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I'm thinking of fitting a tow bar to my XF to take my bikes to track days and maybe on holiday, I don't want a hook in place full time as I think it will look bad so I'm looking for something with a detachable hook/ball.
What are the options for this and is it a simple bolt on a plug in job or does it involve wiring modifications?
I'd be very grateful to hear from anyone who has firsthand knowledge of a specific product.
 

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Have you tried putting 'Jaguar XF towbar' into google? There must be a good few makers out there, and I would have thought that wiring modifications would be required if you need to have an additional number plate.
 

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Thanks for that but I am aware of at least some of what is available what I was really looking for was a recomendation of a specific brand. Also some cars I've had in the past have had connectors already on the loom to allow simply connecting the electrics and I would like to know if this is the case on the XF rather than splicing directly into the loom. Thanks for taking the time to reply though.
 

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I had a Brink Matic detachable tow ball with single (13 pin) electrics fitted at the dealership prior to delivery. I believe the dearlership farmed the work out to a specialist rather than do it themselves. I was also informed that "any company can fit you a tow ball, but they will have to come to us for the electrics loom" How right or wrong that is I have no idea. They also had to cut the rear valance to allow the tow ball to fit, also the tow ball nose weight is restricted to 75 kgs.
I tow a 1650 kg caravan with mine, so towing a trailer with a couple of bikes on it should not pose a problem.
 

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I've just had a witter towbar fitted with a vertical detachable towball and 13 pin dedicated electrics. When removed you cannot see the towbar and the socket swings up behind the bumper.
I was advised by the fitter (and the documentation supplied) that a towing upgrade by ba dealer was required. However, all lights, fridge etc work ok. I cannot find what the upgrade does, and it costs about £80.00, so I'm holding fire on that until I know what it changes. Hope this helps.
 

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The Witter one may probably be the best one for you as there is less visible when the neck is removed. The neck attaches vertically and the socket swings away behind the bumper when not in use. Check the Witter website as I know they do various models of detachable Towbars for various cars, (offering options of removable bars for the same car) to make sure that you get the style you want. I'm not sure if there are a couple of neck options for the XF without looking it up.

The Brink (or Thule as I think they are known now) make good quality Towbars, but from what I've seen their one is more visible when removed.

Having been in the Towbar business in the past, these 2 makes are one of the few makes of Towbar I would recommend fitting due to quality and ease of fitment. You won't go wrong with either of them.
 

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As Bethpage mentioned in the post, a lot of dealers do indeed farm Towbar fitting out, but it always worries me when someone mentions that they've been told they have to go to the dealers for the loom. I will endeavour to explain why.

Years ago when I was fitting Towbars, this was a ploy used by some Towbar fitting companies and dealers alike to rip a considerable sum out of the pockets of unsuspecting customers. The idea was to charge the customer for the vehicle specific loom and relays, commonly well over £100 and fit the separate parts in their own made loom. These companies would then earn in the region of £75 to £100 extra for maybe 30 minutes more work. Very few, if any customers would know the difference or even look at the wiring once the job had been done, and they would never know they had been conned.

Now, don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with getting the specific loom, as long as you get what you pay for. But, all of the relays etc required for any car are available separately at a fraction of the cost, and a fitter with the know how on modern car electrical systems will have no problem whatsoever with fitting these items to your car, whatever intricacies the system has. In the years that I did Towbars, I never fitted a vehicle specific loom, and never even offered it as an option.

As far as what Chr1s23 has been told about the upgrade, I was talking about this with the dealer I bought my new caravan from a few weeks ago. I don't know the specifics for an XF, but he had to send a Citroen (I think) to be plugged in at the dealer for the light on the dashboard to work for the indicators. He may have even mentioned that the engine ECU was fiddled with while plugged in to change power delivery and gear change settings, but I was getting a bit bored at the time and wasn't taking too much notice. I do remember him saying that this is becoming more common with a lot of makes of vehicle nowadays.
 

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I had the following experience fitting a towbar to my X-type:-
Mechanical - almost any reputable make of towbar will do the job, Witter would be a good choice. You should find some tapped holes under the rear chassis for the kit to bolt straight onto. Depending on the kit, you may need to make a small cut-out in the rear valance, but this should be hidden from view.
Electrics - Whatever you do, DO NOT try to splice in a cheap wiring kit from an accessory shop. Jags have very complex electrical systems and you will give yourself loads of very expensive problems. The pukka Jag electrics kit is simplicity itself to fit, comes with all the correct plug & socket connectors for the existing loom and can be installed almost without tools. Very quick to install and guaranteed to work first time. It's a no-brainer!
 

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Just wondered if any members have had any bad experiences with the Witter tow bar with the reduced ground clearance ?

We are putting a towbar on in the next few months and the Witter towbar seems the best of the bunch, but just the reduced ground clearance worries me a bit with some of the camp sites we visit.

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I had a Witter detachable towbar with single electrics put on via local Jaguar dealer just over 12 months ago and use it with a Witter ZX200 carrier (2 bikes) on a weekly basis. It works brilliantly. It takes about 10 minutes to fit the towbar and carrier and the same to dismantle it.
 

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Just wondered if any members have had any bad experiences with the Witter tow bar with the reduced ground clearance ?

We are putting a towbar on in the next few months and the Witter towbar seems the best of the bunch, but just the reduced ground clearance worries me a bit with some of the camp sites we visit.

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Had no problems with ground clearance with my witter. It's usually the caravan jockey wheel that grounds!
 

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As Chr1s23 says no problem with the Witter vertical bar certainly no grounding suggest you fit it your self very easy and the electrics 7pin smart bypass relay, split charge relay, 13 pin socket once fitted nothing visible
 
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