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X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)
E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 04-14-2011, 03:12 PM
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Trailer Hitch

Has anyone installed a non BMW trailer hitch? Which model is recommended and did you have to cut the bumper? Any suggestions?
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Old 04-14-2011, 04:49 PM
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I got the BMW hitch. If I had it to do again I would get an Execuhitch.

http://www.execuhitch.com/Product.as...D=2&ModelID=13

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Old 04-15-2011, 05:35 AM
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Two weeks ago I had the Exechitch installed on my 2009 X535d at their new Atlanta, Ga development/installation facility. Nice bunch of people that know what they are doing. Under $1k installed.

Great product that is made at their facility and is heavy duty. My installation included 2"ball, 7 pin harnes, and computer module which interfaces with the X5 computers. No calabration required and no hole in rear bumper.

At this time their hitch system does not accept square tube attachments.

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Old 04-15-2011, 08:07 AM
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Two weeks ago I had the Exechitch installed on my 2009 X535d at their new Atlanta, Ga development/installation facility. Nice bunch of people that know what they are doing. Under $1k installed.

Great product that is made at their facility and is heavy duty. My installation included 2"ball, 7 pin harnes, and computer module which interfaces with the X5 computers. No calabration required and no hole in rear bumper.

At this time their hitch system does not accept square tube attachments.
Tow capacity?
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Old 04-15-2011, 08:48 AM
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Exceeds tow limits of the X5!
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Old 04-15-2011, 09:12 AM
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Two weeks ago I had the Exechitch installed on my 2009 X535d at their new Atlanta, Ga development/installation facility. Nice bunch of people that know what they are doing. Under $1k installed.

Great product that is made at their facility and is heavy duty. My installation included 2"ball, 7 pin harnes, and computer module which interfaces with the X5 computers. No calabration required and no hole in rear bumper.

At this time their hitch system does not accept square tube attachments.
Does it have the electrical hookup for trailer tail lights?
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Old 04-15-2011, 09:54 AM
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Yes, plus 12vdc to rv for Prodigy (RF) electric brake power module and 12vdc to rv for battery charge while in tow.

7 pin harnes wired for:
-Left Turn & Stop
-Tail & Marker
-Backup/Auxiliary
-Battery Charge
-Right Turn & Stop
-Electric Brake
-Ground
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Old 04-15-2011, 01:48 PM
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so not good for bike rakes
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Old 04-15-2011, 01:55 PM
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so not good for bike rakes
An adapter could easily be made for bike racks.

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Old 04-15-2011, 04:18 PM
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An adapter could easily be made for bike racks.

Chuck
how?
Is it readily avalable?
Can it be a DIY?
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Old 04-15-2011, 05:09 PM
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how?
Is it readily avalable?
Can it be a DIY?
If they won't make one for you just buy two of their hitch units that hold the ball and get a good trailer shop to cut one off where needed and then weld on the square tube. Trailer shops do this kind of stuff all of the time. I would not use it to tow a heavy trailer but a bike rack would not be any problem. I would not have any problem doing it my self if I had a welder.

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Old 04-15-2011, 06:15 PM
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I sent them an email this afternoon inquiring about this since I carry road/mountain bikes. The sales guy sent me a couple of pictures that you can find here. Looks like this will be my next hitch

https://cid-7f8e2a618b297cc8.photos....pub=SDX.Photos

They also have 2 videos on youtube that shows the receiver for the bike hitch
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Old 04-16-2011, 12:30 AM
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I sent them an email this afternoon inquiring about this since I carry road/mountain bikes. The sales guy sent me a couple of pictures that you can find here. Looks like this will be my next hitch

https://cid-7f8e2a618b297cc8.photos....pub=SDX.Photos

They also have 2 videos on youtube that shows the receiver for the bike hitch
Can someone post actual pics. The skydrive link doesn't work
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Old 04-16-2011, 09:27 AM
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See their website and look up execuhitch on youtube. You will see everything you want between the two.

http://www.execuhitch.com/

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Old 04-16-2011, 12:02 PM
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Managed to download it from SkyDrive.
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Old 04-16-2011, 07:16 PM
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Thanks for the pix. I am looking into this hitch. Looks pretty nice.
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Old 04-18-2011, 01:15 AM
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That is really clean. Probably the cleanest I've seen so far.

How much does it cost for this set up?

Does it require any alteration to the bumper at all? My X5 is going to be leased so I don't want to get in trouble when returning the car.

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Old 04-18-2011, 07:22 AM
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This is what he quoted me. Installation would be separate.

Thank you for your inquiry. Yes we do have a hitch for your X5 it is automated with a BMW harness. We also have the bike rack adapter for your yakima. The hitch is $610.00 , bike rack adapter $69.99 and shipping $70.00. Our customers usually have them installed at their nearest BMW dealership or hitch shop who has experience taking of bumper skins.
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Old 04-19-2011, 07:43 AM
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I'm running a drawtite hitch on my x5. Mine is also a lease so I didn't want to cut the bumper either. Was 240 installed including aftermarket electronics all lights work and have had no problems. Been running it almost a year now.
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Old 04-19-2011, 09:04 AM
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Thanks for the reply. I am going to pursue this. Do you know the Drawtight model number and can you supply any Pictures. Thanks again
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Old 04-19-2011, 03:03 PM
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I think these are flymikeair's posts on the hitch:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...7&postcount=23

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...8&postcount=41

Now, flymikeair, you mention making a small cut? Is that for the harness or the tow hitch? Can I avoid any cutting at all if I only install the hitch receiver without the wire harness (using it for bike rack)? A few after market installs I've seen in this forum still requires cutting a small notch under the bumper to accommodate the hitch receiver. I really don't want any trouble when returning the car. Thanks.
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Old 04-19-2011, 06:38 PM
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Thanks again. (I also have a black X5). This is definitely the avenue I am going to pursue. I don't need electrical as I am only using the hitch for a bike rack.
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:06 AM
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the only cutting is a little notch on the underside of the bottom fasica about 2 inches wide and an inch deep to clear the hitch itself. when the bumper is fully assembled you'd have to crawl underneaf and look for it to find it.
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Old 04-20-2011, 09:30 AM
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Thanks. How was the notch cut out? What kind of tool and was it done to look clean?
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