Shocker HD 20K Max Black Air Receiver Hitch (Build Your Own)

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Product Description

  • Smother Safer Towing: Air ride towing technology with a heavy duty built in air spring to cushion the ride & absorb the road shock.
  • Built in HD Airbag: Absorbs road shock, creates smooth ride & reduces tendency to trailer sway. Dual rubber bump cushions also offer additional HD performance.
  • 8 Adjustment holes – 2″ of rise to 8-1/2″ of drop – Depends on mount chosen. Adjustment for combo-ball mount is 1/2″ to 4-1/2″ drop.
  • Matte Black Finish: Max Black™ Textured Matte Black Premium Powder-Coat Finish on Base Frame.
  • 10+ Ball Options: Combo, Drop, Raised, Sway Bar Tab Options, Pintle, Drawbar, Clevis Pin & More. Combo adjustable multi-ball mount has with 2″ hitch ball & 2 5/16″ hitch ball.
  • 20,000 lbs Heavy Duty Capacity: 20,000 lbs towing capacity and a 2,000 lbs tongue weight. (can vary by mount)
  • Combo Ball Mount Tow Rating: 2-5/16″ ball rated at 20,000 lbs & 2″ ball rated at 10,000 lbs.
  • Adjustable for Weight: Fine tune for your towing weight. Just add air for heavier loads.
  • 2 Hole Receiver Shank: Available for 2″, 2 1/2″ & 3″ receiver hitch tubes with Two hitch pin holes for length adjustability
  • 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.
  • Air Ride Hitch: Helps eliminate tugs, thumps, jerks & bumps felt when towing on rough roads or concrete highways. Built-in air bag for a smoother towing experience. No more jarring every time you cross a section divider.
  • Shock Dampening Action: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 10+ Ball Mount Options (Sold Separately): Huge selection of ball mount attachments available from drawbar, clevis pin, drop ball mounts, raise ball mounts, combo ball, sway tab option attachments and more.
  • Complete Kit Includes: Shocker HD Max Black receiver hitch base frame assembly with built in 20K air bag & dual bump cushions, ball mount you choose and two d-handle ball mount hitch pins.
  • HD Air Hitch Mount Drop & Rise + Tow Rating Guide
    – Combo Ball: 0″ Rise to 4.5″ Drop | 2-5/16″ ball rated at 20,000 lbs & 2″ ball rated at 10,000 lbs.
    – Drop Ball: 4.5″ to 8.5″ Drop | 2-5/16″ ball rated at 20,000 lbs & 2″ ball rated at 10,000 lbs.
    – Raised Ball: 2″ Rise to 2″ Drop | 2-5/16″ ball rated at 20,000 lbs & 2″ ball rated at 10,000 lbs.
     Pintle Hook: 2.5″ Rise to 6.5″ Drop | 10-Ton 20,000 lbs.
    – Pintle & Ball: 2.5″ Rise to 6.5″ Drop | 8-Ton 16,000 lbs. (2″ Ball is 10,000 lbs).
    – Drawbar: 0″ Rise to 4.5″ Drop | 20,000 lbs.
    – Clevis Mount: 3.5″ Drop to 5.5″ Drop | 20,000 lbs.
    – Sway Bar Mounts: Same Rating as Like Type Mount Listing Above.
  • Safety Notice: The Max Black HD Shocker Hitch is a heavy duty unit that in most cases exceeds factory towing weight capacities, therefore it’s important you read and follow the tongue & tow weight recommendations of the truck it is mounted on, hitch & ball rating, the trailer coupler rating & the ratings of the trailer you are towing. Manufactured by Shocker Hitch® USA in Arthur, ND. 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.
  • 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 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.

Instant air ride for your pickup & trailer. Build your own Shocker HD Max Black Air Bumper Hitch and pick your adjustable drop ball mount. Add Air ride to your bumper mount hitch and smooth out your towing.  Max Black HD air hitch features a premium grade, impact resistant textured matte black finish. Choose from over 10+ ball mount attachment options. The built in airbag absorbs the road shock and cushions your ride and overall towing experience. This gives you a smooth towing experience for your pickup, trailer and the contents. Shocker MaxBlack HD Air Hitch base frame includes everything except the ball mount attachment. Ball mount attachments are available include combo ball, drop mount, standard, clevis, cushioned drawbar, draw bar, standard adjustable, combo with sway bar tabs, drop with sway bar tabs and pintle hitch hook ball mounts. You get 20,000 lbs tow rating capacity and 2,000 lbs tongue weight, plus 8 adjustment holes for more versatility. Instantly add air ride towing for your pickup and trailer. Shocker HD Max Black air provides the ultimate smooth ride. This shock absorbing hitch with heavy-duty air bag is the best cushioning device on the planet. The Shocker HD Max Black Air is a miniature air suspension unit mounted between your truck and trailer. This Shocker mounts by sliding into a standard receiver tube. Fits Pickup Trucks, Vans and Select SUV’s with the receiver hitch tube mounted underneath the bumper. Manufactured by Shocker Hitch® USA in Arthur, ND.

The HD air bag 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. Great for pickup trucks.

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Shocker HD Max Black Air 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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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

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.

How strong is the center pivot bolt?  The main pivot bolt with grease zerk, or center pivot bolt, used on the shocker air bumper hitch, is a custom made 1 inch diameter 1045 medium carbon steel bolt. Strategically heat treated to prevent wear and includes a machined grease passage for easy lubrication and maintenance. It should be noted that the yield strength of the 1″ pivot bolt exceeds the two 5/8″ bolts used to hold the typical ball coupler or receiver hitch.

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, GMC Dodge, Toyota, Nissan & Honda Pickups, Vans & SUV’s (SUV’s were the receiver is under the bumper). 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 or the receiver tube is inside the bumper.  The Shocker Air receiver hitch is available in a 2″, 2 1/2″ & 3″ shank.

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 with sway bars?
Yes, it works with the friction style sway control bar, however you want to order a ball mount with sway bar tabs. See our sway bar tab ball mount attachments.

How does the Air 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 long do the bump cushions last? This depends on if the hitch is left on the truck year round or not. If they bump cushions become mushy, you should replace them. Typical life expectancy is 5-7 years.

How much does an Shocker Air bag receiver hitch weigh? The Receiver Air Shocker weighs 50-55 pounds


This product is back the Shocker Hitch Manufacturer Warranty and the Shocker Hitch Guarantee.

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Questions and answers of the customers

    Is the 20k HD hitches safe for GMC’s PRO tailgate to fold down into a step, or will it hit?
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    Q Is the 20k HD hitches safe for GMC’s PRO tailgate to fold down into a step, or will it hit?
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  2. I have a pickup with a flat bed and a built in hitch. There is about 3 inches of metal under the hitch. Will the hd max adjust to accommodate for this?
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  4. I have a 15860 Curt hitch on a 2019 Silverado 3500hd drw. I have seen some issues with safety chains holes being partially covered by the airbag. Will this be a concern for me ?
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    Q I have a 15860 Curt hitch on a 2019 Silverado 3500hd drw. I have seen some issues with safety cha...... Read more

    We have not had any issues with safety chains being compatible with our hitches at all. Sometimes the safety chains can come a little close to the airbag but it would not affect the hitch at all. 

  6. I have a 2020 Silverado truck with a 2-1/2 receiver and tow a 30 ft. 7500 pound trailer with a 400 pound tongue weight. What Shocker air hitch with the 2-5/16" & 2" ball do you recommend?
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    Q I have a 2020 Silverado truck with a 2-1/2 receiver and tow a 30 ft. 7500 pound trailer with a 40...... Read more

    With the trailer that you are towing, you are able to use either our 12k air hitch or our HD 20k. Both of them are offered with a combo ball mount that offers 1/2" to 4-1/2" of drop. Most people like going with the HD due to the versatility of being able to use it on light trailers as well by using less air. So either hitch will work great for you its just a matter of what capacity you would like to go with.  

  8. Will black shocker 2” work on 2023 Yukon
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    Q Will black shocker 2” work on 2023 Yukon

    Would you be able to send a few pictures of the receiver on your Yukon to We can take a look and see if our hitch is compatible with your model. 

  10. Can I add my Rock Tamer Mud flap system to the back of shocker hitch HD 20K
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    Q Can I add my Rock Tamer Mud flap system to the back of shocker hitch HD 20K
    A Hello, With the Rock Tamer style that slide on the shank of the hitch can cause binding as it can get pinched between the air bag and bottom of the receiver. We do offer our Quick Clip under bumper tow flaps that work will all of our bumper hitches. A link for the Quick Clips is below. If you have any other questions feel free to contact us at 701-707-2666. Thanks
  12. What is the difference between the Shocker HD (red) and Max Black with combo ball? Also, why do I see some with 6,7, or 8 side holes? Thanks
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    Q What is the difference between the Shocker HD (red) and Max Black with combo ball? Also, why do I...... Read more

    The only difference between our Max Black HD Air and The Red HD Air hitch is going to be the color. We use an impact-resistant textured black powder coat on our Max Black hitch that costs a little more than the red finish. Some of our older Shocker HD (red) frames did have 7 holes. However, all of our HD frames now have 8 adjustment holes to allow for more height adjustment. 

    A The difference between the Shocker HD and Max Black is the Shocker HD has a standard red powder coating and the Max Black has an abrasion resistant black coating. Also the HD and Max Black all have 8 holes in the base frame.
  14. 2015 mb gl350 bluetec factory towing package.Trailer is 5500 lbs with tongue weight 550 lbs.Which of your do you recommend?
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    Q 2015 mb gl350 bluetec factory towing package.Trailer is 5500 lbs with tongue weight 550 lbs.Which...... Read more

    Could you send us photos of the receiver hitch and the current setup you have to 


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Customer Reviews

  1. First of the year bought one for our gooseneck and last month ended up getting a bumper hitch to use on our 20′ 14k dual axle trailer. Before it about shook you out of the seat empty and even when loaded. Used it this past weekend for the first time with @ 27# air in it and wow, didn’t even know I was pulling a trailer. Had a 8′ snow-blower on it. Wife was impressed on on it even road, being she had experienced the old way a time or two before getting the shock hitch!

    – Dan Harvey
  2. I’ve had the original i bought in 2015 and this one is even better couldn’t be happier

    – Christopher washington
  3. Love my new shocker air hitch, heavy duty and makes the ride way better !

    – Levi
  4. good

    – livbe

Weight / Dimensions

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

Fits 2" Hitch, Fits 2-1/2" Hitch, Fits 3" Hitch

Select Air Ball Mount Options

Base Frame Only w/Pins – No Ball Mount, Clevis Ball Mount 3-1/2" to 7-1/2" Drop, Combo & Sway Tabs 2" & 2-5/16" Balls 1/2" to 4-1/2" Drop, Combo Mount 2" & 2-5/16" Balls 1/2" to 4-1/2" Drop, Drawbar Cushioned Mount 1/2" to 4-1/2" Drop, Drawbar Mount 1/2" to 4-1/2" Drop, Drop & Sway Tabs & 2-5/16" Ball 4-1/2" to 8-1/2" Drop, Drop & Sway Tabs & 2" Ball 4-1/2" to 8-1/2" Drop, Drop Mount & 2-5/16" Ball 4-1/2" to 8-1/2" Drop, Drop Mount & 2" Ball 4-1/2" to 8-1/2" Drop, Pintle Hook & 2-5/16" Ball, Pintle Hook & 2" Ball, Pintle Hook 2-1/2" Rise 6-1/2" Drop, Raised 2-5/16" Ball w/ Sway Bar Tabs, Raised 2" Ball w/ Sway Bar Tabs, Raised Mount & 2-5/16" Ball 2" Rise to 2" Drop, Raised Mount & 2" Ball 2" Rise to 2" Drop, Standard Mount & 2-5/16" Ball 1/2" to 4-1/2" Drop, Standard Mount & 2" Ball 1/2" to 4-1/2" Drop

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