Shocker Air Hitch w/ Drop Ball Mount 4-1/2″ to 8-1/2″ Drop

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SKU: SH-640


Product Description

  • Smoother Safer Towing: Air ride towing technology with a heavy duty built in air spring to cushion the ride & absorb the road shock. Add instant air ride to your pickup & trailer.
  • Built in Airbag: Absorbs road shock, creates smooth ride & reduces tendency to trailer sway. Dual rubber bump cushions also offer additional HD performance.
  • 8 Adjustment holes: For ( 4-1/2″ to 8-1/2″ of drop). Choose 2″ or 2-5/16″ ball.
  • Adjustable for Weight: Fine tune for your towing weight. Just add air for heavier loads.
  • 12,000 to 20,000 lbs GTW Capacity: Original 12,000 lbs towing capacity & 1,200 lbs tongue weight. HD: 20,000 lbs towing capacity and a 2,000 lbs tongue weight. (can vary by mount)
  • Safety Red Powder Coat Finish: Impact Resistant Premium Powder-Coat Finish on Base Frame.
  • 2 Hole Receiver Shank: Available for 2″, 2 1/2″ & 3″ receiver hitch tubes with Two hitch pin holes for length adjustability
  • 10+ Ball Options (Sold Separately): Huge selection of ball mount adapters available from Pintle hooks, draw bars, clevis, drop ball mounts, raise ball mounts, sway bar tab options and more.
  • Great for Pickups: Fits Great for Full Size Pickup Trucks & Vans, Midsize Pickups & Select SUVS (with receiver under bumper). Popular installs include GMC Sierra, Chevy Silverado, Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon, Dodge Ram, Ford Ranger, Maverick F150, F250, F350, F450, F550 Superduty, Toyota Tundra, Tacoma, Nissan Titan, Frontier, Honda Ridgeline & Hyundai Santa Cruz. Have a Jeep, minivan, SUV or CUV?, check out our Cushion Ball Mounts.
  • Kit includes complete Shocker air receiver hitch base frame assembly with built in air bag & dual bump cushions, drop ball mount and two d-handle ball mount hitch pins.
  • Safety Notice: The Shocker Hitch is a heavy-duty unit that in most cases exceeds factory towing weight capacities, therefore it is imperative that you always read and follow the tongue and towing weight recommendations of the truck that is mounted on, the trailer coupler rating and the ratings of the trailer you are towing. Manufactured by Shocker Hitch® USA in Arthur, ND. 2″ Ball is 10,000 lbs GTW & 1,000 lbs TW / 2-5/16″ Ball is 20,000 lbs GTW & 2,000 lbs TW.
  • NOTE: This product will not work with a weight-distribution hitch system, if you have a w-d hitch, check out our Shocker Hitch Air Equalizer for WD Hitches.
  • What Size Receiver Hitch Do I Need? Not sure if you have a 2″, 2-1/2″ or 3″ receiver tube?  Measure inside to inside. Check out our guide on How to measure receiver your hitch tube size.
  • How Much Drop or Rise Do I Need? Check out our guide to find out how much drop or rise you need.

Shocker air drop hitch adds instant air ride towing to your pickup and trailer. The Shocker Air Receiver Hitch with adjustable drop ball mount comes with a 2″ or 2-5/16″ hitch ball with a 4-1/2″ to 8-1/2″ Drop. 12,000 lbs tow rating capacity and 1,200 lbs tongue weight. The built in airbag cushions the hitch and absorbing the bumps, jerks, tugs and road shock with you are towing. Shocker air with drop hitch provides the ultimate smooth ride for taller pickups. The Shocker Air is a miniature air suspension unit mounted between your truck and trailer. This Shocker mounts by sliding into a standard receiver tube. The Shocker air with drop ball mount is great for taller pickup trucks. This shock absorbing hitch is a must have for smoother trailer towing.

The air spring sits under the receiver tube allowing a short distance of 10-inches between mounting pin and ball center. You will find the advantage of the Air Shocker is your ability to adjust air pressure for best ride and load control. Plus the drop range is great for higher than stock pickup trucks. Fits Pickup Trucks, Vans and select SUVs with the hitch under the bumper. Manufactured by Shocker Hitch® USA in Arthur, ND.

Shock Dampening Action: Shocker air hitch effectively absorbs the jerking, tugging and damaging forces experienced with a typical hard connection when towing trailers. There is no reason to beat yourself or your equipment up with a hard connection between your trailer and your receiver hitch.

Provide Comfort: With a smoother ride! Travel a lot on concrete highways? No more jarring every time you cross a section divider. Your Shocker air hitch absorbs the thumps and bumps.

Simple Pivot Design: uses a rocker arm pivot design which produces a down and back motion, much different than other air hitches on the market. Our design eliminates the need for slides, parallel linkages, rollers, shock absorbers, or multiple air bags common to other air hitches.

Choose from the Original Shocker Air and the Shocker HD. Original is rated at 12,000 lbs towing capacity and 1,200 lbs tongue weight. The Shocker HD is 20,000 lbs towing capacity and 2,000 lbs on tongue weight.

Air Ride Hitch: Shocker Air is designed with a built-in air bag for a smoother towing experience. Featuring a built in height adjustment plus weight adjustable. Just add air depending on the weight of your trailer and it’s contents.

Improves Safety: By giving you improved control of your tow vehicle and trailer. The air bag receiver hitch system allows for better control of your pickup and the trailer it is towing.

Saves Money: By reducing trailer breakage on both the trailer and the trailer contents! The Shocker hitch absorbs the damaging forces experienced with a typical hard connection. This greatly reduces the chances of breaking welds and doing other long term damage to your equipment as well as the valuable cargo you have inside the truck and trailer.

Adds Life To Your Vehicle: By reducing wear and tear on driveline and frame! Treat yourself, your equipment, and your passengers to a much smoother ride. You’ll never go back to the ‘old days’ of continual bumps, jerks, and vibrations. Join the list of satisfied customers that are using Shocker hitches. Order one today and get ready for your ultimate smooth towing experience the next time out.

Tons of Attachments: We offer a wide variety of our ball mount attachments; standard mounts, drop ball mounts, clevis mounts, drawbar mounts, cushioned drawbar mounts, pintle hook attachments, raised mounts and combo multi-ball mounts.

Note: Bolt on 2″ Ball is 10,000 lbs GTW & 1,000 lbs TW / 2-5/16″ Ball is 20,000 lbs GTW & 2,000 lbs TW.

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Shocker Air Bag Receiver Hitch Videos


Shocker Air Bumper Hitch Installation Instructions

The Shocker Air Bag Hitch ball mount is easy to install.  It comes complete with easy-to-understand instructions along with everything you need.  You can download the installation instructions or view the video below.

Shocker Air Installation: First you must compress the air bag. Do this by depressing the air valve and pushing down on air bag. Once the bag has been compressed, you can install the unit into the receiver tube. Next, install the hitch pin.

To Set Air: Hook up a trailer using a properly selected ball adaptor and height adjustment in order to a level trailer when loaded. Next, inflate the air bag. As air pressure increases, the unit will rotate lifting the hitch point. Install enough air to lightly compress top bushing or until bump stop clearance is approximately 1/8″.

Shocker Air Bumper Hitch Air Pressure Setting Video

Additional Set Up Notes:

  • When towing heavy trailers or trailers with high wind resistance it may be necessary to increase air pressure in the Shocker.
  • Spacer block included and may be required when using 2″ shank (see spacer block install manual below)
  • It is highly recommended that the hitch ball be greased to reduce wear and improve shocker action.

Maximum Air Pressure: Do not exceed 100 psi in the air bag, as it may damage the air bag.

Shocker Air Receiver Hitch Install Instructions

Shocker Air Hitch Install Video

Shocker 12K Original Air Hitch Diagram
Shocker 12K Original Air Hitch Diagram

Note: Always use a good hitch ball with the proper recommended tow weight.

Installation Issues

We want you to have the best possible towing experience with your product and proper installation is important. If you need help, we are here for you. Just give us a call at 701-707-2666 or use our contact us form. You can also look up the items product page on our website and view the installation tab. Most products on our website have a set-up guide and installation video.

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This product is back the Shocker Hitch Manufacturer Warranty and the Shocker Hitch Smooth Towing Guarantee. View our online Warranty Registration Form to register your Shocker Hitch.


Answers to Frequently Asked Questions


How Much of a Drop Hitch Do I Need?

How much air do I put in the Shocker Air Bumper Mount Receiver Hitch?
With your trailer hooked up to the tow vehicle, and loads positioned for transport, air up shocker until main frame rotates and lightly compresses top bushing (about 1/8″ of squeeze or pinch in the bushing). See our quick How To Set PSI in Shocker Bumper Hitch Video.

Will the Shocker Air Bumper Hitch work with Equalizer or Weight-Distribution?  If you are just use sway bars that hook to a mini ball, then yes, if you order the combo sway control ball mount attachment. If you have a equalizer or weight distribution hitch then it will not. However, check out our Air Equalizer for weight distribution hitches.  Note: If your pickup suspension can handle the weight of your trailer and doesn’t “squat” when you hook up your trailer to pickup, then you really don’t need a weight distribution hitch. A load leveling weight distribution hitch, distributes the weight between the pickup and trailer and is generally used if your pickup can’t handle the static trailer tongue weight load.

How long will it hold air? This is a sealed system that will hold air for weeks or months. If you haul the same trailer with the same load weight, it should be good for quite some time.

How long will the airbag last? Our airbags are an industrial bag and will last for years and years. They are similar to truck airbags but have been beefed up internally for our towing applications.

I have a 3″ receiver hitch? will this work?  Yes, you would order the air hitch with 2-1/2″ shank and then get a reducer sleeve that goes down from 3″ to 2 1/2″.

How do I know the Shocker Air receiver hitch will fit my truck?
We have made sure that the receiver air shocker will fit into most Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Toyota and SUV’s. There are some clearance issues with the Chevy Envoy, Ford Explorer, some imports and service body vehicles where the body extends below the receiver tube. The use of “reducer” sleeves on trucks with a 2 1/2″ receiver tube is not recommended. The Shocker Air receiver hitch is available in a 2″, 2 1/2″ & 3″ shank. Please indicated which vehicle you intend to use the hitch with, make/model/year and we will attempt to get you a great fitting hitch.

Note: A Shocker with 2″ shank will not fit a 2-1/2″ receiver even with a sleeve. This is because trucks with
a 2-1/2″ hitch have a deeper frame & the hitch that fits 2-1/2″ receiver is slightly deeper. However a
Shocker with 2-1/2″ shank will fit a 3″ receiver with sleeve.

How far below my pickup does the receiver air shocker hang?
Five inches below bottom of receiver tube.

How often do I grease it?
The grease does not just lube the pivot; it also keeps water and dirt out. You cannot over grease it, once every few months should do it.

Does the receiver air hitch work like or with an equalizer hitch?

Does the receiver air hitch work with sway bars?
Yes, it works with the friction style sway control, however you want to order one of the ballmount attachments that has the sway tabs installed.

How does the Receiver hitch work?
The Receiver air shocker is like a teeter totter. One end is an air bag, a pivot in the middle, and a ball at the other end. This gives a “pillow” effect at the ball end.

Should I tighten up the top jam nut on the receiver shocker?
No. The air shocker needs at least one half inch of play to work properly.

How much does an Shocker Air bag receiver hitch weigh?
The Receiver Air Shocker weighs 40 pounds

Questions and answers of the customers

    When using the hitch in the full 8.5 inches of drop, do both pins need to be in the ball mount drop? Or is this a single pin use in max drop? Thanks
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    Q When using the hitch in the full 8.5 inches of drop, do both pins need to be in the ball mount dr...... Read more

    You would need to use both pins in order for the hitch to work correctly and safely. 

  2. I have a Shocker Air Hitch with a 2.5 inch receiver insert. Is there a way to convert or trade in for a 2 inch receiver? I sold my old truck and bought a new one, and it only has a 2 inch receiver.
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    Q I have a Shocker Air Hitch with a 2.5 inch receiver insert. Is there a way to convert or trade in...... Read more

    We do have replacement shanks. You can easily replace the 2.5" shank with our 2" shank by removing 2 bolts on the hitch. If you have any questions on the installation please call us at 701-707-2666. Here is a link to our replacement shanks.

  4. I know this hitch will isolate the trailer and truck but how much. I’m pulling my travel trailer with and F600 and the truck rides so hard it’s destroying the camper. The truck has a lot of overhang so every time you cross a bump it really tosses the trailer up and down. Thanks in advance
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    Q I know this hitch will isolate the trailer and truck but how much. I’m pulling my travel trailer ...... Read more

    Our Shocker Air Hitch can reduce the impact by at least 80-90% and make your ride a whole lot smoother . 

    Please contact us at 701-707-2666 and we can help guide you in purchasing the correct hitch. 

  6. How will this hold in water application? Average 2 trips a week to the lake (freshwater) for 3-4 months then dry store the hitch in the garage for the winter.
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    Q How will this hold in water application? Average 2 trips a week to the lake (freshwater) for 3-4 ...... Read more

    With using in an application of hauling a boat and submerging the hitch in water, you would want to make sure you are greasing the main pivot point much like you do your boat trailer axels. You will also want to keep water from sitting on the hitch for long periods of time. With storing the hitch for long periods of time you can release there air out of the air bag. Thank you for choosing Shocker Hitch. 

  8. How is work if I choose 16k then towing 9k trailer? I want 16k capacity for future however I wonder if 16k is too much or not
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    Q How is work if I choose 16k then towing 9k trailer? I want 16k capacity for future however I wond...... Read more
    A That is the great thing about the airbag system, it is fully adjustable to the weight you are towing so it will work great for you at 9K.
  10. Can u turn the drop around to make it a raise?
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    Q Can u turn the drop around to make it a raise?
    A No, the drop mount's strength is design for it to be used normally, not flipped around. We do have raised mounts you can get for that.

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Customer Reviews

  1. Flawless! I tow my X23 Mastercraft long distances and with no suspension on boat trailers this hitch takes a great deal of the pounding of rough roads out, i could feel the difference within 1/4 mile of towing.

    – J J
  2. I tow a pretty small horse trailer behind a full-size pickup, and with the Shocker Hitch on, the truck actually rides smoother and better with the trailer than it does without! I couldn’t believe the difference, and I know if it’s that much smoother of a ride for me, it’s got to be a better ride for the horse as well. Standing on four legs on a trailer is hard work, and anything I can do to make journeys easier and more comfortable for my horse is money well spent for me. Great customer service too – I emailed with a question, and within 5 minutes I had a phone call from Shocker talking me through my questions and verifying that my setup looked good. A+ product and A+ customer service!

    – Jen
  3. Have been running this hitch for the past two years and will never pull another trailer without it.

  4. Works really well. If you have the means I recommend it.

    – David Taylor
  5. We recently purchased our second Shocker a hitch. We first purchased in 2014, this hitch has been nothing short of exceptional. Our recent and second purchase was due to an upgrading a trailer size and heavy capacity. Very pleased with the quality of both units and well worth the cost for the improved ride and reduced wear on our truck. CS has been more than helpful in both purchases and lightning quick shipping.

    – Rhonda & Brad Culpitt
  6. My hitch is pretty trick. I have had every hitch type made in the usa, and a few from Canada and Europe. This air system type hitch I purchased is my favorite. I will be purchasing another.

    Glen Wilson

    – Glen Wilson
  7. Great receiver. Quietest hitch I have every used, because of the airbag it has a tight fit (no clunks or rattles). The airbag cushions the link between truck and trailer. I tow a 17 ft horse trailer that empty weights 4000 lbs. It is also tongue heavy at 1000 lbs when empty. The hitch dampens the bounce I get when towing the empty trailer. When the horses are loaded the trailer weights in around 6500 lbs and is better balanced. The hitch continues to smooth the ride. The horses seem to be more relaxed after a trip in the trailer now.

    – Brent
  8. Great product. So much smoother towing.

    – Dave
  9. very well made and works well

    – Russell Follmann
  10. I hooked it up to my trailer and pulled it for about 50 miles . I couldn’t believe the difference in the smooth pulling. I’ve trailered a lot of miles and i wish i bought the Shocker along time ago. Im ordering a gooseneck shockerASAP. TONY R

    – Tony Rizzo

Weight / Dimensions

Weight 53 lbs
Dimensions 15 × 8 × 14 in
Select Receiver Hitch & Ball Size

Fits 2-1/2" Hitch, Has 2-5/16" Ball, Fits 2-1/2" Hitch, Has 2" Ball, Fits 2" Hitch, Has 2-5/16" Ball, Fits 2" Hitch, Has 2" Ball, Fits 3" Hitch, Has 2-5/16" Ball, Fits 3" Hitch, Has 2" Ball

Select Tow Rating

12000 lbs, 20,000 lbs

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