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Old 05-21-2016, 09:21 PM
handycanadian handycanadian is offline
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Trailer Hitch Los Angeles

I'm about to buy an X3d Msport, and trying to figure out the who bike rack thing. None of the dealers I've called in LA will install the OEM hitch with the Msport bumper. Searching the forum, Invisihitch seems like a winner - anybody have a decent installer in the LA area for this? I also heard about Eckhart's, whose hitch seems much cheaper ($400 installed), but it looks to be a combo of bolt and weld, but I'm hesitant to have someone do that to my new car. Any suggestions are much appreciated!
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Old 05-21-2016, 10:16 PM
dukedkt442 dukedkt442 is offline
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If it's not weld, do it yourself. Hell even if it was weld, I'd do it myself. Any reason the dealer won't install OEM parts? That seems like bs to me. Do they not like money?
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Old 05-23-2016, 12:10 PM
jwatkins80504 jwatkins80504 is offline
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If the LA dealers won't do it, that's a bummer. Just to add a data point. I had the OEM trailer hitch installed on my 2016 X3 35i MSport by bmw of las vegas. They seemed happy to take my money. I like the hitch. I've used it a couple of times now to haul my motorcycle around.
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Old 07-17-2016, 07:53 AM
BoatGeek BoatGeek is offline
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Bike hitch receiver at Eckharts in LA

Might be too late for your decision Handycanadian, but this might help others.

I bought a bike rack while in Marina del Rey area, and had to get a receiver installed on my car. Last year it was a Honda, not BMW (now), and 3 bike shops all recommended going to Eckharts located at 2352 S. Sepulveda Blvd., LA. So I went to Eckharts and their people did a good job. The place looked a little scary, like a welding shop-turned-trailer shop, but they knew their business. Very pleased with the receiver and installation (welded to the frame). The receiver that was installed on my Honda was "R2 2000# GVW hitch" and total cost including labor was $275.31 While the receivers, and perhaps mounting technique (bolted or welded) may be different for a BMW, I'd go back to these folks if in the same location. Here's the final setup:
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