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post #1 of 8 Old Aug 19th, 2010, 4:10 pm Thread Starter
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There's been a couple of good posts on Trailers and they have got my interest. I did a little research today and found the Dauntless hitch, which many are using. I like the fact that the rear tire can be easily removed due to the design of the hitch . Just curious if there are any other hitches for the LT that take into account the ability to remove the rear tire? I saw a couple of hitches that block access to the rear tire. Less expensive but I don't like the design.

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Just buy the Dauntless Hitch, it works perfectly and is easy to install. One thing you will need to purchase is the adaptor to convert the five wire connector to a four wire ($18.00).

One final thing - don't use the trailer ball they send with the hitch. The ball has a threaded rod that is screwed into the ball. Mine vibrated loose while pulling the trailer and I almost lost the trailer.

Spend the $9 and buy a good ball with a welded thread rod.

Pulled my new trailer 7200 miles this summer and didn't even know it was there!

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Just buy the Dauntless Hitch, it works perfectly and is easy to install. One thing you will need to purchase is the adaptor to convert the five wire connector to a four wire ($18.00).

One final thing - don't use the trailer ball they send with the hitch. The ball has a threaded rod that is screwed into the ball. Mine vibrated loose while pulling the trailer and I almost lost the trailer.

Spend the $9 and buy a good ball with a welded thread rod.

Pulled my new trailer 7200 miles this summer and didn't even know it was there!

Good luck.
I wonder is some red Locktite on that threaded ball and a good torquing down would prevent loosening?
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Dauntless !!! .... Fantastic hitch system IMO

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Thanks All,
I'm going with the Dauntless system. They are running a 10% off sale until the end of the month. Has anyone found that they need the optional swivel hitch. It looks well made. I'm not sure if its necessary. I wonder if you can actually exceed the limits of the ball hitch in a twisty.

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Thanks All,
I'm going with the Dauntless system. They are running a 10% off sale until the end of the month. Has anyone found that they need the optional swivel hitch. It looks well made. I'm not sure if its necessary. I wonder if you can actually exceed the limits of the ball hitch in a twisty.

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** I did however CHANGE the ball to a one piece design having the slimmest shank I could find. Stayed with the 1 7/8" size .

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I ordered a swivel.

I have no experience pulling a trailer with a motorcyle.
I just figured that since I have been known to drop the LT on occasion, I could possibly drop it with a trailer attached.

Then I wonder what if the drop bends the hitch or some part of the bike's subframe.....
I decided the swivel was cheap insurance in case of a drop of the bike with trailer attached.

From all the posts I've read, it doesn't seem that a swivel is needed as far as handling is concerned.
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Dauntless arrives in a week. Included the swivel joint.
Now I have to find a trailer.

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