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Old October 24th, 2006, 10:27   #1
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OK, here goes a long winded question. I am interested in installing a european tow hitch on my wagon. There are several options (Brink, Bosal, Witter, Westfaila etc...)

Now, I was hoping to find a hitch that was more similar to the basic allroad OEM hitch (which installs in a similar manner to the passat although it is a totally different vehicle and would certainly not fit.

PIC of allroad hitch: http://pictureposter.audiworld.com/5...ch_package.jpg

Now, I like the idea of the allroad style hitch because they have fabbed up these adapters so you could easily use a hitch mount bike rack such as these pics:
http://forums.audiworld.com/allroad/msgs/164442.phtml
http://pictureposter.audiworld.com/39740/hitch_adapter.jpg

OK, so for the passat the most common euro hitch to be installed in North America is the Westfalia hitch. It has a funky quick release cylindiracl tow bar.

PICS here: http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y39...-HITCHNECK.jpg
http://www.passatworld.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=209445

So, besides towing once in a while I wanted to be able to put the bikes on the back. Can anyone see a way to adapt a std, hitch bike rack to the passat westfalia hitch?
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Old October 24th, 2006, 12:15   #2
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Either a clamp over the swan-neck, something like this adaptor for a stabiliser
http://www.towsure.com/product.asp?p=483

or simpler still if you can source one in the US, a clipon rack, clamps over the ball

http://www.towsure.com/product.asp?p=416

Or maybe have someone weld the receiver for the rack directly to the swanneck, between the ball and the bumper?
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Here is a link to my discussion on passatworld with some good solutions for those that might be asking the same questions.

http://www.passatworld.com/forums/sh...29#post1518329
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I just wanted to update this thread with info regarding my new European style clamp on bike rack:

http://www.passatworld.com/forums/sh...&postcount=166
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