top, and bottom receiver tube. Both of them are two inches, but like on our case we do have a two and a half inch top edge with a sleeve so it works just fine. This is gonna mount like any other ball mount of accessory. Might be curious about what these chains are on the outside. Simply, it's just a chain to help there from being rattling and your Ball Mount you're not gonna hear all that extra noise and there's not gonna be a lot of play. They are adjustable with these turnbuckles. So if you are getting a little bit of shake and rattle you can just tighten these up as you can see here, the whole truck shaking. So it's gonna be nice and secure even though we're moving that Ball Mount location back from our bumper. Our chains are gonna run from the safety chain plate all the way back to the corner of our hitch. So it's gonna be nice and secure, like I said. And even though we're pushing that point back of our receiver tube we're not gonna lose a ton of our weight capacities. This thing is heavily built, very sturdy that's gonna offer us very good weight capacities. So for our SuperHitch Original and our SuperHitch Magnum we are gonna have a 6,000 pound trailer weight rating. Keep in mind, that's the weight of the trailer, and the load included. And we're gonna have a 600 pound tongue weight rating. That's gonna be 600 pounds pushing straight down on our receiver tube. And this does work with weight distribution. And if you use weight distribution your towing capacity will go up to 12,000 pounds and your tongue weight rating will go up to 1200 pounds. And as far as our weight capacities are concerned if you're using a SuperHitch Hero you are gonna have a 2000 pound trailer weight rating and a 200 pound tongue rating. But if you do use weight distribution that number jumps up to 3,500 pounds for your trailer weight rating and 350 pounds for your tongue weight rating. And as I mentioned, this is a very heavy duty construction. It is constructed out of steel. So it's gonna hold up really well for a long time and it has a nice black powder coat finish to help resist rust and corrosion as well. And not only that, it is pretty easy to install. Not gonna have to crawl around on the ground or anything like that. With that being said, I'll go ahead and show you how to get it installed now. To start our installation we wanna grab our upper receiver tube. Now these do come in various lengths and in our case we're working with the 54 inch long top tube. I'm just gonna go ahead and measure out and mark the middle now. And then later when we add our support brackets we'll know exactly where to put it. So I'm just gonna measure out to 27 inches. We'll make our mark. We now wanna move over to our truck and our receiver tubes. Now keep in mind, this kit only works if you have a SuperHitch and in our case we're using the SuperHitch Magnum. You can find those options here at etrailer. Now we just want to remove our pins. Now we're ready to slide our tubes into place. Our instructions are gonna tell us to use the top tube but I think it's a lot easier to work with the bottom first. So we just wanna take this and slide it into the bottom opening on our receiver. Then we just wanna slide it in and get our pin hole lined up. We'll just go ahead slide our pin through and add our retaining pin. With our top tube we want our safety chain plates facing down then we'll just grab this and carefully slide it into place, not pinching our fingers. It is gonna be kind of hard to get this lined up but if you just kind of play with it a little bit, have no problem. Now if it lined up, you just kind of stuck our pin, a little a little bit to help that pin go through and add our retaining clip on the other side. Now we'll grab our two brackets that look like this. We're just gonna slide one over the top tube and push it all the way up against our safety chain plate. And this is the reason we made our mark on our top tube. We just wanna take our other plate get that as centered as possible over that mark. We're now ready to add our hardware. We're gonna grab our long bolts. Remember to use two flat washers. I'm gonna slide those over this. Now we're gonna grab our spacer bracket. We're just gonna slide that underneath here, like so and then slide our bolt through. And on the other side we're gonna pull our bolt back out a little bit slide that other spacer through till our hardware comes all the way through. Again, we're gonna add two flat washers and our locking nut provided. We'll repeat that process for our bottom hole here and on our back bracket. All of our hardware loose, we can slide these around. So you do wanna be careful and make sure that this back bracket stays center on our mark. We now wanna grab a 19 millimeter socket wrench and just get these tightened down. Now I wanna repeat that same process for our back bracket. Now we wanna come back and torque everything down to the amount specified in our instructions. With our brackets tightened down we now wanna go back and remove our hitch pins and see if this slides out easily. We're just doing that to make sure once it's all bolted together, we can take it in and out of our receiver tube with no problem. So with our pins already out we can grab this, and slide it, and it slides pretty easy so we're good to go. But if yours does not slide easy you just need to loosen these brackets and re tighten everything down and get a tow that goes in and out easily. We now wanna grab our wiring bracket and get it mounted to our safety chain loops. Now there are different settings you can do. You can set it here where it offsets a little bit, or you can inset it towards directly under the receiver tube. Our customer wanted it out here. We're gonna grab our provided hardware slide that through both. And on the bottom side we're gonna add a split lock washer, and a hex nut. We'll just get those started loosely and then add our second bolt. You just tighten these up by hand the rest of the way you gonna make sure that your bracket's nice and square so the end of your receiver tube. Now, I just wanna tighten that down with an 11 millimeter socket and wrench. You don't have to tighten it super tight but you do wanna make sure that they're snugged. We're now ready to add our chains to our shackles. We just wanna back our pin out, and we'll slide our chain over our shackle, like so. Then we wanna grab our turnbuckle. We're just gonna put the open end, through the middle like so, and then tighten this down. Now you just wanna grab our shackle, drop it over our safety chain loop, add our turnbuckle to the other side, with the pin put our shackle. We'll just tighten that down by hand. Now we will grab the end of our chain and grab another shackle we'll slide that over the last loop in the chain and then bring it back to our hitch. Now we just wanna line the holes up in our shackle with a hole in our hitch. We'll drop our pin through and then tighten it down. Now tightening these down by hand is fine but if you do wanna tighten it down for extra assurance you put a small screwdriver, or screw, or nail or anything through the end of here. You kind of spin that to tighten it down. Now we can repeat the same process for our tensioning chains on the other side. Tightening down our turnbuckles is gonna be pretty simple. All we're gonna do is twist them, and you're gonna twist it to the outside of the vehicle on the passenger side. So you'll just twist it like that. And you'll slowly feel it get tighter. You can kind of see it, pulling that over. We're just gonna tighten this up real nice by hand, just like so. We're actually gonna come over and tighten the other side. So on the driver's side you're gonna turn it towards the passenger side. Now, with there being tension on the other side we're just gonna tighten this as tight as we can by hand then we'll go back to the other side and do the same. With that as tight as we can get it now we wanna grab our locking nuts, and thread them on just like so, you can grab a 19 or three quarter and tighten that against our turnbuckle. Repeat that same process on the other side. With everything tightened down we're now ready to load up our camper and that our favorite accessory, and then hit the road. That's gonna do it for our look at and the installation of Torklifts, SuperTruss, hitch extension for the SuperHitches on our 2021 Ford F-450..


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