The Carli Suspension Trophy Hitch for the 2017-Current Ford Super Duty (F-250/F-350) is a combination of 3/16″ and 1/4″ Cold-Rolled American Steel that combined with a 3-way tie down to provide users a 3″ Hitch Receiver and 38″ Spare Tire in the factory location.
This hitch is perfect if you want to maintain your Super Duty's bed space and have a full-size spare available for your lifted Ford truck.
This hitch is direct bolt-in replacement hitch and was tested to 16,000lbs with no notable deflection.
A 37″ tire cranks right into position – a 38″ does the same but will require reworking of the factory (and aftermarket) exhaust to clear the massive tire.
After playing with the factory hitch and seeing the amount of play in the hitch receiver, Carli hoped to find something better. Unfortunately, material selection on 3″ Square tubing was slim. carli selected the best-fit they could find. It ended up being 3/16″ wall-thickness so we added doublers to the hitch pin and custom-machined caps are welded to the front. This results in a very similar hitch interface as the stock unit – as this was the OEM benchmark and there was no other avenue to pursue – Carli signed off but it’s worth mentioning as it wasn’t an improved fit over the factory receiver.
The Remainder of the hitch is built from a combination of 3/16″ and 1/4″ Cold-Rolled American Steel.
A Class Five Hitch:
Carli can build a bad-ass hitch, there’s no question about it. With the interest we received from customers Carli wanted to back our confidence with legit testing. For this, we contacted Element Materials Technology in Des Moines, IA. Our request was to test the hitch to 12,000lbs figuring this is where a 2″ receiver would likely top-out in a bumper-pull style trailer. Once Element got their hands on the hitch, they took the initiative to bump it. This is what element said about their tests on Carli's Trophy Hitch:
Come to find out, Class 5 doesn’t exist; 4 is really the highest rated hitch “class”. Anything tested over 4 goes into the 4+ category often referred to as 5. We wanted to test this hitch to SAE standards; their recommendation “SAE J684 2014 to Class 4+ 16,000lbs GCVWR”.
The result, per Element: “The Class 4+ (16,000 lbs GVWR) Weight Carrying hitch component described herein complies with all appropriate portions of the SAE J684-2014.”
The following tests (and results) were performed in accordance with the standard:
Hitch Test Results:
In short, the hitched passed all tests in accordance to the existing SAE standard with flying colors and the people in business to test the hitch to failure couldn’t break it