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Designed specifically for the GL1800, this system is an inexpensive, quick and easy to install alternative to a complete trailer hitch and wiring, enabling the use of a RIVCO Quick Detach Rack or Flag Bar. The vertical receiver portion The black receiver frame bolts easily to the frame behind the rear fender in minutes. The tongue slides into the receiver and is held in place by a locking hitch pin with two height adjustments.
The chrome receiver bracket bolts directly to the top of the tongue. The rack’s two large mounting rods slip into the chrome receiver bracket and are secured by two small wire clips (supplied). The rack and/or tongue can be removed or installed in seconds, also by removing the tongue pin from the receiver. The receiver is finished in black powder coat and the tongue is triple chrome plated. Includes easy to follow instructions, fits all years GL1800s.
Delivery to Ontario Canada took 12 days, pretty good!
Not so good was the duty required by Fed Ex, making purchases from Canada ultimately very expensive!
Initial inspection of the items they look well made and the u pipe has a good thickness to it. They have also included a bolt to tighten to prevent rattle. I choose this system over the Pakit Rak for the higher support weight. Overall looks like a well designed system.
Will be installing soon.
We just returned from a 1600 mile trip and am entirely happy with this Rivco Cooler rack system. During motel stays, we removed the cooler rack from the "J-bar" and carried the rack and storage container in with us. Easy mounts on and off and does not move once in place. The J-bar stayed in the receiver the whole trip and was removed once back at home. Except for the slight installation modifications I had to make as previously mentioned, this is a great product.
I just received this rack system to install on my 05 and I am having to make some modifications to the hitch. The instructions call for on years 06 and later to cut a bit of a tab on the backside of the fender, which I had to do on my 05. No bid deal. But following those instructions, the fender still did not fit back on and was hitting part of the hitch. I had to grind off about 1/4 of steel from the upward part of the bracket by the u-bolts. I see that this hitch is back ordered now and the current picture looks different than what I received. Is this the reason? I don't know. Other than a little modifying, the hitch and 11 X 17 cooler rack that I also bought is made well and is a great design. Time will tell. I just wish it was a "plug and play".
I purchased this system (also purchased the cooler rack, luggage bag, and locks). Installation on my Gen 2 required a couple more steps but there is a review by paysnoattn under product reviews where he describes in detail the additional steps making installation a breeze (thanks paysnoattn!) In the past I have pulled a trailer but don't enjoy the hassles that come with it (parking, tolls etc.) so I decided to give this a try. My wife and I can fit all of our clothing and toiletries in the large bag that mounts to the rack leaving our side cases for heated gear, rain suits etc.), When running around town I simply remove the hitch and rack (2 minutes). I'm sold on this system and can't imagine not having it for trips. Unless you pull a camping trailer, you can pretty much eliminate the need for a cargo trailer with this system.
And we can't wait to show you how it's done!
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