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Old Wed, Jun-09-2010, 10:59:46 PM   #41
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I couldn't imagine carrying 4 wheels/tires on the roof of the car. Just seems so ghetto to me as well as a huge PITA lifting a 50lb+ wheel/tire combo on and off the roof of the car.

I was very pleased with my tow hitch, worked great and I was able to keep all the tools etc in the tire trailer too.
It's actually three on the roof and one in the trunk. It might be ghetto, but I didn't need to cut up my car to do it. It's no big deal to lift the wheels /tires on the roof. It's only a couple of feet higher than lifting them onto your trailer.
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Also, Mike Miller from the Roundel Magazine told me that the electronics to run the trailer lights might turn into a huge problem since the US e46 M3 wasn't built for a trailer. Any thoughts? Thanks.
A lot of the German cars have problems when you tap into the light circuits.

You need to get a Modulite, which powers the trailer lights separately.
http://www.drawtite.com/modulite1.html
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You will also need to purchase some 1 inch square metal bars/tubes and some bolts and create wheel stops so that wheels won't roll backward or forwards.
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Old Thu, Jun-10-2010, 01:18:30 AM   #44
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I didn't have to cut up my car for the hitch.

The 330 aluminum bumper beam directly replaces the stock kevlar one. Not sure what you're confused about there...

I also didn't need anything special for the trailer lights. I used a standard wiring harness and it worked fine.
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i will post some pictures today of my install. but it is Doc's old hitch so nothing different really.

for the record, my car is an '04 and i have the LED tail lights, had no problem tapping into those signals lines for triggering the lights on the trailer, power is fine too, not dim or anything.


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here are the pictures i took when installing the hitch.

Here is the whole hitch, you can see that it is two pieces that bolts together. This is necessary as the hitch is very tight fitting and will not just slide in/out of the frame, it needs to be put in one part at a time then bolted together.




Now for the car.
Here is the starting bumper/exhaust setup:


bumper removed (note the two round openings in the frame):


the holes that these bolts go into are already there from the factory:


i have installed the left side of the hitch into the round frame opening:


both sides of the hitch are installed and the two halves are bolted together, please note that the larger tip diameter of the RE El Diablo touched slightly on the hitch frame, so i ended up installing my OEM exhaust temporarily as the tips are not as big and cause no interference:


bumper reinstalled (w/o exhaust):


ball and drop (i mean lift) tongue installed:


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Doc, who made the hitch for you?
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Here are a couple shots of the trailer attached to the hitch.



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Thats a nice little hitch . Although I prefer to put all that stuff inside the car and not have to worry about the hitch when I am cruising doing 100+ to the track.
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The 330 aluminum bumper beam directly replaces the stock kevlar one. Not sure what you're confused about there...
I am confused because you said the 330 bumper beam is the same as the M3 bumper beam (with the exception of being aluminum). But if you look at the realoem diagrams in the links in my earlier post, they appear to be shaped completely differently. So I am worried that the M3 bumper panel will not be able to attach to the 330i bumper beam. See my point?
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You're thinking too much. Remove kevlar bumper beam. Bolt on aluminum 330 bumper beam. Finished.

The trailer is more than stable at 100mph. Trailer hitch works great.

Friend and I made it ourselves.
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