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So, I finally(!) found a set of actual VW cross bars for the wagon. Got keys made for them - yay, I can use them! And, so much nicer than the crappy (eBay?) "universal" bars that I started off with.
But, a conundrum: They're too fat to hook, say, ratchet straps to them (so I can, say, strap down a pair of ladders.)
So, I started thinking "someone has got to make eye bolts, that I can slide into the cross bars."

Anyone have any experience here? A couple that I found:
https://www.amazon.com/Rhino-Rack-USA-43178-Eye-Bolt/dp/B01N6N6P1O
and
https://www.amazon.com/Rhino-Rack-S604-Bolt-Vortex-Bars/dp/B004Z8SP82

Anyone know if either of these (or, eye bolts from elsewhere) fit B5/5.5 wagon cross bars?
 

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And, those are the dimensions that I came up with, too. The inquiry was more along the lines of "hey guys, any pre-made solution that is known to fit?" (read: someone actually used it on their car.)

I like those T-nuts better than the Build-A-Bear solution that I've worked up at McMaster-Carr so far (with cchief's starting points.)
 

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T-slot fasteners: https://www.mcmaster.com/catalog/125/1990 (1 pack)
Eyebolts (need to cut to proper length, took a couple tries): https://www.mcmaster.com/catalog/125/1590 (1 pack)
Washers (to keep the eyebolts from digging into the cross bars): https://www.mcmaster.com/catalog/125/3338 (order 4)

Cut eyebolts to 'just long enough', paint in trim black. NOTE: I used the T-slot fasteners 'inverted', to improve clearance in the cross bars.
Slide into cross bars, tighten in appropriate position. Attach ratchet straps, and secure the load (for me, ladders.)
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