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Old 02-23-2009, 07:23 PM   #1
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Hitching up the wagon

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Old 02-24-2009, 04:26 PM   #2
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whoah man that's freakin nuts. how much work is involved in doing this, honestly ? looks like you have the bumper off and are gonna cut it somewhere so the tow bracket can come through.. tell me cause i've been considering doing this to my wife's car...
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Old 02-24-2009, 08:28 PM   #3
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whoah man that's freakin nuts. how much work is involved in doing this, honestly ? looks like you have the bumper off and are gonna cut it somewhere so the tow bracket can come through.. tell me cause i've been considering doing this to my wife's car...
The bumper cover has to be cut but the retrofit kit includes trim, reinforcements, and a removeable panel to clean up the hole. Non-US bumper reinforcements have a small relief in the bottom edge to clear the hitch. I will have to sawzall/plasma/cut a similar relief.

I'm not installing the ridiculous amount of electrical retrofit stuff because the euro trailer harness looks nothing like a typical US 4 to 7 pin trailer plug. I'll run a power protected taillight converter to a 4 pin plug to haul an autocross cargo trailer.
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Old 02-24-2009, 09:30 PM   #4
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Pretty cool. How much do you think the trailer and gear weighs that you are going to pull?
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Old 02-24-2009, 09:33 PM   #5
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Pretty cool. How much do you think the trailer and gear weighs that you are going to pull?
I can push it as long as the ground is flat. I bet its ~1500lbs fully loaded.
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Old 02-24-2009, 09:39 PM   #6
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Old 02-25-2009, 08:14 PM   #7
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Nice!


In theory, I could put my E36 track car on a tow dolly and be well under both the max tongue weight (75kg/165lb) and max weight (1950kg/4290lb). I would definitely want to use a dolly with brakes.
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Old 03-02-2009, 04:41 PM   #8
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Was wondering if you wouldn't mind sharing your wiring specs as mine work fine aside from the fact that my running lights are surprisingly dim. Took the volt meter to car's wiring to find out they are only at ~3.6v so I was wondering what your situation.

Please feel free to PM if you feel it is more appropriate.

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Old 03-02-2009, 06:59 PM   #9
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Was wondering if you wouldn't mind sharing your wiring specs as mine work fine aside from the fact that my running lights are surprisingly dim. Took the volt meter to car's wiring to find out they are only at ~3.6v so I was wondering what your situation.

Please feel free to PM if you feel it is more appropriate.

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I use a taillight converter on BMWs when I install a hitch. The converter takes the 3 lights on a typical European car (brake, parking, turn signal) and convertes it to the 2 light standard typical of trailers and American cars (brake/turn, parking). A good converter will isolate the car's lighting system from the trailer by using the car just for logic while drawing power directly from the car's battery via a fused connection. This way, you don't have to deal with fast turn signals or heavy duty flasher relays. A converter is about $40 at your local parts emporium or on the web.

$20 - http://www.etrailer.com/pc-ELEBF~118175.htm
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Old 03-02-2009, 07:01 PM   #10
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:30 AM   #11
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:31 AM   #12
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:31 AM   #13
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