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Tow bar (help in choosing)

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03 Jan 2018 11:52 #188004 by Clint68
Hi, thanks to everyone who has helped with my previous post over wiring. I’m now undecided on what type of tow bar I go for. I originally wanted a fixed flange type but the supplier I preferred to use do not sell the fixed flange due to it obscureing the number plate and therefore forcing me to purchase the more expensive detatchable. There are other companies out there that supply fixed flange for the Jimny and I have viewed pics on Google, I’m not convinced that it obscures the number plate enough to get a pull by the Police. I will only use the Jimny for the occasional camping trip to pull a small trailer.

What type of tow bars do other Jimny owners use and any suggestions to what type of bar would be suited for me? I have also noticed 3 different types of fitment to the chassis (please see attachments) which is the prefered fitment type?
Appreciate any help.

Clint

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03 Jan 2018 13:50 #188006 by fozzie
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This is the one I bought from Amazon.

Suzuki Jimny 2door 2-4WD 2001 On Detachable Towbar with 7 pin Bypass Relay UT370COR19ZM/WU800UK2

Sorry, but I don't know how to post a link!

The picture on Amazon is the same as the one with the detachable swan neck, but in reality the fixings are nothing like the picture.

2012 Jimny Black. Totally standard (except for rear seat removal mod).

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03 Jan 2018 14:11 #188007 by Lambert
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I have one of each on my 2 and in the near future I will be ditching the detachable one in favour of another fixed one. There's a thread a little while ago about why i want to.

It's not a Jimny. It's my Jimny

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Boing said Zebedee (blue automatic)
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04 Jan 2018 09:39 #188028 by Clint68
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Hi, did you fit the tow bar yourself and if so what fitting type from the 3 pictures I posted did you use?
Thanks

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04 Jan 2018 09:45 #188029 by Clint68
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Hi Fozzie, checked your tow bar out on Amazon. The chassis fittings look like there meant for a different car.and the same as in the top picture I supplied. The bottom picture seems the most common fitting for a Jimny. What type of fitting was yours and did you fit it yourself?

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04 Jan 2018 10:53 #188034 by fozzie
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Hi Clint,

The swan neck removable part is virtually the same as your top picture, and the tow bar mounting is very similar to the bottom picture.

When I bought mine at the end of last year from Amazon, I thought it was a different mounting system to the one I put on the 07 Jimny. As it happens, it was exactly the same, the picture is wrong.

I fitted it myself. It took about an hour. You don't need to remove the rear bumper, but it does help to remove a couple of screws under the bumper to allow you to get your hands in to put the fiddly nuts and bolts in. Also, with all of these tow bars, the rear silencer does sometimes knock on the main cross bar of the tow bar. This happened on both my jimmy's. To stop it knocking, I cable tied a small piece of soft rubber on the cross bar. (The exhaust mounts are quite soft which allows up and down movement of the rear silencer and hence the knock!).

Hope this helps.

2012 Jimny Black. Totally standard (except for rear seat removal mod).

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04 Jan 2018 11:50 #188035 by Mraz
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And I'd change it for this one in heartbeat:
www.accessories-4x4.com/Product/98/Instance/1120/en/

With this "square type" you can fabricate lot of stuff (bike carrier, recovery point, all kinds of storage boxes or carriers) and with original you can only use it as a tow bar.

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04 Jan 2018 16:50 #188039 by Lambert
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Mine are none of the above, my detachable is a witter one and the fixed is a Towtrust one i think. The fixed one was already on but I fitted the detachable myself and it was really easy.

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Mooo said Ermintrude (black)
Boing said Zebedee (blue automatic)
Hello said Florence (silver gv 2.4)

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04 Jan 2018 18:01 #188041 by Clint68
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Thanks for all your suggestions, I think I will be going for a Witter detachable. It’s double the price of a fixed tow bar, and still a big saving as I shall be fitting it myself. The other good thing is that it will only be attached when in use and no chance of getting a pull by obscuring the number plate with a fixed ball.
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09 Jan 2018 16:51 #188175 by gilburton
Never had a problem with the police with mine but the main dealer used to take the ball off at the MOT(with my permission) and I put it straight back on. Other MOT places have left it on ! If in doubt just remove the ball.
As far as flange or swan neck is concerned if you think you may tow other stuff or fit bicycle racks etc the fixed flange is better as everything just bolts on.

I started off high and worked my way down ever since :-)

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