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Wanted: Bosal hitch 2" reciever adapter

Gotrek

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It's a long shot since they only sold it for a couple years and it was rather expensive but I'm looking for

Bosal / Etrailers part # BSL043964



Let em know if you have one to get rid of.
 

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Yep I saw those too but I'm going to make the effort to try and find the one above first :) If I don't then I will just buy another swan neck and weld/bolt a reciever to it.
 

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So does anyone know if Bosal made it or was it a Etrailers creation? I have calls/messages out to both so far. If I can find he manufacturer or whoever owns the tooling/design it would be awesome start.
 

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My understanding was Bosal made it but this side of the pond it was only available via retailer from etrailer.
 

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I called Etrailers they told me they simply stopped carrying Bosal products which is why they no longer sell it. He tried to call their old Bosal contact but the number had changed and suggested I call them. Which I will.
 

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I think we used to have a Bosal Rep visit Fred's. OH might remember his screen name. I would buy an adaptor if they weren't too pricey. With all the DIY hitches we have here, maybe a member will fab some for a group...
 
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I'd fab my own in the end by buying another swan neck and cutting /welding a reciever but if I can avoid it and get a "pretty solution" I'll do that first.

The swan neck is already 125$ so hacking it up isn't a good solution yet...

The tricky part is getting the socket mount portion as that is very unique to bosal. It would be costly to duplicate it.
 

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I remember hunting for this also as it would have swayed me to go with a Bosal hitch. Had no luck (I ended up having a custom hitch fabricated instead).

You might ask IDParts if they would have any luck tracking it down or talking to Bosal about availability in the US market again. It sure would be a great addition for Bosal hitch owners in our market.
 

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Hey Steve, yeah, I remember seeing that in my searches as well. He had it custom fabricated. It's a good concept, but I'd definitely prefer the Bosal 2" adapter if I ever went that route. The only downside to it is that it does hang down a bit, whereas my custom hitch has the receiver about level with the bottom of the bumper with a cutout, so you have much more clearance back there.
 

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So the problem with fabricating a Bosal adaptor is recreating the detachable portion?
Yeah, it is a proprietary connecting piece that appears to have some pretty intricate moving mechanisms that lock it into the hitch. Seems the best bet would be to get a second swan neck and have a welder modify it to attach at 2" receiver similar to the one Bosal made themselves. But that is getting into some serious $$$.
 

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That's what I plan on doing if I go the fab route. I'll just buy another swan neck (100$ not cheap) and cut/add a 2" reciever and some gussets etc. It's not for towing, just for acessories.
 

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Honestly, welding on the arm probably weakened it... So for towing not a great idea. But in reality probably didn't make that much difference.

The other downside I see is the reciever is not a through design, some add ons might not fit as nice since the depth isnt there.

Lastly... I'd probably do the same thing :)
 

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2" receiver adaptor.

I made my own 2" receiver adaptor for my Bosal goose neck.
I welded an 3/8" steel plate below the ball, then purchased an 2" receiver stub and welded it to another 3/8" steel plate. I used 1/2" SS socket head cap screws to bolt it to the hitch. I also welded two safety chain rings to it.

I did this so I could haul our bikes. I purchased the 2010 TDI Sports wagon to tow an 1200 LB car on an aluminum trailer to track days.

Sold the little car and am stuck with a black sheep car. It has been a great car, just need another open sports car, for street use.

I had posted photos back when I did the mod.

Gary
 

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The photo of the one welded looks like mine. I never had any issues with it. I never expected to either. Just make sure you can weld, or get a good shop to do it for you.

Just 4 Socket head cap screws to remove it if you need to. On a steep drive way at one of our houses it would scrape if not careful.
Gary
 

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Sorry about that Gary, didn't mean to fail to credit you! Even vw_leadfoot said it wasn't his design, I just couldn't find your original pictures.

Did you do a full write up when you modified the swan neck?
 

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So haven't got anywhere with Bosal yet (not returning emails or calls)

But... I found out a couple things.

Chevy HHR's use bosal as factory tow options so that expands the market for this part

And apparently Tesla does too, and the tesla towing kit in the US still comes with that reciever adapter...

It's all hearsay but things I've found so far doing a bit of research. So that part is still being made.

As seen here on the tesla...

http://www.motortrend.ca/en/enthusi...ings-you-need-to-know-about-the-ev-crossover/

I've contacted Tesla
 
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So haven't got anywhere with Bosal yet (not returning emails or calls)

But... I found out a couple things.

Chevy HHR's use bosal as factory tow options so that expands the market for this part

And apparently Tesla does too, and the tesla towing kit in the US still comes with that reciever adapter...

It's all hearsay but things I've found so far doing a bit of research. So that part is still being made.

As seen here on the tesla...

http://www.motortrend.ca/en/enthusi...ings-you-need-to-know-about-the-ev-crossover/

I've contacted Tesla
Good research. The only trick will be finding out whether there are any minor differences that would make it not work with the Bosal VW hitches. Did you confirm that it is in fact made by Bosal (not Westphalia or another manufacturer)?

Here's a video of it. Sure looks like the Bosal to me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGhnpXQySAc
EDIT: And more info: http://www.teslarati.com/how-to-install-tesla-model-x-hitch/
 

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The tesla hitch is 100% bosal. That's already confirmed. A tesla owner i taking pictures for me and getting the part # :)
Cool. Yeah, I gathered that it was Bosal after reading around on the forums a bit more. It looks like the same part has finally resurfaced (thanks to Tesla leading the way as usual).

Next issue will be whether they would allow non-Tesla owners to buy the part. If it is sold through them, that might be a problem because of liability issues for Tesla. Not many of us have friends with Model Xs.
 
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