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    VW Rabbit hitch trouble

    Recently attached a DrawTite hitch to my '07 Rabbit. The exhaust pipes seemed to lightly tap the hitch when we first installed it. Now, it's hitting on every bump and even when the car is idle.
    Any tips on how to get this to stop? Should I look into some sort of material to place between the hitch and the exhaust pipes?
    Thanks, in advance.
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    What the heck. That's a seriously poor design. Is that definitely for an '07 Rabbit?

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    See how long the last exhaust hanger is and see if you can pick up a shorter one at the local parts store. Very possible and simple solution.

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    that exhaust looks pretty low, i bet the factory rubber exhaust hanger is pretty worn, replacing it with a new one from vw should tighten things up and raise it up out of the way enough to stop the rattling
    check out a forum called vwvortex, lots of information for your car in there.
    good luck, and a quick search shows that part is less than 20 bucks for oem and easy to replace with no tools

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    Grab an old inner tube, fold it over a few time to the same width as the exhaust and zip tie it to the hitch...

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    Had the same problem with my 05 CRV. took it back to the installer, he said if there was an issue it would be in the product reviews. Anyway, they added some sort of rubber do-hickie between the exhaust and the bolt that holds the rack in place. Best solution? no. Did it work. So far, so good.
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    Yeah, as somebody who had exhaust fit issues on a Scirocco for years (aftermarket), I can safely say that adding something between the exhaust and whatever its rubbing against is a bad idea. If you do that, you'll hear crazy loud exhaust noise inside the car all the time. Basically the goal with your exhaust is to hang it in mid air only by the exhaust hangars and nothing else.

    The best fix is to either tighten up the exhaust hangars a bit, if you can, or drop the hitch down. The latter is not so good, because ground clearance is already pretty tight on those cars. You would have to shim at least 1/4" to make any real difference. On my old car (since I did the work myself anyway... nobody else to blame but me) I just bent the metal points under the body where the rubber hangers hook on, up a smidge, and that bought me enough clearance so nothing rubbed. My car was basically fine when the exhaust was cold, but when it warmed up, it rubbed... even more so in stop and go traffic.

    Keep in mind that when cold, the exhaust is shorter by quite a bit than when it heats up... plus on traverse engine cars, it bounces around quite a bit as you hit the gas or let off the gas as the engine twists around on the motor mounts.

    I vote for taking it back to the installer, and make sure he doesn't do anything cheesy to fix it.... like wrap a coat hangar wire around the exhaust hangars. They should fix it. That is why you paid them in the first place.

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    Yeah, first double check that none of your exhaust hangars are broken. In the earlier Rabbit days (1975-1984) this was super common for those things to break. The news hangar systems are way better than they used to be. I had such issues with mine on the Scirocco (similar to the 1st gen Rabbits) that I bought a few heavy duty aftermarket hangars, which were basically bicycle chain molded into rubber, and unbreakable.

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    Maybe try picking up a couple new rubber hangers from VW. Your exhaust pretty much looks the same as the exhaust on my wife's '07 Rabbit, but perhaps over time those hangers have stretched out a tad (not something anyone would notice until they installed a hitch with tight clearances like this one).
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    Thanks for all the help. New hangers it is!

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