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I need to install a hitch...

on my 2004 BMW 530I...what kind? Does it have to be permanently installed? I have no experience with this whatsoever. Im researching it but I'd also like some advice from people who know more about this. Thanks.

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Rent a van, hitch a ride.

Don't drill a hole in a nice car!
Ya I agree but it'll always be an inconvenience trying to find a ride or whatever. So there's no hitch I can install on my car without "ruining" it?

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check with Uhaul, they sell whats called a sport hitch, made for towing light trailers

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Ya I agree but it'll always be an inconvenience trying to find a ride or whatever. So there's no hitch I can install on my car without "ruining" it?

Dude.....you bought an expensive car. WTH is another $3-4k for a cheap van or pick-up?

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Dude.....you bought an expensive car. WTH is another $3-4k for a cheap van or pick-up?
there no money left, the expensive car took it all

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Dude.....you bought an expensive car. WTH is another $3-4k for a cheap van or pick-up?
Very true, but I'm not jumping at the gun. Im still contemplating all that.

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check with Uhaul, they sell whats called a sport hitch, made for towing light trailers
Yep I saw that. It's like $150 "Sportframe 1 1/4 inch Rec"

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What are you going to tow with it exactly ?

Makes a big difference.


There are plenty of places to get a hitch installed.
Had several done at River / Rand Rental in Streamwood.

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What are you going to tow with it exactly ?

Makes a big difference.


There are plenty of places to get a hitch installed.
Had several done at River / Rand Rental in Streamwood.

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check your owners manual and see what the specs are for towing. Some cars have existing holes in the unibody to mount a hitch. Yes, you can remove it too. Hidden hitch makes one that is less visible. You might be able to get a wiring kit that connects to your existing rear lights without wiring your own lighting.

Like blarney said, rental places do install them, and U haul does too.

Make sure you read up on the transmission part in towing in the owners manual. Towing in overdrive can hurt the transmission.
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Your bike on WHAT? Blarney is asking about the trailer specs.

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Thanks for your help guys, and sorry about your unfortunate experiences

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My bike.

No shit.... really ?


So trailers weigh somewhere between 300 Lbs and 7000 Lbs.


What kind of trailer / ramp / device are you going to use to tow your bike ?



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Your bike on WHAT? Blarney is asking about the trailer specs.
Oh well a bike trailer 4 by 6 im thinking. Not enclosed.

Something like this

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/FOLD-...ayphotohosting

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Im getting the sport hitch my my car soon enough, its only a 95 prelude nonvtec, manual so i dont really have to worry bout the trans

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Check this out also...

Www.kendonusa.com


~400Lb Trailer ~400 Bike.... Easy with a sport-hitch.


Anything will tow that.


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Check this out also...

Www.kendonusa.com


~400Lb Trailer ~400 Bike.... Easy with a sport-hitch.


Anything will tow that.


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Hidden hitch makes one that is less visible.
+1 on this. i would look into this. i used this on my 95 mustang and 96 jeep cherokee. they fit real nice and they look good when the receiver is out and the supplied cap is on.

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Do what you want but even with the lightest setup, BMW trans + towing anything = FAIL.

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