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 Post subject: Towbar - self fitting
PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 5:47 am 
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Anyone wanting to fit their own towbar and save some money it is quite an easy task.
I fitted mine on Sunday and it took about 2:30 mins. It would have been quicker but my ratchet packed in on my socket set, so I had to resort to using spanners which slowed things down.
I purchased the towbar from Germany here http://www.rameder.eu/en/Towbars/Tow-ba%20...%20624-1.html (thanks to jkwilly for finding the site)
Detachable and dedicated electrics for under £230.

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Time lapse of towbar fitting, however my phone went flat 15 mins before I finished. http://youtu.be/HKFpfd4dNM4

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 Post subject: Re: Towbar - self fitting
PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 9:37 am 
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Well Done chindley your the man how did the electrics go :D my are sitting in the garage wait for Dec 1st

btw cant get the video to work :(


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 Post subject: Re: Towbar - self fitting
PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 10:05 am 
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Hmm - watching that video I guess I would need some more time. I am sure you were exhausted... :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Towbar - self fitting
PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 1:55 pm 
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Hi.

I am about to do the same and just wondered whether you did disconnect the battery in the end. I don't think there is a radio code at all. However, the towbar electrics look fairly simple so my instinct is to carefully hook all up, with the ignition off of course, leaving the battery connection until last and then making it with the inline fuses removed initially. One dealer I spoke to suggested removing the battery and then connecting can cause problems with the ECU which I cannot quite believe.

Witter detachable vertical which seems to avoid any bumper cut and retain the bumper bar, around £206.

I've decided to purchase the Mitsubishi UK supplied dedicated electrics kit which I suspect will be Right Connections/Conwys kit anyway. The Right Connections kit suggests drilling a new hole which is madness when there is any existing hole used nearby which can be used and suggested by the Jaegar kit. It all looks fairly straightforward though.

The youtube link doesn't seem to work, any chance you can repost it?

Will report back once all installed!

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 Post subject: Re: Towbar - self fitting
PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 11:48 pm 
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Hi

I can't get the video to work, keep getting "Sorry video can't be displayed" message from Youtube

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 Post subject: Re: Towbar - self fitting
PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2014 7:48 am 
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Successfully fitted a Witter vertical detachable at the weekend. Fairly straightforward although removing the bumper side clips needs a little care for a first timer. It does retain the original bumper rail but with the fixing plates removed. I'll retain all so that it can be refitted if I remove the towbar in the future. Around 2.5hrs to fit and would be easier with a helper for taking the bumper on/off and lifting the tow bar into place.

Currently I have not cut the bumper - it is pushed out very slightly and would only need a fairly minimal cut (say 10mm deep and 50mm wide). I'll leave it like that for a moment and take a view on whether to cut it in due course.

I ordered the Mitsubishi electrical kit which is in fact the Conwys/Right Connections one (as I suspected) which the likes of Witter supply as their dedicated kit. Pretty well the same price and arguably avoids warranty issues as a Mitsubishi part number. More expensive than the kit above though. Strangely it suggests drilling a hole in the floor pan for a new grommet. However, there is one available in the wheel arch which a roof drain pipe uses and the towbar wiring slipped through that quite easily although a bit of care with routing is needed. It looks like the Erich Jaegar electrical kit comes with a new grommet. That kit though needs more messing around with the electrics than the Mitsubishi one which requires a single wire to be cut and otherwise is plug and play.

There is a connector to plug into under the bonnet and a lead to go onto the battery. I carefully did this live with the inline fuses removed. Simple.

I am pleased I did it myself as it is pretty straightforward and means I know it was done carefully/properly.

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 Post subject: Re: Towbar - self fitting
PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2015 4:15 am 
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Did everyone else get the video to work in the end?

I'm trying to decide whether to order a towbar with the car, or fit myself afterwards.


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 Post subject: Re: Towbar - self fitting
PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 1:39 pm 
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No but it is relatively straightforward. Remove rear lights, release a number of plastic clips retaining bumper to wing and underneath along its length, remove bolt fixings adjacent to rear lights. You then need to release the bumper top edge from the front of each wheel arch - there is a length of plastic clip along the wing which it pulls out from. Basically it then pulls off the back. Cabling to the lamps in the bumper etc have a single connector to release before you can pull it fully clear. It is easy enough to remove on your own but really needs a second person for reinstalling it.

To do the electrics the interior trim at the hatch lip needs to be removed - use a flat head screwdriver to help release each push in clip. The nearside interior panel has a few fixing screws and can then be carefully pulled free. Depending on how much access you want the trim to the base of the rear seat will also need to come off to fully release the rear panel.

Through looking at various towbar and associated wiring fitting instructions I became comfortable with what needed to be done before I tackled it. Pretty easy though, just be careful with releasing the various clips.

Good luck.

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 Post subject: Re: Towbar - self fitting
PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:45 am 
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Has anyone purchased one of these, know anything about them?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Towbar-Detachab ... uctDetails

Looks remarkably good value, or is it too good to be true?

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 Post subject: Re: Towbar - self fitting
PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 11:16 am 
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Just been quoted an extra £10 a month on my 2 year lease to have a tow bar fitted, so I don't think I'll be getting my hands dirty!!


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