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Upgrades (non TDI Engine related) The place of handling, lighting and other upgrades that do not relate to the performance or economy of the TDI engine. In other words upgrades to your TDI that don't fit into TDI Fuel Economy & TDI Engine Enhancements.Please note the Performance Disclaimer

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Old September 10th, 2018, 21:59   #3286
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my ma's got a bike rack that straps to the trunk lid, seems to serve her well enough
might find one on craigslist for cheap enough
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Old September 11th, 2018, 06:15   #3287
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If I remember right there isn't anything that directly attaches without an adapter. IIRC though there is an adapter that Tesla uses I think I read that gives you a 2" receiver that will accept standard hitch inserts such as bike racks.
http://forums.tdiclub.com/showpost.p...postcount=3235
https://www.teslarati.com/how-to-ins...model-x-hitch/
Pricey and hard to find though.
Hmm interesting.
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my ma's got a bike rack that straps to the trunk lid, seems to serve her well enough
might find one on craigslist for cheap enough
Ah i've seen those before but hadn't thought about them. Thanks, i'll probably go with something like this.
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Old September 11th, 2018, 07:00   #3288
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Hmm interesting.

Ah i've seen those before but hadn't thought about them. Thanks, i'll probably go with something like this.
If you're only hauling one or two bikes, the trunk mount works fine. Make sure to look at the different attachment paint options and how easy they are to adjust.

Price for a new one isn't that much either. You have to compare the price of the bike to the rack. If you've spent a lot of money on the bike, you really don't want to cheap out on the rack. One of the reasons I put a hitch on the JSW was to have a more secure platform for the bikes.

I've seen other posts on here that you can get the Tesla adapter from the Tesla stores.
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Old September 11th, 2018, 08:50   #3289
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You mean like this? LINK Or this LINK

Not cheap, but designed for your hitch.

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PS: They range from nearly $600 to about $150 it looks like from PF Jones.

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Old September 11th, 2018, 10:47   #3290
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If you're only hauling one or two bikes, the trunk mount works fine. Make sure to look at the different attachment paint options and how easy they are to adjust.

Price for a new one isn't that much either. You have to compare the price of the bike to the rack. If you've spent a lot of money on the bike, you really don't want to cheap out on the rack. One of the reasons I put a hitch on the JSW was to have a more secure platform for the bikes.

I've seen other posts on here that you can get the Tesla adapter from the Tesla stores.
Yeah it will be just 1 bike most of the time. Maybe 2. For sure leaning towards a trunk mount. And my bike is at least 10 yo walmart special, so not worried about hurting it haha. But whatever I replace it with, I'd like to have something nicer. Still not very expensive though. I found a Yakima 2 bike for about $130 that would probably work well. And a few for $20-30 on craigslist. But then I have to make sure they work on a jetta. It seemed like several of the posts there said something about missing straps, who knows how long those would last.


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You mean like this? LINK Or this LINK

Not cheap, but designed for your hitch.

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PS: They range from nearly $600 to about $150 it looks like from PF Jones.

Yeah something like those is what I was originally thinking. But for that price i'll just deal with the cheaper trunk mount option.
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Old September 11th, 2018, 11:22   #3291
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Not to mention another $150 +/- shipping.

If you go for a trunk strap on, make sure you protect the areas where it attaches.
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Old September 11th, 2018, 11:37   #3292
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Good reason for going new.
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Old September 11th, 2018, 14:14   #3293
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If you go for a trunk strap on, make sure you protect the areas where it attaches.
Very true. For now i'm not too worried. The clear coat is peeling in places. I want to get it repainted/new clear coat. Then I might be more concerned for sure.
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Old September 11th, 2018, 18:17   #3294
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I ordered from here and it was only $230 for a nice Thule rack
https://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/...2-bikes-328231
I had to rewire the lights, and chose to buy a couple more Thule locking knobs. I upgraded the wheel straps with some Rockymounts spare parts and love it. It gets lots of compliments. It folds totally out of the way of the hatch.

I’ll try and get an updated pick here, but you can see it pre-upgrade in post 3157 in this thread.
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Old September 11th, 2018, 20:29   #3295
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I ordered from here and it was only $230 for a nice Thule rack
https://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/...2-bikes-328231
I had to rewire the lights, and chose to buy a couple more Thule locking knobs. I upgraded the wheel straps with some Rockymounts spare parts and love it. It gets lots of compliments. It folds totally out of the way of the hatch.

Iíll try and get an updated pick here, but you can see it pre-upgrade in post 3157 in this thread.
That's sweet and looks great on your car. A lot of options to consider.
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Old September 12th, 2018, 04:26   #3296
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Supporting a bicycling event last weekend:



It's hard to tell in the photo, but I recently coated the entire trailer with Herculiner. It looks great! Time will tell if it's tough enough to take a beating when applied to wood, and especially the plastic fenders. I also had the cargo box wrapped. It turned out good and has stopped all leaks at the rivets.

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Old September 12th, 2018, 06:04   #3297
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I ordered from here and it was only $230 for a nice Thule rack
https://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/...2-bikes-328231
I had to rewire the lights, and chose to buy a couple more Thule locking knobs. I upgraded the wheel straps with some Rockymounts spare parts and love it. It gets lots of compliments. It folds totally out of the way of the hatch.

I’ll try and get an updated pick here, but you can see it pre-upgrade in post 3157 in this thread.
Blocking the taillights was one of the few complaints on my Yakima rack. I don't think I've seen that Thule setup for sale in the US. Also part of the reason I got a kayak trailer that I can also use for the bikes.

The best rack I've bought recently just straps over the pickup tailgate. You put the down tube in the cradle and the front wheel hangs outside the bed. Bikes sit upright and are easy to see from the cab. Well, mostly the bikes sit upright. I've had to use a little redneck ingenuity and use an old inner tube attached to the tie downs and then pulling on the bike seat.

StealthTDI, the more pictures I see of your trailer the more I love it!
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