[Vwdiesel] Towing a Rabbit Pickup by the Front Bumper mounts?

Maynard echomhs at gmail.com
Sun Aug 24 18:54:05 PDT 2014

As I said in my original post, this Rabbit Pickup does NOT have the shock-absorbing mounts you discuss. These are solid steel mounts. Are these solid steel mounts year specific or model specific or custom? (The latter would surprise me, as the only non-stock item I could find on the truck was the CB radio!)

In any case, I'm looking for the distance measure between the mounting holes on each mount face. Thanks!


-----Original Message-----
From: pmdolan1 at sasktel.net [mailto:pmdolan1 at sasktel.net] 
Sent: Sunday, August 24, 2014 4:01 PM
To: vwdiesel at vwfans.com; Maynard
Subject: Re: [Vwdiesel] Towing a Rabbit Pickup by the Front Bumper mounts?

Absolutely DO NOT tow by the front bumper with this.  The bumper is mounted on hydraulic "shocks" that are net intended for this kind of load (transverse much worse than longitudinal).  You MIGHT get away with it, but if you don't, it is quite a mess when one lets go. 

The way to do it is make a fitting that is rigid in bending going back to the mounting holes on the frame "accordian" where the bumper absorbers mount.  Weld those two stubs to a tranverse angle or tube to which you can bolt the tow bar adapters.  The pseudo-bumper is critical to prevent the tow bar (that has not cross beam) from putting side loads on the bumper mounting points and adapters.   Put the safety chains SOMEWHERE ELSE - such as around a lower control arm and hope to hell you never have to rely on them (the car will whip and slam hard against them at the limit). 

On Sun, 24 Aug 2014 15:32:15 -0400, Maynard <echomhs at gmail.com> wrote:
I've just struck a deal on a 1981 Rabbit Pickup Diesel LX. I'm hoping to
> flat-tow it home using the universal adjustable tow bar I already 
> have. It looks somewhat like this:
> <http://www.amazon.com/Universal-Adjustable-Arms-Chains-5000/dp/B005ES
> Z058/r
> ef=pd_sbs_auto_6?ie=UTF8
> <http://www.amazon.com/Universal-Adjustable-Arms-Chains-5000/dp/B005ES
> Z058/r ef=pd_sbs_auto_6?ie=UTF8&refRID=1R9VK9S0KE340GBZPXQV>
>  I've used this tow bar before on older vehicles and I'm confident it 
> will get me where I want to go, but I won't have the luxury of 
> fabricating the mounting brackets on-site and I'm not going to have 
> the opportunity to visit the vehicle again prior to picking it up. I 
> know the front bumper is mounted to a pair of bumper mounts using two 
> holes each in the mounts. I think I could mount the tow bar's mounting 
> plates to these bumper mounts, but I neglected to measure the distance between these holes.
>  Could somebody measure the distance between these bumper mounting 
> holes on their own Rabbit and report to me? (I think it's somewhere 
> around 4"-5", but I need a pretty accurate measure if I want to 
> pre-fab.) It appears that the bumper mounts on this Pickup are solid 
> steel connected to the frame, not the shock-absorbing mounts I had on my 1984 Jetta.
>  I know I could rent a tow dolly or vehicle trailer, or even call AAA, 
> but none of those options is convenient to my situation.
>  Any help would be greatly appreciated!
>  ~Maynard
> '82 Westy Diesel
> '86 DoubleCab Diesel
> '11 Golf TDI
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