Bike Transport retrofit

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itsjon
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Post by itsjon » Mon Jan 31, 2022 6:08 pm

Hi chaps, chapesses and chaplets

Just had the bike transport hitch retrofit - fit

I was expecting to see 55kg 2 bikes max on the sticker ?? as I was under the impression that the retrofit max weight was reduced when compared to the factory fit ?

However.. Once fitted I have 75kg 3 bikes max denoted ?

So... is this the wrong sticker on the retrofit item ? Or am I ok for 75KG 3 Bikes max as it suggests ?

I presume either a 55kg or 75kg max hitch takes into account the carrier and bike weight combined.

lastly, the sticker seems to suggest a maximum depth for a bike rack of 300mm ??? which would be enough for 2 bikes, but not 3 ???

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Post by Griff » Mon Jan 31, 2022 6:37 pm

I have had just has a delaer fitted rack too and it has the same sticker as you. presumably no accident.

I believe the 75kg refers to the load on the hook, which includes the rack weight. Though there is a lot of confusion..
There is another thread
viewtopic.php?f=8&t=499

The 330mm is for three bikes (if I understand the stickers correctly) whereas it is 225mm for two bikes (see picture in other thread)
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Post by Griff » Mon Jan 31, 2022 6:41 pm

Screenshot 2022-01-31 184030.jpg

I "believe" the specs were changed from 55kg to 75kg at some point..
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Post by MotMot » Mon Jan 31, 2022 10:15 pm

Can I ask either/both of you how much the dealer retrofit was? 👍

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Post by Griff » Mon Jan 31, 2022 10:19 pm

MotMot wrote:
Mon Jan 31, 2022 10:15 pm
Can I ask either/both of you how much the dealer retrofit was? 👍
About £800. It is a standard price in the brochure.
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Post by BeesKnees » Tue Feb 01, 2022 8:38 am

My new car has the new 75kg sticker, which was a pleasant surprise.

Just in case anyone thinks this is only when retrofitted.
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Post by itsjon » Tue Feb 01, 2022 2:32 pm

Griff wrote:
Mon Jan 31, 2022 10:19 pm
MotMot wrote:
Mon Jan 31, 2022 10:15 pm
Can I ask either/both of you how much the dealer retrofit was? 👍
About £800. It is a standard price in the brochure.
Yup

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Post by MotMot » Tue Feb 01, 2022 2:46 pm

Taa - wondered if there were a cheaper deal/option about. No problem.

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Post by itsjon » Thu Feb 03, 2022 8:59 pm

MotMot wrote:
Tue Feb 01, 2022 2:46 pm
Taa - wondered if there were a cheaper deal/option about. No problem.
I know what you mean..

We do a lot of cycling and used Thule roof carriers in the past.. This VW fit is the only solid option for the ID.3 though.

On the plus side, its super neat, with the electrics and mount protected from the elements by the number plate, its really quick to attach the ball hitch and it also comes with additional software including an update for the reversing camera.
Its quite a big job to install it.

The cheaper option would be something like a 'Saris Bones' device

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Post by SteveH » Thu Feb 03, 2022 9:07 pm

Presumably the whole bumper is replaced with one that has the fold down numberplate?

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Post by Pepper75 » Thu Jun 16, 2022 8:54 pm

Is the rear bumper pre cut to accommodate retro fit? Dealer is assuring me that installation would be same as if factory fit but I am a little nervous. I presume everyone is happy with the tow hitch as a bike transport solution?

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Post by Trilby » Sun Jun 19, 2022 8:39 pm

My car (when it arrives) doesn’t have the bike prep, am I reading this thread correctly in that this can be completely retro fitted?

I did look at the Saris Bones, has anyone tried this or found another frame that works on the ID3?

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Post by Griff » Mon Jun 20, 2022 6:47 am

Trilby wrote:
Sun Jun 19, 2022 8:39 pm
My car (when it arrives) doesn’t have the bike prep, am I reading this thread correctly in that this can be completely retro fitted?

I did look at the Saris Bones, has anyone tried this or found another frame that works on the ID3?
Correct, can be retrofitted. When I had mine the retrofit was £600 more than factory option. I believe that price differential has subsequently reduced since the factory fit has gone up.

From memory (I could be wrong) VW do not recommend hanging racks off the back.
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Post by MotMot » Mon Jun 20, 2022 8:01 am

Tailgate is all plastic - so I’d be careful/wouldn’t do it.

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Post by Trilby » Mon Jun 20, 2022 5:59 pm

Thanks folks. Yes I’ve read on a few bike rack websites that the ID3 is not rack-able.

I might have to bite the retrofit bullet, or buy a Brompton to put in the boot 😂

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Post by MotMot » Mon Jun 20, 2022 6:53 pm

I’ve got roof bars - and used a roof top box with absolutely no problems (bars by Farad) but there are folk here who’ll say it’ll invalidate your warranty etc…

That’s maybe a debate for another thread.

However, there are mounting lugs/markers for roof bars - but as Vw don’t sell them they are sniffed at.

I’m happy with them for the odd (every few months) journey - but maybe not every week.

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Post by Griff » Tue Jun 21, 2022 6:34 am

Trilby wrote:
Mon Jun 20, 2022 5:59 pm
I might have to bite the retrofit bullet, or buy a Brompton to put in the boot 😂
Retrofit is cheaper than the Brompton!!
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