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    Hitches for OEM Tow Bar

    Hi all, just picked up a Highline on Friday and it had the OEM tow pack which it seems is from Best Bars NZ.
    Well it seems that the hitch and tongue is not your standard fare and the hole is situated further back, thus negating all my old hitches and recovery hitch.
    The hitch provided comes with a 50mm ball, which is fine, however it also needs to accept a DO35 coupling.
    Attempted to swap the couplings over but no matter what socket or spanner I had (or purchased specifically) they would not fit as the side flanges make it impossible to get any hold on the nut. See below:
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    So I contacted the dealer to see if I could just purchase a 2nd hitch, and was informed they only sell the whole tow pack as a complete system.
    So off to Google and found a few options but too sure if they will actually fit. The distance between the ball and the hole is 160mm, however my concern is that the distance from the ball to the base of the bar is very close and many of the alternatives seem to be of longer.
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    If you are aware of an alternative hitch that will fit the OEM can you please advise.
    Thanks.

    Cheers
    Vegie

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    I have a ARK hitch part no TBH280 which fits. It is about 170mm from the centre of the hitch pin hole to where the bar joins the flange. I got it from Couplemate trailer parts 136 Glenora St, Wynnum. I also have a recovery hitch, can't think of the brand name and haven't got the car with me at the moment, that I got from TJM in Shore St, Cleveland. They carry a couple of brands and one fits with a few mm to spare.

    Iain

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    @Net4x4 manufactures and sells a recovery tongue designed specifically for the Amarok hitch

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    Cheers, Andrew

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    Thanks guys for steering me in the right direction.

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    Most hitches can be bought with the deeper hole location these days. I replaced mine to move the trailer hitch 30 mm further from the rear step. I had the same hitch and ended up buying a 33mm impact socket to get the vw ball off. I then had to go the another shop to convert from 3/4" to 1/2" drive, just so I could use the bike rack plate on the CT. Needless to say, the kids balance bikes don't fit the carrier and my wife's bike prefers to drag a wheel along the road. Mine does fit perfectly though...Idiot 🙄



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    I bought a 33mm impact socket online with a 1/2" drive.

    I've also got a Hayman Reese hitch from a previous vehicle that I had an extra hole drilled in the right location. I only use it for box trailers or our tinny.

    My current problem is that I've realised the hole (for towballs, etc) in the OEM hitch is off the centreline by about 2mm and I can't get my McHitch Autocoupler straight. It may not be significant but it looks crappy and I don't like it.

    Anyone else have the same fault?

    Cheers,

    Tony

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