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Mikefido
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Tow Bars

Postby Mikefido » Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:47 am

As my daughter wants to buy a horse box to take her horse to shows and as the only car we have that is big enough to be capable of towing such a thing is my XJ40 I'm considering fitting a towbar to it.
Any recommendations? How easy are they to fit? Is tapping into the electrics easy enough?
I've fitted towbars to previous cars so feel pretty confident I can do the fitting myself (famous last words!) ;)
What I would really like is one with a detachable ball so it can be removed when not in use ... is there anything suitable out there?
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M-e-l-l-o-w
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Re: Tow Bars

Postby M-e-l-l-o-w » Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:41 am

What year is your XJ40?
(Adding the vin number to your forum signature is always a good idea.)

Jaguar made a special towbar relay box for use with towbar electrics.
However I have seen it done by just connecting into the rear lights, but I am not sure if this will work on the later cars, it may well mess up the bulb fail system as you will be running three bulbs on a circuit intended for just one.

See this post for photos of the Jaguar towbar that requires no holes to be drilled into the car and has an electric module that plugs in to existing wireing in the car. (This is not a late 93/94 model.) :

viewtopic.php?p=168295#p168295

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Re: Tow Bars

Postby leo_denmark » Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:07 am

Mellow: Your link is to my car and my tow bar.

It was really easy to mount, both hardware and electronics. Original Jaguar as far as I know.
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Re: Tow Bars

Postby M-e-l-l-o-w » Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:27 pm

leo_denmark wrote:Mellow: Your link is to my car and my tow bar.

It was really easy to mount, both hardware and electronics. Original Jaguar as far as I know.


Yes indeeed the original Jaguar item is the way to go, if you can find one.

I think the later 93/94 cars have a different relay box and connector, but I think are otherwise the same, but I am not sure.

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Re: Tow Bars

Postby Mikefido » Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:11 pm

M-e-l-l-o-w wrote:What year is your XJ40?
(Adding the vin number to your forum signature is always a good idea.)

Jaguar made a special towbar relay box for use with towbar electrics.
However I have seen it done by just connecting into the rear lights, but I am not sure if this will work on the later cars, it may well mess up the bulb fail system as you will be running three bulbs on a circuit intended for just one.

See this post for photos of the Jaguar towbar that requires no holes to be drilled into the car and has an electric module that plugs in to existing wireing in the car. (This is not a late 93/94 model.) :

viewtopic.php?p=168295#p168295

Mellow

it's a '94 Gold if that helps!
The only reason people get lost in thought is because it's unfamiliar territory!
'94 XJ6 Gold Manual SAJJFALG7AJ706314
'93 3.2S Auto SAJFALG3AJ686789
'02 S-Type 3.0 Auto
'84 GPZ900A1
'80 Z650 (GPZ900R engine)
'97 CBR1100XX Blackbird
'84 XN85D Turbo

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Re: Tow Bars

Postby M-e-l-l-o-w » Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:38 pm

Mikefido wrote:
it's a '94 Gold if that helps!


I think that you will find you will need the later 93/94 tow bar relay box as the early one will not plug in your car as the socket is not the same as on the early cars.

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