Heavy Duty Trailer Hitch - OE Style


High-clearance tow bar slides into frame rails and becomes an integrated part of your Vanagon body. Made in the USA by Burley Motorsports.

Part Reference Number: S121

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Heavy Duty Trailer Hitch - OE Style

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The Burley hitch is no wimpy hitch that bolts to your little tow hook eyelets or your engine carrier. Rather, it is patterned after the long-unavailable Genuine VW hitch, which slides deep into the frame rails themselves, replacing your stock bumper mounts. Because it actually becomes an integrated part of the Vanagon frame, it holds much more weight. Also it sits higher so it won't reduce ground clearance. And it works all stock engines plus engine conversions, since it doesn't rely on the engine carrier for support. One improvement over the original VW version is that instead of accepting only a tow ball, it has a standard U.S. spec 2" square receiver (but of course can also accept a hitch ball, if you purchase a commonly sold ball adapter for the receiver). You will need to notch your bumper (as was required for the original VW hitch); instructions and a template are included.

Choose Capacity and Bumper Type in the drop down menu above.
Versions of the hitch are available for metal or plastic bumpers. For each version (metal or plastic bumper) you can choose the Standard hitch or HD hitch. The Standard one is still heavy-duty compared to most aftermarket hitches, rated at 175 lb tongue weight (compared to the 100 lb capacity of most other Vanagon hitches), which is usually sufficient for a small tent trailer, aluminum fishing boat, bike rack and bikes etc. The HD one weighs just 10 lbs more and has a massive 350 lb tongue weight, meaning that the limiting factor is more likely to be your van's towing capacity than the hitch itself.

Fits Vehicles:

  • Vanagon
    • Air Cooled : 1980-1983
    • Diesel : 1981-1984
    • 1.9 Liter : 1983-1985
    • 2.1 Liter : 1986-1991
    • Syncro : 1986-1991
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