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Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Volkswagen Golf

Today on our 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI, we'll be taking a look at the Curt 24 x 48 cargo carrier, part number C18110. Our cargo carrier's going to have a nice expanded metal bottom. It's going to allow dirt and debris to fall through. It's got multiple tie-down points all the way around. It's got a 2-1/2" side lip, it's gonna help keep your cargo in place. It's got a nice black powder-coated finish.



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 SA832. 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.



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 ...





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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  • For your 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI the Curt hitch part # C11412 that you referenced has been confirmed as a fit and would work well for carrying a bike rack. Curt requires the use of their stabilizer strap part # 18050 when using their hitch to carry a non-supported load like a bike rack. I attached a review video for you to check for the strap as well. The most popular bike rack we carry that has been confirmed to fit this vehicle is the Swagman XTC2 Bike Rack part # S64670....
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  • You cannot safely modify a Class I hitch to match the capacities of a Class III hitch (even though my oddball uncle did somehow weld a Class III hitch opening on his Mazda Miata...NOT RECOMMENDED). Hitches are given capacities that generally reflect what the towing capacity of the vehicle they are installed on. Even if you did somehow reinforce a hitch to be stronger, the attachment points on the vehicle's frame can't be made stronger and this is typically the weak point. The...
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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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  • 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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  • For your 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI I recommend Curt trailer hitch # C11412. This is a Class I trailer hitch rated for 200 pounds tongue weight and 2,000 pounds gross trailer weight. 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. Curt also says you have to use stabilization...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The 2015 Volkswagen Golf and the 2015 GTI do call for different wiring harnesses. Tow-Ready 4-pole # 118646 is a custom-fit powered harness that plugs in at the tail lights of the 2015 Volkswagen Golf using vehicle-specific connectors. For the 2015 GTI only universal-fit harnesses are available, Tow-Ready # 119190KIT and Curt # C59236, both of which are hardwire installs. These do not have the connectors to match the car. Both of these will require splicing of wires and...
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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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  • 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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  • We have everything that you will need to tow your jetski with your 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI. For a trailer hitch, I recommend the Hidden Hitch Class I Trailer Hitch, # 60362. This hitch has a towing capacity of 2,000lbs and a tongue weight capacity of 200lbs. It also comes with the recommended ball mount, so you will only need a wiring harness and a hitch ball. For a hitch ball, you can use part # 19256 for a 1-7/8 inch ball or # 19258 for a 2 inch ball. You will want to check...
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  • We checked with Curt (who manufactures this hitch), and they list the # C11412 as a fit for the 2016 Volkswagen Golf as long as it's not a R model so I can confidently recommend this for you. I also just checked again to confirm this as a fit. The most popular bike rack we carry that has been confirmed to fit this vehicle is the Swagman XTC2 Bike Rack part # S64670. This rack has a ton of positive reviews from our customers who have tried it. Check out the review video I attached...
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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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  • To determine if your specific model 2014 Volkswagen Gold turbo diesel can be flat towed you will need to consult the owners manual. If it can there are at least 5 items that you will need. First you will need base plates for the Golf. Roadmaster base plates # 521235-1 will fit 2.0 liter TDI models. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you. Next you will need a compatible tow bar. I recommend the Falcon 2, # RM-520. This is the most popular compatible...
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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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  • 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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