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    Has anyone fitted a towbar to a Signum (facelift model if it makes any difference)?
    I think there are only four bolts that hold it on, but how easy is it to access the mounting points? Does the rear bumper have to come off?

    Any details thankfully received. Looking at fitting a genuine Vauxhall towbar, but the one I'm after doesn't have any fitting instructions with it. Would the instructions be available from a dealer?

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    Mine already has one fitted when I bought it sorry. I can have a look when I get home for you. I cycled into work this morning so cant check now.

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    Hi mate, i fitted a bosal towbar to my signum (pre face) and it was easy to do. I didnt need to remove the bumper, just droped the exhaust from its rubbers. But the towbar is heavy so i used 2 trolly jacks to move it into place. Took a while to do but got there in the end. i got a mate who does towbars for a living to do my electrics cost £15

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    Speak to Maverick mate - he's fitted them to all of his cars, including several Signums...

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    It is a very straight forward job, I have found that on both my last and my current Signum's (Both Facelift), it is less hassle to remove the bumper than trying to mess about with the exhaust and lifting the towbar into place.

    It is also easier to make the hole for for the loom and feed it through properly. I have done a Signum leaving the bumper on, but it is more fiddly etc.

    The most time consuming part is removing the boot trim, allowe about 40 minutes to do this properly, you can't remove the sound proofing with the trim in place, and fitting the towbar is so easy when it's all removed.

    Penfold101 has kindly put up a link to the to do that I wrote for this very job. Hope it helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy R View Post
    Has anyone fitted a towbar to a Signum (facelift model if it makes any difference)?
    I think there are only four bolts that hold it on, but how easy is it to access the mounting points? Does the rear bumper have to come off?

    Any details thankfully received. Looking at fitting a genuine Vauxhall towbar, but the one I'm after doesn't have any fitting instructions with it. Would the instructions be available from a dealer?

    Thanks
    Andy
    Hi Andy

    Just download the instructions from Witter - most bars will be the same but some may need a bumper cut (witter dont).

    Can be done bumper on or off and takes longer to take trim out to do electrics properly than doing the 6 bolts to fit the towbar!

    http://www.witter-towbars.co.uk/towb...px?vtid=203768

    neilrj

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    Thanks all....really useful.

    Few more questions, does the car need to be 'Tech-2' when fitting a Vauxhall towbar only, or does it apply to any manufacturers towbar?

    What does this actually do?
    How much does it cost?
    Is there a way around it?
    Is it only Vauxhall towbars that come with the connector that plugs into the fuse box?

    I've been quoted £247 fitted for a Witter. Just wondered if it was worth getting a 2nd hand one and fitting it myself. Hoping to pay around £50-£60 for one. Just hope the Tech-2 business doesn't cost too much.

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    Andy
    Last edited by Andy R; 26th August 2009 at 18:16. Reason: error

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    You will need to have the car tech 2'd to switch on the electrics on the Vauxhall unit.

    Regarding cost, it takes 10 minutes to do it so this should give you an idea of cost. If your dealer quotes an hours labour to do it, then argue the fact that it only takes 10 minutes, 20 minutes of they don't know what they are doing.

    What it does is actually switched on the control unit to recognise when a trailor is connected.

    Most companies who offer non plug in electrics, give you a loom to splice into the cars loom with a little electronic box to stop the management light coming on.

    I know a few people on here have just connectesd straight into the cars loom, but personally I would not even consider doing this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy R View Post
    Few more questions, does the car need to be 'Tech-2' when fitting a Vauxhall towbar only, or does it apply to any manufacturers towbar?
    Quote Originally Posted by Maverick View Post
    You will need to have the car tech 2'd to switch on the electrics on the Vauxhall unit.
    Not necessarily - it's a bit of a lottery by all accounts as to whether it needs a Tech 2 to recognise the trailer module. When I fitted my towbar (which was in fact Maverick's towbar from his previous Signum before he changed that for the Astra) the module worked and was recognised as soon as it was plugged in. Vaux-COM was plugged in to check this as well and it was all recognised without having to do anything in Vaux-COM.

    So the answer is - you'll find out when you plug it in!

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