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      09-04-2018, 01:19 AM   #155
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CamaroMac24 that is a Curt hitch, I installed one on Saturday as well on an E70.

The eTrailer.com site has about four videos on installing on an x5, each is slightly different so watch them all. One guy ends up breaking a few tabs during the bumper removal and does not remove the tail lights to allow access to the release tabs and then just pulls off the four bolt caps instead of unscrewing them. In the end you have to use adhesive to put the caps back on with a Curt anyways.

The center part under the rear bumper fascia where you remove four of the six 8mm screws is removable, I removed it from the bumper cover and test fitted it until the four screws were able to install. This allows you to cut out just enough to allow the receiver through without having to put the entire bumper on and off to test fit.

To hold the rear tailgate at an angle use a bungee cord connected to the tonneau cover which slides to adjust the tension/angle.
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      09-12-2018, 08:21 AM   #156
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CamaroMac24 that is a Curt hitch, I installed one on Saturday as well on an E70.

The eTrailer.com site has about four videos on installing on an x5, each is slightly different so watch them all. One guy ends up breaking a few tabs during the bumper removal and does not remove the tail lights to allow access to the release tabs and then just pulls off the four bolt caps instead of unscrewing them. In the end you have to use adhesive to put the caps back on with a Curt anyways.

The center part under the rear bumper fascia where you remove four of the six 8mm screws is removable, I removed it from the bumper cover and test fitted it until the four screws were able to install. This allows you to cut out just enough to allow the receiver through without having to put the entire bumper on and off to test fit.

To hold the rear tailgate at an angle use a bungee cord connected to the tonneau cover which slides to adjust the tension/angle.

Where is your wiring harness? I'm trying to figure out where/how to mount mine
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      11-10-2018, 03:20 AM   #157
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CamaroMac24 that is a Curt hitch, I installed one on Saturday as well on an E70.

The eTrailer.com site has about four videos on installing on an x5, each is slightly different so watch them all. One guy ends up breaking a few tabs during the bumper removal and does not remove the tail lights to allow access to the release tabs and then just pulls off the four bolt caps instead of unscrewing them. In the end you have to use adhesive to put the caps back on with a Curt anyways.

The center part under the rear bumper fascia where you remove four of the six 8mm screws is removable, I removed it from the bumper cover and test fitted it until the four screws were able to install. This allows you to cut out just enough to allow the receiver through without having to put the entire bumper on and off to test fit.

To hold the rear tailgate at an angle use a bungee cord connected to the tonneau cover which slides to adjust the tension/angle.
Looks Like this is the one we will be getting. Thanks for the pictures!
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      06-03-2019, 05:04 PM   #158
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Jumping into the convo to double check some stale info;
I'm looking to install a hitch on my E70 X5M, between OEM and Stealth Hitch. Execuhitch.com has two dead phone numbers so i'm not sure they are still doing business.

My question is around the costs of installation/programming. BMW quoted me $700 for the OEM hitch and then $800 for the labor. I see that the OEM hitch is $400 on ESC & Turner. I'd never go to the dealer for work but they said that only they can do the programming. The cost of programming alone at the dealer is $250.

I'd love to do OEM but then do I still have to go back to the dealer for programming? I'd hate to have to organize buying a hitch, setting up shipping, taking it to an indy shop for installation, and then taking it back to the dealer for programming. Seems like way too much work for a tow hitch.

To make matters even more confusing the official BMW NA installation guide for the OEM kit is 2.5 hours, WITH programming.

Not really sure what the best play is here. (Part numbers 71602156525 and 71602185556 for the trim if I go OEM). Need to tow a 22' Cobalt
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      06-03-2019, 05:28 PM   #159
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Jumping into the convo to double check some stale info;
I'm looking to install a hitch on my E70 X5M, between OEM and Stealth Hitch. Execuhitch.com has two dead phone numbers so i'm not sure they are still doing business.

My question is around the costs of installation/programming. BMW quoted me $700 for the OEM hitch and then $800 for the labor. I see that the OEM hitch is $400 on ESC & Turner. I'd never go to the dealer for work but they said that only they can do the programming. The cost of programming alone at the dealer is $250.

I'd love to do OEM but then do I still have to go back to the dealer for programming? I'd hate to have to organize buying a hitch, setting up shipping, taking it to an indy shop for installation, and then taking it back to the dealer for programming. Seems like way too much work for a tow hitch.

To make matters even more confusing the official BMW NA installation guide for the OEM kit is 2.5 hours, WITH programming.

Not really sure what the best play is here. (Part numbers 71602156525 and 71602185556 for the trim if I go OEM). Need to tow a 22' Cobalt
$1500 at the dealer vs. $650 buying it yourself/dealer programs later... seems like the extra appointment would be worth the savings to me. ECS & Turner are both top vendors, never had any issues with shipping with them. You should also check the price at Tischer (www.getbmwparts.com).

I didn't want to deal w/ the install (I have execuhitch) so I had a local body shop install mine - you could try that too, maybe less than an Indy shop

I only intended to use my hitch for a bike rack so no electrical or coding in my case. However, a lot of BMW owners are doing their own coding with Carly app, you could look into that?

https://www.mycarly.com/en/app/bmw/
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I recommend reading this thread in entirety. It's all DIY. The programming can be done by an experienced individual remotely (not the dealer) and though I've never used it because it wasn't available at the time, it looks like the Carly app can program it. All the "programming" is, is telling the vehicle "yes, enable the towing harness". No reason for a dealer visit with the information provided in this thread. For the hitch itself and the harness, I spent only $400 total.
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Anyone recommend a preferred brand of brake controller?
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Execuhitch

Best money spent, check what I'm pulling. Can't see a cut out or anything it's all underneath hidden
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I am sure they still probably cut the bumper but since it's underneath, you don't see it?

Any pictures of the install from below?
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I am sure they still probably cut the bumper but since it's underneath, you don't see it?

Any pictures of the install from below?
I'll take a pic this morning
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      07-12-2019, 10:23 AM   #165
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I am sure they still probably cut the bumper but since it's underneath, you don't see it?

Any pictures of the install from below?
Hope this helps
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      07-12-2019, 05:44 PM   #166
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Great. Is Execuhitch and Invisihitch the same thing? Where and how much did you pay for it? Feel free to PM the Info if you don't want to post here

Thanks
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Great. Is Execuhitch and Invisihitch the same thing? Where and how much did you pay for it? Feel free to PM the Info if you don't want to post here

Thanks
Yes it's the same thing, price varies. Check out the website. Def worth it though. Keeps the beast looking clean and no cut outs and take it off and looks like nothing there. I do suggest getting the wireless brake control. Amazon for like 2-3 bills. This way no splicing or cutting
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      07-12-2019, 08:46 PM   #168
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Thanks, glad to hear your + experience. I was bit reluctant where I was told it might need bit of bumper cutting but I know now it doesn't.
Thanks again
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