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Today on our 2004 Volkswagen Golf, we’re going to install curt hitch part number 11066. And here are a couple of measuments that will assist you in selecting accessories for the new hitch set to the bike rack or a cargo carier. The center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 8 and 1/2 inches. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground it’s 9 and 3/4 inches. Now let’s go ahead with the installation. We’ve already gone ahead and removed the spare tire, now we need to lower the exhaust.
We are going to put a little spray of lubricant on the exhaust hanger then go ahead and remove it. Quick tech tip, lower the exhaust more and give yourself more access and room to maneuvre. You can remove the exhaust hanger just forward of the muffler. Again we’ll use a little spray of lubricant and remove the rubber hanger. Now the exhaust lowered as far as it can go as it sits on the axle, we’re ready to go on to our next step.
Now it’s a good idea to gain an extra set of hands that will be holding the hitch in place as you line it up with the specified holes and instructions. Once I get it lined up, I’m going to go ahead and use a jack and a pry bar to hold the hitch in position while I use the hitch as a template and drill out my holes. Now we’re going to take our block and put it in position. It’s going to sit above the hitch underneath the trunk panel. Now our hardware for this attachment point will be the long 3 ace bolt and large fender washer.
We’re going to take these two and drop them from the inside down. Before I do that I’m going to add a bead of silicon around the edge of the fender washer to have sealed the hole and keep out any more shoot dirt debris and exhaust gases remaining in the cabin of the vehicle. We’ll use the hex knot to fasten the bolt underneath. For the forward attachment point, we’re going to drill out to a half inch hole so again we’ll start with a small pit of the fire hole and drill it out to a half inch hole. As it go up through the hitch as a template to the tall loop and into the trunk pane.