12-18-2012, 09:58 AM
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Join Date: Oct 2012
Mein Auto: 2010 Audi Q5 3.2
I installed my Execuhitch on my X1 this past Sunday. There was very little trimming necessary on my M-Sport. It was apparent that they were fitting a hitch to a "non-M Sport" when compiling the instructions; which may require much more trimming. The small piece I cut away was about 5/8" deep and less than 4" wide. Very easy to do.
Originally Posted by conceyted
...no way of knowing how much trimming to expect other than what I saw in ExecuHitch's instructions. I have to admit that I am still worried about replacing an aluminum crash bumper (meant to crush and absorb impact) with a steel post, but I wanted to give ExecuHitch a fair chance and not sound as though I am just bashing them, so I made this edit. I hope this clears up any misconceptions that might be caused through my initial post.
The OEM bumper is not aluminum...it's steel. The main difference I noticed is that the OEM bumper extended about 6" farther to the left and right and, of course, the added weight of the hitch hardware makes the execuhitch much heavier. Unfortunately, not heavy enough to lower the back end and take up some of that wheel gap.
The unit is VERY well made and inspires confidence. I re-used my trim rivets as the ones provided are black and would have looked bad on my mineral white wheel arch trim. There are a few other tips that I'm willing to share if anyone is interested.
BTW, I also bought and installed the OEM BMW cross bars. They are really high-quality and the install is just too damn easy.
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'13 X1 xDrive28i, Min. White, Sand, UP, LP, M-Sport, HK, Heated Seats, Satellite
Last edited by HBWT; 12-18-2012 at 10:01 AM.