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Old 05-21-2014, 11:53 AM   #1
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If you've been following the thread on the new Execuhitch hitch for the Q5, you know it's been released. I believe I may be among the first to install, and did the install myself. The instructions that come with the hitch are overall very good. I did find some additions to the instruction manual that may be helpful, so wanted to post here in an effort to hopefully help others that take this on.

I've spoke to Daryl at Execuhitch about the additions/corrections, and he will be incorporating much of this initial feedback into an updated manual.

That said, I do want to say that I'm VERY impressed with the hitch. It seems extremely durable and the fact that it is COMPLETELY concealed when the draw bar isn't installed is a HUGE plus in my opinion (and the reason I waited for it rather than going OEM which I have been tempted to do over the past 6-12 months). Pictures are below, though they are similar to what RobC took.

Link to original thread/info: http://forums.audiworld.com/showthre...ght=execuhitch

Onto the additions, thoughts on install. The manuals overall (as I mentioned) are really very good, so I'm not going to re-hash what is in it that you will receive. That said, here's what I would add:

-There are two places that the bumper is fastened on the Q5 that isn’t mentioned in the documentation. There are two ‘retainers/panel fasteners’ that are on the rear (just below the taillamps) that need to be released with a screw driver or panel fastener removal tool. If those aren’t removed, as you remove the bumper it will ‘tear’ the edge of the bumper where it’s fastened (flimsy/thin area of material).
-There is a plastic lip/bracket that is fastened at the bottom of the wheel well on each side. Again, these need to be released. If you do not, as you pull the rear bumper off with any force (thinking it should be free) you may snap these plastic brackets which will be an issue when you try and re-install the bumper.
-Torque rating in instructions for hitch bolts is 80 ft/lbs. This is inaccurate, and SHOULD BE 60 ft/lbs. I torqued two of the OEM bolts to 80 ft/lbs and stripped them (had to get a few replacement bolts).
-The 2 ‘extra’ included bolts (that are used to mount the hitch), are installed toward the front of the vehicle inline with the existing bolts. There is tape over the holes in the Q5 body. When removed, the bolts are installed in that location (one on each side, toward the front of the Q5).
-When hooking up the electrical, the instructions say to tap into the gray/black wire on the Q5 from the wire bundle (I forget if it's for the left or right taillight). There are TWO identical gray/black wires. I'm not sure if I tapped the correct one, but will hopefully confirm in the next couple of days when I hook up the trailer. It’s possible the duplicate gray/black wire is just that, the same wire running back again…but it is strange that there is a duplicate wire with the same color coding.
-There was no cap/cover for the 4 flat connector to keep the weather elements out when not in use. I’m going to pick one up.

I hope this info is helpful. It is not overly complicated to install if you've done this type of thing in the past, probably a 3-4 hr job with electrical hookup.

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One more pic....
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+1 to you, sir. Thanks for the updated info.


Let us know where you get the 4 flat connector cap too!
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Thanks, great info. Will be having them install one when I am in Atlanta in August. One question, the panel on the bumper that gets removed, how is that attached? Is it 'clipped' on or are there some kind of screws/bolts?
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You've convinced me to go with the ExecutiveHitch for my 2011 Q5 2.0T. However, my Q5 does not have a removable plate in the rear bumper where the hitch pops out. Was yours pre-cut and replaceable? Your last pic shows the entire bumper intact as though you replaced that piece.
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Thanks, great info. Will be having them install one when I am in Atlanta in August. One question, the panel on the bumper that gets removed, how is that attached? Is it 'clipped' on or are there some kind of screws/bolts?
There are two 'tabs' on the back of the panel and two 'T20' torx screws on the front (same T20's that holds the bumper on in the wheel well).

On my wife's Q7 those two front screws are actually just manual 'turn' screws that you release by hand. I wish the Q5 was the same.

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You've convinced me to go with the ExecutiveHitch for my 2011 Q5 2.0T. However, my Q5 does not have a removable plate in the rear bumper where the hitch pops out. Was yours pre-cut and replaceable? Your last pic shows the entire bumper intact as though you replaced that piece.
The S-Line rear bumpers have the removable panel. I 'believe' the standard bumper (non s-line) does not, so you would have to cut the piece out for the hitch to be exposed. That is the way it works for the standard hitch anyway. I think if you search the forum there is a couple of folks that installed the OEM hitch on non s-line's.

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Thanks tgt. I'm installing the hitch just for a bike rack. No electrical. How much of the 4-5 hours for your install was for the hitch vs electrical.
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Thanks tgt. I'm installing the hitch just for a bike rack. No electrical. How much of the 4-5 hours for your install was for the hitch vs electrical.
Honestly...of my 3-4 hours, the electrical was probably 30 minutes, and I would add another 30-40 minutes running around looking for replacement bolts (didn't even think of that).

If it's bike rack only, I would say you're closer to the 2-3 hr mark!

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Wanted to provide an update for those considering this hitch. I had a chance to tow our trailer for the first time last night with the Q5. Literally 60 seconds to remove the cover and pop the tow bar on, worked extremely smoothly and the hitch towed well. The color coding and duplicate wire I mentioned above presented no issues as all of the lights worked without issue as well. I was curious if the dreaded 'clank' (too much play in the OE tow bar when installed that we have on our Q7 with the trailer hooked on heading down a bumpy road) would be present and it was NOT!

Love the hitch thus far...

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The S-Line rear bumpers have the removable panel. I 'believe' the standard bumper (non s-line) does not, so you would have to cut the piece out for the hitch to be exposed. That is the way it works for the standard hitch anyway. I think if you search the forum there is a couple of folks that installed the OEM hitch on non s-line's.

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I thought that the non S-Line rear bumpers had this removable panel also. Can someone on this board confirm?
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-There is a plastic lip/bracket that is fastened at the bottom of the wheel well on each side. Again, these need to be released. If you do not, as you pull the rear bumper off with any force (thinking it should be free) you may snap these plastic brackets which will be an issue when you try and re-install the bumper.
You have more info about this lip/bracket? I can't find it.

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You have more info about this lip/bracket? I can't find it.

Thnaks again!
Once you remove the felt from inside the wheel well (of the rear wheel), the 'lip' or 'plastic bracket' that the lower bumper is hooked right behind there and pretty evident.

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I thought that the non S-Line rear bumpers had this removable panel also. Can someone on this board confirm?
Unfortunately not, the non s-line bumpers have to be trimmed. If you search through the forum you'll find others that have installed hitches on non s-line's.

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-Torque rating in instructions for hitch bolts is 80 ft/lbs. This is inaccurate, and SHOULD BE 60 ft/lbs. I torqued two of the OEM bolts to 80 ft/lbs and stripped them (had to get a few replacement bolts).
Where did you got this info? I checked in Workshop repair guide and torque for original bolts seem to be 30 ft-lbs (40 Nm). Black bolts that come with Audi hitch are 44 ft-lbs (60 Nm).

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Standard bolts: 30 ft-lbs (40 Nm)
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Torque spec quoted was the revised specs from the Execuhitch folks. I assume they checked prior to updating, but that is an assumption on my part.

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Where did you got this info? I checked in Workshop repair guide and torque for original bolts seem to be 30 ft-lbs (40 Nm). Black bolts that come with Audi hitch are 44 ft-lbs (60 Nm).

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Torque spec quoted was the revised specs from the Execuhitch folks. I assume they checked prior to updating, but that is an assumption on my part.

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Maximum torque for a standard M10 bolt is 37 ft-lbs dry. See Metric Bolt Torque Table - CNCexpo.com. So you probably damaged you bolts with 60 ft-lbs.

The Audi hitch comes with 10.9 class bolt (part number N10012402) with a maximum dry torque of 53 ft-lbs. Audi specification for those is 44 ft-lbs.
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-The 2 ‘extra’ included bolts (that are used to mount the hitch), are installed toward the front of the vehicle inline with the existing bolts. There is tape over the holes in the Q5 body. When removed, the bolts are installed in that location (one on each side, toward the front of the Q5).
Do you have to use the included nuts to install the 2 extra bolts? If so, how do you hold the nuts?
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Do you have to use the included nuts to install the 2 extra bolts? If so, how do you hold the nuts?
HAHAHA ... Somebody stop me! ... ROTFLMFAO!
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HAHAHA! Hopefully, you understood that I was wondering how the nut can be reached.

tgt, Your side beams were at such an angle?


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