Think this may give a certain andy.l a few sleepless nights but it had to be - doesn't matter how good a car looks, it's got to do a job of work.
Sorry to all of you who think this is sacrilege, but I've tried to do this as sensitively as possible!
Well, here goes...
The Irmscher website states clearly that their exhausts can't be fitted to a car with a towbar. But nowhere have I read that you can't fit a towbar to a car with an irmy exhaust! The problem is the areas I have marked which will be hard against the top of the boxes unless doctored.
Here's how the offending bits were reshaped with the grinder (ground down flange has been painted over to prevent rusting)
It's still a tight fit (10mm clearance) but there's no knocking noticeable so far
Now you see it...
Now you don't
I used a Westfalia detachable bar. Comparing it to the one shown in the owner's handbook it's the same as Vauxhall sell. Others might be more compact but this has a really quick fitting and release operation for the towball. Only problem at the moment is the rear diffuser gets bent up when the ball's on. I know Irmscher produces a wee flap thingy but I've got a better idea up my sleeve!
Sorry Andy and anyone else who's horrified at this mod. It really is totally invisible when removed. The devil in me thought about picturing the car with a Laser sailing dinghy strapped to the newly acquired roofbars (Vauxhall aero alloy - quite smart as these things go) but I'll let you get over this first!