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Has anyone put a tow bar on a S3??

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by swatchuk, Mar 29, 2012.

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    Basically I've read that it can be done. I know i will have to cut the bumper to allow for it. Just wondered if anyone has any advice on what parts to get, or if anyone has done it, the best way to go about the bumper cut.
    Thanks in advance. Mark
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    Watch this space!

    OK, not a S3 but 3dr Quattro. I've had quite a problem getting a bar to fit. 5dr Quattros no problem, 3dr 2WD no problem. I think the issue with 3dr Quattros is the exhaust shape & the battery box in the boot, plus the boot floor is higher.

    You can get a swan neck bar but this needs a different rear valance & flap in bumper. I have bought a Tow Trust bar and will look to get it fitted very soon, the instructions tell me I need to make a 40x60mm bumper cut, the bar piece itself unbolts.

    It will be a couple of weeks but will try & put some photos up in time (of a tow bar - must be sad).
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    I know how sad hey. I'm going to be putting a detachable one on mine it's just the bumper cut I need to sort. I know someone on here had an s3 rear bumper and made a removable flap which could be taken out when the towbar was in use. I think I've found the right bar and wiring from pf jones.
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    You'll be wanting a roof box next..............:wtf:
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    Bad news, I had to put a roof box on last weekend to go camping. It wasn't pretty. It got taken off as soon as i got there
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    shouldn't be done :beee:
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    My dad has a detachable one on his 320d M-Sport Touring, its well hidden.
    Unsure about cutting a section out the bumper on the S3 tho :think:
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    Tow bar and S3 should never be in the same sentence.
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    tell this to s3dave! he is planning such a venture himself!
    he has already got the panama hat and box of kleenex hankies for the back shelf!
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    I think Westfalia do them for an 8P S3 including detachable ones. It has a cautionary note for any 04/08 and onwards models but I'm not quite sure if means they wont fit or that the towbar shouldn't be fitted because Audi have remove the weights and measure towbar specs from the manual and are trying to stop them being fitted

    Anyway heres the catalogue Page 13/14 for S3 8P.

    http://ossbmxracing.co.uk/Storage/WESTFALIA-Katalog_06-2011_engl.pdf

    Plus Electrical and fitting for the 13 Pin Electrics and detachable Tow Bar PDF's

    http://ossbmxracing.co.uk/Storage/WestFalia Electrical towbar kit.pdf

    http://ossbmxracing.co.uk/Storage/westfalia Audi A3&S3 2003 onwards a321751691101.pdf

    Westfalia website. Do a search on Audi, A3 on the product finder.

    WESTFALIA-Automotive GmbH | Anhängekupplung - Elektrosatz - Fahrradträger | Home

    If anyone can fit these then I would like mine doing. So please experiment and let me know how you get on. I dont want to be the first guinea pig because I'll only mess it up. LOL :)

    Hopefully its an easy install.
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    Oh, I forgot. I dont want to tow any trailers, I just want it for use with a cycle rack for my BMX's and MTB's etc etc

    I hate roof carriers and want something more secure than something just hanging off the back of my car
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    The details above are for the 3 door 8P S3 not the sportback
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    Whatever next.........I know fishing rod clamps on the roof and bonnet.
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    If you want to have a look on my post for cruise control help I have posted pics of my towbar fitted, it's detachable and has a hatch for removal to fit the towbar, it's a westfalia.
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