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Old 02-24-2010, 05:40 PM
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Exclamation DOEs the new Curt hitch fit the 335i coupe?

I have a 335i coupe and I want to be able to transport my bicycles. I tried the BMW roof rack and couldn't stand the noise and looks. Curt manufacturing is now selling a hitch for the 335 sedan, the hitch model number is 11756. Has anyone tried to install this hitch in the coupe?

Comparing the two cars undercarriage, it seems that the exhaust system and the bumper beam studs are the same. I'm not sure if the rear mounting strap will fit.

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http://sitepro12.sitepro.com/masterl..._11756_INS.pdf
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Old 09-04-2010, 03:04 PM
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I am wondering the same thing, I know you can order a westfalla tow bar from Europe but it is a little costly... I did the same measuring and it seems like it would work?
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Old 09-04-2010, 05:29 PM
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I built a hitch for our E91 using stainless steel square tubing and the Westfalia designed basic attachment points. I am sure that any hitch that is close can be easily modified to fit and the manufacturer would probably do the adjustments to create a new version for your model.

I leave the trailer ball installed at all times as a deterrent to those drivers who like to bump and run in parking lots. I don't pull a trailer but I have accessories that mount on the back for extra capacity like your bike rack.

A hitch is a good thing to have on all cars, in my opinion.
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Old 10-07-2010, 02:40 PM
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It fits, I just installed it on my 2008 335i coupe...
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I have a 335i coupe and I want to be able to transport my bicycles. I tried the BMW roof rack and couldn't stand the noise and looks. Curt manufacturing is now selling a hitch for the 335 sedan, the hitch model number is 11756. Has anyone tried to install this hitch in the coupe?

Comparing the two cars undercarriage, it seems that the exhaust system and the bumper beam studs are the same. I'm not sure if the rear mounting strap will fit.

See link with hitch instructions below:

http://sitepro12.sitepro.com/masterl..._11756_INS.pdf
Linky no worky. Share again please.
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Old 04-05-2011, 12:15 PM
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It works fine, bought mine on ebay for my 2008 335i.
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:17 PM
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It works fine, bought mine on ebay for my 2008 335i.
Nice. Is it easy installation or did you take it to dealer/shop?
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Old 04-06-2011, 01:01 PM
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Very easy to install, took about 30 minutes or so!
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Needing to sell the vehicle I use to carry my bikes, I wanted to be able to carry a bike rack on my car and so just had the Valley hidden hitch installed on my 2007 E92. It's completely invisible from any position other than lying on the ground looking up under the rear bumper.

I ordered it and the adapter below from etrailer.com. Great service ! Bimmers R Us here in St. Louis installed the hitch and did a beautiful job, especially since my car has the Dinan mods, including the Dinan exhaust. The mufflers are taller than the OEM ones and when the exhaust expanded as the pipes warmed-up, they would touch the hitch. So Bimmers R Us removed both mufflers and heated the edged or lip of the back, top-end of each muffler and dimpled it in slightly to clear the hitch. No change in exhaust sound and no baffles were loosened internal to the mufflers.

I'd show pictures but the attachment points are hidden behind the heat shield. Except for the exposed hitch bars, everything looks like it did before the installation.



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Old 06-12-2011, 11:26 AM
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It doesn't appear that you have the M Sport Package. Do you think that it would fit a E92 with the M Sport Package? I have a 335is Coupe which has a slightly different rear valence than the one with the M Sport Package and I'd like to use this hitch if it will fit.

If you'd be willing to take some pictures from underneath the rear that shows where the trailer hitch lies in relation to the bumper I'd appreciate it.
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Old 06-12-2011, 04:32 PM
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I'm not familiar with the IS but, correct, my car is a stock 2007 335i when it comes to the bumper, etc. Here are some photos that I took. Hopefully they are helpful to you.

My car is crimson red and all the photos are taken from the right side of the hitch looking to the left. It's a vertical hitch that uses an L-shaped adaptor that slides up into it to bring out the hitch perpendicular to the ground. Note too that the cutout in the bumper that is evident in the first image is actually off-center to the right, so the hitch appears not to be centered when compared to it.

The first three photos show the hitch pretty clearly and give you some points of reference for orientation as well as some idea of fitment. The 4th photo shows the top of the hitch in more detail and the last photo attempts to show where the hitch support arm runs relative to the bumper - the hitch is the dark part of the image at the right so this is looking past the hitch.

Hope this helps.
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Old 06-12-2011, 04:50 PM
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Great, thanks a lot! Was the cutout in the bumper already there or was it required for installation?

Here's a picture of the rear of our car. I don't know what it looks like underneath because we don't have the car home yet! Do you see anything in this picture of the rear valence that you think would prevent this hitch from working with our car:



Also, which bike carrier are you using? My wife and I both have mountain bikes and I have a road bike. We would probably only be carrying both mountain bikes together.
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Old 06-12-2011, 05:02 PM
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You're welcome ! You've got a beautiful car, by the way.

The cutout was already in the bumper and was not required for installation. I don't see anything offhand that would effect installation on your car, only if the bottom lip of your bumper curves in further than mine and might interfere with the hitch being in position or block the hitch opening.

We have a Yakima two bike platform mount which we've used with my wife's Lexus RX-400H and it has worked very well. Being a platform type of carrier, the bikes sit on their wheels and are held in place firmly so the bikes don't swing or otherwise move around and contact each other or the vehicle. The only issue I had with it for use on my car is it's weight. I haven't checked the specs but I'd guess it weighs about 40 pounds. I wanted a lighter and a bit more compact carrier for my 335i.

I've ordered a Kuat Sherpa rack for my car. About 22 lbs and compact and gets good reviews. I should have it this week. Here's the link: http://kuatracks.com/index.php?page=products
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Thanks!

The KŁat rack looks pretty nice even if it is a little pricey. Who did you order it from? It does seem like the best solution as it's aluminum, lightweight, has a platform, swings up when not in use, and swings rearward for easy access to the trunk. This hitch/rack solution just went to the top of my list! Good find!
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Old 06-12-2011, 06:00 PM
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I ordered it on Amazon from Xtreme Bike & Sport for $370 plus $28 shipping. Hopefully it's as good as it looks !
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I ordered it and the adapter below from etrailer.com. Great service ! Bimmers R Us here in St. Louis installed the hitch and did a beautiful job,
Anyone know an Indy in the Greater Delaware Valley who is capable of installing this on a 335i coupe? I have tried several and no one is comfortable doing it.
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Can anybody tell me if the Curt hitch 11756
fits a 2009 328xi e92 coupe?

I have googled like crazy, called manufacturer after manufacturer and it seems there is no hitch for the 328!

I was about to purchase a 328xi coupe, but I need a trailer hitch for my bikes (so no towing) and it seems I might be better off with a 335xi coupe.

Thanks for any info

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^ We do have an invisihitch specifically for the coupe (E92). The hitch is absolutely undetectable when not in use, since the hitch beam mounts behind the fascia and the rack connector is snap-out removable.

Attached are some photos... the photos are of the 335 but the same hitch fits the 328. The removable rack connector is available in a 2-inch or a 1.25-inch square receiver, depending on your rack's requirement.

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Old 09-18-2013, 11:59 AM
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^ We do have an invisihitch specifically for the coupe (E92). The hitch is absolutely undetectable when not in use, since the hitch beam mounts behind the fascia and the rack connector is snap-out removable.

Attached are some photos... the photos are of the 335 but the same hitch fits the 328. The removable rack connector is available in a 2-inch or a 1.25-inch square receiver, depending on your rack's requirement.

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^ We do have an invisihitch specifically for the coupe (E92). The hitch is absolutely undetectable when not in use, since the hitch beam mounts behind the fascia and the rack connector is snap-out removable.

Attached are some photos... the photos are of the 335 but the same hitch fits the 328. The removable rack connector is available in a 2-inch or a 1.25-inch square receiver, depending on your rack's requirement.
Hey, Daryl.

I've seen the picture of the hitch on the 335i coupe in the past, so I know it fits that.

Does it fit the 335xi coupe as well? The underbody and frame structure of the xDrive models are different from the RWD versions (the space under the trunk floor, as an example, is greatly reduced), and I've wondered if it goes onto both the AWD and RWD models the same way.
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That looks horrible! It is what it is. If you need it...
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^ I respectfully beg to differ. During the 90% of the time that you are not towing anything and you don't have a bike rack attached, it looks exactly like your beautiful, unspoiled BMW. Because the hitch cannot be seen. And on those gorgeous Saturdays when you put your bikes on the back or tow your jetski to the ramp, it looks like you have some really nice toys. Attention during those times would not be on the hitch, but on the toys attached.


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Does it fit the 335xi coupe as well? The underbody and frame structure of the xDrive models are different from the RWD versions (the space under the trunk floor, as an example, is greatly reduced), and I've wondered if it goes onto both the AWD and RWD models the same way.
It does indeed fit the xDrive models. While the differences between the iDrive and xDrive models are significant, the differences all occur forward of the rear chassis studs, which is where our hitch bolts onto the vehicle. So one invisihitch fits both models.

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^ I respectfully beg to differ. During the 90% of the time that you are not towing anything and you don't have a bike rack attached, it looks exactly like your beautiful, unspoiled BMW.
My bad. I didn't see that the first pic had no hitch hardware in it. It looked like the receiver was there but obscured by shade. In the words of the late great Emily Latella, never mind.
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It does indeed fit the xDrive models. While the differences between the iDrive and xDrive models are significant, the differences all occur forward of the rear chassis studs, which is where our hitch bolts onto the vehicle. So one invisihitch fits both models.
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I would have used your hitch over the one I installed had it been available. I do think it is a robust elegant design. I have nothing to do with any company but I am someone who values good engineering and while my hitch is also invisible it required drilling which this hitch doesn't.
Nice work...
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