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Old 04-14-2019, 09:59 PM
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Does that thing work?


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It works just like my threaded hole and bolt works : by clamping the inner tow bar to the side of the outer receiver.
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I have a couple ball holders and they all rattled a bit in the OE hitch. I wrapped the front and rear with one layer of 1Ē wide friction tape (a bit like racers tsps). The fit is just tight enough that I have to push and wiggle a little to get the holder into the receiver. No more rattling and creaking. The 1-layer lasts for 3-4 trips and then starts to get loose. I just perk it off and put a new piece on tape one and allís well. Removing the bell mount takes a bit of jiggling and tugging. If the OE receiver had allowed use of one of those $15 U-bolt thingies, that wouldíve been better.
U use one of the U bolt things. Works fine!

As ar as my rattle, it comes from the actual trailer tongue itself. I'm really probably going to get it welded solid, as the holes have just ovaled out on the adjustable height tongue attachment.

Also, noteworthy- The past 3 weekends I've towed my drift car, full load this weekend was probably around 5800 lbs. Car handled great, with the exception of the very reduced braking capability. Trailer brakes still work great, but I'm leaving a lot of space in front of me for room to stop. I blew a wheel bearing this morning, the towing must have stressed it over the edge. Having a new one put in on Wednesday.
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@Bfeng / Anyone with lots of towing experience- I'm embarking on a 2k mile tow at the end of this month. I'm thinking about things I should be monitoring, and I'm aware that the trans oil shouldnt really get much over 90*. Should I be worried about this? For the most part, my 1k mile each way trip will be pretty flat. NJ-> mid wisconsin, and then back. 2 days there, 2 days back. I'll have 5800-6k lbs of open car trailer behind me.

I'm currently trying to figure out if I should be upgrading my intercooler, and I'm lightly toying with the idea of a trans cooler but I'm really hesitant to plumb anything in because of potential reliability issues / worries about leaks.

As far as everything else, I'm about to do a trans service, including dropping the valve body out and doing the seals, and I'm also going to be replacing the solenoids while I'm in there. I'm pretty sure I'm also going to do a rear driveshaft guibo, and the center support bearing before I do this trip too. Other than that, I'm going to hopefully install my airlift airbags in the rear coils, to level out the ride a bit.


My questions are really
1) What are you guys seeing as temps? Oil, coolant, Trans fluid, EGT's? What temps do I have to start to worry?
2) Should I be jumping on an ATM intercooler? Should I be considering plumbing in an extra trans cooler?
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I just drove from NYC to Wisconsin but via DC so we went through VA and MD as well as PA. There were some significant grades 7% at times but only a couple hours over a 12-14 hour trip. That will be the only part of concern.

If you have a scanner plugged in that will give you real-time trans temp that's all you need to determine if you need to downshift or drive slower.

We had a rental car so didn't have the X5 with and at 70-75 we did have to downshift without towing anything so soon lower speeds lower gears will be in your future.

If you just listen to the car for how hard it's working I think you will be just fine. The car has trans cooler I think that's all it needs.

Hit me up with PM I would come out to the interstate to meet for a lunch etc as you'll be driving within 7 minutes of my house.
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Do you have good trailer mirrors?
If you have rear air suspension and 100k miles you might keep a spare arrnot airbag in the trunk. Mine is an enclosed so also keep a full sized OEM E70 spare as I’m not sure how well a run flat would do with 650lbs of tongue weight plus stuff in the X5.
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Hit me up with PM I would come out to the interstate to meet for a lunch etc as you'll be driving within 7 minutes of my house.
Iíll shoot you one soon. Iím headed up to usair for a drift event, but after detroit Iíll be squad deep, caravanning with about 7 other drifters so Iím not sure Iíll be able to stop.


Bfeng- no extended towing mirrors for me. Iím towing an 18í open car hauler, so my mirrors actually work super well still. Iíll have 2 spare wheels and tires for the X5, and one trailer spare. I might double that and get another spare for the trailer, but I havenít decided. I figure if I get one flat, Iíll stop by a trailer place or Walmart and have a new tire put on the one that had the problem.

I donít have oem air suspension, I really wish I did. Iíve got some airlift in-coil bags that Iím going to install, and see if they hold up to the torments of the X5 towing. She squats a bit, so iíd love to be able to stiffen up the rear a bit.
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