Pintle Tow Ball Protector | Australian-Made
The Pintle Tow Ball Protector is a safety device for Aftermarket 50mm Combination Pintle Hooks Tow Balls.
The ball protector acts as a cushion or dampener to remove most of the impact of towing equipment during acceleration—no more broken tow balls. See it in action here.
The gap between ring coupling and tow ball can vary by up to 30mm between pintle hook brands. As a result, forces occurring during acceleration from a stationary position cause damage to the tow ball.
How Does the Protector Work?
The ball protector has two parts:
- Inner band: wraps around the tow ball
- Outer sleeve: locks in the inner band
This provides the tow ball with extra strength to avoid premature damage during use.
Because the tow ball protector endures the brunt of the towing forces, eventually the protector may need to be replaced. However, this extends the life of your tow ball, minimises the abrupt jerking motion of the trailer, and reduces noise.
Couplemate™ has two tow ball protectors on offer. So, how do you know which one you need?
For Aftermarket Pintle Hooks
If you have an aftermarket Pintle Hook, you will likely want the black and yellow cover (CM509). This suits tow balls with a 1 ¼’’ shank.
In this instance, you will need to measure the distance from the tow ball mount to the horn lip. The Outer Sleeve is 64mm in length, so you will want to ensure there is enough clearance.
75mm Ring Couplings have a ring diameter of 41mm. The gap between the ring and the tow ball often exceeds 20mm. Measure the distance of the cavity between the rear of the coupling and the back of the ball.
Using the Tow Ball Protector
Ensure that the pintle hook horn is closed when not in use. Vibration from the road can cause the polyurethane ring to move upwards and dislodge.
|Dimensions||6 × 6 × 6 cm|