Hello All -
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.