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Specially designed for light-duty applications, this fully welded Volkswagen Golf Wagon trailer hitch receiver features a powder coat finish over an e-coat base to ensure superior corrosion resistance. Drawbar, pin and clip included.
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Today on this 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sport Wagon, we're going to install Part #60283 from Hidden Hitch. This is what the hitch looks like once installed on a Sport Wagon. Next we'll give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories such as a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From top of the receiver opening down to the ground is about ten and a quarter inches. And from center of the hitch pinhole to the edge of the bumper is about three and three quarter inches. Now I'll go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. There's a panel underneath the vehicle that we have to remove to install the hitch. The bits we used to remove the hardware is a T25 Torx bit and a T30 Torx bit. Now we'll remove these two plastic fasteners with a 10 millimeter socket. Should be able to remove our panel.
For this particular install, that panel will not be reinstalled. I do like to reinstall this back. Next we need to go ahead and lower the exhaust. There are two bolts similar to remove for the exhaust hangar going to the frame. We use a 13 millimeter socket on that. We're not going to lower it too much, there's plenty of tension on there still, but we need to rotate this around the exhaust hanger and these two tabs we have to bend up this way.
To make room for the hitch. You just need a pair of pliers to go ahead and just bend them up and out of the way. We need to get inside the truck area and down to the spare tire. We need to remove the spare tire to get down to the sheet metal where there's a grommet eventually we'll have to get access to. This grommet right here we have to remove. Typically there's some sound deadening material around here, you may have to use a utility knife to work your way around it. We got lucky in this case. At this point, we can go ahead and start installing our hitch.
To do that, we're going to install this hardware inside the frame of the vehicle. You got this block with the oval hole and 7/16's carriage bolt. We'll use this pull wire that comes with the kit to run it through to the inside. This will go on the passenger side of the vehicle from inside the frame out through that hole in the hitch. Also, on the hitch on the outside of the frame will be an extra spacer block. The spacer block will go on this side of the hitch.
While we're at it, we'll go ahead and use some electrical tape to help hold it in place. All right, good, you leave some flexibility in there. This is the hole we're going to use. We'll then take our bolt leader, run through then towards the front of the vehicle out the large oval hole here. This will be our access hole. We'll take our block, run it through and push it into the frame. Then we'll throw on our bolt. Then we'll use the pull wire to pull it through. Then we'll probably get caught up in here, so you'll probably have to rock it back and forth to make it eventually pull through. We now have this pretty much set, we'll go ahead and push it back in, but we'll leave our bolt leader in place. We'll need to use that to pull through the block and the hitch. Now we'll take our exhaust bracket from earlier and rotate it back into it's original position. It might be a good idea to push it forward a little bit because the hitch will go up and over it this way. Now we can go ahead and put the hitch into place. You definitely want to have an extra set of hands to help hold up the hitch. We've set it, we'll go ahead and take a wire and put it through our block and our hitch. Let's get it started up there for now and then on our drivers side, we'll go ahead and rotate the hitch into place. We'll ensure the hitch sits on top the exhaust bracket. We'll take our bolt leader off and then we'll put on the rest of our hardware. Which will be our conical tooth washer. Make sure the teeth always facing towards the hitch. We'll go ahead and work on our fasteners for our drivers side. This is a replacement bolt and another conical tooth washer that will replace the hardware that we took down from the exhaust hanger earlier. This will go through the exhaust hanger first, then through the hitch and then into the weld nut inside the frame. This is going to be a really tight fit. We using a screwdriver to align the hitch and the exhaust bracket in the frame in one hole. Then we'll use an extension on our bolt for the other one. It works better if you use an alignment tool or something with a tapered end. We found out when we tried to put a second bolt in, that the hitch is actually sitting against this panel right here to prevent it from lining up. We took the hitch and rocked it back and forth this way to help push that panel out a little bit. I just gave us just enough room to get our second bolt in. We'll go ahead and turn our attention back to the passenger side. We're going to install a piece of hardware here. This handle nut and block will go on the inside of the frame then will attach the carriage bolt and our matching hex bolt. This hex bolt's a little bit on the short side, so you definitely want to make sure to have the hitch pushed up to help engage it. You can fit in the handle as needed to work the block inside. We'll go back in the trunk and go ahead and install our final fastener. On the inside of the trunk we'll install our large block and half inch carriage bolt. Now go through the trunk pan and clear our hitch. Then on the bottom, we'll get our conical tooth washer and nut. Now we'll go ahead and tighten down our hardware and then torque the bolts down as specified in the instructions. Once our hardware's installed it's a good idea to go back and seal up any cracks in the trunk area. We're using Part #LT37467 from Loctite. Then reinstall all interior components. The spare tire and tools and floor covering. With that, that'll finish it for our install, Part #60283 from Hidden Hitch on our 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sport Wagon. .
Average Customer Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars (15 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: 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
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