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Old 08-17-2003, 18:04   #1 (permalink)
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FPV Pursuit Towbars

Well, I've got harsh words for Ford and FPV over the stuffing around they've given BA buyers for towbars. Except I'll hold back and reserve my displeasure for another time.

In the end I waited four months for nothing, and the product is less than satisfactory anyhow. Over the weekend I adopted another alternative which I'll give details of below.

I ended up being a bit wary of cutting big holes in my rear bar for the factory XR8 bar which is also a bolt on tongue type. A few quick measurements of a Hayman Reese bar netted a few better results.

Get a Hayman Reese R1934 Hitch receiver bar rated at the 2300kg capacity. This uses the hitch receiver pin type coupling and fits to the rear of the Pursuit easily. There needs to be a 2-3mm slot out of the rear bar section, and a 50x50mm square cut into the bottom bar extension. By utilising a Hayman Reese hitch of 50mm longer than standard you'll have a very discreet hole that is super neat and allows the pin and chains to be hidden under the car.

Took it past my towbar wholesaler and he asked me to turn up for work tomorrow!

I'll post pics as soon as I can.

If you're in Sydney I can do the job for you if you don't trust some of the one-hour-special fitters. Cost is around $520 which includes the cost of the factory Ford wiring (no scotch locks like the 'pros' use). Alternatively, the Hayman Reese instructions are quite clear and I'll supply measurements of the bar cutouts if you contact me.

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Old 08-17-2003, 19:25   #2 (permalink)
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Re: FPV Pursuit Towbars

Here's a wide view.

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Close up view. I still need to do the paint touch up but you should be able to get the idea.

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Neat job AP, I see you have the Herrod pipes back on again. Did you get closer to solving the cabin resonating noise?
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Neat job AP, I see you have the Herrod pipes back on again. Did you get closer to solving the cabin resonating noise?
Bzzzttt!

Actually, the pipes are an interim fix. I was doing the towbar and finished it to realise the pipes were REALLY upsetting me so I got the oxy set out and bent the pipes up to where they belong. They point up a bit but that's better than the way they were!
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It certainly is a lot better than the way mine look!!
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Re: FPV Pursuit Towbars

Funny how obvious that statement is, yet FPV still churn out the same stuff (even today). If it was the sedan they wouldn't have let it out of the factory...
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Mine is a XR8 ute and as I said before if they could only get the pipes somewhere near the cut out it would be a start. Not underneath the cut out or to one side of the cut out but in the centre preferably!!
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AP,
I was just thinking lucky Ford are not doing tow bars as a option yet especially if they had to cut a square hole in the bumper. You could make a bet it would not be in the centre!
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Pete, you are nuts for doing that.
There is a guy in melb that is making them come under the bar so you do not have to cut a hole he makes them for hsv and the new gt
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