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Postby dansofield86 » Fri 09 Oct 2009 3:26 pm

I'm trying to remove my standard tow bar / plough , there's two bolts going into the rear cross member just tucked under the bumper, these are just spinning , are these into a captive plate with nuts joined on or are they on individual nuts, there seems to be no access to the inside of the cross member to gain access to the nuts or whatever is in there.

looks like i'll be cutting them off but if i do that how can i bolt a replacement in ? bloody rust! any ideas?
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Postby Mikey1970 » Fri 09 Oct 2009 3:54 pm

take the bumper off and you'll find the nuts with a gap big enough to get a spanner in.
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Re: tow bar removal

Postby davidcarr » Fri 09 Oct 2009 3:55 pm

dansofield86 wrote:I'm trying to remove my standard tow bar / plough , there's two bolts going into the rear cross member just tucked under the bumper, these are just spinning , are these into a captive plate with nuts joined on or are they on individual nuts, there seems to be no access to the inside of the cross member to gain access to the nuts or whatever is in there.

looks like i'll be cutting them off but if i do that how can i bolt a replacement in ? bloody rust! any ideas?


Depends on which model 200 or 300.
If its a 200 you have to get those bolts out somehow. Best of luck!
If its a 300 you can remove the two bumper mounted light fittings. In the spaces left you will find 2 17mm bolt heads facing sideways. Undo them and your bumper falls off.
Easy to undo, they seem well protected and won't be corroded.
You can then also replace the other bolts if you have a mind too.

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Postby Paul 94 200 TDI dicso » Fri 09 Oct 2009 4:23 pm

Just a thought, the plough protects the tank to a certain extent, do you have a tank guard fitted?
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Postby dansofield86 » Wed 14 Oct 2009 11:11 am

Ill be fitting a tow bar/tank guard with removable drop plate, cant make my mind up whether its a southdown one or guardian, i think looking at the pictures that a guardian one seems to have the tow ball lower which would suit my trailer tent better
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Postby parktag » Wed 14 Oct 2009 7:38 pm

dansofield86 wrote:Ill be fitting a tow bar/tank guard with removable drop plate, cant make my mind up whether its a southdown one or guardian, i think looking at the pictures that a guardian one seems to have the tow ball lower which would suit my trailer tent better



I'm also looking for a tank guard with tow bar. The ones at southdown look quite good but i've never heard of guardian, have you got an address or a link because i can't find them.
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Postby leeds » Wed 14 Oct 2009 8:36 pm

Find out where these tank guards actually mount.

If they use the fuel tank mounting bolts if you have a major problem then will you lose your fuel tank?

Good chassis, good bolts not too serious recoveries no problems.

Chassis getting tired, bolts corroded/made of monkey metal, stuck over your axle then possible fuel tanks goes with the tank guard.

Other possibilities are separate tank guards and recovery/towing points

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Postby dansofield86 » Thu 15 Oct 2009 9:18 pm

southdown and guardian guards are mounted to the chassis at the original tow pointsImageImage
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Postby leeds » Thu 15 Oct 2009 9:55 pm

Believe that the Southdown 110 tank guard uses the same bolts as the fuel tank.

Can not comment about the Disco tank guards.

Have seen some of Guardian Disco equipment and am not impressed!

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Postby ambulancekidd » Fri 16 Oct 2009 3:55 pm

This picture might help, all the towbar mounting can be seen.
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