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Towbar question... (Warning: Mundane Content!!)

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by Tooks, Feb 21, 2007.

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    [Feb 21, 2007]
    I know it's not a very sexy subject, but has anybody fitted a Westfalia detachable towbar to their A3 quattro or S3 please?

    Was it easy to fit?

    Did you have to cut the bumper at all?

    What can you see when the towball is removed?

    Many thanks in advance!
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    :gaehn: :lazy:
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    Have tried the search option? :lmfao:
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    Sorry for the delay replying, nodded off myself there for a minute... :)

    Yeah, tried the search function, and although some folks had brought them, and said they were going to fit, no further news. Perhaps they fell asleep under the car?!...

    Anyway, in my defence m'lud, I need a towbar for a bike rack, nothing else! I've got roof mounted racks at the minute, and it's just too much of a faff if I'm honest!

    Awaits the rush of replies from fellow secret tow bar enthusiasts!...
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    Towbars are easy to fit, they just bolt on to the chassis which is pre drilled then it's just a case of wiring the lights in. If you're towing a caravan you can wire in a secondary socket to take 12 volt power throuh to the van to run the fridge etc. For the second socket you'd need to wire a split charge relay to the ignition so that there isn't a permanent 12 volt live feed.

    Not got any experience of A3's specifically though.

    Where abouts are you???
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    Thanks smitch! I'm near Grantham, Lincs.

    I'd read some instructions on the bosal website which seemed to suggest they did bolt on, after removing the rear bumper and replacing the aluminium bumper bar with the one in the kit.

    I'm hoping the one I want to buy doesn't need a bumper cut, which the site says it doesn't, but I know these things can be wrong sometimes!

    I'll just need electrics for a lighting board is my guess, because I think with two bikes on the back, it will probably obscure the number plate and possibly the lights.
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    if you do have to cut the bumper they will supply a little blanking plate, hopefully you'll be ok though!

    Good luck. :o.k:
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    My car (S3) had the bosal towbar fitted when I got it, from my recollection, I simply unlocked it, and pushed a button (?) which released the towbar for it to come off, and easily clips back in via a push pin mechanism (I think), it was three years ago and I pretty much forgot that I had it!

    There's no difference or cut-outs in the bumper IIRC?
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    Thanks spuddie007, I'll give the Bosal one a look see!
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    Out of interest, how much load can you put on these towbars on an S3?
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    75kgs vertical load for the A3 quattro/S3, with towing load subject to your own car/braked or unbraked trailer/caravan.

    I think all Europe type approved tow bars have to meet the 75kg vertical load measure though.
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