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  • Other than a slightly different appearance, and the fact that the # C11355 installation is more simple, the primary difference is that the # C11355 would not be a fit for TDI models while the # C11412 will fit all Golf and GTI models with the exclusion of the R model. Since your GTI is the gas model, you could use either hitch. Since the # C11355 is a few dollars less expensive and easier to install, I'd recommend using that one. Is you can see in the side-by-side photo I've...
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  • We do indeed have a confirmed hitch fit for your 2015 Volkswagen GTI with gasoline engine. Curt offers their light-duty 1-1/4-inch Class I hitch # C11355 for your car. This hitch offers a 200-lb tongue weight rating and is suitable for use with compatible Class I accessories like bike and cargo carriers. Please note that a Class I hitch has a maximum bike-carrying capacity of two bikes and no more (no matter what the carrier's capacity is). This has to do with the leverage...
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  • The Rhino Rack Vortex Aero Roof Rack for your 2013 VW GTI 5 Door can be assembled with the following parts: 44 Inch Vortex Aero Crossbars in Black, part # RRVA118B-2 Leg Kit, part # RRRLKVA Vehicle Specific Clamp Kit, part # DK207 For a fairing, you'll either want the # RRRF1 which is 32 inches long or the # RRRF2 which is 38 inches long. I'd recommend holding a measuring tape at 32 and 38 inches on the roof at the top of the windshield. This should give you an idea of...
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  • A sunroof would not be a problem for Thule Rapid Traverse foot pack # TH480R because the feet rest at the outer edges of the roof like in the video I have linked for you. You will also need AeroBlade bars # THARB53 and fit kit # THKIT1710. It is not recommended to open the sunroof with a roof rack installed. The bars could be in the way and, even though the AeroBlade bars are quiet it would probably be louder than you'd like if you were able to open the sunroof.
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  • First you are going to want to check the vehicle owners manual to determine the towing capacity of the 2013 Volkswagen GTI. As long as it has the capacity to handle the combined weight of the trailer and motorcycles then you can install a hitch and tow that trailer. The hitches available for the 2013 GTI, see link, are rated for a maximum of 2,000 pounds gross trailer weight and 200 pounds tongue weight and that includes Curt hitch # C11000 that you have selected. I actually...
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  • There is currently one hitch that we offer for your 2015 VW GTI Autobahn. It's the Curt hitch # C11412. It is custom fit for your GTI but it will be visible when not in use because the receiver tube is flush with the crossbar. This is a Class-I hitch and the maximum gross trailer weight is 2,000 pounds and tongue weight maximum is 200 pounds. The trailer hitches # 24925 (Draw-Tite) and # 60362 (Hidden Hitch, no longer available) you referenced fit a 2015 VW Golf and not your...
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  • We do have M6 carriage bolts that are 80 mm long, check out the Thule Xadapt3, part # THXADAPT3, which comes with eight, 80 mm, M6 carriage bolts. The wingnut that you referenced, Thule Replacement Wingnut, part # TH04877, will work with the 80 mm carriage bolts # THXADAPT3, and the 75 mm bolts, part # TH915-0675-11, and # TH10403.
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  • Exhaust rattles do occur on some vehicles. I have not had the opportunity to install this hitch on the GTI yet so I spoke with my contact at Draw-Tite. He stated that the exhaust was taken into account when designing the hitch and that they have had no complaints about exhaust rattles from customers who have installed the hitch. The instructions for the # 24904 hitch show that hitch will be sandwiched between the rear exhaust hanger and the vehicle frame member. This repositioning...
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  • For the Tow Ready Upgraded Heavy Duty Modulite Circuit Protected Vehicle Wiring Harness with Install Kit, # 119190KIT, we do have a wiring installation instructions technical bulletin for your 2010 Volkswagen GTI. I will send you a link to this bulletin. We do not have any wiring diagrams for the 2010 Volkswagen GTI because the manufacture does change, quite often, the color connections on the wiring systems, so it is hard to maintain the correct diagrams. If you have any...
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  • I wish I could provide you with a definitive yes or no answer, but we have not yet had the opportunity to install a hitch on a 2013 GTI, so we do not have any dimensions telling us how far the receiver will be recessed under the vehicle, which is the key indication of whether a bike rack will be compatible with a given vehicle. If you already have the hitch installed, you would simply measure from the hitch pin hole rearward until you reach the furthest rearward point of the...
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  • Both the Kuat Beta Bike Rack part # B202-114 and the Rhino Rack Bike Rack part # RRRBC045 would work great on your 2013 Volkswagen GTI as long as you have a hitch installed on it like the Draw Tite part # 24904. If you wanted to convert the Kuat so that it can be used on a 2 inch hitch all you would need is the adapter part # D101. The Rhino Rack can tilt away like the Kuat. I attached a picture that shows it being tilted for you to check out. Both racks are great, but...
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  • Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch are sister companies so the Draw-Tite Class I Hitch, # 24904, and the Hidden Hitch Class I Hitch, # 60330, for a 2014 Volkswagen GTI, are the same hitch. The only difference between the two items is that the Hidden Hitch receiver comes with a ball mount, pin, and clip. To add a ball mount, pin, and clip to the Draw-Tite hitch, you would use part # 3594.
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  • For a 2007 Volkswagen Golf GTI, I recommend using the Upgraded Heavy Duty Modulite Circuit Protected Vehicle Wiring Harness with Install Kit, # 119190KIT. I have included a link to the installation details for reference. You will want to follow the installation steps for a 3 wire system. If your system has combined stop and tail light functions, what you will do is attach the red stop light wire to the corresponding stop light wire on the vehicle. The brown running light wire...
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  • The Hidden Hitch Class I 1-1/4 Inch Hitch, part # 60330, will end up being located in the same place as the Curt Class I 1-1/4 Inch Hitch, part # C11000, on your 2011 Volkswagen GTI. It is located right under the rear fascia of your vehicle. The ball mounts that are used with these hitches will always have to be used in the rise position. I am including a link to the Installation instructions on both of the hitches. The instructions will show a side view of where the hitch...
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  • The Draw-Tite trailer hitch, # 24904 that you have, is a Class I trailer hitch. As a Class I hitch, you can only use accessories rated for use on a Class I hitch and for bike racks you are limited to carrying a maximum of 2 bikes. The Softride Element, # SR26248, will only work in Class II or III trailer hitches. For a compatible bike rack, I recommend the Swagman Titan, # S63400. It is Class I compatible, it holds 2 bikes, and it has anti-sway cradles and the ability to tilt...
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  • I recommend using a heavy duty vehicle wiring harness # 119190KIT because it includes circuit protection to safeguard itself from electrical shorts. Vehicles using Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) will give your trailer lights full brightness during activation. This hasn't been tested on the GTI models yet, but my contact at Tow-Ready confirmed that it will work with the 2015 Golf and would work with the GTI just fine even though it isn't published as a fit in our fit guide. We...
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  • We have exactly what you would need. First let's start with a roof rack, for that I would recommend the Thule Roof Rack that consists of # THARB53, # TH480R, # THKIT1323. I attached an install video for you to check out. An excellent carrier to use with this rack would be the Thule SUP Taxi Part # TH810XT that you also referenced.
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  • To determine if the Swagman XC Bike Rack part # S64650 would fit on your 2007 Volkswagen GTI with a Curt hitch # C11074 you need to take one important measurement. You need to measure from the center of the hitch pin out to the furthest point out on the rear of your vehicle. If that measurement is less than 10-1/2 inches the # S64650 would fit and work well. The # S64650 has a distance of 10-1/2 inches from the center of its hitch pin hole to the nearest wheel mount.
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  • To see how much overhang a 53 inch # THARB53 will have over the edge of your 2015 Volkswagen GTI check out the picture I attached. There is a chance the 47 inch crossbars part # THARB47 could fit, but it would be too close to call. And since it's never been tested I can't recommend it for you. To complete the roof rack you would need the fit kit part # THKIT1710 and # TH480R.
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  • There are no trunk mounted bike racks that would allow you to open the hatch with the rack in place. Having the rack in place would add additional weight that the gas struts that hold the hatch open might not be rated for. The extra weight could cause the hatch to unexpectedly slam shut, likely causing injury. Also, shutting the hatch with the rack in place can damage the painted surface of the hatch or the rear glass. Since the rack needs to be removed to access the hatch,...
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