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 Post subject: Audi A3 E-tron 2017 Trailer Hitch
PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 1:58 am 
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Hello guys I'm been looking for 2 months for a trailer hitch or any modified hitch that fit, trying curt, and many brands with no luck, any help will appreciated, is really frustrating


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 Post subject: Re: Audi A3 E-tron 2017 Trailer Hitch
PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 8:32 am 
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Assuming the 2017 has the same underbody stamping as the 2016, check out the other thread on this topic:

hitch for bike carrier

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 Post subject: Re: Audi A3 E-tron 2017 Trailer Hitch
PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:11 pm 
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So - anyone put a hitch on their e-tron?

Looks like the Curt 11412 is a fit (last page says as much); just curious as to whether or not anyone has tried and how the install went.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/doba0f1a3rrg5ox/Curt.11412.Hitch.Install.pdf?raw=1

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 Post subject: Re: Audi A3 E-tron 2017 Trailer Hitch
PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 5:53 am 
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There's a previous thread about hitches that included the 11412.

viewtopic.php?f=12&t=194&start=50

A few of us purchased it at the time. My experience at the time was it barely cleared the sides of the exhaust, so I removed it. However. perhaps they have modified it slightly since then to fit.

Let us know how you get on!

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 Post subject: Re: Audi A3 E-tron 2017 Trailer Hitch
PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:54 pm 
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I bought this one from U-HAUL. https://www.uhaul.com/Trailer-Hitches/2 ... eel-Drive/
I'm not sure if Audi changed the exhaust location for 2018 but it didn't fit perfectly - it not only touched but pushed on the muffler. I took my car over to a local welder who checked it out and sketched out a modification to it. They clearanced it a little around the muffler (only needs around 0.75 inch additional) and because the steel would be thinner there, added 1/2 plate steel to additionally reinforce the side supports. I had to remove it to bring it to the welder, and I was able to install it again myself (borrowed someone's torque wrench that would measure 110 ft/pounds) without issue, there is actually plenty of room down there to install it - being careful not to un-seat the bolts that were fish-wired through. Sounds like a hassle but it wasn't a big deal in the end to be able to use a hitch receiver for a bike rack.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/wstuhwlxyd1yx ... 4.jpg?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/fbjp4465vb4io ... 5.jpg?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/tx5o3i8vd6sq4 ... 6.jpg?dl=0


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 Post subject: Re: Audi A3 E-tron 2017 Trailer Hitch
PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:29 pm 
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Just installed one on my A3 -15, bought this from PF Jones:
https://www.pfjones.co.uk/audi-a3-sport ... owbar.html

The difficulty installing this kit is depending on whether your car is equipped with a towbar connector package or not, mine did not.
If it is, the install is done easily in a couple of hours, if not it gets a bit fiddly since a connector cable needs to be placed all the way forward to the A-pillar, connected to the fusebox as well as into the BCM controlbox connectors in order to tap the CAN bus.
Also you need to reprogram the car in order for it to accept the towbar CAN bus box.


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