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Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Installation - 2020 Volkswagen Golf

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch on a 2020 Volkswagen Golf


Hey, everyone. Shane here with etrailer.com Today we have a 2020, Volkswagen Golf. I'm gonna walk through how to install the Draw-Tite, class one, trailer hitch receiver. Adding a hitch receiver to your vehicle is gonna give you a lot of different options. Maybe you have bikes and your tired of loading them inside, taking up extra room you can put other passengers in or maybe you don't wanna buy a roof rack and have to lift your bikes up and put them on the roof each time. Adding a receiver on, it's gonna allow you to put a bike rack back here, give you plenty of room inside so you can fit more passengers.

And again, we don't have to lift them up and take them off the top of the roof. Also, you can put a cargo carrier on it. Maybe we wanna get some extra items at from inside to outside to make a little bit more room for some other things we need to bring. Maybe we wanna tow a small trailer. This is gonna allow us to do all of that.

Keep in mind, this is a class one hitch so you're gonna be limited up to a two bike, bike rack. You can see crosstube is gonna be completely hidden behind our bumper fascia. The only thing we can really see is the receiver tube and our safety chain loops. It's gonna be a steel construction, black powder coat finish. It's really gonna hold up well against rust and corrosion.

We're gonna have an inch and a quarter by inch and a quarter receiver tube opening, hitch pin hole, which is gonna be here. It's gonna be half inch in diameter. It's gonna take a standard half inch hitch pin. Hitch pin and clip does not come with this hitch. However, you can find it here, etrailer, and that's what's going to secure your items into your receiver tube.

Safety chain loops are going to be rolled steel. You see very large openings will accommodate, pretty large hooks. Now we're going to go ahead and give you some weight capacities and measurements to help you when deciding on any of those hitch mount accessories, you may need. From the center of our hitch pin hole, to the outermost part of our bumper fascia, it's gonna be about four inches. That's important for any of our hitch mount accessories like our bike racks and cargo carriers that may fold up against the vehicle. Wanna make sure they're not going to make contact. From the ground to the top innermost part of our receiver tube, it's gonna be about 13 inches. Keep that number in mind, for any of your hitch mount accessories, that may require a little bit more ground clearance. As far as our weight capacities go, we have around 200 pound max tongue weight, which is a downward pressure on the inside of the receiver tube. So when you're loading the cargo carrier bike rack, you make sure not exceeding that. We're gonna have a 2000 pound gross trailer weight, which is a trailer, plus the load included. I always recommend, checking the owner's manual of the vehicle. Make sure the vehicle can withstand that amount of weight. You're gonna go with the lowest number, between the vehicle and the hitch. Now that we've gone over some of the features, let's walk through how to get it installed. To start our installation, we're gonna take a T25 Torx bit. We're gonna take the Torx head bolt off the bottom corner, where our wheel aligner meets our fascia and it's gonna be on each side. Then on each side we're gonna take a T15 Torx bit. We're gonna remove this one. And we're gonna have that same thing, the opposite side of the vehicle. We're gonna take our T25 Torx bit, on the inside of each wheel well liner, we're gonna have three Torx head bolts, last one's gonna be right up here. We're gonna peel the wheel well liner back and you're going to have one, right in this corner that goes up like this. Need to remove all four of those. Other one, that's going to be right there. This one can be a little bit trying to get to. Try and get your socket on there. Maybe easier if you have it on the ground, to let your wheel hang a little bit or to raise up the back of the vehicle enough, so it separates from the body of the vehicle. Next, we need to remove our taillights. We're gonna come inside the hatch, at each side right behind the tail light, there's a little panel. There's a little wing bolt that's there, usually spin it off with your fingers. 'Cause they're not real tight. If you can't, you can use a Flathead screwdriver. And then we're gonna slide our taillight straight back. And you can't get it from here. There's a little red, lock tab and we're gonna push this brown tab and separate our light. Do that same thing on the other side. What I like to do is take some painter's tape, before you remove the fascia, we're gonna run it right along the edge, where the rear fascia, meets this panel. That way when we're taking it off, putting it back on, if we have to move the fascia around at all, if they make contact, you don't take a chance of chippin' the paint or scratchin' it. Next. We're gonna start pulling off our fascia. You'll notice these little tabs in here. These can be a pain, to get loose and you may end up cracking this. We're gonna try not to. You take a trim panel tool and we're gonna try to push down on this tab, as we're pulling out. We're gonna start down here and work our way up to the top. We're just gonna work our way all the way around. Work our way to the center. We're gonna do the same thing on the other side. Now it's a good idea to have an extra set of hands, if possible. If not, take the hitch that you're buying or take the box that your hitch comes in, slide it under the edge of your fascia. That way, when you get one side loose you can set it on the box instead of on the ground. We don't have to worry about damaging the bottom. But keep in mind, we don't just want to pull it off, because we have centers here and we wanna make sure we are disconnecting those wires, so they don't get damaged. But since the wire is gonna run right up under here, we're gonna push down on this backside, to disconnect it. You may have to slide a little locking tab back toward you. Push down this little tab here. And we're gonna set our fascia aside somewhere safe. So it doesn't get damaged. On our passenger side, you're gonna see a wire, that runs to, connects onto a sensor on your bumper beam. We need to disconnect that. Little tab right there on top. You push in, push down on that and pull it out. So that side, we'll be hooking that back up in a few minutes. Take a 13 millimeter socket, we're gonna remove the four bolts on each side. Actually the driver's side only has three bolts, not four. Gotta get this out of the way. We're going to lift and slide it out. It's gonna have little tabs on the back side and sit down little slots. Now the next set of hands we're going to take our bumper beam set it on our hitch to line up the holes and we're going to lift it into place. Your hitch is gonna come with new hardware. It's gonna look like this. You're gonna make sure you put these on the outside and we're gonna install one bolt on each side, help hold our hitch in place. While we install our remaining hardware. Once we get our hardware in place go ahead and tighten everything down. Make sure you don't forget to just, to reconnect that cable. Once we got everything tight. We're gonna come back. We're gonna torque it to the specifications in the instructions. Now before we go into trimming our rear fascia, four hitch. If you're also adding wiring, it's a good idea, that if you want the four-pole wired outside or you want it righted it outside, to go ahead and do it now while the fascia is off. It's gonna make it a lot easier. And it's gonna connect to the wires behind each one of your tail lights. And then you can just write your four-pole wire down and over behind your bumper beam. If not, wiring harness can live inside the vehicle. Next, we need to trim out a small section, on our rear fascia. You'll notice this opening. They don't really give you clear instructions on where to actually start the cut. We're gonna find center of the vehicle, which is about here. It's gonna be two inches up by three inches wide. I'm just gonna use a rotary tool with a cutting blade. And then the little plastic burrs that are on there. You just take your utility knife, to trim across the edge and clean that up. Once you're done trimming, you can go ahead and test fit your fascia. Determine if you need to make any more adjustments with the trimming, then you can just re-install your fascia, in reverse order from the way you took it off. Once you've got your facial re-installed, you re-install your lights. You're ready to go. look at installation on a Draw-Tite, class one trailer hitch receiver, on a 2020 Volkswagen Golf..


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