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Removing Bumper Beam to Install Draw-Tite 76185/Curt C13331 Class III Trailer Hitch on 20018 Audi Q5

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The video of the Curt hitch install included the reinstalling the factory rear bumper beam while the Draw-tite installation video required complete removal of the factory bumper beam all together. This is a significant difference that was not pointed out in the product comparison. Can you confirm which products allow the use of the factory bumper beam? Are the mounting bolts for the bumper long enough to accommodate the hitch flange and bumper beam?

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Expert Reply:

As you mentioned, the installation instructions for the Curt # C13331 call for the bumper beam structure to be reinstalled after the hitch is in place, with the hitch sitting between it and the vehicle frame end panel. The Draw-Tite # 76183 calls for the beam to be removed and not reinstalled because their engineering shows that having the hitch in place provides just as much protection as the bumper beam. Both hitches reuse the existing factory bolts, so in the case of the Curt hitch they tested to be long enough to secure the hitch as well as the bumper beam assembly.

So which hitch? I'd personally go with the Curt because of the additional protection offered at the rear of the vehicle.

If you'll be using the hitch for towing purposes, I'd recommend the # 119250KIT trailer wiring harness, the # 2923 ball mount and the # 19261 trailer ball for a 1-7/8 inch or # 63845 for a 2 inch ball. If you use the provided links, you can see install videos for the hitches and the trailer wiring harness.

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