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Old 08-21-2012, 07:59 PM
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Trailer Hitch for 335d

Yes, there is a hitch for a 335d. U-haul makes it. $199 with free shipping and handling. I ordered it on July 18th and just got it today, August 21st. Installed this evening in about 3 hours. It is a 1-1/4" hitch receiver. The sticker on it says it's rated for 350# tongue weight and 3500# trailer. I plan to use it for my hitch mounted two bicycle rack. This bike rack doesn't touch the car at all, I can open the trunk and no lifting bikes onto the roof. I have no intention of towing anything with the hitch but it will be nice to be able to bring the bicycles along on vacations and other road trips.

The instructions are pretty good for installing the hitch. I would suggest putting some electrical tape on the bottom edge of the rear bumper cover to protect it since the cover has to get pulled out of the way and in the process, the hitch will rub on it some. Also, there was a gap of about a 1/4 inch between the hitches cross member and the support that runs forward and aft. I plan to fill the gap with some washers before I tighten up the bolts. The instructions also mention cutting a small tab to the right of the center trim screw, I didn't have to do it. There is no cutting of the rear bumper cover required. Lastly, the instructions reverse self-locking nuts and non-self-locking nuts, try finger tightening first so you don't strip anything. The instructions are incorrect, the parts provided are correct.

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Old 08-22-2012, 05:07 AM
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Ok amigos i installed the execuhitch,the instructions were for a 328i and NOT a 335d,it did not inform you about two 10mm screws hidden in the firewall that hold the bumper,also its instructions tell u the bumper will pop off,wrong!!, the bumper has clip which u have to pry push and then pull off,also the OEM metal frame will be disposed off since the new hitch takes its place,the product is off greater quality than uhaul,hence,u can tow larger items, also in execuhitch u hv to trim bottom bumper to make it fit,if ur only going to haul bikes uhaul is the one and great price, if ur hauling bigger items,then,execuhitch but the price is steep and instructions sucks!!

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Old 08-23-2012, 10:39 AM
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how about pictures?

okay, Axle, it is your turn now. Specifically, i need to see where you trimmed the bumper cover please.
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:58 AM
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I havent come around to do it,but heres the area to be cut
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:59 AM
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:15 AM
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Old 08-24-2012, 08:40 AM
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ok here it is
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Old 08-24-2012, 08:41 AM
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As you can see where the tow hook goes has a cover and that area of the bumper needs trimmingon both sides will try to do it this weekend either at home or a my mechanics shop and then post video or pictures ok
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Old 08-24-2012, 08:45 AM
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Looks like it would be pretty simple to trim at least. Wonder if that has to be trimmed on the 328i as well and if not then why that part of the bumper is different on ours.
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Old 08-24-2012, 09:57 AM
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I questioned EXECUHITCh and all they would say was it would work, OBVIOUSLY it was NOT the same car and different issues were encountered, luckily I had guy whom worked with BMWs and he knew what to do and look for ,otherwise, I was screwed the first time since I did not know where to find the missing screws and how to remove the bumper which in FACT is different between the 328i and the 335d. Im a little bothered by them since when I needed them most they were not available for me, hence it was a saturday morning when I did it myself and ended putting everything back together and they never answerd my call. I spoke to them during the week (mind you I called them, not them on me)and they said they would be at the shop and finde info about my bumper and call me later, duh!! they never did call me back!!!

As most of you know me now, I will cater anyone but, once you blow me off then its when I will get you and this time EXECUHITCH, u struck out!!!
Remember amigos our "D"s are different beast to the regular 335s so be careful what you order. If I would of known of UHUAL I would of thought of them before what I purchase. I cannot complain with what I got the part is 100% better quality than I expected and better looking than UHAULs. But as far as instructions as Jeff pointed out he had a blast mounting it, meanwhile I had been blown away with the lack of information and assistance!!!
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Old 08-24-2012, 11:43 AM
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First of all thanks for the picture. Would you mind doing one more for me from a little further out (just a little). I was wanting to see how much was trimmed off and I can Only see the beginning of the cut. I presume there is a place to the right of the photo where the trim comes back out. Perhaps you can draw a blue (or whatever color ) on this other photo where the bumper was prior to cut.

Secondly, i have had correspondance with Dean from said company. He was prompt in his responses but with the wrong info. I asked him for a picture of an install on a 335D and he sent me one installed on a 335i. I know, picky picky me but. Secondly, I asked if an Msport had any extra issues. My Msport has a different panel on the bottom that encroaches toward the steel cross member more. As a result, I'm not sure If i will have to trim more OR the same as you Axle.

One other thing, I had read about a bracket having to be changed that supports the bottom edge of the bumper cover. Were you supplied with a different bracket?

Did you get the 1-1/4 or 2" receiver adapter that plugs into the circular hole?

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Old 08-24-2012, 12:46 PM
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All is included and i hv not cut the bumper yet will do tomorow
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Old 08-25-2012, 11:20 AM
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understand you said all was included. I'm asking does this bracket have to be changed or not. My other question was in regards to which receiver size you are going use. This really will boil down to what size receiver will you need for the bike rack.

I'm with you in primarily wanting to have the external bike rack but i also have another motive. There are these baskets that are like 40" wide and 24" deep. the height is pretty small at about 4" or so. My point is this is a way to have more baggage capacity when on a trip AND not hauling bicycles. For instance, my spare tire could go out on the basket when the trunk is full to its gills with baggage.

Without invisihitch, i have to move the spare up to the rear seat footwell when trunk is full from luggage. This was even despite folding the rear seat forward. My biggest reason for wanting to do the hitch your same way is the strong mounting design allowing heavy weight to be put in the basket. The other bolts ons[specifically curt brand] i've come across only allow a tongue weight of 200 lbs maximum. I'll go check out the uhaul one that BMW335diesel mentions.
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Old 08-26-2012, 01:04 PM
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I strongly suggest execihitch BUT, i encountred another issue,the bracket that holds the bumper in the middle IS IN THE WAY OF KEY LOCK!!!! And the key will not be able turn, i will post photos videos once i finish getting to mount the 2" reciever,boy im upset at execuhitch,if it wasnt because i like the product which btw is superb, i would RETURN it Ok I will post the videos and photos on some finish ok

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Old 08-27-2012, 02:44 PM
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i had read somewhere that a bracket had to be changed out to be able to go around something. I had thought the something had to do with an exhaust bracket.

I had read about a curt hitch specific to the 335i but that some cutting on the hitch kit had to be done to clear exhaust parts. It only has a tongue weight spec of 200 lbs though and only can use the smaller receiver. I like the 2" receiver and glad you got the stronger one too. Curious about this bracket.

You are talking about the key lock on the place where the removable receiver goes up insude, right?
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Old 08-27-2012, 03:02 PM
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Correct, its a nightmare, i finally got to cut it and finaly put the 2" hitch
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Old 08-27-2012, 03:06 PM
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:39 PM
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sorry, but we are back to oops again.
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Old 08-29-2012, 12:22 PM
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Old 08-29-2012, 05:45 PM
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What is the size of the gap between the top of the hitch and the bottom of the bumper cover? It looks big but I am guessing not as big as it looks.
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Old 08-29-2012, 09:23 PM
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U-Hual hitch update

I now have over 1000 miles of driving with the U-Haul hitch installed and everything is working great. Portsmouth VA to Charleston SC to Asheville NC to Nashville TN. Absolutely nothing about the hitch to complain about. I've had to drive into several driveways that had dozens of gouges from other trailers and hitches scrapped the pavement, but not mine, plenty of clearance.

Tomorrow to Deal's Gap then Blue Ridge Parkway then home.
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:11 AM
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The bracket that holds the bumper can be trimmed with a Dremmel tool but that INFO IS NOT correct for the D vice 328i, EXECUHITCH although I beleive they are Trying to sell a GREAT product is ILL informed as to the 335d as stated above by BB Cuda, DEAn as well as Darrel, I firmly believe are trying their best but are SOL on this matter. There are two brackets that they provide which I'll post later during the day or maybe later tonite. and you'll see what Im talking about. Still Im upset at these guys. I strongly feel that they HAVE NOT installed one of these hitches on a 335d!!!!!!!
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:12 AM
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BTW thank 335 diesel on your photos!!
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Old 08-31-2012, 02:40 PM
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@Axle, remember the first picture you showed us? You had said that was prior to the trim of your bumper cover. Could i please ask you to take an "after trim" photo of same area and POST? thx, cuda
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