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 Post subject: ba ute towbar installation
Posted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 7:32 pm 
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hi guys,
can anyone give me some info on installing a towbar on a ba ute. I have two questions 1. at closer inspection do i have to thread the bolt holes.It is my dads ute and he bought from his workplace. the bolt holes have steel "grommets" that are unthreaded, i think they are ten mill which is no problem and 2. do i have to undo the bolts on the rear springs to fully install the bar? looking forward to your reply!
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 Post subject: Re: ba ute towbar installation
Posted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 10:20 pm 
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Some reply is better than no reply...

Circle which bolt holes you are refering to.
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For your information: AU, BA and BF tow bars should all be similar as the rear is the same set up in utes from 1999 to 2007.

 

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 Post subject: Re: ba ute towbar installation
Posted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 10:22 pm 
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Does this have some relevance?
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remove bumper bar a few studs and scrivets around wheel arches
2x 10mm nuts per side inside the boot behind the lights
3 scrivets underneath near tyre well
unplug reverse sensors if fitted

there are a couple of types of bars
most have 2 bolts each end and 2 or 3 in the middle panel
they use self threading bolts, if you tap the holes that are already in your car they will go in easier, especially if secondhand/used.
they can be heavy, get a helper
remove the cut out from the bumper for the tongue
make sure to use proper hi spec bolts, not cheapys

the plug wiring has a few options
get the original lead from ford or wrecker, just plugs in behind RH taillight
buy a plug and lead from supercheap etc and splice it into the wiring plug
just test wires one by one for indicators brakes etc and wire to right pins on the plug end, pins should be described on the box.
easiest way is a flat cable type lead from supercheap etc, I dont tow much so I just use round for the few hours it is in there it wont hurt, just coil it up in the boot near the jack and roll it out when using the trailer. No holes etc in bumper and wont get torn off on low driveways. Another way is to tuck it in behind the bumper and use a piece of wire or something to secure it, then get it out when needed and use wire to attach plug to trailer so it wont drag.
the Ford loom and plug will deactivate reverse sensors, the flap being open when you plug in the trailer will deactivate them. Thats why they are a bit dearer. You can put up with the beeping when reversing or you can short it out when you hook up the trailer.

 

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