Thread: Tow Hitch
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Old 01-13-2013, 11:02 AM
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Mein Auto: 2012 X3
Tow Hitch

If you absolutely do not want to cut anything on the vehicle, or if you want the benefit of using the OEM wiring harness, then the invisihitch is a good match. Full disclosure: I work for the company. The invisihitch is a re-branded execuhitch product, released as an "aftermarket" hitch for the North American version of the X3. In other parts of the world, it is the factory X3 hitch. It's a full class III hitch, and because it is the factory hitch elsewhere, it is available with the OEM wiring harness. Reprogramming the vehicle provides all the benefits listed by others (zoom mode on the backup camera, auto disabling of rear PDC sensors, dynamic trailer stability control). Plus, there is no cutting of anything required.

A clarification on 'No Cutting Required': Many people choose to trim a 4-inch wide notch in the plastic gravel guard underneath... enough to allow a ball mount or a bike-rack connector to be inserted upward into the invisihitch receiver with ease. But on the X3, the last 4 inches of the gravel guard is a separate, removable piece. So instead of notching it, you can remove it and save it. Then, when you want to return your X3 to its original factory condition, just screw the plastic underpanel piece back on.

Here are some photos. The gravel guard shown in one of the photos is a panel that was removed from the underside of the X3. It is not a structural piece by any means; it's just a gravel guard that can be removed/replaced easily with seven screws. You can see in the photo where we have drawn with red marker on this piece, showing where you would cut an opening if you prefer to cut-and-replace the gravel guard, rather than remove-and-save it for later. Either way, you get a very clean look with no evidence that the vehicle even has a hitch installed. And with the OEM harness, you get a premium tow hitch solution for the X3 that fully protects your warranty.

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