How to install a Curt Hitch Receiver (Mk6 Jetta)

Jul 11, 2014
How to install a Curt Hitch Receiver (Mk6 Jetta)
  • Hello,

    First, THIS VIDEO at YouTube is spot-on regarding the install of the hitch!


    I cleaned out the trunk and then removed the splash shield from beneath the rear fender area...
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    Again, TDI's do not have a vapor canister here. See the Curt video if you don't know what I'm referring to. I believe the black hose is a sunroof drain. I do not know what the clear hose is for.

    The receiver is held in by six bolts. Three have to be fished through the unibody with supplied fishing wires (see video). Here are two of the bolts...
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    One bolt is passed through a factory hole after removing a plug...
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    Instead of just a bead of silicone on the top washer (see video), I opted to really glob it on there. That allowed the sealant to gush into everywhere that could potentially collect dirt moisture. That was a particular concern for me directly above this brace where a portion of the factory hole was still exposed.

    Here is the clearance between my bumper skin and the receiver tube...
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    I wish the receiver was tucked up closer to the bumper. But the real obstacle is the spare tire well, just 1/2" away...
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    I reinstalled my splash shield after minor trimming...
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    Next up was the wiring for a trailer. I was lucky to find a kit that allowed me to wire up the car WITHOUT splicing any wires, Tow Ready P/N 118572...
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    The part is not as pictured. Also, it was not clear that this kit also comes with a lead wire long enough to connect the module to the battery. It was a nice surprise!

    I started with an empty trunk. This photo shows my silicone bead on the trunk floor as well as the plug in the rear wall that I will pass my wiring harness through to outside...
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    First, I popped-off the inside trim piece. My goal was to completely conceal the wiring...
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    Next, I pulled back the carpeting so I could have full and open access to the tail lights...
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    Two of the "screws" on each side are a little tough to find...
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    Here's a look at the left side wiring adapter. One end plugs into the tail light and the other plugs into the factory wiring connector...
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    Here is the adapter plugged in...
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    I used this factory ground to attach my white (ground) wire...
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    Here is where I chose to mount my control module with supplied two-sided tape (left tail light wiring is not long enough for many other mounting locations)...
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    I did not get photos of how I ran the power wire up to the front of the car. Looking at the grounding point above, I ran the wire alongside the brown wire until it entered the passenger compartment. Then I ran the wire under the side paneling until I got it to the fuse box. I used an "add-a-circuit" part to take power from an always-on source and fused the circuit.

    I tested the lighting and then reinstalled all of the trim. The trailer harness enters the spare tire well like this...
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    I removed the closest body plug, cut it to accept the harness and then glued/sealed it up with Household Goop...
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    I used splicing tape to conceal the colored wires before reinstalling the plug...
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    I wanted a discrete way to secure the connector end. So I Gooped a test connector to the receiver tube and plugged the harness into it...
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    I think it looks fairly good for a trailer hitch on a VW... ;)
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    Here is the clearance with a full tank of fuel...
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    The ball height is just over 13 inches with a "standard" drawbar (no rise). A four-inch riser can easily accommodate a cargo trailer with a 17-inch coupler height...
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    Here's a shot from a few feet away. I use a Tow Ready bumper guard to prevent accidental trailer "kisses" that can easily occur when coupling/uncoupling on unlevel surfaces...
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    I had wondered if I would be able to see the hitch ball on the screen. It's VERY close, but no luck.
    I improvised by attaching an orange clamp to the drawbar:
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    It just barely shows on the camera, but it's enough to get me lined up and within an inch of the ball:
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    I plan to paint a horizontal line on my trailer's coupler bar that'll line up with the horizontal line on the screen when the coupler is over the ball. Once an initial measurement is made, I can use tape on any rented trailer to enable pinpoint, unassisted backing and coupling anytime. :)

    With all of the noise I hear about how "ugly" hitches are, I noticed on another Reflex Silver Jetta that the hitch is hardly noticeable from a distance (this is my car)...
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    Even with the drawbar, it's not too much of an eye sore...
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