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VW MKIV-A4 TDIs (VE and PD) This is a general discussion about A4/MkIV Jetta (99.5-~2005), Golf(99.5-2006), and New Beetle(98-2006). Both VE and PD engines are covered here.

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Old May 29th, 2020, 14:38   #46
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Nayr thanks for the pics!
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Old May 29th, 2020, 14:45   #47
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I changed my struts today and will be working on the rear shocks and the recommended Moog 81055 coils tomorrow. Thank everyone for the links you're making my job easier but the choices!
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Old May 29th, 2020, 17:44   #48
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"The cost of shipping from PFJones will eat you alive."

Current rates see the referenced hitch in your hand for $310, (to my zip),
in 3 days.

Yes, shipping is more than the cost of the hitch. It was a bit cheaper 5 years
ago when I got mine, but still expensive. Try and find one for less than that.

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Old May 29th, 2020, 20:28   #49
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**** I bought my westfallia hitch pre-brexit, in 2013 it was about $750 total to get mine.. When I went to do my buyback nobody would buy my westy hitch because the sterling pound had crashed and you could get a westy hitch from PF jones for not half what I paid.

With as many miles as I was putting on it and with as cheap as it ran the whole trailer and hitch easily paid for its self compared to the cost of any truck I'd used to cover same miles with the same gear at the same speeds.. 36mpg @ 75mph towing was pretty freaking sweet and I really miss it.
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Old May 30th, 2020, 15:31   #50
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Everyone,
I replaced my rear coils (Moog) and shocks (Monroe) with all new brake pads. I also replaced the shock mounts and bellows/boots. Got a BIG surprise the holes for my uhaul hitch where already there with a strange flat 7 pin trailer wiring. It seems one of the two previous owners towed with it. I don't have it on the ground yet but looking forward to seeing it.
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Old May 30th, 2020, 16:44   #51
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7 pin could mean that the previous owners had a brake controller installed too! If they did you should, fingers crossed, be able to find a plug near the steering column or around there. This would probably look like a mystery plug with 4 or 6 pins just hanging around! If there is something like that, it could save you having to run wires. There may also be a trailer light controller installed. Probably tucked away in the hatch behind the hatch plastic near one of the tail lights.

Where did you find the holes for the hitch? Were they in the spare tire well? If that's what is there, it sounds like a class 1 hitch was there before. There are a couple of different models on etrailer.com that give you up to 2,000 lbs towing and 200 tongue capacity. They have a 1 1/4" receiver. I would think that this would not be suitable for a T@B but it could be for a lighter trailer.

The other guys recommended PFJones as a source for hitches.
https://www.pfjones.co.uk/tow-bars/v...4-towbars.html

With the gooseneck hitch, You would need to have a couple of hooks installed to connect the safety chains to the car body or the towbar frame. This would be a good question for the guys who had this hitch.

The hitch capacity numbers for the one you finally go with, will be helpful in determining the trailer to go with if you haven't already picked that up.
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i cut a couple chain links off some heavy duty chain and welded em to my westy bar for the chains.. also cut off the euro power plate and welded on a north american one for mounting the wiring onto.
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Old May 30th, 2020, 18:09   #53
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https://www.pfjones.co.uk/volkswagen...ck-towbar.html


One of the reasons I got this Orvis is the two extensions with holes,
a pair of heavy galvanized bow shackles takes the hooks from my chains.
I didn't go for the dismountable swan neck, figuring I could always unbolt
it easily. I don't bother, the vertical neck isn't anything like the shin cracker
that a horizontal bar is.
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PB NB,
The holes are in the spare tire wheel well. and are an exact match to the Uhaul hitch I bought. I will be looking for the connectors you mentioned.
Also, thank everyone for the hitch advice but the UK hitches are out of my budge range.
Also, I've tried to post pics that I took but the TDI Photo site says they are too big. Any ideas or threads?
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You should be able to post them in the members photo section. You will need to resize them to about 1,000 x 1,000 pixels at 72 dpi to give a good size without blowing your total storage.
This one is a "medium thumbnail" which is linked to a larger image. It fits well in most threads without blowing out the size. I think the software creates the thumbnail of the image and you just need the link to insert into the thread.
One other thing is that you have to sign in to the photos area even if you are already logged in. At least that's how mine works.
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Ed,
You need the pic on your computer, right click, open with Windows "Paint".
Look for the "resize" button to shrink.

I would also gently suggest that going cheap on the hitch is a false economy.
Not when the teardrop is worth $ks, or whatever you value your life at.
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Old May 31st, 2020, 18:38   #57
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Rrusse11,
If the uhaul hitch does not meet my needs/safety concerns (test drive locally) I will get one made, especially for the price of the euro to be shipped I may save a little money. Besides in my experience expensive does not mean better. For example I just changed the front struts and they were 'no name brand' the rear shocks were Sachs both were 5 years old and both were equally shot.
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Old May 31st, 2020, 20:34   #58
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uhaul bolts to tow hook and body mostly, westfalia replaces rear bumper entirely.. uhaul screws your departure angle and is barely suitable for a bike rack let alone any serious towing.. this is a case of getting what you pay for.



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Bosal/Westy:


uHaul:
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Nayr,
Nice pics! You have any of the bumper back in place? I may just have to install a Westy or a custom hitch.
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