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

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Old 11-22-2014, 08:34 PM
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E60 LCI Front Tow Hook Empty

I swapped my front bumper over to an m-sport model, and I purchased a tow hook front license bracket and arm. I got the whole thing buttoned up, new fogs wired, ready for a test drive. I go to screw in the arm for the holder, and I have a hole with no threads in the front!

I'd like to use the tow hook holder for my plate, what do I do? I might be able to fab something up to hold the arm, but is it normal to have an empty towing hole location in the front?
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Old 11-22-2014, 11:00 PM
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It shouldn't be empty. Probably first take out your tow hook from the trunk lid kit to see if the threads are the same size as your holder adapter. If they aren't then that's a problem.
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Old 11-23-2014, 06:19 AM
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It shouldn't be empty. Probably first take out your tow hook from the trunk lid kit to see if the threads are the same size as your holder adapter. If they aren't then that's a problem.
I guess I did bad job explaining...I have a hole with no threads. The hole has 4 much smaller holes around it, that look like they could be used as a mounting location for a receiver of the tow hook's eyelet male threads.

Is this something you buy and have to put on? I fully expected to remove the took hook cover and viola, screw in the arm of the license plate holder.
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Old 11-23-2014, 08:19 AM
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According to RealOEM, the bumper carrier and the right/left bumper shock absorbers are different on the M Sport. Sounds like you may not be able to simply replace the bumper cover.

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...51&hg=51&fg=15
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Old 11-23-2014, 03:44 PM
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I got the bumper cover mounted fine.

I really just wanted to know if the bumper carrier from the standard bumper is supposed to have a tow hook receiver with female threads. Mine has no threads, just a hole. Yet, the bumper cover has a removable flap. It makes no sense.
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Old 11-24-2014, 12:48 PM
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I got the bumper cover mounted fine.

I really just wanted to know if the bumper carrier from the standard bumper is supposed to have a tow hook receiver with female threads. Mine has no threads, just a hole. Yet, the bumper cover has a removable flap. It makes no sense.
Did you replace all the foam, under plastic, and air duct bits too?

You can make the bumper mount w/out all this, but its not really mounted as designed and it won't hold up over time. I found this out the hard way with the foam especially. Your bumper is actually loose and not supported correctly if you didn't use the right parts.

That issue aside, I cannot find any part listed anywhere that would have the threads in it that screws into the bumper carrier. Is it possible the tow hooks are in slightly different spots on the two different bumper carriers?
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