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Recommend a Towbar?
« on: May 07, 2014, 02:26:20 PM »
Hi,
My first post - I recently purchased a 2011 Mazda 3 Takuya in White. Loving it so far!
Looking for a towbar for this car. Being a Takuya, it has the sport bumper. Ideally I'm looking for a detachable towbar (swan neck is fine), that is completely invisible when removed, is compatible with the sports bumper, and ideally doesn't require any bumper cuts. Any suggestions?
Would be interested to see pictures of fitted towbars!
Thanks,
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Re: Recommend a Towbar?
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2014, 09:20:13 PM »
Witter detachable swan neck fits a sport bumper without cutting and is invisible when fitted.  The electrics even swing up behind the bumper so it is truly invisible.

It is an easy fit but you do have to remove the bumper. It takes a couple of hours.

I got mine for a good price from Towequipe but I see they are no longer trading.

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Re: Recommend a Towbar?
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2014, 11:38:07 PM »
That sounds perfect. Is it the MZ49Q you have? Fitting looks a lot more straightforward than it was on my old Mazda 6!
Thanks for your help
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Re: Recommend a Towbar?
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2014, 08:51:32 AM »
That's the one.

Drop me a message with an email address if you want to see it fitted/being fitted.  I've not got a photobucket account so can't post a picture in the forum. (I should sort one out!)

I decided to go with the 13 pin electrics rather than the two 7 pin sockets of old and I am glad I did. One socket to plug in is much better for me as the socket is quite far forward by the nature of being designed to swing up when not used.

I tow a caravan so if you are not you will probably only be looking at one 7pin socket anyway.

I've fitted a few towbars and this does rate as an easier one.  I find the hardest is finding all the clips and screws to remove the bumper.  Someone on here has put up pictures of fitting rear parking sensors to a saloon and I used that as a basis for finding out how to remove the bumper.

Best of luck with it

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Re: Recommend a Towbar?
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2014, 09:58:07 AM »
Thanks Glyn, that's really useful! I will PM you an e-mail address as would be great to see some pics of it fitted. I only need it for our cycle carrier and possibly a small trailer in the future so 7-pin electrics will be fine.

Thanks again for your help.

Andy

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Re: Recommend a Towbar?
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2014, 09:02:59 PM »
A couple of you want to see photo's so I thought It easier to get the photobucket working.

Probably not in the right order!

Here you go pictures of a witter mz49q.......

Regards

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Re: Recommend a Towbar?
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2014, 03:05:59 PM »
Thanks for sharing Glyn, that looks great! Exactly what I am looking for. I'll be ordering one just as soon as I've got rid of my old Mazda 6!

Andy.

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Re: Recommend a Towbar?
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2014, 03:23:32 PM »
I'll be ordering one just as soon as I've got rid of my old Mazda 6!

Any progress on that, did you check the oil pick up pipe ?
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Re: Recommend a Towbar?
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2014, 06:32:22 PM »
Hi Will
To be honest I've put it on eBay now for spares / repairs. It's pretty clear the engine is shot and it's just taking up space!
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Re: Recommend a Towbar?
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2014, 03:26:41 PM »
Just thought I'd pop back and update with my thoughts. I ordered the Witter MZ49Q detachable towbar, alongside a genuine Mazda 7-pin wiring loom.

Towbar fitting was straightforward - easier than other cars I have done. The only downside was that the threads on the towbar arms were full of the powder coat finish (despite being fitted with rubber bungs) which were a bit of a pain to clean out. Once I had done this it was fine.

The electrics, although a 'plug and play' fit were a right PITA! Nothing complicated as such, but they piggyback to the existing loom plugs on the left and right rear light clusters, and the high level brake light. This, alongside running a 12v live from the battery, means the removal of a lot of panels and trim pieces - so it's quite time consuming. Took me 3 hours to do the electrics!

The end result is great though - the towbar is completely invisible when removed.

Thanks to Glynn for his replies here and by e-mail.

Andy.

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Re: Recommend a Towbar?
« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2014, 07:48:32 PM »
^^^^ i went for the same towbar and had theexact same problem with the powdercoat on the thread. it was a pita to remove.

eventually got it all fittedand with the folding electrics plug you can't tell it's fitted unless the swan is fitted.

why do you need a 12v from the battery. is that for caravans?

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Re: Recommend a Towbar?
« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2014, 09:11:47 PM »
Interesting that you had the same problem. You'd think they could mask the threaded area off a bit better! The 12v from the battery is for the control box, to power the relays I assume. I don't have a caravan so only got 7 pin electrics.

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Re: Recommend a Towbar?
« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2014, 09:11:47 PM »