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    I found an ADDON trailer hitch for my 2014 @ $122USD delivered to my house. I think that is a pretty good price. Hitch looks well made to me. I am going to do a couple mods to make it a little more heavy duty. I am going to add a strut from the main frame down to the hitch on each side and also gusset the hitch frame. Think that will make it bullet proof?

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  • #2
    I have an Add-on Hitch on my 2006 TiWing and since I did the install myself, I think it already has enough struts etc from the frame to be strong enough. Good luck on making it strong enough to tow a 747.
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    • #3
      I have an Add On also. It's served me well with no problems at all for four years, although it doesn't get heavy use.
      I have considered running extra support from the frame down as well, just for peace of mind.

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      • #4
        I made some up-right supports 6 years ago, just to show that for $10 in materials.

        I can make the Add On hitch as strong or in my opinion "Stronger" that what the $350 hitches were selling for at the time.

        Here is the drawings I made so anyone can make their own set if they were so inclined?.

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        Here is what they look like.

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        Here is the support bars added (When they were bolted on)

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        Here is what the bars look like with the whole hitch off the bike. (I welded on the angle iron to the main L-Bar for added strength)

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        When I stripped the bike to repaint it. I had time to do things that I wanted to change a bit. cutting back and welding the angle bracket to the L bars was one of them things.

        Consider something like this when adding any hitch!.
        I relocated the Wiring pig tail away from the hitch recently that you can see in the last picture. it was a PITA when I changed my tire,having it attached the the center section,and water had got inside the old round 5 pin connector. I needed to get the pigtail away from the rear tire.

        The plug now resides under the trunk.and isn't going to get wet anymore from the tire in the rain.

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        The wiring is in a 3/8 hose that doesn't not touch the paint.
        I have the hose coming out the side of the trailer tongue. not the bottom like most do.
        I have jack knifed the trailer when installing this to be sure there was plenty of room if needed.

        What I ended up with was an easier tire change too. because now the center section can be set a side when changing a tire,instead of wrapping it in a towel and hanging it from the antenna base with a bungee cord because the trailer plus was attached to it.

        Here is the one I found on Ebay.
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          That's close to what I'm doing. I'm welding tabs on the horizontal bar and attaching the strut to it.

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        Thanks for passing that on Rocky.

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        • #6
          Originally posted by Hondo View Post
          Thanks for passing that on Rocky.
          You are Welcome.
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          • #7
            One think I would warn you on installing - do not tighten any of the bolts and nuts until they are all in place. And by "do not tighten", I means simply start them in place with just enough turns to hold them in place.

            My experience with my Add-on hitch on a 2012 was that it was a VERY tight fit. I had to almost remove some of the parts to get others to fit.
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