EcoHitch Stealth Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Volkswagen Golf

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How to Install the EcoHitch Stealth Trailer Hitch on a 2018 Volkswagen Golf

Today on our 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI we're going to be taking a look at, and I'm going to show you how to install, the Eco Hitch Stealth 2" Trailer Hitch Receiver.This is what our hitch is going to look like without a receiver tube on once we get fascia back in place. You can see everything is completely hidden behind the bumper fascia. Maintains a nice clean look, looks like it came right out of the factory.Now what I've found is right here on this edge where this feeds up into the receiver tube it was hitting the fascia. If you push it up in there and pull it down enough times it's going to end up wearing that out. So what I suggest doing is taking a utility knife and just kind of shaving it back a little bit at a time until you get it to slide in there without it snagging on it. We'll slide it up into place when we're ready to use it and insert our bolt.

Thread it into place and then we'll torque it to the specifications in the instructions.This is what our hitch looks like with our receiver tube installed when we're ready to use it. As I mentioned before our cross-tube is completely hidden behind our bumper fascia. Our receiver tube is removable to maintain that nice clean look on the back of the vehicle when we're not using our hitch.It's going to give us a 2" by 2" receiver tube opening. Nice reinforced collar, give us a little extra stability on our receiver tube. It's going to have a matte black powder coat finish.

It's going to resist any rust or corrosion. Our hitch pin hole right here is 5/8th" in diameter. Now the hitch pin and clip does not come with the hitch. However, it can be found here at Safety chain loops are right up here on the inside.

It's going to be plate style and they're very small.As far as our weight capacities go we're going to have a 200 pound max tongue weight, which is the downward pressure on the inside of the receiver tube. Then a 2,000 pound gross trailer weight which is the trailer plus the load included. I always recommend checking the owners manual of the vehicle to make sure the vehicle can withstand that amount of weight. You're going to pick the lowest number between the vehicle and the hitch.Now let's give you a few measurements to help you when deciding on any hitch mount accessories you may need such as a bike rack, ball mount, or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most part of the bumper is going to be about an 1-1/2".

This numbers important for any of your hitch mount accessories that may fold up against your vehicle. From the ground to the top inner most part of the receiver tube it's going to be about 13-1/4". Now let's show you how to get this installed.To start our installation we're going to need two torx head bits, a T25 and a T15. We're going to have six bolts along the bottom of the fascia we need to remove. One here. And these are plastic, so just be aware of that. What we're going to do is these little square pieces, we're going to go back and we're going to pop those out. Just hold onto them because we will be reinstalling those. Inside of each wheel well we're going to have three torx head bits, or torx head screws we need to remove. One here, we're going to have one here and one here. We'll use the T25 torx bit to get those out. Then pull back your wheel well liner, you're going to have one torx head bolt that runs from your bottom of your bumper fascia up into your fender and it's right here. That bolts going to go right up in this corner right here.Next, go inside your hatch and on each side right behind your tail light there's a little access head. Pull that out like this. On the back of your tail light there's going to be this thing here, this is what holds your tail light in. We're just going to unscrew that. Once you get that out you're going to gently pull back on the tail light. We're going to have some wiring that needs to be removed. We'll take a small screwdriver, this little red tab. Taking a small flathead, pull that tab up like that and we're going to push down right here. Then we'll set our tail light aside.It's a good idea to have a second set of hands to help you do this. We're going to start on the very outside on our wheel well. We're going to gently start pulling our fascia outward. When you get to here it's a good idea to have a flathead screwdriver, or trim panel tool, to push down on these tabs just like that. We'll do the same thing on the other side. You're going to have a wire right over here on this side. If you take the box that your hitch came in, set your fascia on it like that it's going to allow you to get down here and work with this wire. This little tab here, all you're going to do is you're going to pull up. You're going to hear it click. Then you can pull this off. Now we'll set our fascia aside to start installing our hitch.First, we're going to remove this piece of foam. This will not be reinstalled. Then we need to remove the four bolts on this side, we're going to have three bolts on this side. Use a 13 millimeter socket. To remove our bumper beam we're going to lift just like that. You're going to have seven bolts, seven lock washers, a small flat washer and a large flat washer. You're going to put them in that orientation right there. We're going to be putting these in the same holes that we took our existing, or our factory hardware out of.Now, with an extra set of hands we get our hitch into place. Going to put it right over our existing holes, and we'll get one bolt in on each side to hold our hitch into place while we install our remaining hardware.Take a 15 millimeter socket, we'll tighten our hardware down. We're going to make sure we don't over tighten it. Then we're going to torque all of our hardware to the specifications in the instructions.Before we put our fascia back in place I'm going to go over a few things on the hitch. This is what it's going to look like when it's installed. To put your fascia on we're going to have to remove our receiver tube. What I wanted to go over with you is when we put the fascia back on you're not going to see anything but this receiver tube. You're not going to see this bolt. This is very important. When you take this receiver tube off and put your fascia back on any time you take this off and put it back on when you're going to use it you have to torque this bolt to the specifications in the instructions. It's very important.24 millimeter socket, we'll go ahead and remove the receiver. You notice the orientation that this lock washer and flat washer is in. If for some reason they come off they need to go back on like that. Lock washer by the head of the bolt, flat washer in between the lock washer and the receiver.We'll plant our fascia back into place. We're going to start in the center and work our out this time. Go ahead and make sure you get all of your clips popped back into place. Once you get your fascia set back in place you can start reinstalling your tail lights, and all of your hardware.That'll do it for our look at, and installation, on the Eco Hitch Stealth 2" Trailer Hitch Receiver on our 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Questions and Comments about this Video

Michael C.

On my 2020 GTI, there is an additional purple connector that runs from the car's wiring and plugs into a little flat black panel that is bolted on to the bumper beam. I didn't see anything in the video or instructions about this - what am I supposed to do with that connector?

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Reply from Jon G.

I reached out to my contact at EcoHitch and he said that they must not have run into that wiring on any models they installed this hitch on. If that flat black panel is installed with bolts then I would try to see if you can unbolt it and then install it on the hitch directly, otherwise you might have a sensor that isn't working correctly.


With this for a 2019 golf gti?

Etrailer Expert
Reply from Chris R.

Yep! The EcoHitch Stealth Trailer Hitch receiver # 306-X7375 is a confirmed fit for your 2019 VW Golf GTI.

Paul O.

Bumper Beam doesnt get re-installed? Wont this take away some protection if you get rear ended?

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Reply from Mike L.

The hitch takes the place of the bumper beam and would actually offer more protection in a rear end collision because it's heavier than the bumper beam.

Steve S.

Will this 306-X7375 fit the 2018 Golf R as well?Thanks!

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Reply from Mike L.

Due to the difference in the rear fascia, that particular hitch isn't compatible with the R models. If you use the provided link, you can see the hitches we offer that are compatible.

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