The Wycked Hitch Family
Arlt Technologies, Inc. Family Owned & Operated
How we started
Rich Arlt came up with the idea for the Wycked Hitch System out of the pure need to not just drive his Slingshot around (EVERYWHERE), but to also take more toys along for the ride at the same time. In a matter of a few days he and his father Spike had designed, built, and tested the very first Wycked Hitch for the Polaris Slingshot. Not to be left out, Rich's two brothers Bob and John joined in to give input on how to make it even better. Within just a few short weeks the sixth prototype hitch was born and the rest is history after posting their invention on social media. After one year of successful Beta Testing, Rich's nephew Eric and other members of the family are now involved in the Wycked Hitch company. Local Businesses have gone out of their way to assist Wycked Hitch in our business start-up. We placed 3rd in the 2017 Enterprise Challenge. We thank Cycle Springs, Slingshot Only, Slingmods, Pimp My Slingshot, and the many dealerships and customers from across the U.S. and Canada for a very successful 2017!
Why the name "Wycked?"
Confusing for some and often mispronounced, the company name comes from the original concept that Rich dreamed up....to have a "wicked" (meaning really cool) hitch system for his Polaris Slingshot. To make it even more cool, he decided to spell it as you see it now. Or maybe he is just a really bad speller. Can you believe he is a almost a senior citizen?
Our Parent Company, Arlt Technologies, Inc.
My father "Spike" Arlt started the company many moons ago when he developed the first software for training distance runners. As a resourceful inventor and entrepreneur he has partnered with his wife and sons in future endeavors like the Wycked Hitch, Quadcopter Drones, Robotics, and Athgenics.
First, Rich Arlt, owner Wyked Hitch is one of a dying breed of company’s that has, and practices, honesty and integrity. Rich went out of his way getting the hitch delivered and helping my dealer (Shawn Doyle Nielsen Powersport) with questions as my Wyckedhitch was the first they have installed. This is by far the best hitch you can put on a Slingshot! Good old USA Quality!!!
God bless you Richard, MLLH&R
T.P. – August 3, 2016:
My wife and I have logged a couple of thousand miles towing our mini camper (900-1000 lbs loaded with our gear) with this hitch. We have also used it with an aluminum cargo rack to carry luggage for some weekend getaways. Excellent craftsmanship and Rich at Wycked Hitch gave us top notch customer service. Best hitch on the market for the Slingshot in my opinion.
Steve Lewis – August 3, 2016:
After much anguish over which hitch to choose from, the Wycked Hitch is the only one that was the choice for me. It just didn’t seem right to me that a swingarm mounted one was one that wouldn’t eventually affect the swingarm.
I purchased mine directly from Rich Early ,(the creator) and he was great to work with. The installation was easy, as said earlier the hardest part was removing the rear deck. I made my own wiring harness and luckily everything works fine.
I also got a Harbour Freight trailer that I mounted a clam shell cargo carrier to. This is a short term solution but will have to do for now. I haven’t had a chance to do very much towing with it, but the little I have you couldn’t even tell it was back there.
In my opinion, the Wycked Hitch is a very well made system, with “system” being the right term . It works with the Slingshot as though it should have been there to begin with. I am looking forward to many happy towing miles and when not needing a trailer, I’m in the process of building a carrier rack that will go up and over the back of the Sling, utilizing the Wycked Hitch receiver socket. If you decide to go with this hitch, you will be happy with it.
Jason Grundman – August 4, 2016:
You cannot find a better hitch for the Slingshot. Easy to install and works as advertized. Like Steve Lewis, I attached a rooftop clamshell to a small trailer to haul luggage and stuff for a 6 day trip to the Smokie Mountains. 1000+ miles with no issues or concerns. No rattling or wagging; easy to forget you have a light load. When I first hooked up, I bounced/jumped on the tongue and hitch as hard as could, just like Rich does in his videos, and the only thing to move was the rear shock.
Unlike the swingarm mounted kits, this thing does not flex or bow and no worries about excessive stress on the swingarm. Unlike the hanger style kits (Rivco), the Wycked Hitch is permanently installed and very discreet. The only thing you need to attach is a gooseneck with a standard hitch ball and you’re done. Once the hitch is installed, you can leave your wrenches at home. The gooseneck (or other accessory) attached with a standard hitch pin. Last, but not least, the Wycked Hitch is more versatile than the competition because you can mount different accessories such as cargo decks and bike racks, just like you would on a car/truck hitch. If you want a hitch with no compromises, nothing else comes close.
Tom Tackett – August 5, 2016:
This is the most solidly built hitch out there. 2400 miles through snow, rain, wind and heat pulling my trailer and I never knew it was back there. Since most trailers are designed to carry your ice chest on the tongue, you can get them overloaded quickly, at least that was my experience pulling this same trailer on my Goldwing. Not so with this hitch. The added benefits of being able to remove everything when not in use cannot be stated enough. No one likes hitting their shin on the ball! I chose this hitch over all other styles because I didn’t want or like the idea of any of them being mounted to the swing arm. I chose the drop hitch over the gooseneck, though I’m sure either work just fine. This is a great product, you will not be disappointed.
Jorge Briones – August 5, 2016:
This hitch is simply amazing! 5 stars without question. When I was shopping around for a hitch to pull my Bushtec around with my SS i noticed several axle mounted units available. Once I took a look at how those were mounted I opted out of them. I did not want anything attached to a swingarm that is designed to be bouncing and take the impact off of the rider. Knowing that, I ran across the Wycked hitch design and decided that it was the one that was going to fit my needs. The unique design and CORRECT mounting points on it place the stress on the vehicle’s frame vs the swingarm. While it’s more than capable of hauling much more than my bushtec trailer around, my intentions were to use it to do just that. I opted for the Drop Hitch option that’s offered and it’s worked flawlessly for about 1500 miles now. I have several pictures and A video of what the hitch looks like on the Sling as well as with the trailer attached.