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post #11 of 30 (permalink) Old 01-16-2017, 07:19 PM
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I called a dealer when I was looking to buy a hitch and asked their advice. They said if it's a light trailer any of them will be fine, if it's a heavy trailer they only recommended Bushtec hitch. I only wanted to install the best so I went Bushtec, never regretted it.



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If you don't mind used, check with trike dealers. They usually will have a hitch of some sort. So far, I have found them for $125.00. I am on my 2nd bike, with hitch, and both times, Bushtec is what I used. If I need a third hitch, it will be a Bushtec. You will also need an isolator. My first came with the hitch, my second I bought from Bushtec. Depending on the trailer you get, you may need a 5-to-4 converter. Read the trailer board, and ask questions, there is a lot of help available to you.
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i have a rivco. so far i like it.

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Bushtec, Rivco, and Add On all mount to frame. Others (Kury, et al) mount to sub frame, avoid them.

Bushtec & Add On are a vertical receiver behind & under the fender. Rivco is a horizontal receiver through the fender. Player's choice, either approach is fine. 2012+ GL has a fender that sticks out a bit further and requires a longer ball mount than 2010 and <, i.e. further back from wheel just to clear the plastic. Physics works against it. Not too big a deal. Length of ball mount is only different between model years in Bushtec <=2010 vs. 2012+.

The Bushtec vertical receiver is semi standard and you can find aftermarket options if you need them, e.g. Curt. I think the Rivco is more custom so harder to find. Though not as if you'll be buying a ton of ball mounts.

Bushtec seems to be the standard. Rivco is fine. Add On seems to be the dark horse, less expensive, still frame mounted. Pick your poison. No reason to get inferior mounting approach of Kury, ShowChrome, etc.

Pin vs. ball mount needs to match your trailer. If you don't know, get ball. Only reason for pin is if you have a Bushtec pin mount trainer. You can exchange pin for ball later.

Bushtec deluxe adds mud flap. Not a bad idea. You can hack one if you're handy and cheap.

+1 to isolator. If you have a Tailwind trailer, it already has one on board so bike side is nice but redundant. Otherwise, it is very nice and prevents trailer wiring problem from frying bike harness. There's no connection between isolator and harness, so buy whatever. Bushtec is decent. Electrical Connection is another well regarded one. Get one with a pin out that matches your trailer. If unknown, 4 pin is common but 5 or 6 pin (with adapter to 4 as needed) is most flexible.

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I have the add on one no issues with it
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I too, installed the Add-On with my 2013 F6B. I liked that it was completely hidden, and I got the proper adapter for my Uni-Go. I was a little put off by the 30lb. maximum tongue weight limit... sounds kinda weak to me, but after installing it (a bit of a task - thank god for Motorcycle Lifts), it seems quite stout.
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anyone have a picture of a bushtec hitch installed. i want to see how the bike looks with it on it 2012+

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It looks the same. You can't see it with the ball mount removed from the vertical receiver that's behind the fender.

If you put the ball mount in, it looks like a little ball mount sticking out from beneath the fender.

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anyone have a picture of a bushtec hitch installed. i want to see how the bike looks with it on it 2012+


Bushtec on a 2012.. I trimmed the rear center fender section and drilled another hole in the flat chrome piece to move the ball as far forward as possible. This flat piece is a lot longer on the 2012 and newer resulting more leverage by the trailer adversely affecting the handling. 30# tongue weight results in quite a few more actual punks beating added to the rear of the 2012+ than the hitches on the earlier models. Didn't help us with heavy trailers at all.



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