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159 Towbar

Hi All,
after looking on the forum for information about fitting a tow bar to a 159 i thought id add my experience.
I've had a westfalia detachable towbar fitted to to 2006 (56) reg 159 saloon by a company called Salop towing in Shrewsbury (Home) .
towbar and electrics were 295 then 104 fitting, total 399.
cant say a bad word about the guys who worked on my car excellent service.
the job should have taken 2 people 5 hours but got a phone just after 4 to say all was finished. all i can say is im very happy.
the reason i chose them was because of another recommendation on this forum.
the Salop guys make a smaller cut into the cvar bumper than is recommended by the tow bar companies.
to make a smaller more descrete bumper cut the guys at salop remove the wiring loom from the towbar as supplied from westfalia and re-weld it in a different position so theres a smaller cut in the car. definatly worth it.
i travelled about an hour to shrewsbury to get it done at salop and im very happy with the results, check out the photos ive added some before and after.

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didnt know you could only attach 6 photos here are the others.
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Nice clean job that.
Photo of rear of car at first i thougth you had a massive spoiler till i relaised it was your garage roof
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nice tidy install I had the same tow bar fitted to my 159 albeit by a different company and the rear bumper was butchered in the process!! The cowboys even managed to damage my parking sensors in the process... suffice to say I wont be using said company again for any future tow bar purchases!!!
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Nice.

The cut looks like it is standard to me though! Nice to see that they have re-angled the socket so its more flush with the bumper. I wonder how they did that?

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Thats great, I have been thinking about self fitting a tow bar, but think I might travel there instead!
Great post! Thanks, very useful
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Oh! I have just seen the caravan in one of your photos so I'm guessing you're towing that!
Looks like its a 1990/91 Avondale Mayfly?

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For years I towed with a Brink detachable, but in the end couldn't be bothered detaching it when not in use. It acted as a deterrent to people parking too close!
Now I have just fitted a Brink fixed towbar to my 159, not too fussed about looks these days. 285 fitted with single electrics at Indespension.
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just had a towbar and electrics from PF Jones fitted by one of their extended network - just one cut, hardly visible, fantastic job (in c3.5 hrs). Two observations:
- I have a hell of a lot of "waste" including what looks like exhaust heat shield, bumper padding and a beam - does anyone know or can advise whether he has neglected to put it all back or is this to be expected?
- possibly related but I at low revs (who needs those I know) have a vibration from the boot that feels like it could be linked to exhaust mount....
Ideas anyone
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After a fair bit of towing and a couple of years, I was getting a rattle from underneath. Found it was the heatshield against the exhaust. Discovered the fastners had corroded through the aluminium. Sorted with a big washer. There should be nothing loose if bar is properly installed.
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I got a gt towbar from towbarsbay at about 110 delivered they are expensive and rare here. I recently fitted a towbar to my 159 sw this was 100 delivered with electrics on Ebay pandmtowbars from poland.Took me 4 hours to fit was the first 159 i had done. Its detachable with tools.
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Are there any issues fitting a towbar to a twin exhaust 159 3.2 sportwagon - from experience with an X-Type estate it was necessary to change the back boxes to non sport type to avoid the towbar hitting the exhaust. Do Alfa have any similar issues or do I need to look for a specific brand/type to make sure it fits properly??
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Those after pictures look so good, hardly notice it
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