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    Pics of hitch / platform bike rack on a VW GLI

    There have been a few questions about hitch racks on sedans so I thought I would post up. I got a drawtite hitch bought & installed for $200 on my GLI and after lots of research (thanks pimpbot) settled on the performance xport 2 bike platform rack. The rack was about $100 with the 20% coupon. Assembly was easy - fitting it to the hitch is easy too - I use a 3" extender on the socket set and fold up the wheel trays for easier access. It's much lighter than a T2 and easy to manhandle. Provided you snug the hitch bolt tight no wobble whatsoever - plus the wheel tray can move side to side to get a perfect fit for diffferent wheelbases - I have used a road bike and a 26er and 29er with no probs. Opening the trunk is not a problem either. All in all a great budget solution. Cheaper than a roof rack with 2 quality bike mounts and I don't have wind noise and lower gas mileage to deal with. I used to have an A6 with a roof rack and the reduced wind noise is a big plus for me.

    Lastly, FWIW the GLI is a fun car to drive - mine is a 6 speed manual and I put a GIAC X Chip in there which turns it into a rocket ship (don't tell the wife).

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    Nice

    Quote Originally Posted by wilks
    ... after lots of research (thanks pimpbot)....
    You're welcome. Came out looking nice!

    Dang, I would love a GLi. That is a great rig right there.

    I use a heavy braided Kryptonite cable looped through the hitch bar under the car, and a good U-lock through the rack to secure it to the car. Here, I worry about things getting stolen off the car if they are not secured. I also use it to lock the bikes to the car.

    On my GTi, I have to tip the bike in the rear position back an inch or two to let the hatch open. No biggie. good to hear you can get your trunk open with the bikes in place.

    How does VW do the six speed? Do they just do an extra gear on top to save gas, put the ratios closer together for performance, or some of each? I rented a Jetta for work with an automatic, and there was no love there, not even with a Tiptronic. Gotta have a real stick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot
    How does VW do the six speed? Do they just do an extra gear on top to save gas, put the ratios closer together for performance, or some of each? I rented a Jetta for work with an automatic, and there was no love there, not even with a Tiptronic. Gotta have a real stick.
    It's a standard ratio gearbox until you reach sixth, which gives you about a 500 RPM drop while all shifts until then are 1000 RPM drops. Sixth at 3000 RPM is about 80 MPH. Don't ask me how I know this

    I currently have the roof rack and I'm tired of putting it on and taking it off. I've dented the roof of my car in a few places because of mishaps with installation or removal and I'm just tired of it. I'm going to be changing to a hitch and hitch-mount rack for my GLI as soon as I can afford it. In a pinch, I could transport five bikes this way (two on a hitch rack and three on the roof)!

    As far as power mods I was going to go all the way to Stage 2 but the stock HP and torque are more than adequate for my needs so I'll wait another year before considering doing it. At least I did something about the 4X4 look (Eibach Pro-Kit springs).

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    Mine is an 08 and they are a little lower stock over prior years - but the elbachs are sweet - I agree the car is powerful enough stock but once you mod it you won't go back! I will do the cold air intake and AWE exhaust sometime this year. I actually get better mileage and the car retains all normal driving characteristics, reliability - it's just quicker! also I have a little gizmo that I plug into the ECU to switch it back to stock for servicing or if I know the wife is going to use the car - it takes about 15 seconds! I have opened the car out once or twice and it has a lot more legs than I have guts / balls! It's so much more fun than my old A6.

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    where'd you get the rack and what's the coupon code?? thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lazy-boy
    where'd you get the rack and what's the coupon code?? thanks.
    performancebike.com - coupon has expired but keep an eye out as they have 10 and 20% off codes regularly.

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    They do....

    Quote Originally Posted by wilks
    performancebike.com - coupon has expired but keep an eye out as they have 10 and 20% off codes regularly.
    10% off in all the retail stores every tuesday from noon to 2. THey do it at a shop at lunchtime sale.

    I did the same thing. I watched for a 20% off coupon. Just so happened they had the rack on sale for $120 that weekend. It came out to about $120 out the door with California sales tax on there. I couldn't be happer with the rack, and the deal. I've had it a year and the only signs of wear are on the ends of the flatbed part that point down when you fold it up. I scraped them on steep driveways a few times. My bad.

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