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Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, we have our Modulite HD plus circuit protected trailer light power module, part number 119190. We also have our Modulite wiring kit to run power to our module and the part number for that is 118151. I just installed the hitch so I have some of the stuff out of the trunk already. You want to take our your spare tire, your jack kit and your floor mats, I have those out already so I'm just going to take out threshold piece here, I've got my removing tool. It just pops up and out of the way. Down on the bottom, on the inside, when you pop the top off you want to pull up on these and it'll pull right out.



Thule Roof Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2015 Volkswagen Passat, we're test fitting the Thule Canyon roof-mounted cargo basket. It's 49 inches long by 40 inches wide, and has a capacity to hold up to 150 pounds. It also has the depth of 6 inches. With the weight capacity, you want to make sure check your owner's manual before you load up your cargo basket too much. The part number for that is TH859. Now we do already have 3 of our 4 feet down and connected. We're just gonna show you this back driver's side one because it is the same way.



SportRack Roof Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2015 Volkswagen Passat, we're test-fitting the SportRack Vista roof-mounted cargo basket. Part number for that is SR9035. It's dimensions are 44 inches by 39-1/8 inches, and it has the capacity to hold up to 110 pounds. Now, you do want to check your owner's manual and make sure that your vehicle can hold that much weight on its roof. We do have three of our four feet connected and down. We're just going to show you this back driver's side one.



Thule Watersport Carriers Review - 2015 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2015 Volkswagen Passat, we are test fitting the Thule Hull-A-Port Kayak Carrier. It's a J-style .J-hook style kayak carrier and the tie downs are included with that. The part number for that is TH834. Now we do already have our kayak connected to our J-hooks. We're going to go ahead and remove the kayak. Then we're going to show you how we connect the J-hooks to our crossbars.



Swagman Watersport Carriers Review - 2015 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2015 Volkswagen Passat, we are test fitting the Swagman contour J style kayak carrier, part number S65148. Now as you can see, we do already have our kayak strapped down. We're going to take the straps off and show you the best way that we strap down the kayak and also how we connect the carrier to our crossbars here. So the first thing we'll do is take off our straps on the body of the kayak. We'll just press down on the silver lever here and release that strap. Now we have the kayak connected down under the crossbar, up over the back part of the kayak through the hook of this crossbar here, and then up back over the kayak. We have it the same way on this side as well. Now we also have our balance inaudible 00:01:08 straps.



Rhino Rack MountainTrail Roof Bike Racks Review - 2015 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2015 Volkswagen Passat, we are test fitting the Rhino rack, mountain trail rooftop bike carrier. Part number for that is RBC035. As you can see, we do already have our bike on our rack. We're going to show you how we secure it in and then also how we secure our rack to our crossbars. So if we take a look back here, you can see we do have a strap, holding down that wheel. The strap's just going to keep that wheel in place and keep that from going anywhere. If you take a look upfront, we do have a skewer on the fork mounts here. To loosen it, you just pop that open and it just snaps back into place to tighten it down.



Inno Roof Rack Review - 2015 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2015 Volkswagen Passat, we are test fitting the INNO square cross bars. Part number for the cross bars is going to be INB127. Then, for the foot pack here, it's going to be INSU-K5. For that fit kit, it's going to be INK591. Now, we have all the parts that we need for our back cross bar here. We've already got our front one up so we're just going to show you how we put everything onto the cross bar and then also how we put it onto the vehicle.



Inno Roof Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2015 Volkswagen Passat, we're test fitting the Inno Shadow Series Cargo Box in a gloss black finish, it has 13 cubic feet of space and it also has memory mount clamps. The part number for that is INBRA1250BK. Now, we're going to show you how we put these memory clamps on. First, we'll take a look at the clamps themselves. With this gray lever you tighten and loosen down the clamps there, and then they tighten down around your cross bars with that clamp there. They're a memory clamp so you don't have to measure out and keep screwing or unscrewing each time you put them on. We also have an anchor down spot for your straps that we have in the box.



Inno Roof Bike Racks Review - 2015 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2015 Volkswagen Passat we are test fitting the Inno Fork Lock Roof Mounted Bike Carrier. Its a T-track mounted carrier so it is going to fit in that track on the cross bars here. The part number for that is INXA391. Now as you can see we do already have our bike on our carrier. I am going to show you how we strap down the bike and also how we mount that in that T-track. The first thing we will take a look the back wheel here. We've got a strap holding that in.



Inno Roof Bike Racks Review - 2015 Volkswagen Passat

Today, on our 2015 Volkswagen Passat, we are test fitting the INNO Multi Fork Lock Roof Mounted Bike Carrier. The part number for that is INA392. As you can see, we do already have our bike on here. We're going to show you how we secured the bike as well as how we secured the biker carrier to our cross bars and some features of the carrier as well. Back here, we've got a single strap and we'll create all for the back of our bike here. In the front, it's a little more complicated. We've got this locking cover here and anti-theft piece here and a skewer that's going to tighten and loosen on your forks of your bike to accommodate different types of bike frames that you may have. If you we're wanting to take everything off, you'd first start at the back wheel here, press down on the black lever and lift straight up on that strap.



Inno Roof Bike Racks Review - 2015 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2015 Volkswagen Passat, we are test fitting the Inno Fork Lock III Bike Carrier. Part number for that is INA391. As you can see, we do already have our bike on our carrier. Were going to show you how we mount the bike and secure it and then also how we secure the bike to the crossbars and some features of the rack itself. We take a look back here, you can see, we do have a strap pulling that in. We want to make sure that we put that strap between the spokes of the bike so it doesnt Of the wheel, excuse me so it doesnt damage those. Up here we have a skewer holding in the fork up here.



Inno Roof Bike Racks Review - 2015 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2015 Volkswagen Passat we're test fitting the Inno Tire Hold Roof-Mounted Bike Rack. The part number for that is INA389. Now if we look at the bike itself and how it's secured to the bike rack, we can see that we have these cradles down here holding the tire. We also have the tire holds that go across the top of the tire and secure it. Now the back tire is secured just about the same way, we've just got this locking mechanism here that's going to keep that tight against that bike rack and keep the front tire against there. I'm just going to get a little bit of help getting our bike down. Thank you. Now before we put it in the stow position, we'll take a look at how it's secured to our cross bars.



Rola Roof Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2015 Volkswagen Passat we're test fitting the Rola Roof Mounted Cargo Basket. It's 52 inches long and 40-1/2 inches wide, and then 6 inches deep. It's got a capacity to hold up to 130 pounds, but you always want to check your owner's manual and make sure that your vehicle can hold that much weight. The part number for that is 59504. Now, we do already have three of our four feet connected and strapped down, so we're going to go ahead and show you the back driver's side. We'll come over here. I, myself, like to step into the vehicle so I have a higher viewpoint here. We'll set down that metal piece and take our u-bolt, and then start tightening down our thumb screw here. Now, with these pads here, these plastic pads, those are going to be adjustable, so you can move them around for different crossbar spreads. This is a great feature of the cargo baskets. Also, if you're wanting to carry extra luggage or any type of hiking gear or anything, that's what this car here is going to be useful for.



Rhino Rack Watersport Carriers Review - 2015 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2015 Volkswagen Passat, we're test fitting the Rhino Rack J-style Kayak Carrier. This is a universal mounted kayak carrier, and part number for that is S510. We're also using the Rhino Rack Anchor Straps for the front and the back. They come in a 1 per package, and the part number for that is RRBAS. The first thing we're going to do is unhook our kayak, and take that off, and we'll show you how we put our J-hooks onto our crossbars. We'll go ahead and undo our strap keeper here, and release that, and then we'll push down on the black lever and pull out our strap. Now, how we have the straps connected, they're looped under the cross bar, and through the J-hook here, around the back through the J-hook in the back, and then over the front side of the kayak.



Rhino Rack Roof Rack Review - 2015 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2015, Volkswagen Passat, we are test fitting the Rhino Rack, Vortex Arrow Crossbars. Part number for the crossbars is RRVA126B-2. For the foot pack it's RRRLKVA, and for the fit kit for the Passat it's going to be DK323. We have already got our front crossbar on, we have got one of our foot packs and the fit kit installed on one side, we are just going to show you this other side, and then also how we install the back crossbar. Go ahead and pull that end cap off there. We are going to pop off this bottom piece of our foot pack. The arrows on both the foot pack, and the rubber piece for the fit kit are going to face out.



Rhino Rack Roof Rack Review - 2015 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2015 Volkswagen Passat, we're test fitting the Rhino Rack Euro square crossbars, part number DS126B. And the part number for the fit kit is going to be DK323. Now we do already have our front crossbar on. We're going to show you how we put the fit kit and foot pack together. And then also how we put our back crossbar onto the vehicle. The first thing we want to do it take off our end cap here, set that off to the side. We'll take our foot pack, and we're just going to pop off this bottom piece here.



Rhino Rack Road Warrior Roof Bike Racks Review - 2015 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2015 Volkswagen Passat, we are testing fitting the Rhino Rack Road Warrior Rooftop Bike Rack, Bike Carrier excuse me. The Part Number for that is: RBC036. Now as you can see we do already have our bike on the rack. We're going to show you how we secure the bike down and then also how we secure the carrier itself to the crossbars. So, if you take a look at the back, we have one single strap holding that wheel down. That's just going to secure that there in place. This is a fork mounted, we have a skewer here holding forks in place. We just pull up on the black handle, turn to the left to loosen and turn to the right to tighten, and that just snaps right back into place. To take bike our off, we'll first start by taking the strap here off, just slides right through when you push the back lever.



SportRack Watersport Carriers Review - 2015 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2015 Volkswagen Passat, we're test fitting the SportRack kayak carrier, your J style kayak carrier that come with your straps here. The part number for that is SR5511. The first thing we're going to do is unstrap our kayak and take that off. We'll come up here to our body straps here. We're just going to do the excess that we have strapped in and we'll go ahead and release that. Now, if we take a look at how the kayak is strapped down, we've got the strap underneath this crossbar here, over the kayak, around the back and it's under the J-hook in the back and then back over the top of the kayak.



Inno Roof Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Volkswagen Passat

Today on my 2015 Volkswagen Passat we are test fitting the Inno Shadow Series Cargo Box with a carbon fiber finish. It's going to be 11 cubic feet of space on the inside and have memory mount clamps. The part number for that is INBRA1170CA. We do already have our front feet on so we're just going to show you the back feet. First I want to talk to you a little bit about the memory clamps. We've got some tie-down points here on each of our clamps. That's going to be great if you want to strap down any of your cargo in the top.



Thule Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2015 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2015 Volkswagen Passat, we're test fitting the Thule Raceway Pro. It's a two bike rack, trunk mounted bike rack, and the part number for that is TH9001PRO. We do already have our bike on the rack, we're going to show you how we strapped the bike down, and then also some features of the rack, and how it's connected to your vehicle. We've got two cradles holding down the frame of the vehicle here. We've got three straps, two frame straps and one anti-sway. That's going to keep that bike from swinging back and forth, and possibly damaging your vehicle while you're driving down the road. The first thing we'll do, it we'll take off our frame straps here.





Volkswagen Passat Questions

  • There are three available Class I hitches for a VW Passat, the Curt # C11234, the Hidden Hitch # 60297 and the Draw-Tite # 24880. All three hitches will require that the underbody panel be trimmed to about the same degree, but the good news is that the trimmed portion is not visible from the rear of the vehicle. If you look at the diagrams I edited for you, you can see the amount of trimming required for each hitch, plus a photo showing the Curt hitch installed on a vehicle....
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  • The recommended hitches for your 2015 Volkswagen Passat TDI like the # 24880 and # 60297 are Class I hitches that have a 2,000 lb total trailer capacity with a 200 lb tongue weight capacity. To determine the towing capacities for your vehicle you will want to check the owners manual. The lowest rated component in a towing setup is the overall capacity so if the hitch has a lower capacity that what is listed in your owners manual you would need to go with it as the capacity and...
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  • The T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness, # 118530, is designed to convert the European wiring on your 2007 Volkswagen Passat to the standard trailer wiring configuration used in the United States. This configuration has 4 wires, one is a ground wire (white), one is a taillight wire (brown), one is the left turn and stop light wire (yellow) and one is the right turn and stop light wire (green). I added a video that shows how to test the wires with a circuit tester like part # 3808, see...
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  • There is no drilling required to install a hitch on your 2014 Volkswagen Passat, but fascia trimming is required. This may not be the best option for you since it is a lease. You have two other options for carrying bikes on your vehicle. You can use a trunk mounted bike rack, like you mentioned, or you can use roof mounted bike racks which require a roof rack. A trunk mounted bike rack like the Thule Passage, # TH910XT, will fit on your Passat and should not damage the...
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  • The Rhino-Rack J-Style Kayak Carrier # S510 does not have accessory locks available for it to enable you to lock the carrier and your kayak to your roof rack. However, we do offer a variety of kayak carriers that are lockable and you can use the link provided to see them. On the page are filters that will allow you to select the type of roof rack crossbars you have to ensure you select a carrier whose mounting hardware is compatible. For example, Yakima offers their BowDown...
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  • The distance between the bike trays on the Thule # TH9035 is 11 inches center to center. One really neat thing that might make a world of a difference for your bike is that with the Thule T2 Pro is if you run into clearance issues between the handlebars and saddles of your bikes, the bike trays can be adjusted 3 inches left to right by loosening the 5mm bolts and readjusting. You are correct the Kuat NV # N106 and # N102 will have 13 inches between trays but not offer the...
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  • You may be able to use the Swagman roof mount bike rack, # S64720, with a 20 inch kids bike depending on the frame design of the bike. The isntructions, which I have linked for you, state that you need to get as close to a 90 degree angle as possible between the bike down tube and the support arm of the rack to carry the bike safely. You may not be able to achieve that with all frame types. I recommend going with a wheel mount rack like the Yakima FrontLoader, # Y02103. This...
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  • For recumbent bikes, we have the Swagman XC-Extended Platform-Style 2 Bike Carrier for 1-1/4 and 2 Inch Hitches, part # S64650-EXT. The Swagman XC has extended wheel platforms to accommodate bikes with a longer wheelbase such as recumbent bikes. Part # S64650-EXT is designed to fit 1-1/4 inch and 2 inch hitches and can also be folded up while attached to the vehicle when it is not in use. Part # S64650-EXT can accommodate bikes with a wheel base of up to 66 inches when using...
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  • Although none of our hitch manufacturers offer a 2 inch receiver that would work with a VW Passat, I do have an option for you. I would agree with wanting to avoid using an adapter. Using an adapter would lower the 200 lb tongue weight cacpcity of the hitch by half to 100 lbs. THis would mean that the weight of the racks and the bikes paced upon it could not exceed 100 lbs. Also, Yakima states in the instructions for most of their bike racks that they do not recommend using a...
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  • Yes, the Michelin Easy Grip Composite Snow Tire Chains, part # 9800600, are legal in the states of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. I am including a link to a FAQ page on snow tire chains. It will list the snow chains laws of each state. I would also recommend to use the information that is printed in your vehicles owners manual regarding the use of snow tire chains or if there are any limitations.
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  • We have not had the chance to install a Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver # 60297 on a 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI so we do not have any pictures yet of this hitch installed. However, Curt has a hitch for this vehicle that is very similar and there are pictures of this hitch installed in the installation instructions that I attached for you to check out.
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  • We do not carry a trailer hitch mounted spare tire carrier for a 1-1/4 inch receiver, but, you could use a 2 inch, like # C31006, with a reducer like # 80303. I have included a video review of this adapter below. Please note that when using an adapter, the tongue weight capacity of the trailer hitch is reduced by 50 percent. If you are just using the spare tire carrier and a tire/wheel on it, you should not have to worry about that reduction.
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  • I checked with Curt and when I put in your vehicle info of 2015 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T Limited they recommended the hitch part # C11234 that you referenced so that would be the hitch I would recommend for you as well.
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  • The Curt class III 2 Inch Hitch, part # 13328, will fit your 2005 Acura MDX Touring model. This hitch has a gross towing weight capacity of 3500lbs and a tongue weight capacity 350lbs. If used with a weight distribution system, it would increase to 5000lbs gross towing weight capacity and 500lbs tongue weight capacity. I am including a link to a FAQ page on weight distribution. I looked up the ratings on the OEM Acura MDX hitch and it stated 3500 lbs trailer towing capacity...
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  • Volkswagen introduced their Audi-developed 1.8L TSI engine and 6-speed automatic transmission for the Passat in February 2008. However, you are correct that we do not show this engine option among those on our hitch fit guide. I contacted Curt Manufacturing and they were able to confirm the fit of their 1-1/4-inch Class I hitch # C11232 on your 1.8L Passat. This hitch can be ordered with a ball mount included, which is the way to go since you're planning to tow. If your trailer...
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  • The Swagman Chinook part # S64683 would be an excellent choice for a hitch bike rack for your 2014 Volkswagen Passat. The list you mentioned is compiled by popularity with our customers. This rack is so new that it hasn't had enough time to gain any traction there. This is a great bike rack though that we would recommend for you. You will need a trailer hitch for the rack to install. For that you would want the part # 24880 as it is a confirmed fit and would work great with...
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  • The stop punched into the receiver tube is 1-5/8 inches rearward from the center of the hitch pin hole or 3-7/8 inches rearward from the front of the receiver tube (see photo). The stop will prevent use of an adapter meant for the higher weight rated Class II receiver. The Brophy Hitch Adapter we offer, part # HTAD is compatible with Class I receivers and would work with the # 24880. The distance from the center of the hitch pin hole in the shank to the end of the shank is...
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  • The Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 24880 for the 2013 Volkswagen Passat diesel does NOT require the use of a stabilization strap when carrying non-trailer loads such as a bike rack. You will need a bike rack that is compatible with a Class I trailer hitch and you will be limited to 2 bikes maximum with any Class I hitch. If you need a bike rack I recommend the Swagman Titan, # S63400. It is Class I compatible, holds 2 bikes, it can tilt down, and it comes with an integrated cable...
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  • All of the trailer hitches for the 2014 Volkswagen Passat are Class I hitches with 1-1/4 inch receivers. If you used an adapter to go from a 1-1/4 inch to a 2 inch it would reduce the tongue weight capacity of the hitches by 50 percent (from 200 pounds down to 100 pounds). The T2, # TH916XTR, weighs about 60 pounds meaning you could then only put 40 pounds of bikes on the rack before it is maxed out. The average adult bike weighs around 30 pounds. Also the adapter will put...
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  • If you do not have a 4-way connector on your Passat that is the first thing you will need. I recommend the Tow Ready Heavy Duty Modulite Circuit Protected Vehicle Wiring Harness, part # 119190KIT. I have attached a link to an installation video for this wire harness on a Passat you can check out. The next item you need is part # ETBC7. This plugs into your 4-way trailer connector and with additional wiring gives you the 7-way trailer connector you can use with your trailer....
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