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I bought a used Rancher than I’m cleaning up. Based on the the current aftermarket trailer ball add-on, the tow ring in the picture would be great for what I want to do. Problem is, it’s at Princess Auto in Canada and shipping is more than the price of the tow ring.

Seems like I’ve seen these before, but for a different use. Anybody seen one or know who sells them in the US?
 

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I have seen them before , can't remember where ---------when you seen them at Princess Auto , did it have a part number , take that part number and Goggle it
 

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I have seen them before , can't remember where ---------when you seen them at Princess Auto , did it have a part number , take that part number and Goggle it
Good idea, but they only show the SKU. However, I did find the manufacturer’s name. Maybe I can trace it from there.
 

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most them , I see are also part of a whole ball holder set up
this way you get several option on how to use it
like this
Yep, I’ve seen those but my trailer can get a little heavy at time so I’d like to keep the ball as close as possible to reduce the torque on the hitch mount. The one here would be perfect for my quad and towing needs, but $22 for shipping makes me cringe. Not saying it’s not a fair fee; rather, would prefer to find one on this side of the border.

https://www.princessauto.com/en/detail/atv-tow-ring/A-p8077547e
 

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well I am not going to say its SAFE to do so, but I have used a 3 way hitch set up for about 15+yrs now and have had trailer behind my smaller 400 foreman that have weight in well over 4,000 lbs+, and a ton of times 2000+ lbs , I will admit I am not traveling far or up and down any hills, but I have had some serious tongue weight( I have bent the ball holder downward some what from it) on it and it has not caused me any issue/s for me?, but again, I cannot guarantee you will have same results as me! But I have been very very happy with this set up, allowing me to use smaller Pin mounted trailers, and or ?? and still keep the ball in place!

if you wanted to MAKE one of them I gather it would be pretty darn easy to do so!, if you don't need a Ball on the atv, you can just stick a clevis in the ball holder and have sort of the same thing?(would be wrong way vertical rather than horizontal for the ring like, but, if using to attach things to, it would still work?
 

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I bought a used Rancher than I’m cleaning up. Based on the the current aftermarket trailer ball add-on, the tow ring in the picture would be great for what I want to do. Problem is, it’s at Princess Auto in Canada and shipping is more than the price of the tow ring.

Seems like I’ve seen these before, but for a different use. Anybody seen one or know who sells them in the US?
These aren't identical to what you listed, but are similar in that they give you a hook point that is mounted under the ball:
https://www.amazon.com/Otter-Flipper-Hitch-Receiver-Mount/dp/B00LDYI77K
https://www.otteroutdoors.com/product/receiver-mount-flipper-hitch-adapter/ (same as 1st link, direct from manufacturer)
https://northstaratv.com/3-way-compact-hitch.aspx (pic shows attached with bolt, but you could mount under a ball)

To me the flipper one is best because if you still want to use the ball, it is down and out of the way. I've had ones similar to the one you linked to, and the ring was great for those applications, but got in the way of the chain mounting point on the trailer tongue when using the ball mount.

But for the most versatile towing options, your best bet is to put a 2" receiver hitch on your Rancher, then you limitless options including this: https://www.amazon.com/HiTow-Towing-Hitch-adapter-Hollow/dp/B073TDLVZT but that combined with the receiver hitch sets you back $80 - $100 unless you can make the receiver hitch yourself. What model Rancher do you have?

Every 4x4 atv we have now has a 2" receiver hitch. Just got tired of the downsides of all the adapters options.
 

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These aren't identical to what you listed, but are similar in that they give you a hook point that is mounted under the ct from manufacturer).....

...Every 4x4 atv we have now has a 2" receiver hitch. Just got tired of the downsides of all the adapters options.


Thanks. That’s a nifty hitch.

The reason I like the one in my original post is twofold. 1) It keeps the ball closer to the quad and 2) it has an easy method for hitching a tow strap and I pull logs of logs.

Currently I’m using the Feral Spread Eagle which is decent but I’m constantly jerking it out of position when pulling stuff. It does the job but drives my OCD nuts.

One thing I did do, is get a longer shank ball which allowed me to move the ball closer, where the bolt normally goes. This also prevents the plate from shifting if I’m pulling a trailer and brake hard.

I think I’ll get a 5/8 clevis pin and put the tow hook on it.



Honda Rancher 2010 4X4 420
 

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These aren't identical to what you listed, but are similar in that they give you a hook point that is mounted under the ct from manufacturer).....

...Every 4x4 atv we have now has a 2" receiver hitch. Just got tired of the downsides of all the adapters options.


Thanks. That’s a nifty hitch.

The reason I like the one in my original post is twofold. 1) It keeps the ball closer to the quad and 2) it has an easy method for hitching a tow strap and I pull logs of logs.

Currently I’m using the Feral Spread Eagle which is decent but I’m constantly jerking it out of position when pulling stuff. It does the job but drives my OCD nuts.

One thing I did do, is get a longer shank ball which allowed me to move the ball closer, where the bolt normally goes. This also prevents the plate from shifting if I’m pulling a trailer and brake hard.

I think I’ll get a 5/8 clevis pin and put the tow hook on it.



Honda Rancher 2010 4X4 420
Gotcha, that makes sense. Is yours the IRS Rancher 420 or the SRA?
 

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These aren't identical to what you listed, but are similar in that they give you a hook point that is mounted under the ct from manufacturer).....



...Every 4x4 atv we have now has a 2" receiver hitch. Just got tired of the downsides of all the adapters options.






Thanks. That’s a nifty hitch.



The reason I like the one in my original post is twofold. 1) It keeps the ball closer to the quad and 2) it has an easy method for hitching a tow strap and I pull logs of logs.



Currently I’m using the Feral Spread Eagle which is decent but I’m constantly jerking it out of position when pulling stuff. It does the job but drives my OCD nuts.



One thing I did do, is get a longer shank ball which allowed me to move the ball closer, where the bolt normally goes. This also prevents the plate from shifting if I’m pulling a trailer and brake hard.



I think I’ll get a 5/8 clevis pin and put the tow hook on it.






Honda Rancher 2010 4X4 420


Gotcha, that makes sense. Is yours the IRS Rancher 420 or the SRA?

420 4x4 with power steering. Manual says 30 # tongue weight and 885(?) gross trailer weight.

I’m probably worried too much but if I could buy the pictures item local for $15 I would, gladly.
 

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Thanks. That’s a nifty hitch.



The reason I like the one in my original post is twofold. 1) It keeps the ball closer to the quad and 2) it has an easy method for hitching a tow strap and I pull logs of logs.



Currently I’m using the Feral Spread Eagle which is decent but I’m constantly jerking it out of position when pulling stuff. It does the job but drives my OCD nuts.



One thing I did do, is get a longer shank ball which allowed me to move the ball closer, where the bolt normally goes. This also prevents the plate from shifting if I’m pulling a trailer and brake hard.



I think I’ll get a 5/8 clevis pin and put the tow hook on it.






Honda Rancher 2010 4X4 420


Gotcha, that makes sense. Is yours the IRS Rancher 420 or the SRA?

420 4x4 with power steering. Manual says 30 # tongue weight and 885(?) gross trailer weight.

I’m probably worried too much but if I could buy the pictures item local for $15 I would, gladly.
I think my 400 is rated at 500 lbs MAX towing, and I again have hauled 10 times that behind it in a trailer many many times, coudn;'t even imagine what tongue weight was(maybe a 200+ lbs) and sure my RATED tongue is more likely less than your's LOL

again, NOT saying its safe to correct to do, but I have 20 yrs of doing this to mine problem free!, but again, towing heavy, is NOT about being able to pull it, its about being able to control it, as in up and down hills,
as its real easy to have a trailer weighting more than the atv , and that the atv can stop and control, on level ground, there very impressive at what they can pull,
but add in some down hill and worse, with sharper SLOW needed speeds to make turns, and you can get in trouble real fast with jack knifing and or worse!


also again, I would bet any metal shop can make you one of them for pretty cheap, a simple piece of rebar, bent into a U, and then welded onto a small plate of steel with a hole in it to mount it and your done, unless you need it pretty and paint it too LOL but rattle can black at wally world is 99 cents a can, so, again, I would think you can have one made for about 15 bucks if you asked around, maybe less if you have friends with a welder, and some scrap metal laying around!
 

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420 4x4 with power steering. Manual says 30 # tongue weight and 885(?) gross trailer weight.

I’m probably worried too much but if I could buy the pictures item local for $15 I would, gladly.
Still not sure which exact 2010 Rancher you have. Could get power steering in 3 different 4x4 models... Footshift, ES, or DCT/AT.

I ask cause if it's the DCT/AT, those were IRS, and yes while the 2" receiver hitch sticks out further, it mounts using multiple mounting points right to the frame, so it's actually stronger overall than the stock hitch.

But if yours is the ES or footshift with SRA, then adding a 2" receiver hitch isn't any stronger and the extra distance sticking out could be an issue and you are probably on the right track. I have a 2" receiver hitch on my SRA and like it for the convenience, but it's certainly not more heavy duty than stock. Never had an issue with it though.
 
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