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 Post subject: hitch for bike carrier
PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:55 pm 
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Sure has been tricky finding accessories for this etron! I ordered a Hidden Hitch 60368 that was meant for an A3 [sedan I think].I had it modified by a welder due to the muffler clearance,and it now fits.No affect on the handling,or mileage so far.If you're in the Toronto area,visit Vangro for a custom hitch versus my modification approach. Ecohitch is a behind the bumper installation,it would be great.Yet they do NOT offer a hitch for the etron,or any A3.As for the bike carrier,I am using a Thule Helium Aero for two bikes,very light to avoid additional weight.

It's been a couple of months now, I haven't noticed any range loss 38km/23miles [charge], I got 36/22 range while running a/c, plus the audio,and crawling in gridlock. Temperature outside: 33C/91F

Ecohitch has something for the Tesla, Mitsubishi I-MEIEV, LEAF.Look what the Leaf can tow! http://torkliftcentral.com/rving-and-to ... f-ecohitch


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 Post subject: Re: hitch for bike carrier
PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 8:50 pm 
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I've been hunting for a bike rack hitch solution for quite some time. That's great that you found a solution. Any chance you could post some pics? Did the hitch bolt to the frame rails without modification? In looking at my car and the Hidden Hitch instructions, I thought it looked like the frame rail was a hole short on each side. Was it simply altering such that it cleared the muffler? I appreciate any help you can offer, as I've spent a lot of time looking. No one that I've talked to was willing to attempt a custom solution, or it was very cost prohibitive. Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: hitch for bike carrier
PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 9:39 pm 
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c76man wrote:
I've been hunting for a bike rack hitch solution for quite some time. That's great that you found a solution. Any chance you could post some pics? Did the hitch bolt to the frame rails without modification? In looking at my car and the Hidden Hitch instructions, I thought it looked like the frame rail was a hole short on each side. Was it simply altering such that it cleared the muffler? I appreciate any help you can offer, as I've spent a lot of time looking. No one that I've talked to was willing to attempt a custom solution, or it was very cost prohibitive. Thanks.


My welder did drill ONE hole into the frame rail.Then modified the Hidden Hitch until it fit around the muffler,and bumper area.We had to do it this way to not reduce the integrity of the hitch body,and stem area.I didn't take any pics.of the installed hitch.This forum needs a link to load pictures which I don't want to do. IF you're near my welder,see him about a custom one because one of the biggest hitch retailers recommends him when they have nothing.Think buying the Hidden Hitch,and doing the modification may be the cheapest.Make sure the welder spray the trimmed/exposed areas with anti corrosion paint.I also bought anti corrosion stuff that would leak into crevices around the bolts[eg. Rust Cure Formula 3000,
WD40 LONG-TERM CORROSION INHIBITOR].


Since posting,I have taken my bike out with this setup in the city,and at major highway [interstate] speeds. I can say no bike was harmed,or became road scrap.The hitch was solid,no affect on the etron at ANY speed.


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 Post subject: Re: hitch for bike carrier
PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2016 4:48 pm 
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Question for the original poster - the Hidden Hitch #60368 appears to be the same as the Draw-Tite #24930. Both of those units have almost vertical uprights. I note that the Curt hitch for A3 has a shorter cross tube and the uprights are sloped more, possibly giving more clearance to the sides? I wonder if the Curt part might not require welding?

Pictures of both can be seen at https://www.etrailer.com/hitch-2016_Audi_A3.htm

Thoughts?

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 Post subject: Re: hitch for bike carrier
PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2016 5:59 pm 
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arne wrote:
Question for the original poster - the Hidden Hitch #60368 appears to be the same as the Draw-Tite #24930. Both of those units have almost vertical uprights. I note that the Curt hitch for A3 has a shorter cross tube and the uprights are sloped more, possibly giving more clearance to the sides? I wonder if the Curt part might not require welding?

Pictures of both can be seen at https://www.etrailer.com/hitch-2016_Audi_A3.htm

Thoughts?


I've owned DrawTite on a previous vehicle,no issues,liked it a lot. For the etron,I really couldn't find a Drawtite for a sportback,last model was in 2014. All 3 companies are owned by Cequent Group. Entirely up to you,the Hidden Hitch is what came up when I searched for a hitch using the 2014 Sportback ,last time it was available. Issue with the Hidden Hitch,it was JUST a bit short with the pre drilled holes,and then clearance for the muffler.So my welder cut into the hitch itself,and one hole per side into the frame, look at the pictures.

http://imgur.com/TmTzWhk

http://imgur.com/vnoDTYs


I avoided the Curt after seeing the install on an A3,more drilling,look it up:

https://www.etrailer.com/tv-install-tra ... 11192.aspx


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 Post subject: Re: hitch for bike carrier
PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2016 7:49 pm 
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The Curt in the video you linked is for the previous generation Sportback, the new one is a different part number and is very similar to the Drawtite in design.

I see what you were talking about now with the muffler clearance, I had to do the same thing with the Drawtite I put on my Golf TDI. (Mine is the GTI hitch, I converted the TDI to GTI dual exhaust.)

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 Post subject: Re: hitch for bike carrier
PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 7:50 pm 
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So as a follow up to this, both Curt and Draw-tite/HiddenHitch now say that their hitches for 2016 A3 fit all EXCEPT Sportback e-tron. After looking closely at the install instructions, I agree that the sedan hitch will not fit - they show it being mounted to holes in the frame rail that do not exist on our Sportbacks.

On the other hand, the A3 Sportback is on the same platform as the Mk7 Golf/GTI. And the Golf/GTI hitches look as if they might fit. The frame rails look correct, the questions would be the exhaust and rear facias, which are not the same as the VW offerings. I have asked these companies for followup on this.

I have also contacted Ecohitch (Torklift Central) in Kent, WA about hitches for e-tron. It might be worth others using the comment form at the bottom of the page I've linked here to do the same - http://torkliftcentral.com/rving-and-to ... hitch/audi

Again, on the Ecohitch, I'm thinking that the Golf/GTI model might fit.

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 Post subject: Re: hitch for bike carrier
PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2016 1:56 pm 
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It would be worthwhile if any who are interested in a hitch for their cars would contact the makers to request they add the fitment. The contact links are:

http://www.draw-tite.com/contact (HiddenHitch is same contact info)

http://www.curtmfg.com/Contact

http://torkliftcentral.com/contact-us/ (contact form at bottom of page)

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 Post subject: Re: hitch for bike carrier
PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2016 6:54 pm 
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I posted comments for both. Want an etron, but no towing hitch would be a serious drawback. I this still the case?


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 Post subject: Re: hitch for bike carrier
PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2016 8:04 pm 
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rogerconnertn wrote:
I posted comments for both. Want an etron, but no towing hitch would be a serious drawback. I this still the case?
Officially, yes, still true. Unofficially, it is looking likely that a hitch for a Golf/GTI may fit, but no one has tested that to verify yet. I'm looking to see if I can find a seller with a really good return policy now. Will post here if I find anything new to report.

Worth noting that TorkLift (EcoHitch) has told me that they would gladly build one if I want to take my car to them in Kent, WA. That could still be an option, although that is a full day's drive for me each way.

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