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Old 31-07-2019, 02:23 PM   #31
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Newbie here, sorry to dig up an old thread, joolz you mention no need to remove the rear bumper to fit the towbar. Is that correct?
I've just purchased a genuine kit and going to fit this weekend.
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Bumper stays on. Just the underneath cover has to be removed.
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Old 31-07-2019, 02:29 PM   #32
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Old 31-07-2019, 02:30 PM   #33
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The Mondeo the bumper stays on but the FG the bumper has to come off and a hole cut for the tongue/receiver to come through.
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Default Re: Ford towbar fitting prices just wow.

I have found a very large price variance between aftermarket tow bar fitters.

Mitsi charged around $990 when I got the Outlander new.

My brother has a BMW M 4 wheel drive thing. His bar was around $4k but it actually electronically retracts behind the bumper when not in use.

Didn't believe it till I saw it.
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Old 06-08-2019, 10:51 PM   #35
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I briefly considered buying a BMW X3 until I discovered a towbar was a $5,500 option.
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Old 07-08-2019, 08:10 PM   #36
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I briefly considered buying a BMW X3 until I discovered a towbar was a $5,500 option.
Was that the retractable one?

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Old 07-08-2019, 08:25 PM   #37
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You still someone to program the TRM (trailer module) to the vehicle...
I'll do it for the cheap price of $1200
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Old 08-08-2019, 08:28 AM   #38
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I ended up buying a genuine Ford kit inc module & harness from Bayford Parts on ebay for $650.
Getting it fitted & programmed at Ford this week as with the genuine kit the rear bar has to come off, and I can't be bothered!
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Old 16-08-2019, 10:31 PM   #39
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I ended up buying a genuine Ford kit inc module & harness from Bayford Parts on ebay for $650.
Getting it fitted & programmed at Ford this week as with the genuine kit the rear bar has to come off, and I can't be bothered!
What did they quote you for install? (If you don't mind me asking) I bought a ford towbar from ford years ago and have never got around to having it installed. Had it booked in at Bayford to get fitted at the same time as the first complimentary service (Aug2016). Then common sense kicked in and I asked them how much? They quoted me around $500+ to install. I then got a quote from Rex gorell at the time and they quoted me ~$300 for the same install.

The towbar and wiring loom is still sitting in my spare room, and my tinnie is still sitting in the back yard lol.
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Old 16-08-2019, 10:36 PM   #40
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What did they quote you for install? (If you don't mind me asking) I bought a ford towbar from ford years ago and have never got around to having it installed. Had it booked in at Bayford to get fitted at the same time as the first complimentary service (Aug2016). Then common sense kicked in and I asked them how much? They quoted me around $500+ to install. I then got a quote from Rex gorell at the time and they quoted me ~$300 for the same install.

The towbar and wiring loom is still sitting in my spare room, and my tinnie is still sitting in the back yard lol.
I bought a tow bar for my Focus for $200 and it sat around for a while before I managed to install it. Wiring (left overs from Ford, free) is going in at the end of this month.

Prices people are quoting here are a bit eye-watering.
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Old 19-08-2019, 08:40 AM   #41
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What did they quote you for install? (If you don't mind me asking) I bought a ford towbar from ford years ago and have never got around to having it installed. Had it booked in at Bayford to get fitted at the same time as the first complimentary service (Aug2016). Then common sense kicked in and I asked them how much? They quoted me around $500+ to install. I then got a quote from Rex gorell at the time and they quoted me ~$300 for the same install.

The towbar and wiring loom is still sitting in my spare room, and my tinnie is still sitting in the back yard lol.
Getting it fitted & programmed tomorrow at Essendon Ford for $350.
I could do it myself and get the module programmed but am time poor!
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Old 02-10-2019, 05:21 PM   #42
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Hey guys, just went to rex gorell ford to get a price and book my car in for a tow bar install and they asked what year, make and model. When I told them 2016 fgx falcon, they told me I can buy the tow bar from ford, but that I'd have to get it installed elsewhere as they won't/don't install them. What the hell?
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Hey guys, just went to rex gorell ford to get a price and book my car in for a tow bar install and they asked what year, make and model. When I told them 2016 fgx falcon, they told me I can buy the tow bar from ford, but that I'd have to get it installed elsewhere as they won't/don't install them. What the hell?

Did they explain why they won't install?
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You can probably purchase a Hayman Reese towbar & have it fitted at a cheaper price than what you can purchase a genuine Ford bar for.
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Did they explain why they won't install?
No she didn't, I should have asked.
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Default Re: Ford towbar fitting prices just wow.

i put a towbar on my FG last year
cost me $75 from a wrecker with loom
removed the rear bar, fitted the towbar and loom
cut a hole in the bar cover (template is behind it and i used a step drill in the corners and a stanley knife
the self drilling bolts went in easy with a cordless rattle gun
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Old 03-10-2019, 06:23 PM   #47
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i put a towbar on my FG last year
cost me $75 from a wrecker with loom
removed the rear bar, fitted the towbar and loom
cut a hole in the bar cover (template is behind it and i used a step drill in the corners and a stanley knife
the self drilling bolts went in easy with a cordless rattle gun
easy as!
How difficult was it to remove the rear bumper bar and then put it back on? And a 2 person job I'd assume?
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Default Re: Ford towbar fitting prices just wow.

Carasel in Sydney seem to do a good job at a decent price.

Did my i30 wagon for $480. It was the most expensive of the derivatives available.

There were other models of i30 prices fitted for $3xx.

Of the 6 companies I called / emailed only 3 got back to me with a price and the other 2 prices were upper $6xx to lower $7xx.

Pays to shop around!
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How difficult was it to remove the rear bumper bar and then put it back on? And a 2 person job I'd assume?
its better with 2 people
tape up the lower guards so the bar doesn't scratch the paintwork
the plastic screw plugs come out easy enough but the clip rail holding the top of the sides of the bar cover are difficult to remove, i broke 1 so google this before removing it
the hole cutting is daunting but easy enough and if you do balls it up you can put a trim around it or as its under the bar its hard to see so just leave it
the wiring it easy, unplug a tail light and put in the new loom
i'd say its a 3 hour job if you take your time and don't rush it

a local panel beater would probably remove the rear bar and cut the whole for a little bit of cash if you are worried
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ebv8, thanks for the heads up mate.
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Sent off an email to Rex Gorell Ford asking why they won't fit the towbar to my '16 Falcon and got a reply stating that their service department don't fit accessory items in the workshop. Only their Pre delivery department does the fitments, and obviously, only to New cars. Weird???
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