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« on: January 02, 2008, 05:21:58 PM »

Looking to fit towbar to my MK2 has anybody any advise on which make /type (detachable/fixed) is the best. Has anybody installed one themselves? Would I be best to purchase specific wiring loom for Galaxy, does it just connect straight into rear lights wiring loom.

I'm doing my home work before I contact my local towbar company.

Thanks for your help. Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2008, 08:32:00 PM »

I have fitted towbars to our two previous cars but not the galaxy as it was already fitted.  If you do fit one yourself, make sure the securing bolts are tightened to the correct torque, and you use all the washers and spacers provided.
The last thing ya want is ya trailer or caravan dropping off down the motorway Wink

Ours is a witter, fixed ball tow bar.   i have never seen the point of detachable ones, as a fixed ball acts as a damn good reversing aid Grin

You can pick up some good deals on new towbar kits on eBay.
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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2008, 12:29:10 AM »

I've got a detachable fitted to mine and I must admit I'm in two minds as to whether I'd goto the expense (at the time) for that or just stick with a fixed one..  One benefit I do have with detachable is when I take the clan out and it involves using the bammer as a temporary picnic hut I dont crack my leg against the towbar all the time which i used to with my old mondeo's fixed towbar (and it stops being funny the 4th time you do it within 30mins!!!  Although the kids found it hilarious ALL the time  Roll Eyes )

One place that I've seen advertise on ebay is one I've had dealings with for the Aux Heater..  PfJones Towbars Certainly know their stuff and last time i looked into them (for a possible mk3 purchase.. Lotto win please!!) they seemed very reasonable.

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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2008, 03:26:29 PM »

Mine was bought with a fixed towbar already fitted. It hasn't caused any problems, and I doubt if I would pay the extra for a detachable one.

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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2008, 04:28:17 PM »

i had a witter one fitted to mine,for around £350.00 in 2003.am not a towbar fan,and didnt fancy a fixed one..

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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2008, 11:30:22 PM »

If you're willing to have a go yourself, then try Towequipe.

I had my Bosal detachable from them (click here)

The bumper has to be removed but, there is no cutting. It is also totally invisible. Took me about an hour to fit the towbar and if you buy their tailormade wiring kits, they are plug and play apart from a couple of wires for the parking sensors.

Costs you less than £300.
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« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2008, 01:43:10 PM »

There is an unused connector in the jack stowage compartment, is that for the towbar wiring?
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« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2008, 11:16:13 PM »

Don't think so. Didn't see one on mine Undecided

Could you post a picture for us to see?
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« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2008, 11:20:22 PM »

Only connectors I have in that area are for the rear window aerial, CD Autochanger, and the electric rear quarter windows
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« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2008, 12:22:08 PM »

Probably the CD changer then. Thanks.
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« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2008, 02:15:07 PM »

iirc from a few years back it is indeed for the changer Wink
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« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2009, 08:43:15 PM »

Hi
I fitted my towbar
To my surprise the ford towbar was actually cheaper than a witter and bolted straight on.
You are supposed to fit a different metal reinforcer which would add to the cost but i just left the original off.The towbar has a huge tube that goes across the back so i figgured this is ten times stronger than any bumper reinforcer so just put bumper back without it.Its been on for two years no problems.
I also opted for the wiring kit from ford which was as much as the towbar but top quality plugged straight in to the existing loom with the proper connectors unlike usual rubbish aftermarket looms.
Hope that helps Stuart.
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« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2009, 07:08:02 PM »

Hi folks,

I've just got a mkII and a will be fitting a Witter fixed bar next weekend. So; where is the factory connector for connecting the electrics?

Thanks

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« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2009, 09:46:29 PM »

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So; where is the factory connector for connecting the electrics?

In short, there isn't one. I wired mine up with factory wiring and they plug in line to the rear lamp units and rear 12v socket. There may be a little extra wiring if you want split charging.
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« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2009, 06:53:45 AM »

Thanks Daz. Scotchlocks it is then!
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