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Old Jan 2nd, 2008, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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I am going to fit a Towbar, Westfalia are the only people who manufacture one at the moment.
The only problem is they do not supply a right hand drive plug in loom.
I enquired at the dealers about purchasing an electricial kit for the factory bike rack, but it is not available.
I have spoken to a Towbar supplier and they recomend using a 7 way bypass relay, however I am reluctant to mess about with BMW muliplex wiring.
Has anyone fitted a Towbar or got experience with multiplex wiring systems?.
I had a 02 plate Cooper and had a Factory Towbar fitted and the electric kit came in a 3 foot box! and I think the ECU had to be re -coded?.
Dare I risk using a bypass relay.
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Get it professionally fitted, it doesn't cost much. I got a bloke to put one on the wife's Golf V which is multiplex too. He just tucked a wee box in the corner of the boot which piggybacked off the tailiights. Thats been on 3 yrs now no probs.

The factory looms need running right up to the front of the car usually and the ECU recoding = massive labour costs.

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I am bit worried about using a bypass relay as the dealer recons any electrical problems will not be covered under the warranty.
I have also been told that new BMWs use a pulsed signal for the brake lights which may cause a problem with a bypass relay.
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I think the Beemer in question would be one of the E46s or later which has a set of emergency braking lights surrounding the normal brake lights and they are all LEDs. The Mini uses std 5 and 21W filament bulbs so I doubt there's anything too complex going on in there. I think these sort of questions are best left to a vehicle wiring specialist but I bet they'll say its a fairly straightforward job (they'll have to warrent the quality of their work in the end). If thats not the case then I'll buy you a pint!
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Any progress on the towbar fitting. I would like one on my Dubman

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I am still trying to obtain a plug in loom as I do not want to use a bypass relay.
The tow bar available is made by Westfalia, who I think are OE equipment manufactuer of R50 towbars.
I am a bit reluctant to use a bypass relay as I know BMW electrics are a bit iffy, I speak from experience as I was one of the mugs who bought one of the first new Mini Coopers,rejected it and the replacement was worse.

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Can dealer fit one?

Or Mikethemini construct a relay/loom?

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The Dealer will only fit BMW OE towbars, Westfalia manufacture a loom but only for left hand drive cars.
BMW also make a loom for their rear rack system , however this is not available yet.
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I rang round a few places yesterday to get a quote for fitting a towbar, everyone was quoting prices for towbars are not available for the R56 Mini ?.
The only towbar available at the moment is made by Westfaila, other towbars probably fit but will be illegal if fitted to a R56 Mini.
So I've decided if you want a job doing properly do it yourself and have ordered the towbar and electrics, I should have it in 3 to 4 weeks.
It should be a fairly easy job and only requires minor trimming of the under tray and bumper.
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Whilst fitting the towbar I have noticed the R 56 Mini is not nearly as well made as they used to be, there seems to be alot of very flimsy plastics held on with an equal assortment of cheap flimsy plastic fasteners.I am not surprised to hear that wheel arches have been coming adrift.
Also to get at the battery you have to take off the wiper arms and unbolt the screen trim! Still, at least the engine is a big improvement and alot of the rear suspension is aluminium.
The side lights and brakes share the same single filament bulb and this is caused a few headaches but it is sorted and working now.

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Do you remember where the orange wire plugged into the fuse box?

I have fitted the Westfalia tow bar to my Clubman yesterday but cannot figure where the instructions are indicating to plug this orange wire.

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