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Greatpooba
10-24-2011, 01:48 PM
Hi all,

First post here for me. Just got a 2010 CPO 550iGT, and want to install a trailer hitch with a 2" receiver for my Thule bike rack. Any suggestions? Thanks.

jadnashuanh
10-24-2011, 05:24 PM
In most of the rest of the world, BMW offers a neat retractable ball towing arm that has electronics in it to detect sway and stuff that is integrated into the stability control. But, I've not seen a typical receiver hitch. Be interesting to see what responses you get. BTW, BMW does make a bike carrier designed to fit on their hitch, but again, not sold here.

Capobranco
10-24-2011, 07:53 PM
Congrats on your first post and your new 550i GT!
Welcome to the tribe! :beerchug:

Sorry - I do not have any experience with hitches.

wchewbaka
10-26-2011, 09:41 PM
I also have a receiver mounted bike rack (Yakima) and have been looking around for a hitch.

The Westfalia built hitch sold in Europe looks pretty slick in operation from what I can see in Youtube videos - but the literature on their website shows the hitch to be an integral ball hitch. No receiver. They also seem to sell a bike rack that mounts on the ball hitch.

I saw a listing in Ebay for the Westfalia hitch from England priced in the mid $300 range, plus shipping.

Ebay also shows receiver hitches - search under BMW 550i GT hitch - that are priced about $170. They claim to be Class 1. I found some instructions online for their installation that involves drilling holes in the trunk floor pan. I don't think I would trust it for much more than a bike rack.

I am actually more concerned with the appearance of the hitch. I have one on my X5, but that lower bumper is built for it with a removable panel. I have no idea what a receiver hitch would look like on a GT - but I would not want to cut a hole in the bumper. Too ugly on a GT in my opinion.....

Plus, if someone would rear end the GT the hitch would rip apart the floor pan - the bumper ceases to be any protection.

Other than removing the front wheels from the forks and putting the bikes in the trunk, I am leaning towards a roof rack.

Thad
10-26-2011, 09:59 PM
I also have a receiver mounted bike rack (Yakima) and have been looking around for a hitch.

The Westfalia built hitch sold in Europe looks pretty slick in operation from what I can see in Youtube videos - but the literature on their website shows the hitch to be an integral ball hitch. No receiver. They also seem to sell a bike rack that mounts on the ball hitch.

I saw a listing in Ebay for the Westfalia hitch from England priced in the mid $300 range, plus shipping.

Ebay also shows receiver hitches - search under BMW 550i GT hitch - that are priced about $170. They claim to be Class 1. I found some instructions online for their installation that involves drilling holes in the trunk floor pan. I don't think I would trust it for much more than a bike rack.

I am actually more concerned with the appearance of the hitch. I have one on my X5, but that lower bumper is built for it with a removable panel. I have no idea what a receiver hitch would look like on a GT - but I would not want to cut a hole in the bumper. Too ugly on a GT in my opinion.....

Plus, if someone would rear end the GT the hitch would rip apart the floor pan - the bumper ceases to be any protection.

Other than removing the front wheels from the forks and putting the bikes in the trunk, I am leaning towards a roof rack.

I would concur about the appearance look. I have a Yakama bike rake that I'd like to use on my GT ... but am concerned about the look. Perhaps there's a mechanical engineering special forces type out there that can help out out with something cammo ;-)

jadnashuanh
10-27-2011, 12:05 PM
I have an ICE trike that I ride and carry around. It will fit in the back if I take the front wheels off (the trike folds), but I opted to put the BMW rack on to avoid the chain lube from intruding on the interior (a trike has a VERY long chain, thus more opportunities to rub something). I clamped a Yakima tray onto the rails, as trying to get a trike onto rails would be a major pain! If I wasn't tall and in moderately good shape, hoisting the thing up on top would be a problem.

BMW does sell a crane like bike attachment that essentially lets you do most of the work on the ground. Expensive, though.

If I could find a rear hitch that wasn't obtrusive and would hold my trike, I'd probably buy one as I don't know how many more years I'll want to put the thing on the roof.

jadnashuanh
10-27-2011, 01:53 PM
I looked over the Westfailia website, and their hitch and bike rack system is neat. The instructions indicate the replacement of the bottom bumper trim piece. I don't know if that trim piece would fit the USA version or not and then you'd probably need to get it painted if you could get it. The installation, including all of the electrical hookup, can get quite involved, but it looks like it is a straight bolt-on operation. The arm pivots out of the way and is hidden underneath the rear when stowed...a neat operation. They have an animation that shows the operation I found, but didn't bookmark (it may have been on the GB site). In addition to the bike rack, they make a platform and a storage box that can fit on the bike rack after you have the base towing hook installed. All in all, a nice, clean installation, but not cheap. It isn't deep enough to fit my trike, though. It will hold two bikes, and a third rail is optional. Folds down so you can open the tailgate even while loaded. Slick.

DEAN@EXECUHITCH
01-19-2012, 02:26 PM
We do have an excellent hitch assembly for the 550GT

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Dean

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Jurassicdean is your code word. either mention during phone order or use on website with on-line order.

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jadnashuanh
01-19-2012, 04:42 PM
This looks like a nice idea, but a square mount receiver hitch would allow installation of many different bike racks from others. Also, your website lists the GT as an F10...the GT series is the F07, so you need to change that, assuming it really is the GT.

wchewbaka
01-19-2012, 07:22 PM
Yep, still looking for a way to salvage use of my Yakima bike rack.

jadnashuanh
01-19-2012, 07:41 PM
Yep, still looking for a way to salvage use of my Yakima bike rack.

After a little more digging, they make both a 1-1/4 and 2" square receiver that plugs into the base mount ($69)...so, depending on the length of the lever and the weight of the bike(s), it should work. Unless the rack you buy tilts, you might have to take it off to open the trunk, though, but I guess that's true with most.

wchewbaka
01-19-2012, 08:12 PM
After a little more digging, they make both a 1-1/4 and 2" square receiver that plugs into the base mount ($69)...so, depending on the length of the lever and the weight of the bike(s), it should work. Unless the rack you buy tilts, you might have to take it off to open the trunk, though, but I guess that's true with most.

Yes, I see that now. Still, kinda expensive solution.

I think I am going to go with the BMW base system and adapt a Yakima or Thule bike rack to it.

Sell the Yakima hitch rack....

jadnashuanh
01-19-2012, 10:07 PM
That's essentially what I did, but I put the Yakima basket case up there to hold my folding trike. The shape of the bars means you have to improvise. I used some SS worm clamps with some vinal tubing over the strap. This hitch might end up about the same as the BMW authorized one they sell in Europe (by Westfailia). That one hooks into the stability programming as well, which would be better if you were actually going to tow a trailer, verses just use it as a bike rack. The BMW one uses existing bolt locations from the installation instructions. I didn't find the Execuhitch's installation instructions, only the operation ones.

DEAN@EXECUHITCH
01-20-2012, 03:09 AM
We are still getting all bugs out of website as to exact models. The hitch was specifically made on the 550gt and is an excellent application. We offer the 2 inch and 1 1/4 inch receiver attachment for use with bike racks and cargo racks so along with the towball assembly you have a complete package.
Dean

bmrbiker
05-03-2014, 12:51 PM
I posted some pictures of the Invisihitch with a 5 series at this post. Should work the same for other BMW models.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8315596&postcount=19