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Tow bar on 2012 CRD S Limited

So, I wanted to put a tow bar on my 2012 CRD 3.0 S Limited, but no one anywhere would tell me it's possible. The S Limited has an additional trim panel / diffuser which extends the size of the rear bumper.

So, I decided to give it a go.

The bar I selected was a Bosal / Oris 050-653 -Removable swan neck ball. I selected this having examined the detailed drawings of others, including my normal first choice Witter. I was looking for minimal bumper problems.

http://www.catalogue.bosal.com/pdf/pdf_mi/050653.pdf

The good news, it fits and only required a bumper cut of 100mm (across) by 25mm (deep) along the hidden underside of the bumper with diffuser mounted.

For wiring I selected a dedicated wiring kit with 13 pin socket. Non-dedicated kits are a very bad idea on a vehicle that is so dependant on CAN bus etc... make the investment.

http://www.pfjones.co.uk/Wiring_inst...29610505RC.pdf

The job - took 10 hours - yes TEN - I could do it in 6 now I've done it once.

The highlights...

Removing rear bumper - requires controlled aggression to remove side wheel arch trims.

Removing standard tow hook - This was fitted to the car before the exhaust pipes and was a total fXXker to get off as very restricted access to the bolt heads.

Removing internal boot elements and the internal side panel, which has many suicidal clips attaching it.

Enlarging a 25mm oval hole to a 40mm round hole to accept the waterproof grommet.

Overall, a very neat solution, but not a job for the meak... and I would expect any cheapy mobile fitting to moan and mess it up...

Feel free to ask questions !









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I hope you are NOT in Australia
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Re: Tow bar on 2012 CRD S Limited

So do I... but luckily I'm about 50 miles north from the actual "Ally Pally" in England...

Why would it matter if I was in Australia ?
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Re: Tow bar on 2012 CRD S Limited

Is it just me, or does that look a bit like...................as they say on Top Gear, a "gentlemens sausage??"



Or is that too rude to post on here.................lol
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Re: Tow bar on 2012 CRD S Limited

Hmm...

I recommend a trip to your physician at your earliest convenience !

But yes, I think I feel a nickname coming on for it....

It is nice that it's a "stealth" sausage... i.e. it removes easily and the electrics swing up out of the way to maintain good ground clearance... and people won't thank I'm a caravanner.
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So do I... but luckily I'm about 50 miles north from the actual "Ally Pally" in England...

Why would it matter if I was in Australia ?
Because our towbar's and hitches are completely different.
So you are close to Cambridge?.
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Re: Tow bar on 2012 CRD S Limited

About 30 miles west in Milton Keynes. I last hit Cambridge about 3 weeks back for a show at the Corn Exchange.
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