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WeatherTech LampGards Lens Protectors Installation - 2011 Volkswagen Golf

Male: Today on our 2011 Golf TDI, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the WeatherTech lamp guards. These are clear lens protectors, part number is WTH2014VW. This kit is going to come with three lens protectors for each side of the vehicle. One for the mirror mounted blinker, one for the headlights and one for the fog lights. The first thing we need to do is mix up some application solution. This is going to be one part of isopropyl or rubbing alcohol to three parts of water.



Yakima Q Tower Roof Rack Installation - 2015 Volkswagen Golf

Today on our 2015 Volkswagen GTI, we will be doing a test fit of the Yakima Q Tower roof rack system. For your round bar here, it's going to be part number Y00408. You also have your Q Towers, which is going to be part number Y00124, as well as two sets of foot packs. You will have your Y00664s, which in this case, is going to be for our back bar, and on the vehicle right now, we have our Y00663. Which, the only difference is that your bars are going to be a little bit shorter on the front than they are on the back for the Q clips here. We'll go ahead and go through how to get everything assembled. We will be using a few different tools, as well.



Saris Freedom SuperClamp Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Volkswagen Golf

Today on our 2015 Volkswagen GTI, we're going to be doing a test fit of the Saris Freedom Super Clamp. This is going to be your platform styled 2 bike rack, part number SA4025. As you can see, we've already got our bike up here, you can see what it's going to look like. Once you have it fully assemble with the bike in place on the back of your vehicle. This bike rack does come with your inch and quarter shank as well as the 2 inch adapter. We'll fit your class one, 2 and 3 receivers. Note also that on the bottom side where your shank is connected to your receiver, you're going to have a 3 quarter inch anti-ratible, that's going to help to reduce a lot of the sway, rattle and wobble that you would normally have.



Saris Axis Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Volkswagen Golf

Today on our 2015 Volkswagen GTI, we're going to be doing a test fit of the Saris Axis. It's going to be the hanging style 2 bike rack, part number SA832B. As you can see, we've already got our bike in place so you can see what it's going to look like once you have it fully assembled and on the back of your vehicle. This rack does come with an inch and a quarter shank, as well as a 2 inch adapter. It will fit your class 1, 2, and 3 receivers. We have it in a class 1 today, attached using a 3/4 inch anti-rattle bolt to help reduce the sway, rattle, and wobble.



Saris Freedom Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Volkswagen Golf

Today on our 2015 Volkswagen GTI we're going to be doing a test fit of the Saris Freedom. This will be your platform style two bike rack. Part number SA4412B. As you can see we've already got our bike up here on our platform so you can see what it's going to look like once you have it fully assembled and on the back of your vehicle. Note that this does come with your inch and a quarter shank for your class 1 and 2 receivers as well as a 2 inch adapter for your class 3 receivers. We do have it in a class 1 receiver today and it's going to attach using a 3/4 inch anti rattle bolt down below to help reduce a lot of the sway rattle and wobble. I'm going to show you that in a moment. Let's start off by getting a few measurements.



Hollywood Racks Sport Rider 2 Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Volkswagen Golf

Today, on our 2015 Volkswagen GTI, we're going to be doing a test fit of the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider. This is going to be your platform style 2-bike rack, part number HR1000. As you can see we've already got a bike on it, so you can see what it's going to look like once you have it fully assembled and in place on the back of your vehicle. Note that this rack does come with your 1-1/4-inch shank for your class I, II, and a 2-inch adapter for your class III receivers. It is going to attach to our receiver from our shank with a 3/4-inch anti-rattle bolt to help reduce the sway, rattle, and wobble that you would normally have. Let's go ahead and start off by getting a few measurements. Our closest distance will be our first measurement, about 9 inches.



Surco Products Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Volkswagen Golf

Today on our 2015 Volkswagen GTI we're going to be doing a test fit of the Surco cargo carrier. Now this Surco cargo carrier is going to be part number 52017. As you can see, it's going to fit snugly on this 1-1/4" class one receiver that we have here today. It's going to have that nice expanded metal base for easy cleanability, as well as that sturdy steel construction with a 300 pound weight capacity. It does attach to our receiver using a hitch pin and clip. That hitch pin and clip will not be included, so if you'd like to get one you can get it on our website, part number PC2. This rack is going to be 20" wide by 48" long.



Yakima FatCat Ski and Snowboard Racks Review - 2015 Volkswagen Golf

Today on our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI, we'll be doing a test fit of the Yakima Fat Cat. This is going to be your roof rack mounted ski and snowboard carrier that hold 6 skis or 4 snowboards. It will be part number Y03088. As you can see we've already got one fitted onto to the vehicle onto our Yakima Round Bars. Now we'll go ahead and mount the other one up. Make sure that your clamps are undone, they just simply fold up and under, they go right up into the grooves, you'll see the 2 sides there, they go right up into the grooves and then it will simply close up.



Yakima RocketBox Pro Roof Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Volkswagen Golf

Today on our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI, where going to be doing a test fit of the Yakima RocketBox, this is going to be your Pro 14. It has 14 cubic feet of storage space on the inside of it and it comes in your black finish, with your sturdy plastic construction. We're going to go ahead and put it up on the vehicle and it's going to be part number Y07192. Actually, let me put it up the other way here, that way I can show you how to do it. All right, once you've got it to this point here, you're going to want to make sure that your feet and clamps are open here. Then we will simply sit it down and then we're going to slide it back and that will push those clamps up over where we want them to be, right there. Now let's see if we've got it centered or if that's where we want it.



Whispbar Ski and Snowboard Racks Review - 2015 Volkswagen Golf

Today on our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI, we will be doing a test fit of the Whispbar Roof Rack Mounted Ski and Snowboard Carrier. It's going to be part number WB-300. As you can see, we've already got one up here mounted on our vehicle, and we're going to show you how to mount the other one on. We'll make sure that our straps are undone on both sides, and that the inside wingnuts that you see here are loose. Let's go ahead and place it up there. Then, we'll go ahead and bring the strap around. You can use the red knob to loosen and tighten it by simply spinning it either direction. We're going to bring it up and clip it on.



Yakima RocketBox Pro Roof Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Volkswagen Golf

Today on our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI we will be doing a test fit of the Yakima RocketBox. This is going to be your Pro 11. It has 11 feet of cubic storage space on the inside, and it will be part number Y07193. We'll go ahead and turn it around and get it put up on the vehicle. Couple things I want to point out once we do get it up here, is that you're going to want to make sure that all your feet are opened up underneath. Once that you have it where you want it, go ahead and set it down. Then we'll adjust it by sliding it backwards.



Rola Roof Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Volkswagen Golf

Today on our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI, we'll be doing a test fit of the Rola roof basket. This is going to be your 52 inches long by 40 inches wide, 6 inches deep with a steel construction and a 130 pound weight capacity. It's going to be part number 59504. As you can see, we also have it mounted onto our Yakima round bars. It will fit just about any kind of bar system that you may have whether it be your square bars, even your aero blades or aero style bars. Let's go ahead and show you how to put the last foot pack on since we've already put three on there. These will be your parts for it.



Pro Series Roof Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Volkswagen Golf

Today on our 2015 Volkswagon Golf GTI, we'll doing a test fit of the Pro Series Big Sky Rooftop Mounted Cargo Basket. As you can see, we've already got it up here on our round bars. It's going to be 43 inches long by 35 inches wide and have a 135-pound weight capacity in a sturdy steel construction. It's going to be Part Number PS63156. We already got three legs on it and we'll go ahead and show you how to do the last set. You'll have metal bracket, a metal U-shape bracket.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Volkswagen Golf

Today, on our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI, we'll be doing a test fit of the Swagman trail head. This will your hanging style four bike rack, for 1-1/4" and 2" hitches. It's going to be part number S63380. With this class 1 receiver that we have here today, which is 1-1/4", it's only going to be able to hold a max capacity of two bikes on this four bike rack. Let's go ahead and plug it into our receiver that we have here. Once you get it inserted, let's go ahead and line up our pinholes and insert our anti-rattle bolt. This anti-rattle bolt's going to help to eliminate a lot of the sway, rattle, and wobble that we may have in our bike carrier.



Thule Roof Rack Review - 2015 Volkswagen Golf

Today on our 2015 Volkswagen GTI, we will testing the Thule AeroBlade Rapid Traverse roof rack system using parts number THARB53 for the 53-inch aluminum load bars, front and rear, and part number TH480R for the foot pack, and part number THKIT1710 for the for fit kit as you see here. So to begin our test fit, I'll go ahead and show you how to put our foot pack together. What you want to do is you want to open this up like so. We'll grab our pad, we'll place it on bottom. I'm going to go ahead and push that together for a nice tight fit for the front and the back there as you can see. Once we get that on, we'll go ahead and grab our clip. We'll go ahead and slide that up in place until it locks in there.



Glacier Square-Link Snow Tire Chains Review - 2015 Volkswagen Golf

All right. Today on this 2015 Volkswagen GTI, we're going to install part number PWPLC1138. This is a glacier square length snow tire chains. All right. Now, we have one of the chains installed already on the passenger side of our vehicle. We're going to take a look and see how it fits on the tire. First off, how they're supposed to fit is that you see the two little hooks right here.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Volkswagen Golf - Curt

Today on this 2015 Volkswagen GTI, we're going to install part number C11355. This is a Curt inch and a quarter Class I Custom Fit Receiver Hitch. All right, this is what the hitch looks like once it's installed on a GTI. Next we'll go ahead and give you some measurements that will help you out in selecting some accessories such as a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground is going to be about eight and a quarter inches. From the center of the hitch pin to the edge of the bumper will be about five and three-quarter inches. Now we'll go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed.



Thule Sonic XXL Roof Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Volkswagen Golf

Today, on our 2015 Volkswagen GTI, we'll be test fitting the Thule Sonic XXL Rooftop Cargo Box. This box offers 22 cubic feet of space. It comes in a nice metallic silver finish. With our Thule load bars already installed on our vehicle, we can go ahead and place this on top. What you want to do is you want to make sure you have your clamps open, ready to go. We'll go ahead and slide that on. Another thing is we want to make sure is that our box is slid all the way forward just to make sure we have enough ...



Thule Sonic Roof Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Volkswagen Golf

Today on our 2015 Volkswagen GTI, we will be test fitting the Thule Sonic large rooftop cargo box. It offers 11 cubic feet of space. It's part number is TH634B and it comes in a nice glossy black finish. We can go ahead and start, we can go ahead and throw our box on top with our Thule Aeroblades already installed. We'll want to go ahead and line up where our clamps will go over our bars. We'll go ahead and center that up with our vehicle and we'll make sure that our box is all the way forward to make sure we have enough clearance for our rear hatch to open. We'll go ahead and unlock it.



Thule Pulse Roof Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Volkswagen Golf

Today, on our 2015 Volkswagen GTI, we will be test filling the Thule Pulse Large Rooftop Cargo Box. That's part number TH614. It offers 14 cubic feet of space and it comes in a nice black matte finish. With our Thule arrowblades already installed on our vehicle, we can go ahead and set our box on top. We'll want to line up our slits for our clamps here. Slide that on. We'll leave it like that.





Volkswagen Golf Questions

  • If I had to choose between the two, I would choose the XTC-2, part # S64670. Not only do the rubber straps you refer to further secure the bikes to the rack, but the wheel hoops themselves are much stronger. The rack includes a threaded hitch pin, but I would recommend the optional locking hitch pin/cable lock combo part # S64031.
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  • Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 60212 will fit a 2012 Volkswagen Golf TDI. This hitch is designed so that the receiver is below the crosstube as you can see in the pictures. This makes most of the hitch hidden underneath the vehicle. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you. This hitch comes with the correct ball mount, hitch pin, and clip. For a ball you can use # 19256 for a 1-7/8 inch diameter or # 19258 for a 2 inch diameter. For trailer wiring, use...
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  • The Draw-Tite Class I Receiver Hitch, part # 24825 is a fit for all 2011 VW Golf models, including the TDI. The Draw-Tite model will fit your Golf. I will link you to the install instructions.
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  • I spoke with my contact at Tow Ready and verified that the Tow Ready Modulite Wiring Harness, # 119190KIT, is the correct wiring harness for your 2012 Volkswagen Golf TDI. Your vehicle uses a 3-wire multiplex wiring system, meaning it sends multiple signals along the same wire. To install this wiring harness in your vehicle, you will use the included circuit tester to test the wires at the back of the tail light assembly. Using the circuit tester, test for the wire that carries...
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  • I spoke with my technical contact at Draw-Tite just to confirm and yes, the Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver, # 24925, will fit your 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI. This custom-fit trailer hitch offers bolt-on installation with no drilling or welding required. If you plan on using the hitch for towing, I recommend taking a look at the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver, # 60362. This hitch offers the same features as the Draw-Tite hitch but also includes the ball mount, pin, and...
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  • On your 2016 Volkswagen Golf Curt trailer hitch # C11412 will have the receiver slightly below the rear fascia. If you measured up from the ground to the bottom of the rear fascia and then subtracted 1-3/4 inches that would be approximately where the bottom of the hitch would be. Draw-Tite hitch # 24925 would be the better option. It is tucked up a little higher compared to the Curt hitch so I recommend going with it. For a bike rack you will need one that is compatible...
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  • The hitch opening on both of these hitches will be in almost the exact same location, one would not give you substantially more ground clearance over the other. It does seem that the safety chain design of the Curt Hitch, part # C11000, is less visible than the one on the Draw-Tite Sportframe, part # 24825. There is also a review that was done on the # C11000 where the customer basically says that the hitch is hardly visible. Another difference is that the # C11000 also...
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  • The brake assembly # 23-112 is rated for 6,000 pound axles, not 3,500 pound axles. For a 3,500 pound axle you will need to look at 10x2-1/4 inch brakes such as # 23-26 for the left side and # 23-27 for the right side. These mount to a 4-bolt flange, such as # T0872400 or # 4-34 for 1-3/4 inch round axles, # 4-35 for 2-3/8 inch round axles, # DM52415 for 3 inch diameter round axles, or # DM60124 for 2-3/4 inch diameter round axle. Brake mounting flanges need to be installed...
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  • We do have trailer hitches that fit right beneath the bumper on a 2012 Volkswagen Golf TDI. Take a look at the Draw-Tite trailer hitch, # 24825 and Hidden Hitch # 60212. I have included a link to the instructions which contain a diagram showing the location of the hitch once installed. As you can see the receiver will be right under the bumper. You will not need to remove the muffler for installation. You would want to use a hitch that is designed to fit your vehicle because...
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  • The Curt Trailer Hitch, # C11000, will fit the 2011 model Volkswagen Golf TDI. I have included a link to the installation details and a link to a video showing and example installation for you. This trailer hitch comes with a ball mount and you can use ball # 19256 (1-7/8 inch diameter) or # 19258 (2 inch diameter). For trailer wiring, you can use Curt PWM Powered Converter, # C59236.
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  • To equip your Golf for towing, I would recommend the Hidden Hitch Class I receiver, part # 60212 which includes the ball mount and pin and clip. The Tow Ready # 119190KIT is the recommended trailer wiring harness for the 2011 Golf. You would also need the appropriately sized trailer ball, part # 19256 for a 1-7/8 inch ball or # 19258 for a 2 inch ball. I did some online research and was unable to find any concrete information regarding the actual towing capacity of your Golf....
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  • Actually the Draw Tite and Hidden Hitch brands are made by the same parent company so the two hitches you referended, part # 24925 and # 60362 are identical products. Only real difference between the two is that the Hidden Hitch comes with a ball mount and a pin and clip. That is why it costs a little more. If you plan is to do some light towing the Hidden Hitch would be your best option. To complete your towing setup you would also need the wiring kit part # 119190KIT,...
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  • For a trailer hitch for your 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI you can use # 24925. If you want to use the hitch for an accessory such as a bike rack or cargo carrier then you have to make sure the accessory is rated for use with a Class I trailer hitch. Also, with a bike rack, you are limited to 2 bikes maximum on a Class I hitch. I recommend the Trailhead # S63360. Another option is to use a trunk mount carrier. The benefit of a trunk mount is that you will not have to install a hitch...
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  • Both the Draw-Tite # 24925 and the Hidden Hitch # 60362 are Class I trailer hitches that share identical capacities. These two items happen to come from the same parent company that owns both Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch brands and the products are virtually identical. Apart from branding and price the difference is that the Hidden Hitch includes a ball mount. If you're going to tow this hitch is the better option. This hitch installs without drilling and includes all required...
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  • In order to determine if the Thule # TH990XT Doubletrack would be able to fold once installed in a hitch on your 2012 Golf, you'll need to measure how far the hitch pin hole in the receiver tube is recessed under the rear of the vehicle. The FAQ article I've linked to will show how to take the measurement. If the distance from the hitch pin hole to the furthest rearward point of the back bumper is less than 6 inches, you'll be able to fold the rack. If that's not enough...
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  • The 2012 Volkswagen Golf has a pulse width modulation wiring system. It sends varying pulses of power along one wire to operate the different lighting functions of the tail lights. There are wiring harnesses that will work with this type of system. For your Golf you can use # C56200KIT. You will use the included circuit tester to test the wires behind the tail lights while someone goes through the various light functions (brake lights, left turn signal, right turn signal, and...
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  • I went out into our warehouse and pulled a Rapid Hitch Adjustable Ball Mount # AM3413 and a Diversi-Tech Adjustable Ball Mount # DTSTBM6807 to measure the overall height of both ball mounts when they are in the 8 inch drop position and found that the # AM3413 measures 13 inches from the top of the shank to furthest point down whereas the # DTSTBM6807 measures 12-7/8 inches from the top of the shank to the furthest point down. You cannot purchase either of these hitches with...
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  • I spoke with my contact at Draw-Tite, and was told that the Golf R model was not tested for hitch fits. My contact could neither confirm nor deny that the hitch would fit that vehicle. I spoke with Curt about their # C11000, and was told that it will not fit the R model. If you were wanting to use the hitch as a mount for a bike rack, Thule and Yakima both have bike racks that are a confirmed fit for the R model. To see the compatible models, click the provided link. Of...
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  • We often include clearance measurements when we do a hitch installation videos for products like the Curt # 11000, but in the case of your 2010 Golf we do not happen to have done an installation video of this particular hitch on your particular vehicle. So I pulled a piece from the warehouse and took measurements that will allow you to determine your clearance once the hitch is installed. I attached a photo of the hitch with measurements from the top surface of the lower mounting...
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  • The trailer hitches available for the 2015 Volkswagen Golf currently only fit gas or diesel models but not the e-Golf. I am also willing to wager that VW says not to put a hitch on it, similar to the prohibitive warnings from Toyota regarding the Prius. If you happen to want a hitch to carry bikes or cargo then I recommend going with a trunk mount bike rack for bikes or a roof rack for cargo. I have included links to the trunk mount bike rack and roof rack main pages for the...
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