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TOWING AN X1/9

January 29 2008 at 11:24 PM

 


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TOWING OPTIONS TO CONSIDER...

1.  FLAT TOWING

     a.  Pros:

         1.  Inexpensive

         2.  Fast connect and disconnect

         3.  No trailer or Dolly Fees and Registration

    b.  Cons

         1.  CANNOT back up

         2.  Minimal wear on tires and mechanical, speedo can be disconnected

2.  TRAILERS

     a.  PROS

         1.  Lifts cars off payment.

         2.  Keeps car cleaner, especially if enclosed.

         3.  Trailer can be carefully backed.

         4.  No mileage or wear

         5.  More Security

    b.  CONS

         1.  Expensive to own or rent

         2.  Storage required.

         3.  Registration and licencing fees required

         4.  Maintenance and tire issues

         5.  More overall towing weight.

3. DOLLIES

         Pros and Cons are similar to trailers, but less storage required, less towing weight, car is esposed, and two tires are on the ground.

4.  FLAT TOWING SPECIFICS

WARNING:

1.  DO NOT ATTEMPT TO BACK UP, EVER!

2.  INSURE STEERING WHEEL IS FREE TO TURN!

3.  INSURE CAR IS IN NEUTRAL AND HAND BRAKE IS OFF!

Here is an example of a flat-tow rig I purchased and made for my car.  I have made a 2,000 mile trip from L.A. to Ashland, Oregon and several other 100 - 600 mile trips without incident.  This rig has also been loaned out for a trip to Oklahoma and back also.

This is a photo attached to my Pilot with a 3500 lb max towing load.

This is the adapter I made to bolt onto the TIEDOWNS on the front of the car, and made in such a manner to bolt UP to the stock bar bumper so that the tiedowns simply PULL the car and don't bend.  Works great, and there are several other methods out there too.

This one will NOT work on the other style bumpers, but the principle is the same.  I spent about 40 dollars in parts and about 8 hours in time.

This towbar is similar to mine.  I've seen prices for the EXACT same bar from $49.00 to $249.00  Harbor Freight was my preference.  They are rated at 5000 pounds and USUALLY come with safety chains, master pins, and mounting pads.

Here are the plans for the BAR BUMPER ADAPTER.  Copy and Print out on a regular 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper.  If done correctly, it will fit in the rear trunk when not in use.

I used Grade 8 hardware throughout, and purchased a trailer light kit (12 - 20 dollars) that simply attached by closing the trunk over two straps, and drapping the wiring forward using the SEAMS of the trunk and hood.

Some folks like to forego the adapter and bolt the towbar directly to the bumper shocks on the X1/9  This will indeed work, It just entails the removal, storage and refittment of the bumper.  The adapter entails pulling two pins and disconnecting lights.  Some like to wire directly into the car's existing lighting system...  I like to be able to use the tow bar and light bar for other cars also.

As for the Pilot, I purchased the hitch, drawbar, light adapter and trans and P/S coolers online,  as Honda wanted between $600 and $1200 for their kit. 

I managed to put everything here together for less than 400 bucks.  More details upon request.



My best,



Tony
Black Tooth and me... since 1983!


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