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Old 02-25-2013, 04:25 PM
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Originally Posted by noka View Post
They have to cut an access area in the gravel guard...?
Yes, all hitch receivers require access to the receiver's opening. Assuming you want a hitch, and assuming you don't want the type of hitch that requires you to cut directly through the bumperskin, the opening to the hitch receiver will have to be via an opening in the plastic gravel guard (located underneath the vehicle). Unlike the X1 & X5, the X3 has no factory opening in its gravel guard, so installing any hidden hitch receiver on the X3 requires that you notch an opening in the gravel guard under the vehicle. (Or, if you prefer, you can simply leave off the last 4-inch wide section of the gravel guard, like BMW did on the X5).

All of the preceding assumes you want to add a hitch receiver to your X3. There are a couple of other ways to carry bikes, and they come with their own issues.


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