MAX Coupler Hitch Installed

The standard pintle hitch on the M416 trail is a great hitch. However, there are a few shortcomings; the pintle is REALLY noisy; in many cases the tongue is too short; for high speed highway travel it is lacking in stability; and it is really hard to back. The positive of the original pintle is that it is a multi axis hitch that will spin 360 deg. The ability of the hitch to spin is a key for off road trailer. If the trailer flips the last thing you want is it to torque the hitch and frame. To fix all these problems I purchased and had a welder install a MAX Coupler on my M416.

Installed MAX hitch

The installation requires a receiver tube to be installed in the trailer. For this installation I had a 12″ tongue extension built which allows me to run the trailer with the original tongue length or extended by 12″.

The MAX Coupler maintains the multi axis qualities of the original pintle with the added benefits of a much quieter and lighter hitch. However, the hitch is a bit of a challenge to hook-up (more on this after I have used the hitch for some time). With the extension the trailer will track better on the highway and be easier to back. If I am trailering on a tight trail where I need the trailer to track inside my own track I can remove the extension.

All said I am pleased with this upgrade to the M416.




Tomas has lived in Colorado since age 5. Having grown up on the Western Slope of Colorado lots of time was spent in the Desert Southwest. Tomas' father introduced him to the love of 4 wheeling at an early age in the high mountains around Aspen, Colorado. While an avid Mountain Biker, Tomas and his Family enjoy adventures in the mountains and desert in the remote locations that can only be reached by 4wd. Day hikes are always a must when on the family trips. While enjoying outdoor activities he wants to share his love as a certified 4wd trainer and ski instructor. Tomas also enjoys caving and cave exploration. Tomas currently resides in Colorado Springs. 

  4 comments for “MAX Coupler Hitch Installed

  1. Lou
    July 11, 2011 at 7:23 AM

    But what do you think of the Max hitch? How do you like it? Is it easy to hook up?

    • July 11, 2011 at 8:58 AM

      Added a few updates to the article. After our trip to Alaska I will have lots more to say about the hitch.

      • Lou
        July 11, 2011 at 11:53 AM

        Thanks for the update. I have the older multi-axis hitch that came with my adventure trailer. Had considered upgrading to this hitch, but it looks like it would be hard to connect. I’ll look forward to hearing more about your experience with this.

  2. Chip
    July 11, 2011 at 2:18 PM


    Looks great!!! I have a M100 and was lookig for pintle and lunette….what would you like for them if selling?? You can reply to my email if you wish.


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