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Old 10-08-2012, 11:59 AM   #1
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What's the difference between chrome ball and black?

Like these two.

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Just the color which probably rubs off when you use it.
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Just the color which probably rubs off when you use it.
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Just the color which probably rubs off when you use it.
X2 and I would think the chrome one would be stronger
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:13 PM   #5
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Just the color which probably rubs off when you use it.
Ok so black will just be bare metal when rubbed off vs rust my chrome.
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:14 PM   #6
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Also anyone use the tri ball?
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Ok so black will just be bare metal when rubbed off vs rust my chrome.
bare metal would rust. chrome wont unless it gets rubbed off. but chrome is very durable. all the ball hitches i have are chrome
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bare metal would rust. chrome wont unless it gets rubbed off. but chrome is very durable. all the ball hitches i have are chrome
I didn't mean the chrome would rust. I meant I've seen chrome ones rusting on top because of use.
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I didn't mean the chrome would rust. I meant I've seen chrome ones rusting on top because of use.
Oh, well none of mine have rusted. If you grease the ball it will be fine
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My chrome eventually got some scratches from being used and developed rust where the scratches are.
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Oh, well none of mine have rusted. If you grease the ball it will be fine
^^This. I grease my balls also (yes, I realize how that sounds). It stops squeeking and keeps them from rusting. I've always puchased chrome towing balls. The only thing I don't like about the tri-ball is the lack of drop. I'm using a ball mount with a 3.5" drop and it tows my trailer dead level. The tri-ball would be too high for most of the trailers I would ever tow.
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^^This. I grease my balls also (yes, I realize how that sounds). It stops squeeking and keeps them from rusting. I've always puchased chrome towing balls. The only thing I don't like about the tri-ball is the lack of drop. I'm using a ball mount with a 3.5" drop and it tows my trailer dead level. The tri-ball would be too high for most of the trailers I would ever tow.
Well only reason I'm looking at it is I'm grabbing a trailer to borrow and don't know what ball size I need. Plus if I ever need it later on. Now on something I own ill get the right drop.
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What's the normal drop for a hitch for a tacoma with pre runner suspension? I have a 2011
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What's the normal drop for a hitch for a tacoma with pre runner suspension? I have a 2011
Completely depends on the trailer. I misspoke above, I'm using a 2" drop and it seemed to work for most trailers when I was stock height. I'm now slightly lifted and could probably do with another inch of drop for the ball mount with most small trailers.
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All trailer balls will rust, whether chrome or not. The chrome will wear/flake off eventually (sooner rather than later), both will look like crap shortly. The black painted one just doesn't pretend to be something its not.

In the end, its just a trailer ball. Get the one that is more durable, or cheaper if they're equal.

I use a 3-ball for some loads. Typically long-ish or tall-ish single-axle trailers, like boat trailers. I use an adjustable drop for loads that are height sensitive. I've never had any use for the 2 5/16" ball, got the 3-ball because it was on sale cheaper than a 2-ball with 1 7/8 and 2". I plan to weld on a flange for a shackle on the 4th side.
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I just got a 3/4 drop/rise with 2" ball and free pin for $23 with chrome ball. Figured most trailers will be 2" ball.
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It's a trailer ball hitch who gives a shit if it rusts. All of them black, chrome, or purple, if you tow anything of any significance will eventually rust.
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