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E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 05-30-2017, 04:07 PM
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Westfalia Hitch Installed!

...Well, not yet. Stay tuned. This weekend, promise.

Since nobody's done a write-up that I know of for the Westfalia hitch, I've taken it upon myself to document the process.

I order the hitch itself from Schmiedmann.com in Denmark, the only place that I know of that sell it to North America. $393.45 to Shmiedmann, $17.31 to Paypal and $62.12 to DHL/Canada.

For the electrical side, I went with a Tekonsha 119190 Modulite HD trailer module, as other members previously used this or similar with their Curt hitches with success. Total $108.63 CAD + $1.52 for the 15A inline fuse.

Total Cost: $583.03 CAD
Expensive for a Hitch, but I wanted the best. I will be able to tow 4400 lbs with 198 lbs tongue weight.

Here it is!

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Old 05-30-2017, 10:28 PM
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I couldn't imagine pulling anything with my car ..
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Old 05-31-2017, 04:11 AM
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Well, the AWD helps. I am renovating a house, so I have a need to transport large items (Appliances, 4'x8' sheets, lumber). But I can't afford or justify a second vehicle. To me, it makes sense.

Plus, maybe one day I'll have a job that pays enough to buy a track car or a boat.
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Old 05-31-2017, 01:43 PM
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They don't deliver appliances and lumber in Canadaland? That's an expensive-assed hitch!
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Old 05-31-2017, 07:42 PM
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Of course you can get delivery in Kanuckistan but you pay through many orifices.... A hitch is a better option as you don't have to wait around for the privilege!
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Old 06-02-2017, 12:55 PM
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Install was easy-peasy. All cuts were dimensioned in the instructions and the rest was turning screws. PDC is unaffected and doesn't see the hitch. I haven't installed the electronics yet, but here's the install of the hitch!

Pictures start after the bumper was removed. I followed the standard procedure laid out in the Bentley manual.

Read the instructions first!


Bumper Cover Removed:


Bumper off and New vs Old:


Plastic parts cut according to the instructions. No visible cuts once assembled:


Bumper stops removed. Here's where the Westfalia hitch mounts to. Much better than the spare tire well if you ask me. No shear loading and threaded OE bolt holes:


Hitch Installed! I managed this myself, but the hitch is 50 pounds or so and it was a bit of a challenge getting the first two bolts on. A helper would be helpful for this part:


All assembled and ready to hide:


With the hitch installed: 49mm (1.92" - fits 2" trailer)


And to compensate for the weight of the hitch... $20 custom intake! The opportunity presented itself, so I couldn't resist.

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Old 06-02-2017, 04:18 PM
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Good for you. I don't see a problem with towing with a car. In Europe they tow RV campers a lot, and cargo trailers. Same N54 engine in the X5 can tow 6000 pounds.
My N55 X5 is rated for 7500 pounds with a Euro hitch or the Invisi Hitch.
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Old 06-03-2017, 07:02 PM
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The wiring was easier than expected thanks to the hard work of bimmerfest members past:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=570655

Pre-LCI:
Quote:
Originally Posted by GPom
Left Side (only used pin 2, 4 and 5):
Pin 1: Ground, brown
Pin 2: Tail light, yellow/black (independent from the brakes)
Pin 3: Reverse, white/yellow
Pin 4: Tail light/Brake, grey
Pin 5: Left turn, blue/brown/yellow circles
Pin 6: Tail Light/Brake, black/red

Right Side:
Pin 5: Right turn, blue/brown
LCI:
Quote:
Originally Posted by EasySki
Left side (driver's side):
Tail light only: Pin 4 black/red
Brake light: Pin 6 green/gray
Left turn: Pin 3 blue/brown with yellow dots

Right turn: Blue/Brown wire
Our E60s use multiplexed wiring. The tail and brake lights share a signal line, and the turn signals are separate.

Knowing this, it's just a matter of connecting wires together with the taps. Reading the instructions, it's spelled out for you:


Module installed. I used the existing threaded hole from the satellite radio provisions. I had previously removed that useless assembly to fit my subwoofer amplifier:


Once the in-line fuse comes in, the module will be powered from the rear 12V outlet. Note the frame bit the hitch uses for structural support:


And here's how long the cable is after it's routed into the spare tire well and out again:

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