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    Default Re: Towbar Installation vs Price hike

    tut: Thanks. not too sure whether it fits or not. I still have to get someone to install it, it's beyond my ability to install it.

    Bryan: Aro Bros quoted me $650.

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    Default Re: Towbar Installation vs Price hike

    Geez, they used to be a lot cheaper than that but that goes back awhiles!

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    Default Re: Towbar Installation vs Price hike

    My last 2 cars, I got tow bars cheap from Pick A Part, and bolted them on, using big hammer drill, and big engine mount bolts, and reinforcing plates. 650 seems steep; Is it a removable Hitch type? As for wiring LED's, resistors may be required, otherwise the ECU alarm can squeal off, as I found with my Honda.

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    Default Re: Towbar Installation vs Price hike

    Their only real benefit is to stop some bar-steward from dinging your car in the rear in parking areas. Need one on the front as well to protect that end.

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    Default Re: Towbar Installation vs Price hike

    Quote Originally Posted by kenj View Post
    Their only real benefit is to stop some bar-steward from dinging your car in the rear in parking areas. Need one on the front as well to protect that end.

    Ken
    They do prevent damage, occasionally when someone is tailgating I slam on the brakes as hard as I can and write the front of their car off. Just straighten the tow bar out with the gas plant when I get home. The joy of seeing Japanese plastic bits flying and metal bits crumpling is considerable. There are two things a proper kiwi bloke has a Stihl chainsaw and a towbar on his vehicle.
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    Default Re: Towbar Installation vs Price hike

    I wouldn't be without one, take a trailer load of rubbish to the dump a couple times a year and use it for the bike rack. It did cost me around $700 from memory though.
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    Default Re: Towbar Installation vs Price hike

    It's probably the OSH compliance costs with putting approved scaffolding to full bumper height before work can commence.
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    Default Re: Towbar Installation vs Price hike

    Do they still just attatch them to bumper bolts ? do cars even have bumper bolts anymore

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    Default Re: Towbar Installation vs Price hike

    they usually have special mount locations for them. there is no chassis to bolt to on cars.
    prices will vary a lot depending on the car's design. there are not simple any more.

    one thing to keep in mind is the tow rating for the car. some are absolutely pathetic and are only good for towing an empty trailer.
    those with CVT gearboxes would be best to avoid towing altogether.
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    Default Re: Towbar Installation vs Price hike

    Quote Originally Posted by tweak'e View Post
    they usually have special mount locations for them. there is no chassis to bolt to on cars.
    prices will vary a lot depending on the car's design. there are not simple any more.

    one thing to keep in mind is the tow rating for the car. some are absolutely pathetic and are only good for towing an empty trailer.
    those with CVT gearboxes would be best to avoid towing altogether.
    Actually I think CVT should not be used for towing at all our boy had a Mitsi CVT and the manual said do not tow a trailer.

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