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Detachable Tow Bar > W209 CLK ?

Discussion in 'General Mercedes-Benz Related Discussion' started by fbmills, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. fbmills

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    Now I have a CLK the problem arises about how to take a couple of bicycles to places far from home , whereas previously I used to chuck the bikes in the back of my C estate .

    I can actually wedge my bike into the CLK but there are two of us here to consider , and my thoughts have turned to a tow-bar mounted bike carrier ( no , I don't like them either , but the 'need' is there and a roof system carrier horrifies me as does a universal spidery hook and strap system about the boot area ) .

    A detachable tow-bar appears to be the way to go , but which one ? Is there anything else out there that might be recommended other than the Witter ? Are they easy to fit ?
     
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    Well at least you do not have to worry about any wiring, the detachable bar is easy to fit,,not for AMG bodied cars
     
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    Ride the bikes and tow the car. :rolleyes:

    You will get really fit, and the mpg will be good too. :rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
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    Will you please give us a demo Alex the next time that we meet;);)
     
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    Aye , just what I needed to know . :) But , no thanks . I'm feeble enough these days .
     
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    I've been recycled before - another demonstration of "going green" should be no problem. :rolleyes:
     
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    Well its working, good on you;) I come under hazardous waste :(
     
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    I've not fitted one to the 209 but in years gone bye have tried all 3 types.
    The towbar one is the best IMO.
    Have seen some good reports on the Thule.
    You will need a 7 pin connector for the light board.
     
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    Towbars have to meet a minimum European standard .... Witter are no better or worse than any other .............. Brink make OEM MB bars, and they do a nice range in Swanneck detachables .......which would be completly useless for mounting a bike carrier

    What you need is a flangeball type .. the one with 2 bolts holding the ball in place, this is whats used to attach the cycle carrier ................ so your towbar will be on permanant, display.
     
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    No , have done some browsing , and things appear to have moved on some as Thule and others appear not to be fazed by swan-necks at all and declare that they're as kosher as any other tow-ball for clamping their carriers to .

    Thanks for the pointer to Brink . I didn't know they were the oem people for Merc' towbars . But I can't seem to find a supplier in the UK for some reason or other . The Brink web-site appears to be down and / or they don't list a W209 option seemingly , despite the handbook listing a detachable towbar . Odd .
     
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    Thule own Brink ...... so make your own mind up when going for a Swanneck, you wish to use for add ons ............. There is adapters available fro swannecks so you can bolt on a bike carrier ......... but I don't reccomend them.
     
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    I had a Bosal removable on an Audi and it was very good.
    Towed a trailer with it, never used it for the bike rack but I'm sure it would have been fine.
     
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    Thanks all for 'links' and general encouragement .

    Interestingly , Bosal don't appear to cater for the W209 CLK chassis . Their pdf's cover coupe's upto 2002 and cabriolet only . Their ebay ad's similarly . The only affirmative fixture for the W209 appears to be the Witter option , as I can't nail down anything else with Brink and Bosal .
     
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    There are plenty ..... are you going to fit yourself .or get a pro on the job !

    Bumper off for W209 .......... and you lose the bumper inner ........... it's replaced with the bar though.
     
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    Don't make the mistake I made by using a boot lid 2 cycle carrier, I now have dents in my boot lid and chipped paint where the carrier straps attach to the boot lid. A very costly experience.
     

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