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#1 billyboggins

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Posted 26 May 2009 - 09:30 PM

how easy /difficult is it to fit a tow bar to a mk1 focus 5 door hatch?

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 05:40 PM

how easy /difficult is it to fit a tow bar to a mk1 focus 5 door hatch?


very very simple! the mechanic side of the job including removal of the bumper etc should take no longer than 2 hours. all the holes are already drilled in chassis of the car.

what kind of tow bar are you going to fit?

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 07:12 PM

its a westfalia single socket removeable one that i bought on ebay ,thought it looked easy to fit but not too sure about the electrics

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 07:36 PM

its a westfalia single socket removeable one that i bought on ebay ,thought it looked easy to fit but not too sure about the electrics


I will be willing to help you out as much as possible where i can, the electrics are not complicated at all.

Mechanical side:

To remove the bumper you will need a torx screwdriver (cant remember the size though), a 10mm socket and a philips screwdriver. I think thats all that needed. there is a bolt in each wheel arch behind the carpet and the rest of the screws are obvious when you open the boot, there is also 2 screws under the bumper.
Once you remove the bumper you will see the bumper bar which also needs to be removed, i think its held in place with 4 m8 bolts so you will need a 13mm socket.
Next thing to do is drop the exhaust off its rear and middle rubber mounts, you will also need to peel the heatshield back a bit so you can get at the bolts that secure the towbar.

With the exhaust dropped a bit and the heatshield moved, insert the main part of the towbar into the 2 rails on the back of the car and insert the metal strips with the bolts attached, takes a bit of wiggling about to get them in the holes. secure the towbar with m10 washers and nuts, you will need a 17mm socket. I had to use a universal joint and an extension bar as i didnt want to rip the heatshield off. with the main body of the towbar in place, refit the bumper.
with the bumper back on, bolt the rest of the towbar together, you will need a 24mm spanner and socket.

Electrical side:

remove the carpet as best as you can in the passenger side of the boot, while your at it remove the large plastic nut that secures the rear light. Remove the torx screw that becomes visible when you open the boot and the light cover should come off with a little wiggling about.
by removing the light, you can see what wire goes to what bulb, there is a mixture of thick and thin wires and also some of the same colour so its important you take not of their size.

Are you fitting a relay?

if you are then you will need to route a cable from the battery to the boot with an inline fuse close to the battery. The relay should have instructions with it that donate which colour of wire connects to what so you will need to follow that combined with the info you gain from looking at what wire connects where. scotchblocks are probably the quickest type of connector to use, providing they are done correctly you wont have any hassle.

hope that makes sense, lol

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 07:59 PM

thanks for all that its very helpfull,if i don't fit a relay how do you identify the wires? perhaps this is obvious once i've got the tow bar ion hand/
thanks again

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 08:06 PM

thanks for all that its very helpfull,if i don't fit a relay how do you identify the wires? perhaps this is obvious once i've got the tow bar ion hand/
thanks again


without a relay is very similar but your cutting out the middle man. Instead of connecting your plug to the relay then to the cars wiring your just connecting the plug straight to the cars wiring with a buzzer(legal requirement). Same method to identify each wire, remove the lights etc.
Do you have a multimeter?
Once you have connected the plug to the wiring you can double check it with a multimeter, just get someone to push the brake pedal etc...
If i get the time either friday or saturday i could take a note of all the wiring colours to save you the hassle just hope this wouldnt be too late for you?

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 08:39 PM

i have them here wiring guides

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 09:13 PM

i have them here wiring guides


nice one dez, i knew someone on the forum had the plug wiring guides. but being a kit i presume the plug will be pre wired so it will be the vehicles wiring that will be the PITA.

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 10:07 PM

fantastic stuff guys!!!! THANKS VERY MUCH for your help :) :) :) :)

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 07:39 AM


I will be willing to help you out as much as possible where i can, the electrics are not complicated at all.

Mechanical side:

To remove the bumper you will need a torx screwdriver (cant remember the size though), a 10mm socket and a philips screwdriver. I think thats all that needed. there is a bolt in each wheel arch behind the carpet and the rest of the screws are obvious when you open the boot, there is also 2 screws under the bumper.
Once you remove the bumper you will see the bumper bar which also needs to be removed, i think its held in place with 4 m8 bolts so you will need a 13mm socket.
Next thing to do is drop the exhaust off its rear and middle rubber mounts, you will also need to peel the heatshield back a bit so you can get at the bolts that secure the towbar.

With the exhaust dropped a bit and the heatshield moved, insert the main part of the towbar into the 2 rails on the back of the car and insert the metal strips with the bolts attached, takes a bit of wiggling about to get them in the holes. secure the towbar with m10 washers and nuts, you will need a 17mm socket. I had to use a universal joint and an extension bar as i didnt want to rip the heatshield off. with the main body of the towbar in place, refit the bumper.
with the bumper back on, bolt the rest of the towbar together, you will need a 24mm spanner and socket.

Electrical side:

remove the carpet as best as you can in the passenger side of the boot, while your at it remove the large plastic nut that secures the rear light. Remove the torx screw that becomes visible when you open the boot and the light cover should come off with a little wiggling about.
by removing the light, you can see what wire goes to what bulb, there is a mixture of thick and thin wires and also some of the same colour so its important you take not of their size.

Are you fitting a relay?

if you are then you will need to route a cable from the battery to the boot with an inline fuse close to the battery. The relay should have instructions with it that donate which colour of wire connects to what so you will need to follow that combined with the info you gain from looking at what wire connects where. scotchblocks are probably the quickest type of connector to use, providing they are done correctly you wont have any hassle.

hope that makes sense, lol

Hi, I have just joined this club last night after reading through lots of useful and friendly advice given to people. I bought my MK1 Focus just over a week ago and it has a towbar on it which I do not want. I am hoping to attempt to take it off next weekend now that I have read these instructions.  I have never removed a bumper before so I am a bit nervous of that incase I break something or can't get it back on. If anyone is local to South Ayrshire and is bored next weekend then they are welcome to come and supervise me  :unsure:



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 07:44 AM

By the way, If anyone wants a free towbar then anyone who lends a hand to remove it and put car back together can have it  :D



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 09:56 PM

The wiring is quite easy with a multimeter, most of it is a single man job, except for finding the feed for the brake light, for that you'll need a second person to put the footbrake on for a few seconds, for the other circuits just put on the circuit one at a time and test for the feed, then connect them as follows.

 

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