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Old 04-25-2012, 03:27 AM   #1
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Default Q5 w/ factory tow hitch, looking for a picture

Provided I order a MY13 Q5, I am interested in their tow hitch. Does anybody have a picture they can share? I am interested if the rear bumper is cut or if mounted just below. This would be used to support a rear mounted bike rack. Thanks.



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I don't have a picture to share right now but I can tell you a bit about having the hitch installed. There is a plate on the bottom of the bumper held in place by three tabs and two screws. When I had my hitch installed (after purchase) the plate was removed and the hitch descends down through the opening.

Now, here is where it gets interesting. There is an outline on the back of that plate which is how it should be cut to go back on after hitch installation. The outline exposing an opening for the hitch itself and the electrical connector off to the left. Apparently some (if not most) dealers are not aware of this cutout pattern. I took the plate back to the dealer and had them cutout along that outline. The plate went back on and the installation looks much cleaner now.

Since the hitch descends down through the opening you can't really see much of the opening unless you are down low. Overall it is very unobtrusive.

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Provided I order a MY13 Q5, I am interested in their tow hitch. Does anybody have a picture they can share? I am interested if the rear bumper is cut or if mounted just below. This would be used to support a rear mounted bike rack. Thanks.



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Look here
http://forums.audiworld.com/showthread.php?t=2798601
http://forums.audiworld.com/showthread.php?t=2759612
http://www.iamaudi.com/audi-q5-tow-h...unset-imports/
http://www.iamaudi.com/audi-q5-tow-h...ports-service/
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:05 AM   #4
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The "Factory" hitch is not actually installed at the factory. It is installed at the port when your car arrives in the U.S. I ordered my Q5 with the factory hitch and when I picked it up in Ingolstadt, it did not yet have the hitch installed. When it arrived at the dealer for final delivery, the hitch was installed.

The bumper is cut to accommodate the hitch and the electrical plug. I'll try to post a picture of mine later today. It is Class 2 hitch (2-inch square receptacle).
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Here are some pics of mine:

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The bumper is cut to accommodate the hitch and the electrical plug. I'll try to post a picture of mine later today. It is Class 2 hitch (2-inch square receptacle).
Reggie's pics suffice. Mine looks just like that.
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Thanks Reggie - great detail in the photos. Exactly what I'm looking to do with mine but with a 4 bike carrier. Anyone have any thoughts about how this might affect re-sale - the thought being that the hitch is not for towing (at least by me) just for use with a bike carrier?
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OK, I can't let that stand. Here are a couple of photos of my trailer hitch with the cover plate cut and reinstalled.

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Thank you to all the posted a response. The pictures showing the rear bumper was exactly what I was looking for. It doesn't look bad with the hitch. Yes, cleaner without but I need function over form.




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Looks a lot better than my MDX did with a trailer hitch.
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Some may be against the aftermarket hitch idea, but I installed the 12' hidden hitch myself (took about 1.5 - 2 hrs) as I only needed it for a bike rack. I did this because my wife when using the Q cannot reach the roof and I wanted something easy for her when she takes her bike along.
It looks pretty great and the best part is I can remove it anytime..No cutting or any such thing of the bumper. Main reason was price just FYI. Its 200 vs the 800+ installation from the dealer.

http://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hitc...eid=2012304182
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Some may be against the aftermarket hitch idea, but I installed the 12' hidden hitch myself (took about 1.5 - 2 hrs) as I only needed it for a bike rack. I did this because my wife when using the Q cannot reach the roof and I wanted something easy for her when she takes her bike along.
It looks pretty great and the best part is I can remove it anytime..No cutting or any such thing of the bumper. Main reason was price just FYI. Its 200 vs the 800+ installation from the dealer.

http://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hitc...eid=2012304182
Do they sell the piece that you insert to take the bikes? How many bikes will it hold?
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Do they sell the piece that you insert to take the bikes? How many bikes will it hold?
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The hitches come in either 2in or 1.25 inch. When you get a bike rack you can get either size (amazon.com) and have loads to choose from. I bought a 3 bike one that swings out so it doesnt block with back from opening. Works like a charm.
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The hitches come in either 2in or 1.25 inch. When you get a bike rack you can get either size (amazon.com) and have loads to choose from. I bought a 3 bike one that swings out so it doesnt block with back from opening. Works like a charm.
Thanks! Very interesting.
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Here's mine after I cutout the filler plate:
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Here's mine after I cutout the filler plate:
Wow! good job!
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Thanks Reggie - great detail in the photos. Exactly what I'm looking to do with mine but with a 4 bike carrier. Anyone have any thoughts about how this might affect re-sale - the thought being that the hitch is not for towing (at least by me) just for use with a bike carrier?
I think that when people buy the car they will know who you are and why one put the hitch on . Never crossed my mind that it would diminish the value.
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Wow! good job!
Thank you. There's a thread about it on here. Strange that Audi left the job unfinished. As my contractor would say, "we'll rough it in for you".
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I think that when people buy the car they will know who you are and why one put the hitch on . Never crossed my mind that it would diminish the value.
Good point - still some psychological hangup about cutting into anything on the car :-) though some of the examples here are first rate jobs!
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Here's mine after I cutout the filler plate:
Nice. Nicer than mine.
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