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FITS 2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2"

EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2"

Item # 306-X7284
Our Price: $363.99
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EcoHitch trailer hitch for your 2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen are available from etrailer.com. Installation instructions and reviews for your Volkswagen trailer hitch. Expert service, and great trailer hitch prices. etrailer.com carries a complete line of EcoHitch products. Order your EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2" part number 306-X7284 online at etrailer.com or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen - EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2"

  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 2000
  • Concealed Cross Tube
  • EcoHitch
  • 300
  • Custom Fit Hitch

This custom-fit trailer hitch with a hidden cross tube installs behind your Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen's rear bumper, leaving only the receiver visible beneath it. Aluminum and steel alloy construction is durable and eco-friendly. Powder coat finish resists rust.


Features:

  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your vehicle
  • Hidden cross tube provides a clean, from-the-factory look
  • Easy, bolt-on installation - no drilling or welding required
  • Sturdy, lightweight alloy construction
    • Alloy is made of recycled materials and combines aluminum, steel, and stainless steel
  • Black powder coat finish offers superior rust protection
  • Meets SAE J684 towing safety regulations
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Maximum gross trailer weight: 2,000 lbs
  • Maximum tongue weight: 300 lbs
  • Not rated for weight distribution systems
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Hidden Cross Tube for a Clean, Factory Look

The EcoHitch Hidden trailer hitch is designed to be as inconspicuous as possible. The hitch's cross tube bolts onto your vehicle's frame, behind your rear bumper. No drilling or welding is required. Once the hitch is installed, only the receiver will be visible beneath your bumper. This means that your vehicle can maintain its stylish, from-the-factory look, and you won't have to do any major modifications to its body or frame.


Eco-Friendly Material

With a combination of aerospace-grade aluminum, steel, and stainless steel, each EcoHitch is made of a strong metal alloy that will withstand the test of time. The lightweight alloy is composed of recycled materials. Traditional steel hitch manufacturing can use coal or oil, which can contribute to harmful gas emissions. The EcoHitch's recycled materials limit the carbon footprint during manufacturing, so you get a sturdy trailer hitch while also helping the environment.


Rigorous Strength Testing Ensures Durability

This EcoHitch trailer hitch is tested for durability and sturdiness. Using Finite Elemental Analysis (FEA), individual points of stress on the hitch can be detected and remedied. Designers can accurately test the hitch to ensure that it will meet or exceed SAE J684 standards. The EcoHitch Hidden trailer hitch is carefully researched and strength tested for a durable, high-quality hitch that can resist damage while on the road.


etrailer.com Technical Support

At etrailer.com we're committed to the products we sell, and to our customers. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are available via both phone and email to address your questions and concerns for the lifetime of your hitch. The technicians at etrailer perform hitch installations on a daily basis, making them a valuable resource for do-it-yourselfers. The one-on-one, personal service you'll receive comes straight from an expert in the towing and automotive field. We've installed it, we've wired it and we've towed with it, so whatever your question, we can answer it.



X7284 Tork Lift Central Eco Hitch Hidden Trailer Hitch - 2" Receiver

Weight Carrying Capacity
Gross Towing Weight (GTW):
2,000 lbs.

Tongue Weight (TW):
300 lbs.


Weight Distribution Capacity
Hitch does not allow
use of weight distribution



No drilling required Manufacturer Estimated Installation Time

Tech Tip

No drilling required for installation , Requires temporary removal of bumper/fascia during installation , Exhaust must be temporarily lowered for installation , Fascia trimming required




Customer Satisfaction Score:


Customer Reviews

EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2" - 306-X7284

Average Customer Rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars   (96 Customer Reviews)

This custom-fit trailer hitch with a hidden cross tube installs behind your vehicle's rear bumper, leaving only the receiver visible beneath it. Aluminum and steel alloy construction is durable and eco-friendly. Powder coat finish resists rust.

by:
2013 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen

Garbage . Tq spec calls for 60 ft lb…. Made it to 50 and I saw the wrench start going down in ft lb…. Sucked the washers and bent the spacers now their stuck in the frame hole. Complete garbage


Comments
I reached out to Eco hitch and they had not heard of this happening before. They are happy to work with you in regard to the hardware.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 08/09/2022


by:
2014 VolkswagenJetta SportWagen

I've had the EcoHitch on my vehicle now for about a year (and about 30,000 miles - I commute 200 miles to work each day). My goal was to continue to use my Thule Vertex Bike Rack. It does work with that rack, perfectly. It seems pretty robust (I've been able to step on it when I had to clear some heavy snow off the roof of my car) and after a year, I haven't had to make any adjustments. I think it blends into the car nicely. And, it did not impact my gas mileage (~40 mpg highway).

I will say - I found out almost instantly that this will change the way you drive the vehicle (at least in Colorado) because it takes very little to bottom out. I've left some grooves in friends' pavement after backing out of driveways and I have hit coming in to parking lots, going over speed bumps, and if there are any drainage ditches that have a steeper angle. Add the bike rack - I've hit that pretty good too (thankfully, not with the bike).

To fix this issue, I decided earlier this year to lift the back end of the car by having the towing springs installed to lift the clearance by about 2". They get installed in May, so I'll update this to see if that resolves the bottoming out on the hitch.

I didn't originally rate this product because honestly I was so angry at how poor the installation went. The instructions were difficult to follow (complicated by how I then found corrected instructions online) and I was sent the wrong bolts (<-- if that had been my only problem, no biggie. My friend Ace Hardware is just down the street). Something I felt should take maybe a day if I was super careful ended up taking 2 because the instruction mixup (I put the hitch on twice. Second time was able to install my bumper again too. Ha).

Despite my installation woes - I think this is a great product for the car. I really hope the towing springs solve my bottoming out (I'm not looking to be an SUV - just be able to pull into my parking lot at work with the bike rack on the vehicle ha).


Comments
So Ive had the hitch on with the towing springs installed for about a year now and what a difference! I havent hit the hitch or bike rack since installing the towing springs, and I took it up into the mountains several times last summer. The hitch has been solid and sturdy, works perfectly with my bike rack and I think it blends in with the vehicle pretty well. I recommend, but also recommend thinking about the towing springs if you decide to install the hitch on this vehicle.
Catherine - 05/01/2021


by:
2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen

Got it installed the other day with the help of a [online] video with the fella in the jacket with the JSW. Really thorough video that helped greatly.




by:
2012 VolkswagenJetta SportWagen

Install was straight forward. Info from the install video was more useful than the printed instructions. Would have been nice to know that the hitch came with a fish wire so I didn't buy a second one. The most difficult part was removing my old receiver

A dedicated impact driver would be super helpful for install. I had a 20v DeWalt that left me wanting a bit.

If you use the spacing plates you will need to cut a larger notch out of your bumper fascia. May save you a little bit of time. And a new blade on a box cutter works fine for this.

Receiver is much more out of the way than our old draw-bar 1-1/4". No more dragging my bike rack over speed bumps. And the connection is much more solid




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Some of the bolts were improperly manufactured, and stripped out the sockets into which they were intended to go. Fortunately they were not the bolt holes on the frame. Was a huge pain. Also, I paid for expedited shipping, but it took several days before the product shipped, so that I received it within the window of time that standard shipping was supposed to get it to me. Totally defeats the purpose of expedited shipping when the product does not ship immediately.
All of that said, hitch seems solid, I like that it is a full 2” mount. I had no problems pulling a rental trailer from Southeastern Idaho to northwest Nevada.




by:
2014 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen

Purchased this for a Jetta Sportwagon. The installation was a little time consuming, but not difficult. This hitch has the best ground clearance for the Jetta. The 1 1/4 inch receiver hitch is lower & will definitely be more likely to scrape on driveways etc.




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The ECOHitch was well made and with the spacers fitted perfectly. The M8 mounting bolts now live in the bin along with the spring, 8mm, and 10mm washers. Replaced with the correct length and rated m8 flange bolts purchased from my local hardware store. The dimension on the bumper cutout are the wrong way around, and drill holes at the inner corners otherwise the bumper cover will, over time, split from a square cornered hole.




by:
2012 Volkswagen Tiguan

After stalking this product at etrailer for about a year, I finally bought it. 100% worth the cost, and etrailer's service is as good as everyone says it is. The install videos are THE BEST. Here are my thoughts on self installation:

1. YES YOU CAN totally do this yourself with pretty basic tools. A torque wrench will help.
2. WASH YOUR CAR first, especially the wheelwells and the point where the tip of the bumper cover meets the wheelwell and the sheet metal of the fender.
3. LOTS OF LIGHT is important. I had to keep the garage door closed (January in Connecticut) but wish I'd had the natural light an open door would have provided. Flashlights and work lights were cumbersome.
4, That little clip at the tip of bumper cover at the wheelwell is [trouble], was the part of the install [that was the hardest], and crusty dirt made things harder. Consider picking up new ones and trim removal tools from that big online auction site first -- look for "push pin clip fender" or similar for minimal cost.
5. Be careful with the flanged nuts on the tail light removal. My fat fingers dropped one down into the abyss of the body. I'm sure I could dig it out if I took apart the whole cargo area similar to the trailer brake light install, but I wasn't up for that much effort.
6. TRUST THE OTHER COMMENTERS ABOUT A DEEPER CUTOUT on the bumper cover. Add that extra inch of depth into the bumper cover to accommodate the hitch, maybe an extra 1.25 inches. I doubted and only added 1/2 inch. And then I had to remove the bumper cover and re-cut. Twice. I used an oscillating tool with a fine-toothed semicircular blade (instead of a rotary tool) for making the cutout itself, and it was terrific.
7. Use a heat gun or hair dryer on the cutout trim to soften it up a bit and it will be much, much easier to get it to bend correctly for the corners of the cutout -- especially if you're in a cold New England garage in the winter.
8. I did not need to lower the exhaust -- I did the "just bend the heat shield" trick from the etrailer install video and it worked just fine.
9. Humblebrag alert: I did not need ramps or jackstands or anything because my JSW is lifted! If you haven't done this yet, you MUST. JSWs have a saggy butt problem when loaded down, right? I got my local independent mechanic to install FWD Tiguan springs up front and Euro-spec JSW towing springs in the back. That, combined with taller 215/55-16 tires has my car lifted about 1.75 inches in the front and 2 inches in the rear. Do this. No more scraping the chin or rear on steep driveways, parking lot bumpers, or dirt roads. It will also provide additional clearance for your hitch-mounted cargo basket.


Comments
Still happy! Would 100 do it again. I may have to buy a lighter cargo basket or one with a shorter neck the giant 60 steel basket I have is a little much on a JSW
jb - 02/02/2022


by:
2014 Volkswagen Golf Wagon

Very happy with this hitch and the entire etrailer.com experience. This is the second hitch I’ve purchased from them and have been so happy with both experiences that I have no reason to shop anywhere else when it comes to buying a trailer hitch. This hitch arrived in less than a week after ordering and was a breeze to install thanks to their online video. Install note: I did not need to pull my muffler out of the hanger, which saved a bunch of time. With a little bend of the heat shield, I had plenty of room to work behind the muffler on my TDI Sportwagon. Also, I used a Dewalt oscillating multi-tool (DWE315) to cut the bumper which left a very clean & straight cut. So much so that I didn’t need the supplied edging strip. I am using this hitch for the sole purpose of hauling mountain bikes on a 1up USA bike rack and they work great together, highly recommend!




by:
Volkswagen

Easy to to install on my VW SW. I use it to carry a 3 bike carrier. It works great. I do have to be a little careful with driveways and sudden drop offs.




by:
2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen

Product looks like it would work just fine. The packaging was horrible. No packing material. The whole thing flopped around in the box and is really beat up. The box did not survive and the ends were sticking out and got beat. The hardware is wrapped to the center of the receiver. For what we are paying this is unacceptable.


Comments
I am sorry to hear that the hitch arrived with scratches and chipped paint. The good news is that it only takes a little bit of paint to touch it up. I will let our customer service team know what happened and someone will be reaching out to you soon. Thank you for letting us know!
-- Etrailer Expert Brooke M - 06/21/2022


by:
Volkswagen

Easy install. Only issue on my VW the hitch sits pretty low. Other then that great!!! Good customer service too! Would recommend in the future.




by:

Love this hitch. 1st point, all the other options for these Jettas are 1 1/4. I much prefer a 2 inch. 2nd point, ground clearance is much better. This is a great hitch. It is a little more work putting it on but nothing hard just more time.




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I am really happy with my new EcoHitch. I installed it myself and it took about 3 1/2 hours from setup to finish. Found minimal wiggle room when installing bolts through bumper, spacer and hitch. I got them all started a few threads in and then did about 4 turns at a time each rotating between them until tight. Watching trailer install video was extremely helpful, thanks !




by:
2012 VolkswagenJetta SportWagen

I have been very satisfied with this hitch. It was the only 2" hitch that I could find for my 2012 Jetta Sportwagen TDI. I was willing to spend more to get this 2" hitch so that it would accept the bike rack and cargo carrier that I already owned without using an adapter.
The hitch is very durable looking and performing. I installed it myself while referencing the etrailer installation video on the product page.
I like the clean look of the hitch with its hidden cross tube. When trimming the fascia, I trimmed more than needed when following the supplied directions. If I were to install this hitch again, I would switch the length and width of the trimming dimensions. I ended up with more of a square cutout that was the larger of the two dimensions. Reference my photos. The finished job still looks attractive. Later, I installed a trailer wiring kit from etrailer, and the added width did leave me a nice path for routing.
Trim seal for the edges was provided, but I opted not to use it.




by:
2012 VolkswagenJetta SportWagen

This is by far the best hotch for my Jetta Sportwagen TDI! No drilling, bolts into the frame, and nice clean, low-profile look. The 2" receiver makes it easy to use a bike rack or other accessories. I didn't use the specified measurements to cut out the bumper cover, I cut mine a bit closer with a good reference point to measure from. I'm happy with it!




by:

easy install and was simple to use. if you plan on towing with this i recommend looking at getting towing springs and a wire harness so you can do it all in one shot.




by:

This is a really great hitch. The package got here earlier than they said. I installed mine onto a 2012 VW TDI sport wagon. I am going to preface my negative comments by saying these are small discrepancies and did not alter the outcome of the hitch.

The video instructions were great. They cleared up many questions the paper left. The issues I had were; my hardware sizes and quantities did not match the video nor the paper instructions (I had what I needed in the garage). Secondly there were no spacers included in my kit. When it was fully assembled, there was just slight contact with hitch and car frame (no where near the issue they had on the video) so I was able to assemble it with out the spacers. Lastly, I put it all back together and the plastic bumper was pushing hard on the hitch. I had to cut another 1/2-3/4in out of the bumper, after that it fit perfect and you could not tell any difference.

Positives:
- 2” receiver
- Really well made
- Hides away
- Heavy duty
- assembly is really straight forward. Good etrailer assembly video!

Negative:
- Pretty heavy
- Very pricy $$$ (way more than I wanted to spend but I was stuck needing one)
- I had to cut an extra 1/2”-3/4” out of my bumper (length wise) due to some binding.




by:

The hitch works great! I must admit I had never removed a bumper and was scared of doing damage but the video install was perfect and easy to follow. It pulls our Space Trailer great. I am thinking of adding the air bags to level the car with a load.




by:
2014 VolkswagenJetta SportWagen

Couldn't be happier! The install was actually very simple and straight forward, despite being classified as a more difficult install. The instructional video provided by etrailer.com was possibly the best tutorial video I've EVER followed. I'm really glad that I decided to get the EcoHitch over the less expensive, easier-to-install alternatives. 100% worth the extra expense and effort.




by:
2014 VolkswagenJetta SportWagen

Product came one day sooner than promised. Just as expected (and happy I placed the order when I did as it went up in price the following week. I took it to my local [online] to do the installation (about $180) as it's winter here and I didn't want to do this outside. I think this frame mounted hitch makes more sense as the tongue weigh is 50% greater (max 300#, not 200#). I'm concerned I might drag on the rear end once I have some weight back there, but so far no issues. I plan to use it with my cargo platform, also a bike rack, and potentially both (see picture).




by:
2014 VolkswagenJetta SportWagen

The hitch was time consuming to install but definitely the right choice. Very clean installation and substantial appearance and sold performance!

The information and videos provided by etrailer were all very thorough, Information and helpful. Customer service was quick to respond and follow up and was also helpful.

I will definitely return to etrailer and would highly recommend them for any towing related goods or information!




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I’m very happy with my hitch. I’ve used it several times since Iit was installed and never had an issue with it.




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It is a Christmas gift. The packaging ripped on two ends, so hopefully nothing is damaged. The pieces sticking out look okay though.




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Fast delivery! Works great with 5 pole flat connector on my Goldwing M/C and 4 pole on my truck



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