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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Volkswagen Passat - Curt

Alright, today on this 2013 Volkswagen Passat we're going to install part number C11234 from Curt. Alright, this is what the hitch looks like once installed on our Passat, next we'll go ahead and give you some measurements so it will help you out selecting some accessories such as a bicycle rack or cargo carrier. From top of receiver opening down to the ground will be about ten and a quarter inches, and from center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper will be about three and three quarter inches. Now I'llgo ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. First thing we need to do is go ahead and loosen up the fascia, they'll be three fascia screws we have to remove and they go into a plastic clip that goes into the bumper supports. We'll go ahead and remove these screws and then pop the clips away from the supports. Now after we're done we'll only reinstall two of them, the one in the middle and the area by the hitch.



Thule CS10 Snow Tire Chains Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today we're going to test fit a part number TH00204097 from Thule. This is their PS10 tire chain, and we'll be working with a 2012 Volkswagen Passat. Now we'll be working with a tire size of 215/60/16. Now because this is a front wheel drive vehicle, we'll be working with the front axle, and we'll go ahead and start installing our snow chains. We'll start off by sliding the snow chain around the tire, and one half of the chain has a yellow tag on the end of it. You always want to have it routed over to the right hand side of the tire as you're facing it.



Glacier Square-Link Snow Tire Chains Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, we'll be installing the Glacier square link snow tire chains, part number PWPLC1134. We'll first lay out our tire chains to remove any kinks or tangles. We can then drape the tire chain over our tire, making sure the hooks on the tire chain are facing out. With our chain centered on the tire, we can now move to the inside of the tire, where we can connect the hook and link. Back on the outside of the tire, we will insert the link into the chain tensioner, closing it, and hooking it to the other link. Now the manufacturer does recommend a chain tensioning device, part number PW99, which we will install in a pentagonal shape to snug our chains to our tire.



Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, we'll be test fitting the Glacier cable snow tire chains for light trucks, part number PW2016C, on 215/60/16 tires. Now this vehicle is front wheel drive, so we will be putting the tire chains on the front tires. Now to begin our test fit, we'll lay the chains flat out on the ground and undo any kinks or tangles. This is important to ensure a proper fit on the tire. We'll drape the tire chains over the tire. Notice that the hooks of the tire chains are facing out to not damage the tire.



Glacier V-Trac Snow Tire Chains Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, we'll be test fitting the Glacier V-Trac cable snow tire chains, part number PW1934V, on 215/60/16 tires. Now this vehicle is front wheel drive, so we'll be putting the tire chains on the front tires. Now before we begin our test fit, we will first need to lay the chains flat out on the ground to undo any kinks or tangles. This is important to ensure a good fit onto the tire. We'll drape the tire chain over the tire, noticing that the hooks are facing out, so that we don't damage the tire. We'll then move to the inside of the tire, where we will connect the male and female ends of the tire chain.



Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat we'll be test fitting the Glacier Cable Snow tire chains, part number PW1034 on 215/60-16 tires. Now, this vehicle is front-wheel drive. So, we'll be putting the tire chains on the front tires. To begin our test fit we'll lay the chains flat on the ground to undo any kinks or tangles. We'll then drape the tire chain over the tire noticing that the hooks are facing out. We'll move to the inside of the tire where we will connect the male and female end of the chains and secure the excess cable with the hook. We'll then move to the outside of the tire where we will again connect the male and female end of the tire chain and securing the excess slack if necessary with the clip.



Thule Traverse Roof Rack Installation - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, we'll be test fitting the Thule Square Bar roof racking system, part numbers THLB58, TH480, and THKIT1669. Now with our load bars, feet, and fit kit assembled according to the instructions, we'll start off by placing the front load bar onto the vehicle. We'll then need to measure from the front part of the glass to the first part of the foot on both the driver's side and passenger side of the vehicle. Now according to the instructions, we'll need to measure 10-5/8". We'll measure this again on both the passenger and driver side of the vehicle. Once we've established this measurement, we'll use the included torque tensioning tool to tighten down both feet to secure it to the vehicle.



Thule AeroBlade Traverse Roof Rack Installation - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, we'll be test fitting the Thule AeroBlade roof racking system, part numbers THARB53, TH480R, and THKIT1669. Now with our load bars and feet and fit kit already assembled according to the instructions, we'll begin our test fit by placing the front load bar onto the front of the vehicle. We will then need to measure from the front part of the glass of the front window to the first part of the foot. Now this measurement is stated in the included instructions, so we'll set it according to the instructions at 10-5/8". We'll do this on both the passenger and driver side of the vehicle, making sure that the AeroBlade is perpendicular to the vehicle, also allowing the rubber pads on the bottom of the feet to contour correctly to the vehicle's roof. Once we've established this position, we'll then use the included tensioning tool to turn the bolt on the inside of the foot to tighten down the clips to the roof of the vehicle.



Thule SUP Taxi Stand-Up Paddleboard Carrier Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, we'll be test fitting the Thule SUP Taxi stand-up paddle board carrier, with a two-board capacity, part number TH810. Now with the roof rack system already installed on our vehicle, we'll begin our test fit by placing the front part of the carrier onto the front cross bar. We'll loosen up the gray knobs to allow the strap to go around the underside of the cross bar, and will then hook it back into the head of the top bracket. We'll then tighten down the gray knob to tighten down the strap to secure the carrier to the cross bar. We will repeat these steps for both brackets on the front part of the carrier. We'll now place the rear part of the carrier onto the vehicle's rear cross bar, and again loosen up the gray knobs to allow us to bring the rubber-coated stainless steel straps around the underside of the cross bar, and will then hook them back into the head of the top bracket.



Thule Pulse Alpine Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, we'll be test fitting the Thule Pulse Alpine rooftop cargo box with 11 cubic feet of space, matte black in color, part number TH613. Now with the roof rack system already assembled and onto our vehicle, we'll begin our test fit by placing the cargo box onto the vehicle's cross bars. We'll position the clamps over the cross bars, and turn the key to open the lid of the cargo box. Now that the four knobs are exposed, we can tighten them down, which will grip the cross bars, securing the Thule Pulse Alpine to the vehicle. Now this cargo box does open from one side, so we will be positioning the cargo box on the passenger side of the vehicle. This will allow us to easily load and unload our cargo.



Thule Pulse Large Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, well be test fitting the Thule Pulse Large Rooftop Cargo Box 14 Cubic Feet of Space Matte Black in Color, part number TH614. Now with the roof rack system already assembled onto our vehicle, well start off our test fit by placing the cargo box onto the vehicles crossbars. Now this rooftop cargo box does open from only one side, so well position the box favoring the passenger side of the vehicle. Well then turn the key to open up the lid of the cargo box to expose the four knobs, which control the clamps of the cargo box. Well position the clamps over the crossbars and tighten them down. Once theyre all tightened down the cargo box has been secured to the vehicles crossbars.



Thule MOAB Roof Top Cargo Basket Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, we'll be test fitting the Thule Moab, also known as the "Mother of all Baskets," part number TH690XT. Now with the roof rack system already assembled onto our vehicle, we'll begin our test fit by placing the cargo basket onto the vehicle's cross bars. For today's demonstration, we'll make sure the basket is centered onto the vehicle's cross bars. Note, this basket does not have to be centered, as you can carry other roof rack accessories as well as the basket at the same time. One our cargo basket is centered onto the vehicle, we can loosen up the brackets to bring the black bracket on the underside of the vehicle's cross bars. We'll then thread the bolt through the brackets and use the gray wing nuts to tighten it down to secure the cargo basket to the vehicle.



Thule Flat Top Ski and Snowboard Carrier Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, well be test fitting the Thule Flat Top Ski and Snowboard Carrier with a Six Ski or Four Board Capacity, part number TH92725. Now with our roof rack system already assembled and onto our vehicle, well begin our test fit by placing the carrier onto the vehicles crossbars. Well loosen up the grey knobs if necessary to bring the rubber coated steel straps around the underside of the crossbar. Well then hook them back into the head of the carrier. We will repeat these steps for the other bracket at the other side of the carrier. Well then tighten down the grey knobs to secure the straps to the crossbars securing the front part of the carrier to the vehicle.



Thule Domestique Roof Bike Rack Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, we'll be test fitting the Thule Domestique roof-mounted bike carrier, part number TH513. Now to begin our test fit, we'll simply place the carrier onto the vehicle's cross bars. We'll then remove the skewer at the head of the carrier to access the Allen bolts. We'll then loosen up the Allen bolts to bring that bracket around the front cross bar. We'll then reinsert the Allen bolts into the threads and tighten them down, securing the head of the carrier to the front cross bar. We will then replace the skewer once the head of the carrier is tightened down.



RockyMounts TieRod Roof Bike Rack Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, we'll be test fitting the RockyMounts TieRod roof-mounted bike carrier, part number RKY1014. Now to begin our test fit, we'll simply place the carrier onto the vehicle's cross bars. We'll then remove the front black plastic cap at the head of the carrier to allow us to bring the rubber-coated steel straps around the underside of the front cross bar. You may need to loosen up the silver bolt to give you enough slack to bring them around to hook them into the head of the carrier. Once they're hooked into position, we can use the Allen key to tighten down the silver bolt, securing the straps to the front cross bar. We can then replace the front black plastic cap at the head of the carrier.



RockyMounts TieRod Stretch Roof Bike Rack Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, well be test fitting the RockyMounts Tie Rod Stretch Roof Mounted Bike Carrier, part number RKY1011. To begin our test fit, well simply place the carrier onto the vehicles crossbars. Well then remove the black plastic cap to allow us to bring the rubber coated steel straps around the underside of the front crossbar and hook them back into the head of the carrier. Now you may need to loosen up the silver bolt to give you enough strap to come around the front crossbar. Well then use the Allen key to tighten down the straps to secure the front of the carrier to the front crossbar. Well then replace the front black plastic cap and move to the rear of the carrier. Well loosen up the Allen bolts to bring the black bracket around the rear crossbar.



Kuat Vagabond Roof Cargo Basket Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, well be test fitting the Kuat Vagabond S Roof Mounted Cargo Basket, part number VX01. Now with the roof rack system already assembled on our vehicle, well begin our test fit by placing the cargo basket onto the vehicles crossbars. Well position the cargo basket onto the crossbars and place the first set of brackets, which rest on the cargo basket and the top part of the crossbar into position. Well place all four of them, well then take the round circular bracket, which is coated in rubber and the flat black metal bracket with the two wing nuts and well place that over the top of the cargo basket and underneath of the crossbar. Well then use the two black wing nuts to tighten it down to secure the carrier to the vehicle. Well then repeat these steps for all three of the other brackets.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, we'll be installing the Curt 4-pole wiring kit, part number C56201KIT. To begin our install, we'll go ahead and open up the rear cargo door. Then we'll remove the spare tire cover. Next, we'll need to remove the rear threshold. To remove the rear threshold we'll use a flat blade screwdriver and trim panel tool to get underneath the threshold and pull up, popping it free from its fasteners underneath. now we can remove the foam surround going around the spare tire well.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Volkswagen Passat - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat well be installing Hidden Hitch, part number 60297. This is what our hitch will look like once its installed. Next, well go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 4 inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 10 inches. This will assist you with selecting accessories such as a bike rack or cargo carrier.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Volkswagen Passat - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat we will be installing the Draw-Tite Hitch, part number 24880. This is what our hitch will look like once it is installed. Next, we will go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 4 inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 10 inches. This will assist you with selecting accessories such as a bike rack or cargo carrier.



Yakima Q Tower Roof Rack Installation - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, we'll be test fitting the Yakima Roof Rack System, part numbers Y00409, Y00625, Y00728, and Y00124. Now with our crossbars, Q towers, and fit kit all assembled, we're ready to fit it to the roof of our vehicle. We'll first open the front and passenger's side doors and set the crossbars on top of the vehicle. We'll then measure from the glass to the first part of the Q tower. We'll then place our Q tower at inches. It is important to make sure that the crossbar is perpendicular to the vehicle to ensure a good fit.



Thule Gateway Trunk Mount Bike Rack Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, well be test fitting the Thule Gateway Trunk Mounted 2 Bike Carrier, part number TH9006XT. Now to begin our test fit, we will first need to adjust the trunk mount according to the shape and size of our trunk. You can use the gray buttons to adjust the angle of the trunk mount so that it may fit more securely onto the vehicle. The two straps at the top of the carrier will attach to the top of the trunk. The two straps located at the bottom of the carrier will latch up against the bottom of the trunk. We can then connect the side straps either above or below the taillights.



Thule Apex 4 Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, well be test fitting with the Thule Apex 4 Bike Carrier, part number TH9025. Note that with this carrier and this vehicle, which is equipped with a Class I hitch, you will only be able to carry two bikes. To begin our test fit, well slide the shank of the carrier into the opening of the hitch, line up our pin holes, enter the spring-loaded pin to the pin hole, and turn the black knob to engage our anti-rattle device to secure the carrier to the vehicle. Now well go ahead and go over a few clearance measurements to see to see how the bike carrier and this vehicle will fit together. There is about nine inches of ground clearance. Closest part of the vehicle to the closest part of the carrier is about three inches.



Yakima QuickBack 2 Bike Rack Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, well be test fitting the Yakima QuickBack 2 Bike Trunk Mounted carrier, part number Y02621. Now to begin our test fit, we will need to check the instructions or the Yakima Fit Guide to see where this carrier needs to be placed onto the vehicle. Well go ahead and set the carrier onto the trunk just below the license plate. Well connect the top hooks to the top part of the trunk, the side hooks to the sides of the trunk below the taillight and the bottom hooks at the bottom of the trunk. You may need to open your trunk to get the hooks in place without damaging your vehicle. Once we get the hooks all in place, well go ahead and tighten down the straps and secure the slack of the straps with the included plastic hooks.



Yakima KingJoe Pro Trunk Bike Rack Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, well be test fitting the Yakima King Joe Pro Trunk Mounted 2 Bike Carrier, part number Y02624. Now to begin our test fit, you may need to look up the directions or the Yakima fit guide to determine where the trunk mount will be placed on the vehicle. This trunk mount will be placed on the vehicle right below the license plate. To begin our test fit, well go ahead and set the carrier onto the trunk and position it as specified in the fit guide or the directions. Well then connect the top two hooks to the top of the trunk and the side hooks to the sides of the trunk below the taillight. Once we get these hooks in place, we can go ahead and tighten them down and secure the trunk mount to the vehicle. Once it is secure we are ready to load our bike.



Yakima Roof Rack Fairing Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, well be test fitting the Yakima Fairing for Yakima Roof Rack Cross Bars, part number y07048. Now with our roof rack and cross bars already assembled, well take the fairing and set it onto the front cross bar getting it as centered as possible to ensure the most aerodynamic fit. Well then use the included bolt and wing nut to secure the fairing to the cross bars on the two outside holes of the fairing. And that completes todays test fit for the 44-inch fairing by Yakima for Yakima Roof Rack Cross Bars, part number y07048, on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat.



Thule Hitching Post Pro Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, well be test fitting the Thule Hitching Post Pro 4 Bike Carrier, part number TH934XTR. To begin our test fit, well slide the shank of the carrier into the opening of the hitch, align up our pinholes, thread our anti-rattle bolt through the pinholes and tighten with a wrench. Now well go over some clearance measurements to see how bike carrier and this vehicle will fit together. There is about nine inches of ground clearance. The closest part of the vehicle to the closest part of the carrier is about six inches. With the cradle arms folded down weve added about 15 inches to the overall length of the vehicle. With the cradle arms folded out, weve added about 37 inches to the overall length of the vehicle.



Swagman Titan Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, well be test fitting the Swagman Titan 4 Bike Carrier, part number s63410. To begin our test fit, well slide the shank of the carrier into the opening of the hitch, align up the pinholes, thread our anti-rattle bolt through the pinholes, and tighten with a wrench. Now lets go over some clearance measurements to see how the bike carrier and this vehicle will fit together. There is about nine and a half inches of ground clearance. Closest part of the vehicle to the closest part of the carrier is about seven and a half inches. With the cradle arms folded down, weve added about 20 inches to the overall length of the vehicle.



Yakima SuperJoe Pro Trunk Bike Rack Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagon Passat, well be test fitting the Yakima SuperJoe Pro 3 Bike Carrier Trunk Mount, part number y02630. To begin our test fit, we will first need to look up the fit guide or use the instructions to determine where the bike rack needs to be placed onto the trunk. This vehicle and this bike carrier, well go ahead and place the carrier onto the trunk with the bottom cushion right under the license plate. You can adjust the frames of the carrier by the gray knobs located at the sides of the carrier. Once we have positioned the carrier correctly onto the trunk, we can go ahead and put the top two hooks onto the top of the trunk, the side two hooks underneath the taillights, and the bottom two hooks at the bottom of the trunk. We can then tighten these straps down.



Yakima LoadWarrior Roof Cargo Basket Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat well be test fitting the Yakima Loadwarrior roof rack cargo basket, part number Y07070. To begin our test fit you may need to adjust the underside of the brackets to make sure that they fit the crossbar spread of the roof rack system. This is important to ensure a good solid fit to the crossbars. Well go ahead and hoist the basket on top of the crossbars, again to make sure and check that the brackets line up for the crossbar spread. Well swing the brackets around the underside of the crossbar and use the bolt and wing nut to tighten and bound and secure it in place. It is important to get the basket centered onto the vehicle to prevent excess wind noise and to get a secure fit onto the crossbars.



Thule Vertex 4 Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagon Passat, well be test fitting the Thule Vertex 4 Bike Carrier, part number th9029. To begin our test fit, well slide the shank of the carrier into the opening of the hitch, align up our pinholes, thread our anti-rattle bolt through the pinholes and tighten with a wrench. Now well go over some clearance measurements to see how the bike carrier and this vehicle will fit together. There is about nine inches of ground clearance. Closest part of the vehicle to the closest part of the carrier is about three inches. With the cradle arms folded down, weve added about 12 inches to the overall length of the vehicle.



Thule T2 Platform Style Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today in our 1013 Volkswagon Passat, well be test fitting the Thule T2 Platform Style 2 Bike Carrier, part number th917xtr. To begin our test fit, well slide the shank of the carrier into the opening of the hitch. Well line up our pinholes, thread our anti-rattle bolt through the pinholes, and tighten with a wrench. Now well go over some clearance measurements to see how the bike carrier and this vehicle with fit together. There is about nine inches of ground clearance. The closest part of the vehicle to the closest part of the carrier is about three and a half inches.



Thule Raceway Platform Trunk Bike Rack Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, well be test fitting the Thule Raceway Platform-Style 2 Bike Carrier Trunk Mount, part number TH9003. Now to begin out test fit, well set the carrier onto the trunk and adjust the jaws of the carrier to fit the trunk correctly. You can do this by pulling up on the grey levers located on each side of the top of the carrier. Once we have established a correct fit to the trunk, we can go ahead and connect the top two hooks to the top of the trunk and the bottom two hooks to the bottom of the trunk and tighten them down. Once we get the trunk mount secured to the vehicle, were ready to load our bike. Well lower the platform and slide out the wheel trays by undoing the grey lever located at each end of the wheel tray.



Thule Raceway Trunk Bike Rack Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagon Passat, well be Thule Raceway 2 Bike Carrier Trunk Mount, part number th9001. Now to begin our test fit, well set the carrier onto the trunk and adjust the claws to fit the trunk. You can adjust the jaws by pulling the gray levers located at the top jaw, and push them down to secure them in place. Once we have decided a secure angle for the jaws, we can then hook the top straps onto the top of the trunk and the bottom straps onto the bottom of the trunk and turn the gray knobs located at each end of the carrier to secure the claws to the trunk. Once we have the carrier secured to the vehicle, we can lift up the gray handle located at the center of the carrier to swing the cradle arms out. We can then push it back down to secure it in place.



Thule Passage Trunk Mounted Bike Rack Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, well be test fitting the Thule Passage 2 Bike Carrier Trunk Mount, part number TH910XT. Now before I begin our test fit, well first need to check the instructions or the Thule Fit Guide to determine where our dial should be set on our carrier. For this vehicle we have dial set at seven. Well go ahead and set the carrier onto the trunk and put the top hooks to the top of the trunk, the side hooks to the sides of the trunk below the taillights and the bottom hooks to the bottom of the trunk. The bottom pads should be sitting just below the license plate. Now well go ahead and secure the carrier to the vehicle by tightening down the straps and securing the excess slack. Once the carrier is secured to the vehicle were ready to load our bike.



Thule Doubletrack Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, well be test fitting the Thule Doubletrack Platform-Style 2 Bike Carrier, part number TH990XT. To begin our test fit, well slide the shank of the carrier into the opening of the hitch, align up our pinholes, thread our anti-rattle bolt through the pinholes and tighten with a wrench. Now well go over some clearance measurements to see how the bike carrier and this vehicle will fit together. There is about 8 inches of ground clearance. The closest part of the vehicle to the closest part of the carrier is about 3 inches. With the platform folded up, weve added about 9 inches to the overall length of the vehicle. With the platform folded down, weve added about 29 inches to the overall length of the vehicle.



SportRack EZ Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, well be test fitting the SportRack 2 Bike Carrier, part number A30901. To begin our test fit, well slide the shank of the carrier into the opening of the hitch, align up our pinholes, thread our anti-rattle bolt through the pinholes and tighten with a wrench. Now lets go over some clearance measurements to see how the bike carrier and this vehicle will fit together. There is about 9 inches of ground clearance. The closest part of the vehicle to the closest part of the carrier is about 7 inches. Weve added about 24 inches to the overall length of the vehicle. With this bike carrier and this vehicle, you can access the cargo area when the platform is folded up or by pulling the three pins located at the base of the carrier to fold the platform down. To load the bike, well make sure that the mast is in its upright position.



Kuat Sherpa Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, well be test fitting the Kuat Sherpa Aluminum 2 Bike Carrier, part number S102. To begin our test fit, well slide the shank of the carrier into the opening of the hitch, align up the pinholes and turn the black T-Handle located at the base of the carrier to engage our anti-rattle device. Now lets go over some clearance measurements to see how the bike carrier and this vehicle will fit together. There is about 9 inches of ground clearance. The closest part of the vehicle to the closest part of the carrier is about 2 inches. With the platform folded up, weve added about 13 inches to the overall length of the vehicle.



Kuat Alpha Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, well be test fitting the Kuat Alpha Aluminum 3 Bike Carrier, part number A103-WHITE-114. To begin our test fit, well slide the shank of the carrier into the opening of the hitch, align up our pinholes and turn the black knob located at the base of the carrier to engage our anti-rattle device. Now lets go over a few clearance measurements to see how the bike carrier and this vehicle will fit together. There is about ten inches of ground clearance. The closest part of the vehicle to the closest part of the carrier is about five inches. With the cradle arms folded down, weve added about 13 inches to the overall length of the vehicle. With the cradle arms folded out, weve added about 31 inches to the overall length of the vehicle.



Hollywood Racks Traveler Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, well be test fitting the Hollywood Racks Traveller 4 Bike Carrier, part number HR8500. To begin our test fit, well slide the shank of the carrier into the opening of the hitch, align up our pinholes, thread our anti-rattle bolt through the pinholes and tighten with a wrench. Now well go over some clearance measurements to see how the bike carrier and this vehicle will fit together. There is about nine inches of ground clearance. The closest part of the vehicle to the closest part of the carrier is about five inches. Weve added about eight inches to the overall length of the vehicle with the cradle arms folded in.



Hollywood Racks Sport Rider Recumbent Bike Rack Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, well be test fitting the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider 2 Bike Carrier for Recumbents, part number HR1000R-1G. Now to begin our test fit, well slide the shank of the carrier into the opening of the hitch, align up our pinholes, thread our anti-rattle bolt through the pinholes and tighten with a wrench. Now well go ahead and go over some clearance measurements to see how the bike carrier and this vehicle will fit together. There is about nine inches of ground clearance. The closest part of the vehicle to the closest part of the carrier is about five inches. Weve added about 28 inches to the overall length of the vehicle. To access the cargo area, well pull the three pins located at the base of the carrier to tilt the platform down.



Hollywood Racks Sport Rider Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, well be test fitting the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider Platform-Style Tilting Bike Carrier, part number HR1000-1G. To begin our test fit, we will slide the shank of the carrier into the opening of the hitch, align our pinholes, thread our anti-rattle bolt through the pinholes and tighten with a wrench. Now lets go over some clearance measurements to see how the bike carrier and this vehicle will fit together. There is about 9 inches of ground clearance. The closest part of the vehicle to the closest part of the carrier is about 5 inches. We have added about 24 inches to the overall length of the vehicle. With this bike carrier and this vehicle, you can access the cargo area with the platform folded up or you can pull the three pins located at the base of the carrier to fold the platform down.



Hollywood Racks Baja 2 Trunk Bike Rack Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, well be test fitting the Hollywood Racks Baja 2 Bike Carrier Trunk Mount, part number HRB2. Now to begin our test fit, well set the carrier on top of the trunk and if necessary use the black levers located at each end of the carrier to adjust the jaws to allow a better fit onto the vehicle. Once you have established the correct fit, you can use the top two hooks to hook to the top of the trunk, the two side hooks to hook to the side of the trunk below the taillights and the two hooks to hook to the bottom of the trunk. Once all of the straps are in place, we can secure the carrier to the vehicle by tightening down the straps and securing the excess slack. Once it is secured to the vehicle, were ready to load our bike. Well undo the cradle straps, set the bike into the frame cradles and secure it with the straps.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat, well be test fitting the Curt 20x48 Cargo Carrier, part number C18145. Now to being our test fit, well slide the shank of the carrier into the opening of the hitch, align up our pinholes, thread our anti-rattle bolt through the pinholes and tighten with a wrench. Now well go over some clearance measurements to see how the cargo carrier and this vehicle will fit together. There is about 8 inches of ground clearance at the rear of the carrier. The closest part of the vehicle to the closet part of the carrier is about two inches and weve added about 21 inches to the overall length of the vehicle. That completes todays test fit for the Curt 20x48 Cargo Carrier, part number C18145 on our 2013 Volkswagen Passat.



Thule SUP Taxi Stand-Up Paddleboard Carrier Review - 2012 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2012 Volkswagen Passat, well be test fitting the Thule Taxi Stand-Up Paddleboard Carrier, part number TH810. To begin our test fit, well set the carrier on top of the crossbar and bring the rubber coated steel strap around the underside of the bar and tighten it down with the grey knob. Well then repeat these steps for the rear crossbar. Once you get the carriers tightened down, were ready to load our cargo. Well undo the silver latch located at the front face of the carrier to allow us to bring the black rope out. You will then be able to put your cargo onto the carrier and then tighten it down and secure it with the grey latch again.



Thule MOAB Roof Top Cargo Basket Review - 2012 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2012 Volkswagen Passat, well be test fitting the Thule Mother of All Baskets Rooftop Cargo Carrier, part number TH690. To begin our test fit, well set the carrier on top of the crossbars and place it evenly on the crossbars. Well then swing the brackets on the bottom side of the crossbar and tighten them down with the wingnuts. Once we have all four of the brackets were ready to load up our basket. That completes todays test fit of the Thule Mother of All Baskets Rooftop Cargo Carrier, part number TH690 on our 2012 Volkswagen Passat. .



Thule Flat Top Ski and Snowboard Carrier Review - 2012 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2012 Volkswagen Passat, well be test fitting the Thule Flat Top Ski and Snowboard Carrier, part number TH92725. To begin our test fit, well set the carrier on top of the crossbars and bring around the rubber coated steel straps on the underside of the crossbar to secure it. Then well turn the grey knobs to tighten down the straps to secure it to the crossbars. Well then repeat these steps for the rear crossbars and the rear carrier. Once the carrier is tightened down, were ready to load our skis and snowboards. Well press the grey button to open up the jaws of the carrier and slide in our cargo.



Thule Domestique Roof Bike Rack Review - 2012 Volkswagen Passat

Today on our 2012 Volkswagen Passat, well be test fitting the Thule Domestique Fork Mount Bike Carrier, part number TH513. To being our test fit, well set the carrier on top of the crossbars; well secure the front of the carrier using the backplate underneath the crossbar and tighten it down using the Allen key. Youre going to need to take out the skewer in order to access the front two Allen bolts. Once you get that tightened down you can insert the skewer and then move to the rear of the carrier where you can swing the bracket underneath the rear crossbar and then tighten it down using the Allen Key. It is important to get the bike carrier perpendicular to the crossbars, so you can get a good solid fit to the crossbars. Once we get the carrier tightened down, were ready to load our bike.



Yakima RocketBox Pro 14 Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2012 Volkswagen Passat

Today, we're working with the 2012 volkswagen Passat, and we'll be test fitting the Yakima Rocketbox Pro 14, part number y07192.We'll take our boxes, set it up ontop of the crossbars. We'll open the box from one side and then we'll make sure we fit the clamps below around our crossbars.Once we have the clamps fitted around our crossbar in the boxed position where we want it, we'll use the knobs inside to tighten it down. We can move over to the other side of the box as both sides will open to tighten down the clamps on the other side.With all four attachment points secured, our box is set up on our roof rack and ready to load up.That's it for our test fit of the Yakima Rocketbox Pro 14 roof top cargo box, part number y07192, on our 2012 Volkswagen Passat.



Yakima Q Tower Roof Rack Installation - 2012 Volkswagen Passat

Today on this 2012 Volkswagen Passat we're going to be test fitting a Yakima roofrack system. We'll be using the 58" crossbars, part number Y00409, the Q-Towers,part number Y00124, Q-128 clips, part number Y00728, and the Q-35 clips, partnumber Y00635. Now we already have our crossbars assembled according to the instructions, and nowwe're ready to mount them up on the vehicle. First we'll open the driver and passengerside front doors. We'll take the front crossbar assembly and place it up on top of theroof. To position the front bar properly we need to measure 9" from the edge of theseal of our windshield to the leading edge of the Q-Towers on the front bar.



Yakima FrontLoader Roof Bike Rack Review - 2012 Volkswagen Passat

Today we're working with a 2012 Volkswagen Passat and we're going to be test fittingthe Yakima FrontLoader Roof-Mounted Bike Carrier, part number Y02103. We've already got our carrier put together and now we're ready to mount it up on ourvehicle. We'll take the carrier and lay it up on top of our crossbars. We'll fit the frontclamping head around our front crossbar and use the hand knob to tighten it down,and then we'll move to the rear and fit the rear clamp around the rear bar, using the T-bolt and wing nut to tighten it down. Now we're ready to load up a bike. We need tomake sure that the front wheel hoop is all the way up and open.



Yakima ForkLift Roof Mounted Bike Rack Review - 2012 Volkswagen Passat

Today we've got a 2012 Volkswagen Passat and we're going to be test fitting theYakima ForkLift Roof-mounted Bike Carrier, part number Y02098. We've already got our carrier put together and we're ready to mount it up on ourvehicle. We'll take it and lay it up on top of our crossbars. We'll fit the clamp at thehead of our bike rack around the front crossbar, then we'll use the T-bolt and wing nutto tighten it down. Then we can reinstall our skewer. We'll move to the back and fitthe rear clamp around the rear bar, again using a T-bolt and wing nut to tighten itdown.



Yakima Roof Rack Fairing Review - 2012 Volkswagen Passat

Today we're working with a 2012 Volkswagen Passat and we're going to be test fittingthe Yakima 44" Fairing, part number Y07048. Now, we've already got our fairing put together and we're ready to mount it up on ourcrossbar. We'll take the four clips and fit them around our front crossbar. We do wantto make sure that the fairing is centered between the Q Towers. Once we've done that,we go back and insert our carriage bolts into the two clips at the end and tighten themdown with a wing nut. And with that our fairing's installed and we're ready to hit theroad.



RockyMounts PitchFork Roof Bike Rack Review - 2012 Volkswagen Passat

Today we're working with the 2012 Volkswagen Passat, and we're going to be testfitting the RockyMounts PitchFork Roof-mounted Bike Carrier, part number RKY0438. We've already got our carrier put together and we're ready to put it up on ourcrossbars. We'll take the carrier and lay it up on top of the bars. We'll fit the frontclamp around our front crossbar and use the included Allen wrench to tighten it down.Once we've done that we can reinstall the cover over the head of the bike rack andinstall our front skewer. At the back of the carrier, we'll fit the clamp around our rearcrossbar and use the wing nut to tighten it down. We also want to make sure that ourwheel strap back here is open and the skewer at the front is also open.





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