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#1 Wee Man

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 11:48 AM

I'm planning to fit a tow bar to my 55 plate Fusion.

I've got no issues with DIY fit but one question is there a socket behind any of the boot lining or is it a splice into the loom job?

I haven't bought the tow bar yet.

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 01:14 PM

I cant say for certain on your fusion, but generally you need to splice or buy a car specific wiring adaptor which is a plug in job.

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 08:10 PM

Get the installation checked by a caravan specialist to make sure you have fitted the tow bar correctly.

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 08:59 PM

Get the installation checked by a caravan specialist to make sure you have fitted the tow bar correctly.

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a garage should also be able to offer this sort of service if you need it, i believe that if a towbar is fitted it becomes part of the mot

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 08:06 PM

hi mate im a towbar fitter...and the fussion is a simple job to wire and to fit tbar bumper must be removed for bar and crash beam tbar replaces this holes are in chassis legs so no driling four in total they come on from side holes will be taped over hours job
as for elecs there a cambus system so a protective relay bypass system shound be used basicly it just reads car signal wires and duplicates them you just splice wires into car loom then give the relay a 12v feed earths to chassis this is also a simple job all you need is a basic 12v tester or multimetre if you want i will post colours of veichle and towbar wires save you some time ....tbars are pretty cheap on ebay so are the relays but if you require a good one i will supply one at cost for a forum member this can include prewired plug fuse holder fuse and wire basicly all you need for job....if you decide to go down a plug in kit eg ford or aftermarket these are not as simple as you think theres still a amount of wiring not a plug and play system at all pricey too.

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 10:33 AM

If you could post a wiring colour scheme I'd appreciate it.

I fitted a bar & electrics to my last vehicle (Nissan X Trail) with no problems. I'm an electronic engineer so confident with the slicing in bit.

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 08:02 PM

If you could post a wiring colour scheme I'd appreciate it.

I fitted a bar & electrics to my last vehicle (Nissan X Trail) with no problems. I'm an electronic engineer so confident with the slicing in bit.

not a problem...will pm you that as i said earllier tho fussion is a cambus system so pls buy the relevent relay...as the xtrail is just a case of splice/soilder wires in thanks dean

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 03:12 PM

Just bought a tow bar off ebay for a rediculously low price, it's off a 2010 car so I'm hoping it'll fit, will report how it all goes.

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 09:59 AM

Fitted the tow bar at the weekend (it cost me £30 off ebay).

Rear wheels off and bung it on axel stands.

Didn't have to remove the bumper just drop off the rear exhaust rubber to get the bar cross member under the tail pipe. Loosly bolt in the cross bar attach the side arms (holes in chassis rails are behind the floppy stuff that passes for inner wheel arches) having poked the wee plates with the nuts welded on into the chassis.
Tighten everything up and bobs your uncle. Took about an hour, two cups of coffee and a bacon sandwich.

Haven't tackled the wiring yet but got a kit to fit.

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 10:03 AM

Fitted the tow bar at the weekend (it cost me £30 off ebay).

Rear wheels off and bung it on axel stands.

Didn't have to remove the bumper just drop off the rear exhaust rubber to get the bar cross member under the tail pipe. Loosly bolt in the cross bar attach the side arms (holes in chassis rails are behind the floppy stuff that passes for inner wheel arches) having poked the wee plates with the nuts welded on into the chassis.
Tighten everything up and bobs your uncle. Took about an hour, two cups of coffee and a bacon sandwich.

Haven't tackled the wiring yet but got a kit to fit.


Good result. Thanks for the feedback

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 09:56 AM

Hi i was considering fitting a FORD tow bar ..not a universal one, and it appears it would be straight forwardhowever my fusion has ford reversing sensors built in, and i have noticed on the fuse box under the glove box there is a space for a fuse with the picture of a caravan, if this gets wired up ? would a picture of a caravan hooked up appear on my instrument panellights, if not what is the fuse for, and would my reversing sensors keep going of all the time if i hook up to a trailer once a tow bar is fitted?
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Posted 23 July 2012 - 02:31 PM

Most likely the extra fuse slot is a sensor bypass so as to stop the sensors working while hitched up.
(maybe also allowing sensors to be fitted to the caravan/trailer?)

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 07:11 PM

Wiring done.

10 minutes with a meter and I'd worked out the wiring.

12N (tow hitch)Colour = Vehicle Loom (colour)
Yellow = Near side indicator (Blue)
Blue = Fog lamp (Green/yellow)
White = Earth (Black)
Green = Off side indicator (Blue/red)
Brown = Off site tail lamp (Orange)
Red = Brake lamp (Green/black)
Black = Near side tail lamp (Orange/white)





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