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Bushtec Hitch install on 2014 CVO Limited w/pictures
« on: July 10, 2014, 09:06:56 PM »

Have had Bushtec hitches on my 05, 10, and tonight installed one on my 14 Limited.  Each time I have had to purchase a new hitch and wiring (my 10 hitch is for sale in the selling forum).

I thought long and hard about purchasing a McHitch from  Todd because the install was easier but ultimately purchased another Bushtec as it is still the most hidden hitch I have found.  I really didn't want to take the hitch off when not in use.

The downside of the MCHitch was the square receiver sticking out the back covered by a plastic cap and too much of the hitch stuck out on each side of the fender behind the filler panels for my taste (that is why it is easier to install).

When I purchased my 05 hitch, the box had foam cut out for each piece to sit in and was pleasantly surprised when the 14 was the same (my 10 hitch was just wrapped in paper)..
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Re: Bushtec Hitch install on CVO Limited w/pictures
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2014, 09:12:06 PM »

I was really happy that the receiver downtube now bolts to the cross brace frame between the muffler/saddlebag supports.  Thought this is great, now you can unbolt just the receiver from the crossbrace and not see any hitch.  That happiness didn't last long as the receiver drops down thru the crossbrace from the top and can't be removed-guess it keeps it from completely falling off if the 2 grade 8 bolts fall out.  One side note is that this receiver is slotted and you can center the downtube exactly in the rear of the fender.

If you wanted to remove the receiver, you could weld the nuts to the crossbrace and cut the nuts off the receiver.
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Re: Bushtec Hitch install on CVO Limited w/pictures
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2014, 09:14:22 PM »

Here is a side view of the hitch behind the saddlebags.

The bolts that are hard to install are the bolts/nuts between the muffler and hitch brackety.

The McHitch is easier to install because the 2 bolts pictured (next to the muffler) are behind/under the fill panel on their hitch.
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Re: Bushtec Hitch install on CVO Limited w/pictures
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2014, 09:17:39 PM »

Here is a picture with the receiver installed.  The pin is removeable so you can now use the pin or a ball depending on what type of trailer you have.
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Re: Bushtec Hitch install on CVO Limited w/pictures
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2014, 09:18:15 PM »

Side view.
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Re: Bushtec Hitch install on CVO Limited w/pictures
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2014, 09:18:45 PM »

With bags.
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Re: Bushtec Hitch install on CVO Limited w/pictures
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2014, 09:19:21 PM »

Closeup of downtube.

This is all I could see on my 2010 also.  On my 05, you saw nothing.
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Re: Bushtec Hitch install on CVO Limited w/pictures
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2014, 09:25:38 PM »

From Bushtec, with a CVO Limited you purchase a non canbus  isolator wiring for  $89.00..
It was plug and play and worked when I hooked the trailer up.  The only wire you have to crimp is the positive inline fuse from the battery to the isolator.  You hook up no negative to battery.
Besides the battery cables and this one positive wire I added, there are no wires hooked up to the battery terminals.  The supplied battery tender is direct wired into the harness.

The Bushtec hitch was $399 and $89 wiring.

McHitch was $230 and would have had to purchase a pin kit from Bushtec for $40..  I can't remember the price of their wiring kit but I believe it was over $150 and I would have had to wire on the Bushtec plug.

You could always purchase the McHitch and Bushtec pin and wiring (if you have a Bushtec trailer)..  Hope this helps someone.
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Re: Bushtec Hitch install on 2014 CVO Limited w/pictures
« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2014, 04:21:34 PM »

Hey Boatman, where did you find that chrome cap type cover over the muffler mount ? what a good look to cover up the mounting points for the muffler bracket !!
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Re: Bushtec Hitch install on 2014 CVO Limited w/pictures
« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2014, 05:16:35 PM »

Hey Boatman, where did you find that chrome cap type cover over the muffler mount ? what a good look to cover up the mounting points for the muffler bracket !!
Looks like these - Muffler Bracket Cover Kit-80716-08

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Re: Bushtec Hitch install on 2014 CVO Limited w/pictures
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2014, 09:53:33 AM »

Did my installer install the cross brace upside down?  It is hanging 3 inches or so below the bottom of the rear fender?  Doesn't look like your clean install at all.  My 2011 (installed myself) looked very much like yours.
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Re: Bushtec Hitch install on 2014 CVO Limited w/pictures
« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2014, 10:56:34 AM »

It sounds as if the cross brace is installed upside down as stated. My 2010 looked the same as the 2014 once installed. Take him the pictures and have him change it. Sad that bushtec doesn't have any pictures on their website of the install to go by.


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Re: Bushtec Hitch install on 2014 CVO Limited w/pictures
« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2014, 03:24:41 PM »

That's a sweet set up and I love the hidden look!
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Re: Bushtec Hitch install on 2014 CVO Limited w/pictures
« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2014, 09:53:02 PM »

Boatman,

I think they sent the wrong hitch.  Either the one for the Street Glide or Regular Ultra Limited.  Both have longer fenders.
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Re: Bushtec Hitch install on 2014 CVO Limited w/pictures
« Reply #14 on: July 20, 2014, 09:58:36 PM »

I think it is installed correctly, but the wrong center brace.  The struts appear to be the same as yours.
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