I have to admit that I don't like the look of a hitch on the back of a Macan, and I wasn't planning on hauling anything when I bought mine, so my GTS did not have one.
But when my oldest son went to college in August, I wished I had one to help him carry more stuff instead of having to drive there in two cars.
And now, he wanted me to help him come back for the Christmas break and bring his motorcycle back home.
For that reason I started looking for options and decided to give Stealth hitches a try. Their design looked good, they were very reasonably priced, and on top of that, had a 10% discount coupon going on, so I decided to give it a shot.
I got the package and read the very long and detailed instructions, and prepared to have all the tools I needed. Also a good excuse to finally buy a torque wrench for my toolbox
Well, here are some pictures that I took along the way and some comments of the installation and some tips:
First of all, the instructions are indeed very good. There is only one pair of screws that may be new on the 2017's or on the GTS that did not show up on the instructions, but they were too obvious to miss, right next to the rear lights, on what seems like a round rubber bumper on each side of the vehicle.
Removing nearly all the contents of the trunk is easy, but I wanted to take pictures of each part I took out, along with taping the corresponding screws to the pieces I was removing. Simple enough.
Have to admit that you get a funny feeling, like you are going to break something when you start pulling the bumper back, until it clicks and unclips from the body. Since you are not supposed to remove the wiring, I had to setup the bumper at 90 degrees on the right of the Macan (where the wiring is attached to the vehicle) and held the bumper vertically and out of the way with the help of a ladder. Note that the aluminum core is still on the vehicle.
Then you have to remove the aluminum core from the rear, and this is what it looks like without it:
Interesting thing is that inner core of the bumper is removed using 4 screws that are accessible from within the trunk. For some reason I thought I would have to get under the vehicle, but that was not the case.
Here it is with the hitch positioned in place. You have to replace the original screws with high-strength ones included in the package. In my case, for some reason I could only get 3 out of 4 screws in no matter what I did, until I realized that somehow one of the holes in the hitch was not right where it needed to be. I called Stealth Hitches and spoke with Steve and he said that if I wanted to try to enlarge the hole a little bit that would solve the problem, or that he could send me a replacement hitch. i decided to wait no longer and used my Dremel to enlarge the hole. Problem solved.
After routing the electrical connector, and installing the wires (very easy to do, and very well illustrated in the instructions), it was time to re-assemble the whole thing.
This is what it looks like now with the hitch installed:
And with the hitch removed: You can’t tell that there is a hitch back there at all !!!
Finally, here is a picture of what it looks like if you look up behind the rear bumper: it has sleeve to activate the spring-loaded latch, and a round security key to lock the receiver in place.
All in all, a fun project to do, and better yet, I won’t have to rent a U-Haul truck any more…
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