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F07 Gran Turismo (2010 - Current)
The 5 Series Gran Turismo -- now available in the USA as a 535i, 550i and 550i xDrive model.

 
 
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:19 PM
jadnashuanh jadnashuanh is offline
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Euro trailer plug/harnesses

As I mentioned in another thread, I'm considering a wiring harness/interface kit for my vehicle's bike rack so I could hook up a trailer and get rid of the PDC alarms when I've got my bike rack installed. In the UK, they require a light board that duplicates the tail/brake/turning if a bike rack obscures the existing vehicles lights. And, they typically use a light board and an extra license plate to comply with those requirements.

I located a company (Right Connections) that makes an interface kit for the GT that maintains the factory functionality: disable the PDC, provide zoom for the camer, and enables the stability program for a trailer. It's available with the traditiona European 7-pin or the newer 13-pin connectors.

To convert either to a US trailer connection isn't all that hard and there are adapters available, or you can make one if you're handy.

The 13-pin connector plug is a twist/turn waterproof connector which seems like a much more reliable connection that the default US 4-pin flat connector, so I'm leaning on getting that harness.

I can buy a light board with either plug already on it for about the same price (need something plugged in to inform the car there's a trailer there), and a second set of lights back there wouldn't hurt.

You can purchase an interface kit that will make the lights work, but I've not found any other one (since BMW does not provide a factory hitch for the GT in the USA) that enables all of the stock functions other than the one from Right Connections in the UK.

Anyone have any experience with these things and suppliers or have any suggestions? ANyone have a trailer hitch installed on the GT (In the USA) that has the factory functionallity enabled? If so, how did you do it?

Thanks...
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