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      08-06-2020, 03:18 PM   #1
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Installing a tow hitch on my E92 M3

I will preface this post by saying that installing a hitch on an M3 is not for everyone and will probably ruffle a bunch of feathers. That being said, I donít really care since there are plenty of similar cars all over the world towing a lot more with far inferior brakes, power, and tires/suspension. The track guys tow small trailers loaded up with a spare wheel set, tools, fuel, you name it.

Anyhow - I am a firm believer in using fun cars to their full extent, so every fun car I buy usually gets a trailer hitch in order to haul my bike rack and tow a small trailer for track days, Home Depot runs, whatever. My Corvette towed great, with the towing package I installed (more power, stronger brakes, oil cooler, LOL).

Not only does it prevent me from having to use my wife's Rav4, but I love the looks I get and pissing off purists: "You're not supposed to tow with that car!!!!!!"

LOL, hold my beer. These cars are more than adequate for small loads.











Really I want to just get my bike back on there so I can start riding again, with the gyms still being closed.





The plan is to install a hidden hitch setup that has a vertical receiver behind the bumper cover. When I want to use the hitch I will install a 90 degree adapter, like this concept.



The problem is that nobody makes a hitch like this for the M3, so I bought a generic E9X hitch knowing it would have to be modified, and immediately proceeded to cut it up to clear the exhaust tips and bumper mounts.



So after a few nights of cutting and tacking, hereís where Iím at right now Ė one vertical receiver hitch for an E92 M3.







I should have everything mocked up later this week and drop it off at my welderís for final welding as my little 110V MIG isnít up to the task of burning in the thick steel.
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Here is the system fully mocked up and just tacked together. It needs final welding and a coat of paint.







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Awesome! I dig it.
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I ran a hitch on my E46 for my tire trailer. very convenient!
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I need this! Been running a roof rack with 2 wheels on it - driving to and from the track haha
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I need this! Been running a roof rack with 2 wheels on it - driving to and from the track haha
That's not a bad option either, but it has to be a hassle throwing 2 wheels up there and then tying them down...any pics of the setup?
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so the main modification was to step it out towards the rear of the car to clear the center exhaust hanger? it may have been possible to just incorporate hangers into the hitch design and get rid of the oem hanger.
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I need this! Been running a roof rack with 2 wheels on it - driving to and from the track haha
That's not a bad option either, but it has to be a hassle throwing 2 wheels up there and then tying them down...any pics of the setup?
i run a rack that carries two wheels. it would be an easy job for you, given your skill level, and it adds zero weight when it is off the car. i used oem bases and had an aluminum basket fabbed and secured to the bases when the bases were on the car. it was done this way so there is no adjustment to be done- the whole assembly lifts on and off the car. its a one minute, one man job. well under the weight limit, and you forget its there. i simply didn't have room for a trailer and didn't want to deal with lights and registration on the trailer.
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OEM BMW roof bars
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1 ratcheting strap per wheel

Super easy to take on and off, the oem roof is already tapped for the bars. I keep the basket mounted to the bars, so it's just a matter of 4 screws to mount/dismount everything then throwing the wheels on and securing them
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OEM BMW roof bars
Random roof basket from eBay
1 ratcheting strap per wheel

Super easy to take on and off, the oem roof is already tapped for the bars. I keep the basket mounted to the bars, so it's just a matter of 4 screws to mount/dismount everything then throwing the wheels on and securing them
Any reason not to have all 4 wheels up top? Weight? The fact that vertical orientation could create rolling projectiles?
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Any reason not to have all 4 wheels up top? Weight? The fact that vertical orientation could create rolling projectiles?
Yeah, weight primarily. I believe per OEM manual the weight should not exceed 150 lbs or so and yes that's a lot of projectiles that could come flying off haha this setup can handle 90 mph high way speeds no issues, very little additional wind noise too
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Correct. It's a weight issue. There are four m6 bolts keeping it up there. The bases have feet that support the weight, but the sheer strength of four m6 bolts is what's keeping it up there.
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Correct. It's a weight issue. There are four m6 bolts keeping it up there. The bases have feet that support the weight, but the sheer strength of four m6 bolts is what's keeping it up there.
Great insights guys! For the time being I'll keep wiggling three wheels in to the back seat area. Just a pain to get in / out. Thinking of removing the rear deck.
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Great insights guys! For the time being I'll keep wiggling three wheels in to the back seat area. Just a pain to get in / out. Thinking of removing the rear deck.
Yeah prior to the roll bar install that's what I did too, backseat down, 1 in the trunk and 3 in the backseat area. Now I'm rocking 2 on the roof rack, 1 in the trunk, 1 as passenger haha
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Great insights guys! For the time being I'll keep wiggling three wheels in to the back seat area. Just a pain to get in / out. Thinking of removing the rear deck.
Yeah prior to the roll bar install that's what I did too, backseat down, 1 in the trunk and 3 in the backseat area. Now I'm rocking 2 on the roof rack, 1 in the trunk, 1 as passenger haha
I'm running BK harness bar and fixed buckets, stripped rear seats. So the only entry in is through that trunk slit. Once I update to a proper half cage (JP marketing version) should be much easier. Or I love the trailer idea to bring gas cans, Etc. Great inspiration from y'all though 🙏🏼
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