Rust Free Factory Towbar/ball

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Rust Free Factory Towbar/ball

Post by Tubemonster » Mon May 03, 2021 9:38 am

When you order your car with the factory fit towbar, you quickly realise once you sand off the protective paint ( necessary so as not to foul the stabiliser pads) that it is a b*****d to keep rust free. You can’t just use a cover because the towbar stores upside down so the cover becomes a cup for all the water to sit in. Some suggestions on here include balloons and even condoms and as much as I would love to go into the chemists and ask for the largest condoms they do ;) I thought they had spermicide or something in them? Don’t know, :shock: I tried clingfilm and rubber bands but that was no good either. So had a scan on the internet and found this…Under a tenner and can tell you it works a treat. Couple of coats is all it takes and rolls off with a bit of heavy thumb work. There’s loads in the can too so should last a good while. It comes in different colours but I wasn’t fussed about that as it’s out of view. I got a grey colour. I’m well pleased and thought I’d share. Sorry the photos have come out MASSIVE! but don't know how to reduce them?
Ps. I’ve cleaned my towball even more since that photo :oops:

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Re: Rust Free Factory Towbar/ball

Post by thejanners » Mon May 03, 2021 10:22 am

What is it you are using?
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Re: Rust Free Factory Towbar/ball

Post by Tubemonster » Mon May 03, 2021 10:23 am

thejanners wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 10:22 am
What is it you are using?
Hang on. trying to reduce the photos has deleted them
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Re: Rust Free Factory Towbar/ball

Post by Tammma » Mon May 03, 2021 12:56 pm

good stuff. no one likes rusty balls.

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Re: Rust Free Factory Towbar/ball

Post by Tubemonster » Mon May 03, 2021 1:09 pm

Tammma wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 12:56 pm
good stuff. no one likes rusty balls.
Exactly!! ;)
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Re: Rust Free Factory Towbar/ball

Post by Tammma » Mon May 03, 2021 1:53 pm

In all seriousness, I think if I got a towbar add-on later I think I'd get one of these that you insert and fix via a hitch pin. That way you can remove the ball when not in use. And your ball stays shiny and not at all rusty.

There's a company in Oz called Hayman Reese that make one for a Tig...sold through ARB distributors I believe. I've seen photos of it installed, looks good. I presume this is a fairly common design, rather than the rotating swan neck. Presume it doesnt cause any reverse sensor issues either, but I need to check.


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Re: Rust Free Factory Towbar/ball

Post by chillyman50 » Mon May 03, 2021 4:17 pm

i just give it a quick wipe over with a bit of wet and dry ;)
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Re: Rust Free Factory Towbar/ball

Post by Tubemonster » Mon May 03, 2021 4:35 pm

chillyman50 wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 4:17 pm
i just give it a quick wipe over with a bit of wet and dry ;)
Yeah so did I but then you’ve got to cover the surrounding area so not to get powdered rust everywhere. This way is just peel and go! Know which I’d rather do.
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Re: Rust Free Factory Towbar/ball

Post by xtrailman » Mon May 03, 2021 6:08 pm

I like the rubber paint idea, but haven't had any issues since using grease and a balloon, grease cleans off easily when required with brake cleaner.

Its a shame VW don't use the non rusting types available...
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Re: Rust Free Factory Towbar/ball

Post by Brynster » Mon May 03, 2021 7:41 pm

Vaseline and a balloon to protect it and brake cleaner to cleaning prior to using it problem solved.

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