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VW MKVII-Mk7 Golf family including Golf Wagon (~ 2015 +) Discussions area for the Mk7 (2015+) Golf and Golf Wagon TDIs based on the MQB (Modularer Querbaukasten) platform.

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Old March 21st, 2020, 11:19   #1
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Default Torklift hitch install problems:

I bought a Torklift "EcoHitch" for my '15 sportwagen,



I got the 2" receiver version.


I went to install it today and found it doesn't fit... mostly.


The holes all line up, but the mounting plates are too tall, so it overlaps the rolled lip on the crossmember mounting plate on the car.


Since the instructions say *nothing* about bending sheet metal, and I know for sure that the 1/4" standoff caused the rolled over edge is a *bad* thing, I wonder if they changed the design, or I got the wrong part, or ... something else.


Here's some pictures so you can see what I'm talking about:


http://tdi.mahonkin.com/MK-VII/hitch...ems/index.html
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Old March 21st, 2020, 17:21   #2
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i would contact them. maybe you got sent one for an alltrack.
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Old March 25th, 2020, 16:41   #3
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Any progress?
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Old March 26th, 2020, 05:40   #4
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Any progress?

I got an email from them saying, "yea, that looks weird. take some more pictures for us please"


which I did (only yesterday) and haven't heard back yet. (which I'm not upset or surprised by)
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Old March 26th, 2020, 05:56   #5
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You sent the same pictures to them as what you posted in the original post?
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Old March 26th, 2020, 07:01   #6
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You sent the same pictures to them as what you posted in the original post?

Yes, plus I added some more. The original post is a link to where the pictures are, so you can see them all if you want.
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Old March 26th, 2020, 15:04   #7
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Your pix definitely do match the install videos or other photos out there of the install on a GSW.
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Old March 27th, 2020, 03:32   #8
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Last fall I had a local trailer hitch shop install the 2" Ecohitch on my 2015 GSW. Would I be able to see that offending sheet metal on my car with the bumper cover in place? I can try to verify the Ecohitch part number they used if that would help.
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Old March 27th, 2020, 07:11   #9
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Last fall I had a local trailer hitch shop install the 2" Ecohitch on my 2015 GSW. Would I be able to see that offending sheet metal on my car with the bumper cover in place? I can try to verify the Ecohitch part number they used if that would help.

Man, I don't know. Maybe? The bumper cover is really huge, and the mount points are way up in there.



Unless you're enthusiastic about the problem, I'd say "don't bother", 'cuz I think it's a ton of work to get a look at the mount points. Basically you have to remove the bumper cover.



Removing the bumper cover was *BY FAR* the most difficult part of the job. (although it'll be a lot easier the second time, now that I've done it once and know the tricks.)

If you do, I'd love to see the pictures!
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X7315 was the Ecohitch model they installed on my 2015 GSW.
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X7315 was the Ecohitch model they installed on my 2015 GSW.

That just makes things more curious!


Can you tell me the manufacture date of your car? (on the sticker in the driver's side door)


Mine is 03/15.


The guys at Torklift think there might be some change in the production run.
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Old March 30th, 2020, 12:56   #12
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Scary rust on that left side overview.
Looks like more than just surface rust...
Makes me want to take off my bumper cover just to inspect that area .
Highly recommend you sand/grind that rust and neutralize it with some chemical rust neutraliser and then prime/paint before sealing it up again.
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that just makes things more curious!
Can you tell me the manufacture date of your car? (on the sticker in the driver's side door)
mine is 03/15.
The guys at torklift think there might be some change in the production run.
04/15
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Old March 31st, 2020, 04:23   #14
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Scary rust on that left side overview.
Looks like more than just surface rust...
Makes me want to take off my bumper cover just to inspect that area .
Highly recommend you sand/grind that rust and neutralize it with some chemical rust neutraliser and then prime/paint before sealing it up again.

Huh... so funny story: (unrelated to hitch install) wen I had the bumper cover off I found one of the tow-rings: you know, the left hand thread eye bolt like thing that screws into the bumper, the thing that tow-truck drivers frequently fail to put back in the car.... I screwed it into the bumper, and it never stopped spinning. The threads in the bumper are completely rusted out so there's no way for the tow eye to grab.


The car is still under its 2 year bumper-to-bumper warranty (CPO, bought in December) so I'm seriously considering making VW replace the bumper with one that's not rusted out.



Is this something I should actually care about, or am I being a "I just got a new car and it has to be perrrrrrrfect!!!" ninny?
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Old March 31st, 2020, 04:28   #15
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Scary rust on that left side overview.
Looks like more than just surface rust...
Makes me want to take off my bumper cover just to inspect that area .
Highly recommend you sand/grind that rust and neutralize it with some chemical rust neutraliser and then prime/paint before sealing it up again.
These cheap US branded hitches aren't known for their rustproofing.
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