Tow bar with flange(?) fitting

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Tow bar with flange(?) fitting

Post by Babaa » Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:42 pm

Hi all,

Was just wondering if anyone with the Active Tourer has had a detachable tow bar fitted that wasn't the one you could select from BMW when new?

We have a bike rack that needs a different fitment on the end than a standard tow ball (I think it is called a 'flange' fitting - just looks like a flat metal plate with some bolt holes), and I know that we got a Witter branded one on the last car, but as it seems like an over £500 cost, just wanted to ask if anyone else has had any good ones fitted to consider.

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Re: Tow bar with flange(?) fitting

Post by Blind Pugh » Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:48 am

Witter make a fixed or detachable flanged towbar for bmw f45/6

https://www.tridenttowing.co.uk/tow-bar ... -on-p13524
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Re: Tow bar with flange(?) fitting

Post by Babaa » Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:02 pm

Hi Blind Pugh,

Thanks, I think that is pretty much the one I was looking at, though when I factor in adding the fitting, wanting it to be detachable and the electric kit, they seem to come in between £500 and £600 in the end:

https://www.witter-towbars.co.uk/towbar ... AyMDE0IC0g

https://www.pfjones.co.uk/bmw-2-series- ... rrency=GBP

Before spending that much I wanted to see if maybe others had already gone and got one to know if better / cheaper alternatives (or maybe if the BMW one would work), but if not, think I'll just go for a Witter one as at least I know it will work, albeit a bit costly.

Cheers -- Babaa
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2015 220i Active Tourer
2013 m135i (now gone)

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Re: Tow bar with flange(?) fitting

Post by Babaa » Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:53 am

Hi all,

Just as an fyi if anyone else is considering one, but ended up going for a detachable one direct from Witter in the end.

A little over £550 for the one we needed with the extra flange fitting, but electrics done, no cutting of bumpers or anything, and when not attached to the car, you would literally have to squat down to even identify the tiny part of the bracket that shows to know where to slot it in.

A lot less than the £2k quoted for a BMW one, and virtually undetectable when not using it, so a good job all in all. :D

Cheers -- Babaa
2018 m140i SE
2015 220i Active Tourer
2013 m135i (now gone)

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Re: Tow bar with flange(?) fitting

Post by Gwentvillan » Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:54 pm

Where did u get it done ? Cheers

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Re: Tow bar with flange(?) fitting

Post by Babaa » Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:16 pm

Hi Gwentvillan,

Found 1 or 2 places that would supply / send the parts separately & then arrange a fitter to come later, but in the end paid about £50 more to get it all directly from Witter Towbars on their website (this was the link for our specific car and one we went for - you may want to go through the selector again - https://www.witter-towbars.co.uk/towbar ... VzIE1QVg==), as that way if it either didn't fit or something went wrong, just one company to take it up with.

PS - as a slight correction to the note below though, having used it now and actually getting down underneath the bumper to insert the detachable part, they did need to make a very slight cut (maybe about half a cm wide and for about 2 inches long) just where the towbar comes up when fitted, but this is right at the very end of the bumper trim and so far back that you'd need to be lying on the floor to see it - so from walking round the car etc. you still don't see a thing when it isn't fitted, but technically, there is a very slight cut.

Cheers -- Babaa
2018 m140i SE
2015 220i Active Tourer
2013 m135i (now gone)

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