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Discussion in 'A4/A4 cabriolet/S4 forum(B6 chassis)' started by gaanrowl, Dec 11, 2009.

  1. gaanrowl
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    [Dec 11, 2009]
    hi can anyone reccomend a towbar possibly to fit myself, one that doesnt need to cut the bumper.
    audi a4 1.9tdi se saloon 54reg
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    [Dec 11, 2009]
    THIS is a horror story, with a happy ending HERE - I think he has sold the car now, but it might be worth a PM to the owner to see what make was used in the end.
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    [Dec 12, 2009]
    cheers quattrojames, seems form reading that it will be a westfalia bar im after.
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    [Dec 14, 2009]
    ive just admittedly had fitted for me a BRINK removeable towbar and euro 13pin electrics, the bumper hasn't been cut and the electrics fold up on a bracket and hide behind the bumper, very neet although not the cheapest option. you will however have to remove the rear bumper in order to fit a tow bar but thats standard accross the board, i can recomend the BRINK to you as very good and of course you dont get ''SHINNED'' with a removeable
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    [Dec 14, 2009]
    can any of the removables be fitted to an S-Line?

    any recommendations for some good fitters?
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    [Dec 14, 2009]
    I have an Alko Audi one fitted, no cutting at all with a push away socket too, meaning unless you get under the car you wont know there's one there.
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    [Dec 15, 2009]
    I have the bosal swan neck detachable .yes need an little bumper cut but you cant see it 12 v power fold in . Cant tell you have an towbar
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    [Dec 15, 2009]
    I've got an S-Line Avant, and needed a towbar.

    Ended up getting one from TowEquipe for a little over £125 (from memory) and fitted it myself. Took a day as whole rear of car needs to be gutted out to remove bumper. But if it's worth doing, it's worth doing right.

    Didn't bother with removable as am using it too often. Bumper cut was minimal (about 50mm x 35mm) from the very underside of the bumper. The cut is only visible if you lie on the ground behind car and look up.

    Will attach a couple of photos if it helps.

    Used one of TowEquipe's wiring kits that runs on a 12v feed (like an electronic multi-relay) and hasn't affected CANbus system at all.

    Hope this helps.
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    [Dec 15, 2009]
    Don't suppose you have a copy of the wiring diagram do you? i've got the same wiring kit but as i did not buy it from TowEquipe i can't access the pdf files.
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    [Dec 16, 2009]
    @six speed did you get thew flange type or swan neck?
    photo`s would be appreciated :thumbsup:
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    [Apr 5, 2010]
    Hi.
    I going to fit a detachable towbar from Westfalia to my A4 B6 Salloon (11/2003) but I am not sure what kind of wiring I need.
    As I read in the net some people connect the wiring directly to the rear lights, others connected the wiring to the rear lights via a relay and others used a special wiring kit.
    The towbar is the following:
    (h++p://www.towequipe.co.uk/products/305206-audi-westfalia-detach-towbar-for-a4-sal-and-avant-0104kt.html)

    Thank you for any advice.
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    you will need a smart relay to opperate the trailer lights without effecting the cars canbus circuit.

    is it single or twin electrics or 13 pin your fitting

    will find one of my old posts with the towbar wiring colours etc
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    its a ryder unit, which is what i use when fitting towbars

    if you look at the unit itself it says which each colour is and where it needs to conect to

    wire the unit behind the right hand lamp, run a wire to the left hand for the indicator and to the left hand sidelight

    left hand indicator: grey/blue or green/blue (just check with test light L.E.D) this goes to yellow wire on the relay

    right hand indicator: black/green this goes to the green wire on the relay

    brake light: black/red this goes to the red wire on the relay

    fog light: grey/white this goes to the blue wire on the relay

    left side light: grey/black this goes to the black wire on the relay

    right side light: grey/red (only wire left apart from brown, just test if its not grey/red) this goes to the brown wire on the relay

    reverse: blue/red this goes to the grey wire on the relay*

    * reverse is only used if fitting twin electrics or 13pin socket

    if there is 2 grey wires on the relay 1 goes to reverse and the other goes to earth, doesnt mater which grey wire does what, if theres only 1 grey wire, it goes to the reverse light

    white wire on the relay goes to earth (body)

    youll also need to power the relay, i take a feed from the rear cig light as its rated at 30 amps, but fit an inline fuse, 15amp inbetween the relay and the cig lighter wire, the live is the red wire or red/white from memory, not brown. the live feed goes into any of the + ports (choice of 2)

    the wires from the towing socket go into the relay ports which tell you which colour to put where, the white wire goes to earth (body).
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    [Apr 6, 2010]
    mines the detachable swan-neck westfalia, same as what audi fit,fitted by, 1st choice ; very neat !!!
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    [Apr 12, 2010]
    Thank you scott b.
    So I have to "steal" the signals from left/right lights and connect them to the relay.
    Also I have to get power from fuses...
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    [Apr 12, 2010]
    yeah. as for powering the relay, if you have a cig lighter in the boot then the feed from that is more than ample
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    [Apr 27, 2010]
    Hi.
    I finished today the tow bar wiring with TEB7AS relay. I made these connections to my LHD car:


    Left tail light:
    blue/black: left indicator – yellow on relay
    grey/black: left side light - black on relay
    red/black: brake light - red on relay
    grey/white: fog light - blue on relay


    Right tail light:
    green/black: right indicator - green on relay
    grey/red: right side light - brown on relay


    For earth the white on relay
    For permanent live I used the fuse 33 (cigarette lighter) 15Amp at fuse box.


    Everything is working well except the parking side lights on trailer. In case I enable the left or the right parking side light on trailer lights on both of them.
    Is that OK?
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    [Apr 27, 2010]
    yeah thats normal, as theres only one output on the relay for the side lights
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