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Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver For 2014 VW Jetta SEL

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Hi, I have a 2014 Jetta SEL. I want to buy a hitch mounted bike rack from Thule that requires 6.5 inches of clearance. Will this hitch work? What about the Draw-tite? From the pictures, they seem pretty much the same.

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For your 2014 VW Jetta SEL, I recommend the Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4" # 24866 over the Curt # C11474. The Hidden Hitch brand is going away and the Curt hitch receiver requires the use of a stabilization strap # 18050 for any non-trailer load like a bike rack.

Each of the options has the same basic measurements for ground clearance and bumper clearance. I've attached a video that shows each of them has a 6 inch from center of hitch pin measurement to the farthest edge of the bumper. With this in mind, you will be able to use a Thule bike rack that requires 6.5 iinches of clearance and you'll have 1/2 an inch to spare.

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