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    Thread: GLI trailer hitch?

    1. 11-01-2011 03:48 PM #1
      No Im not going to pull a 5th wheel... I just prefer to carry my bikes behind me with a trailer hitch as the Thule roof racks are noisy etc. Does anyone know if a trailer hitch can fit on the 2012 GLI? BTW, I love the car and This website is an awesome resource. Thanks for you thoughts.

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      11-02-2011 01:18 PM #4
      Not a Mk6 but it was custom built for a mk4 GLI I'm sure you could do something similar!

      http://www.eurodrivers.ca/forums/sho...ighlight=hitch

    5. 11-03-2011 12:17 AM #5
      curt hitch that fits the standard jetta will fit the car is the same aside from suspension and that has nothing to do with the hitch functions...i have a curt on my tdi
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    6. 11-03-2011 07:23 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by crtdimark View Post
      curt hitch that fits the standard jetta will fit the car is the same aside from suspension and that has nothing to do with the hitch functions...i have a curt on my tdi
      Picture please.

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      11-11-2011 05:12 PM #7
      I'm looking for the same information. Hidden hitch doesn't have one either. I hope the bumper mounts the same way but the problem is just the rear valance. I've got to crawl under a plain Jetta and compare it to my Gli (which I haven't received yet). I like to pull a trailer when going camping.

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      11-12-2011 06:11 AM #8
      Come on, really? A roof rack is too noisy? Just turn up the Fender.
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      12-28-2011 09:47 AM #9
      Hitch racks will get better gas mileage than roof racks will. Also for those of us who arent 6 feet tall theyre much easier to deal with.

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      12-28-2011 12:26 PM #10
      I'm also interested in a hitch rack for 2 bikes. I like the lines of the GLI and don't want to put a roof rack on. I like roof racks on hatchbacks, not on sedans.
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      01-10-2012 02:33 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by crtdimark View Post
      curt hitch that fits the standard jetta will fit the car is the same aside from suspension and that has nothing to do with the hitch functions...i have a curt on my tdi
      The GLI's have the bumper valence which if you view the standard jetta video is farther down which Im guessing will impede the fitting. Might be able to do it cutting some off, but who would want to do that. I emailed CURT MFG. and their response was that there is currently nothing is the works being produced for the GLI.
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      01-10-2012 03:11 PM #12
      Given the already lowered stock height of the GLI and the fact that the piping would have to dip under and up from the lower valence on the rear bumper, I think your SOL for something that wouldn't be a PITA to handle over ramps and entrances.

      I'd look into something custom and would cut a notch in the bumper, pretty simple and effective and you can make the piece you cut swing out of the way and clip into place if your crafty enough when not using the bike rack.

      I'm also shocked you couldn't toss the seats down and load the bike with the front tire detached, of course you would only be able to transport one other person.
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    13. 04-15-2012 09:37 AM #13
      FYI, according to www.hitchweb.com curt #11072 and hidden hitch #60283 both work for the 2012 gli. Also, someone commented on the curt hitch website that they had successfully installed the hitch on their 2012 gli. Hope this helps. I know its not for everyone, but for those who like to cycle, a hitch mounted carrier is the way to go.

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      04-15-2012 10:01 AM #14
      There's an OEM hitch you can get I have a thread with all the info.

    15. 04-15-2012 10:24 AM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by Verebs1 View Post
      There's an OEM hitch you can get I have a thread with all the info.
      do you have the link from the thread?

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      04-15-2012 12:02 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by pugasus View Post
      do you have the link from the thread?
      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...Euro-Parts-Bin...

      All the information is just a suggestion and any of it could be wrong so check before you buy.

    17. 04-19-2012 02:17 PM #17
      After deciding to buy the Jetta hitch for my 2012 GLI, I came across this picture from Joe C.
      http://www.etrailer.com/Merchant2/gr...278_r1_800.jpg
      It looks like it works but maybe not for anyone who has lowered their car from stock.

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      04-19-2012 02:47 PM #18
      Ok to something Im thinking, but youre going to need to use an upright hitch rack because if you used a tray rack, im pretty sure its going to scrape everything. Both those hitches might rub the valence. Thats been my main concern thus far. Ive got a roof rack right now, but id sell it in a second if I knew I could get a hitch rack.
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    19. 04-19-2012 02:47 PM #19
      It looks stock to me. I looked under my GLI and watched the Jetta install video on etrailer.com and Im convinced it works (Joe C.'s picture confirmed it for me). If you watch the video and look under your car, I think you will agree that it will work.
      http://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hitc...eid=2012300261

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      04-29-2012 10:48 PM #20
      I have always used my Thule roof rack to carry my mountain and road bikes. I always found myself taking it off often because I didn't like the look nor the wind noise. So, I'm gonna give it a try with the hitch mount. I have just ordered the Curt hitch along with the Thule 990XT carrier. I'll post some pics when it's all done and report any issues. Thanks to all the info on this thread so far.

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      04-30-2012 01:56 PM #21
      Not a MKVI, but definitely hidden hitch FTW. That link to the black GLI one hangs down way too far.
      These are the only pictures I could find, but the only thing you could see when looking behind the car was the actual receiver and not any of the bar.



    22. 04-30-2012 09:00 PM #22
      Installed the hitch today. Make sure you have a ratchet set with metric sockets for the lowering of the exhaust. I installed it without a lift so things were pretty tight but I pulled it off despite not being much of a diy'er. The hitch does not rub on the valence. you have to make a small cut in a cover panel but its only visible if you look under the car. it doesnt scrape backing down curves. now if I could find a 1 1/4 inch hitch cover with VW in red or better yet GLI.

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      04-30-2012 10:46 PM #23
      Pictures or it never happened.
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      05-01-2012 08:36 AM #26
      you cant post from your email you have to host the photo somewhere else first.

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      05-08-2012 10:03 AM #27
      I installed the Curt hitch last night and it took me about 1.5 hr to do. The instruction video on etrailer.com was spot on. I purchased mine from hitchweb.com.

      The hitch will primarily be used with the Thule 990XT bike rack. I have been using for several years my Thule roof rack and I always found myself taking it off. It takes away the look of the car and the wind noise was a bit annoying even though I had a wind deflector on. I like how you can remove the rack in matter of seconds. Ok, I have to agree that my GLI doesn't look as good from the rear anymore, but it is not a disaster. The pros outweighs the cons in my case. The wife barely noticed it.

      For the install, I drove the car up on ramps for easy access. Using towers to support the hitch helped tremendously. While checking socket size for the bolts holding the exhaust bracket, I noticed they were only finger tight. I'm not too happy about that. That may explain while these cars rattle. What else is finger tight?!? By the way, at 273 miles on her, I have sunroof slider rattle and driver door rattle.

      During the install, I discovered a reservoir (fluid and electric going to it) mounted behind the rear right wheel directly under the underbody panel. That wasn't shown on the video. *anyone knows what that reservoir is for? see pic

      Like Pegasus said earlier, I had to cut the underbody panel for the hitch to fit with it. see pic

      The hitch is exactly 9 inches above ground. As you can see in the pictures, it is not lower than the exhaust at any point.

      You can blame my iPhone 4 for the quality of the pictures.












      Last edited by NJA Pilot; 05-08-2012 at 10:09 AM. Reason: typo

    26. 05-08-2012 10:19 PM #28
      Good summary on the install. The fuel vapor trap (I think thats what it is) almost scared me away from installing it but on the curt instructions mentioned that you may have to lower it. It would have helped had that step been on the video but otherwise the video gave me confidence to proceed. I have scraped backing down curbs with bikes loaded but it was the bike rack NOT the hitch. With the hitch being black its difficult to notice.

    27. 09-21-2012 09:17 PM #29
      The hitches I've found online don't fit the GLI. Thanks

      Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Veedubya View Post
      Not a MKVI, but definitely hidden hitch FTW. That link to the black GLI one hangs down way too far.
      These are the only pictures I could find, but the only thing you could see when looking behind the car was the actual receiver and not any of the bar.



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