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VW MKVI-A6 Golf family including Jetta SportWagen (~ 2010-2014) Discussions area for A6/MkVI (2010-2014) Golf and Golf Wagons (Jetta Sportwagon in the USA).

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Old May 10th, 2015, 19:37   #16
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i dont know how these forums work.
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Old May 10th, 2015, 19:39   #17
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on the foam rear bumper, I too wanted to save it, but how to trim off 1/2"?

Random orbital sander did nothing.
Belt sander did nothing.
but wood planer was the perfect tool for my car!
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Old May 10th, 2015, 19:40   #18
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heres the mudflap photo
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Old May 10th, 2015, 19:42   #19
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I was never send the u-channel "trim lock" liner they sent. The edges are little rough, mixture of utility knife and dremel used to cut the bumper.

unlike the directions, I cut mine a little wider, so I could cut out a hole instead of a notch. This allowed me to keep the center attachment point.

worked ok.
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Old May 10th, 2015, 19:43   #20
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Old May 10th, 2015, 19:44   #21
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I was worried about ground clearance, so I went with the ecohitch, and the 1up rack.
It cost more, but scraping the ground would of drove me nuts.
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Old May 10th, 2015, 19:44   #22
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Old May 10th, 2015, 19:45   #24
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look at all that ground clearance.
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Old May 10th, 2015, 19:48   #25
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I will say this project was twice as difficult as I expected.

The holes on the hitch do not quite match, as the OP mentioned.
I had no tools to drill bigger holes, so I used "the force".

Now I had a bolt break on me... Using hand tooks, I used enough force to break these bolts that are being used to attach my bumper which is the first line of defense in a rear end collision!

The ones that were already in, i had to go laughably beyond the "torque to x weight" suggestion just to get them in. I wasn't going to take them out. I got heavier duty bolts from the hardware store for the remainders.
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Old May 12th, 2015, 14:31   #26
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I used a Dremel multi-max and saw blade to trim my bumper foam - it worked GREAT, and it took all of about 2 minutes to do the trimming... the blade went through the foam like butter.

I also used the same tool to make the cut in my bumper.. I went slowly, and it came out great - I did go over the cut edges with a utility knife to clean them up a bit. I also did NOT get the trim-lok that was supposed to be included. I'm not sure yet if I will attempt to use something else (like door edge trim if I can ever find any in black - all I can find locally is chrome) or badger them about it.

The frame hole on the right side also didn't line up at all on mine - but it was more like 3/16" off, not just 1/8" - there would have been no "forcing" it into place, I had to grind that hole open a LOT to make the bolt fit. I also couldn't get the nut onto the end of the "hanging bolts" when they were installed backwards- there just wasn't enough room due to the bumper itself hitting the hitch frame and deflecting the mounting plates outwards at the bottom by about 1/4", so I removed the bolts and installed them the other direction after the top bolts were in place, relying on the bolts themselves to pull the bumper mounting plates back into place (which didn't require a lot of force - I had to tighten quite a bit when I broke the torque wrench out).. which worked well enough, but IMO something isn't quite right with how torklift is making these, for those two significant issues to exist in what should be a clean "bolt on" installation.

All said I am super happy with it.. I did break one of my expanding rivets removing it (the pin broke when I pulled on it with pliers), and when I went to get another from my local dealer, they just gave it to me, no charge, which was pretty nice
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Does anyone have any more installation feedback/tips/observations since the last post in 2015?

Thanks!
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