How Do I Tighten a Loose Trailer Hitch?

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  • How Do I Tighten a Loose Trailer Hitch?

    The Show Chrome hitch on my 2012 Wing is loose and crooked. However, I didn’t install the hitch (four years ago) and don’t know how to get at the bolts. Now, I’m afraid to ride the darned thing because if it DOES come loose, it may get tangled in the rear wheel. I don’t suppose tightening the hitch bolts is as easy as removing the seat and fishing around with an open end wrench.

    Suggestions?
    Information?
    Any instruction on here from removing the bags on my Old Wing? Click image for larger version

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  • #2
    Big Bike Parts ≈ Show Chrome Accessories

    http://www.bigbikeparts.com/catalog/...52-/52-825.pdf
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    • #3
      That was a good link with the install instructions. Should be helpful and once you get just the rear fender off seems to access a lot of it.
      Two questions I have:
      1) Is the entire hitch receiver assembly/frame loose or just the hitch loose into the receiver?
      2) How do you get three identical threads started?
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      • #4
        1) The whole thing is loose.
        2) I have no idea. Shouldn’t be possible. I will see if I can delete the others. (Heavy sigh, tinged with technological angst.)

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        • #5
          That hitch has either very loose bolts?.
          or got tweaked the last time a trailer was towed?.

          If you can level it back out?
          I'd do so before tightening all the bolts.

          We all know dealers don't employ the sharpest tools on the shed.


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          • #6
            Originally posted by CruiseControl View Post
            1) The whole thing is loose.
            2) I have no idea. Shouldn’t be possible. I will see if I can delete the others. (Heavy sigh, tinged with technological angst.)
            You should NOT need to remove the saddlebags, but you will make life a lot easier on yourself to remove the exhaust(s) as the instructions show.

            The hitch frame (part L in the diagram) really needs to be looked at to make sure it's not bent badly.
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            • #7
              You'll get a clearer picture, once you remove the rear fender.
              Then you'll have a clean line of sight to see if anything is tweaked or as you think, really loose??

              Get to It. lol
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