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post #1 of 8 Old Mar 28th, 2009, 10:36 am Thread Starter
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Question Unigo Hitch

Anyone know if you can change a rear tire on an LT with a Unigo trailer hitch installed on the bike? I have not tried to remove my rear tire yet (thought I'd ask before getting hung up). With the Unigo hitch in place it appears that the rear wheel will not come out from under the U-frame of the hitch. Since the hitch was such a pain to install I'm thinking of cutting the hitch and using a coupe of pins with cross bolts to allow the back half of the hitch to be easily removed (much like the license plate plastic panel) allowing the wheel to roll straight back like it would without the hitch in place. Before I start re-designing I'd like any feed back from those out there with Unigo's.
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post #2 of 8 Old Mar 28th, 2009, 11:13 am
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Re: Unigo Hitch

I believe that is correct. The hitch is in the way of removing the tire. I think even the license plate holder must be removed to get the tire off. Now, I'm not sure why I belive this--it's probably from watching the tire being changed at the dealership--I've not done it myself. I dont know why you think the hitch is such a pain to install/remove. I keep mine off until I use it, and then it goes on with the four bolts. Not too bad a job.

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Re: Unigo Hitch

Well, I'm a do it myself'er and save the cash kind of guy. In 82K miles the LT has only been at the dealer once (600 mi oil change and they couldn't do that right)! I suspect the Unigo hitch tooling jig is off slightly ot it just can't accommodate the bracket position variations on the production LT's? I had to repeatedly bend the mounting brackets of the hitch in a vise to get them close to lining up. The instructions infer it will be difficult, but possible to install. If you had yours installed by others, perhaps they modified it for you? Or may be my hitch was just off? Never the less, having to remove a trailer hitch on any vehicle to change a tire is ridiculous and just poor design planning.

If truth be told I enjoy the redesign efforts making accessories better than original. I'm going to make the attempt to remove the wheel with the hitch installed just to confirm my suspicions. If the hitch does have to be removed, it will be re-engineered at that point and will never have to be removed for routine tire replacements or repairs again.
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Re: Unigo Hitch

Dauntless already builds what you're thinking about doing. clickey clickey

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I've had a Unigo hitch for the last 10 rear tires and am sorry to say that the hitch must come off but it is really quite easy to get off. Pay attention to how it comes out as I find I have to cuss a little to get it to go back in the exhaust side correctly. Let me know if you need some vocabulary words

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Re: Unigo Hitch

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Since the hitch was such a pain to install I'm thinking of cutting the hitch and using a coupe of pins with cross bolts to allow the back half of the hitch to be easily removed (much like the license plate plastic panel) allowing the wheel to roll straight back like it would without the hitch in place. Before I start re-designing I'd like any feed back from those out there with Unigo's.
YES, it is a pain to install the hitch...I have had the same thoughts as you & my son likes to redesign things...I will talk to him & get his thoughts...I like the Dauntless idea.

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Hey Vern, contact Capt. Tom. He has a Unigo trailer and could tell you.

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Re: Unigo Hitch

If you are having trouble taking your Unigo Hitch off and on try this remove the bushing that you bolt thru and drill out the hole a little bite to 3/8". The duck tape is to protect the bottom of the bag, use several layers.
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