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Video of Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver with Drawbar - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4"
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Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Jetta we'll be installing the Hidden Hitch, part number 60283. Now here's what our hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements in helping you choose some accessories for your hitch, such as a bicycle rack or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is approximately 4", and from the ground to the top of the opening in the receiver is approximately 10-3/4". Now let's go ahead and install our hitch. Now we've already gone ahead and removed all the contents of the trunk, the trunk covering, as well as the spare tire cover, as well as the spare tire itself. Now we're going to go ahead and go underneath the vehicle as we'll need to remove a piece of plastic fascia from underneath the passenger side of the vehicle.
To do this we'll go ahead and remove two Torx-head screws as well as two plastic hex nuts. We will not be reputting this piece of plastic fascia back up. You may, however, want to keep these as well as that hardware in case if you ever decide to remove your hitch you'll need to put this back up. Now we need to go ahead and lower the exhaust down out of the way. Before we begin we'll need to go ahead and put a safety strap on the exhaust to make sure it's supported once we remove the rubber isolator as well as two bolts that hold the rear bracket near the muffler. Now that our safety strap is in place we'll go ahead and remove two bolts at the rear bracket just above the muffler.
Now we'll go ahead and move up just in front of the rear axle area and we need to remove a rubber isolator here. To do this we'll use a little spray lubricant, and in this case we used a exhaust removal tool but a large pry bar will work just as well. Now that we've got the exhaust bracket down we need to bend these two tabs straight. Now because this particular vehicle has a fuel vapor canister on the passenger side we'll need to take the three bolts out that hold it in place and let it lower down out of the way until we put the hitch up. Once the hitch is up we will reinstall these so make sure you don't lose any of the hardware. Next let's go ahead and point out the hardware that will be used on the hitch and on the location on the hitch that the hardware will be used. On the long bar that comes up that will actually go through a whole in the trunk pan we'll be using a carriage bolt, a spacer block, a conical tooth washer, as well as a hex nut.
Now for the two rear holes on the driver side of the hitch we'll be using an M8 hex bolt as well as a 3/8 conical tooth washer on each one. For the passenger side there are two locations that the hitch will mount to the vehicle. The rearmost location, which will actually come out the side of the frame rail, will have a carriage bolt as well as a spacer block that is fish-wired into the frame, and then there will also be a spacer block that is slid on over the top of this bolt, followed by a conical tooth washer and hex nut. Now for the forward-most mounting location on the passenger side we will be using an M12 handle nut as well as an M12 hex bolt and 1/2" conical tooth washer. Now let's go ahead and point out the locations on the vehicle where this hardware will be installed. For the trunk mounting location on the driver side we'll actually need to go ahead and cut out the grommet that is already in place here.
To do this we'll just use a razor knife. With this removed we need to go ahead and make sure that before we put the hitch up we install some of the Loctite silicone gasket sealer. This gasket sealer is available at Etrailer, part number LT37467. You want to make sure that you put some of this gasket sealer on both the inside and the outside of the trunk pan to make sure you seal off any water or exhaust gasses that may enter the trunk area. Now for the passenger side we'll go ahead and use the fish wire and we'll fish-wire the 7/16 carriage bolt as well as the spacer block into place. Make sure you leave the fish wire on for now. Next we'll go ahead and tape the external spacer block into place. This will just help keep it in place for now until we put the hitch up. Now for the final location we need to measure out on the handle nut where we need to bend the tab at. To do this we'll hold the handle nut up to the mounting location, which is the center hole in this case, to where our access slot is. Where the access slot hole is is where we need to put a 90 degree bend in the handle nut. Now with some of the mounting hardware in place we're ready to go ahead and put our hitch up and put the rest of the hardware on. It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you do this. We'll begin by feeding the fish wire through the side hole on the passenger side of the hitch. As we're raising it up we also need to go ahead and put up where the exhaust rear bracket is, we'll need to twist that around so that the hitch goes against the frame and the exhaust bracket goes over the top of the hitch. As you raise up the passenger side as well as the driver side you'll need to pull the fish wire through so it pulls the carriage bolt out of the frame through the spacer block that's taped to the outside of the frame and through the hitch. With this in place we'll go ahead and go over to the driver side where we'll install two M8 hex bolts with the 3/8 conical tooth washers, making sure that the teeth face the hitch. You may need to move the hitch around a little bit to get these two holes to line up. Also make sure that you put the exhaust bracket back up in line so that you go through the exhaust bracket, through the hitch, and into the weld nuts that are part of the frame. You are using the same weld nuts that you took the bracket down from earlier. Now we can go back over to the passenger side and we'll go ahead and put the bolt as well as the conical tooth washer that goes into the handle nut. With this in we can go ahead and take the fish wire off and put the conical tooth washer and the hex nut on this bolt as well. Now we're ready to go ahead and take the carriage bolt and the spacer block after the silicone gasket sealer is on and drop it down through the trunk pan, through the hitch, followed by putting a conical tooth washer as well as a hex nut on from the underside. Now that all the hardware is into place we'll go ahead and tighten things down and then torque them to the manufacturer's specification. With all the hardware torqued, now we can go ahead and put the fuel vapor canister bake up in place with the three bolts we removed earlier. Finally we can go ahead and put the rubber isolator on the exhaust that we removed, and then go ahead and take the safety strap off. With that, that will conclude the installation of our Hidden Hitch, part number 60283, on our 2013 Volkswagen Jetta. .
Average Customer Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars (17 Customer Reviews)Specially designed for light-duty applications, this fully welded vehicle trailer hitch receiver features a powder coat finish over an e-coat base to ensure superior corrosion resistance. Drawbar, pin and clip included.
by: Ron C.04/25/2013
This is the second hitch I've bought from eTrailer, one for my wife's CRV and this one for my Jetta Sportwagon. No surprises, just a quality hitch delivered promptly by eTrailer. Installation process went just like the video explained. Thanks for the great service. 77750
by: Jim H07/06/2014
So far so good, although the hitch arrived poking through the box and with some small scratches on the ball mount. Not etrailer's fault. Installation took longer than advertised, some of it my fault because I fed the block into the frame the wrong way...the block apparently has to go in oval hole first. The bolt would not protrude straight from the frame with the block inserted the other way. I had to back the bolt and block out of the hole in the frame (which must have taken 20 minutes) and re-insert. The video does show the correct orientation. After that, it went pretty smoothly, and the hitch looks great! The installation video was VERY helpful, way more information than the single-sheet installation instructions. We will mainly use this to mount a bike rack. 139538
by: Mark W.05/02/2012
Once mounted, this seems to be a very solid unit. It is well built out of heavy stock. The time estimate of 1 hour for install was quite a bit less than what it took for me to get the hitch mounted up. Watching the install video helped although it is for a slightly different model and the instruction sheet was not all that clear on the first few readings (it made sense once I was done). My hitch took close to 3 hours for the complete installation. The two bolt holes on exhaust hanger bracket needed to be enlarged in order to align with existing mount on the car and longer bolts were needed to initially draw that side up to a point where the bolts included with the hitch would thread into existing holes. 39225
by: Dave F01/14/2015
Installation was pretty much like the video on the web site. I did it alone, and if you can it would help to have an extra set of hand as the video states. The splash panel on the passenger side that was removed and not replaced in the video, I did replace after trimming a bit off the back. It is plastic so it was quite easy to cut, I think it is worth replacing. Now, I hope there is an instruction video for the wiring as good... 168905
by: Mike W.06/23/2013
The part went on with out a hitch.... Oops it was a hitch. Anyway I did not have any major problems. The two bolt holes for the mount at the exhaust hanger were a bit off, a little larger hole would have helped. I couldn't figure why it was recommended to leave off that plastic panel on the bottom right rear after the hitch was installed. The other brand of hitches suggested cutting out a chunk to fit around the hitch. I ended up cutting a slot about 1 inch wide and 6 inches long and it slipped right back in position and to me looks a lot better than the empty hole. The hitch works nice with my Thule Bike Rack. 85625
by: Gary C stafford03/22/2013
Received hitch and wiring kit in a timely fashion. Could not find a video on 2013Jetta to assist. Used another year and got way off track. Finally used enclosed paperwork and got the hitch installed. Now I've done it and got it figured out with very little help from instructive video or paperwork I'm sure a second unit would be easier. The wiring went somewhat okay. There was no method to secure the black lighting module and was asked to go to Wal Mart and try to find some two sided fabric when I called your Co. Which they didn't have. I ended up using some very thin two sided tape and trippling up on it. 71969
This is a review on the installation only. Have yet to drive test with a bike rack. As far as installation went - smoothly. I used a YouTube video to install which was much better than the instructions. Seeing is much easier than reading. As can be seen by my included photo - the hitch is very hidden and blends in well with my car. 36007
by: Dennis W.06/07/2011
Installed this on 2011 Jetta Sportwagen TDI. Installation was well documented (read the instructions). I did the prep of the parts and setup for the install (matching parts, fishing bolt, detaching exhaust) in about 45 minutes. Actual install, with a helper, took about 20 minutes. Unit seems well built and expect it to perform well. Reduces rear clearence about as little as possible. 16311
by: Paul B05/28/2011
Be sure to watch video of Jetta installation, before and during your installation. Directions alone are confusing. I bought longer bolts to snug in the hitch where the exhaust bracket is just to get it close enough to use the supplied bolts. Wiring from battery back also time consuming because most of Jetta SW underneath is covered. 15631
by: Joe W.10/12/2011
Amazing! I thought it was gonna be kinda difficult but actually very easy. I found an install video on YouTube and that help out so much because the directions seemed very vague. After watching the video it explained it all! Great product. Make sure you order the wiring harness. 25489
Works fantastic. Installation did not took longer than expected. Like other have said WATCH THE VIDEO FIRST! But installation is very simple and etrailer sends you everything you need except sealant. Overall, very pleased and would order again if I ever needed another hitch. 26427
This is the second hitch I've purchased from etrailer among a couple other purchases (harnesses, balls, etc.) I don't even shop around any more...I'm confident they've got the best price, best service and quickest shipping out there. Look no further...buy it here. 64038
The install was not as simple as described I was glad I went to a professional to get it installed Etrailer was great to deal with the hitch arrived on time with great emails from etrailer Wonderful buying experience 21985
by: Jim H04/30/2011
I got a jetta hidden hitch. The product is great, installation was relatively easy, but too twice as long as I expected. Would buy from strainer again. 12599
by: Joe Pecheles Automotive01/05/2012
Exceptional service!! Product was affordable, high quality and arrived way ahead of schedule. Keep up the good work! 29138
by: Jeannie J.06/23/2014
Great service. Package was ripped and crushed but I'm sure that was the post office's fault. 137109
Super fast delivery! 162707
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