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Can anyone with a GS tow bar part# PZ408-S1553-00 measure outer distance between the two vertical plates that sit alongside the rear mufflers.

According to the literature, this tow bar fits all mk3 GS - GS300, GS350, GS430, GS450h, GS460.

I have a non OEM exhaust and would like to know if the tow bar will clear my set-up. If it doesn't then I will have to consider changing the exhaust and may select another tow bar.

Many Thanks

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Bump for anyone with a mk3 GS and a factory fit tow bar.

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Answer: 27-28" inches, tapering up to the boot floor.

Man-flu and the weather means I haven't measured between my 'cans' yet.

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Have you bought a tow bar yet? I’ve been looking around and not found any yet.


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On 09/02/2018 at 6:57 PM, stevet said:
Have you bought a tow bar yet? I’ve been looking around and not found any yet.

Yes, I took the plunge and picked up an official bar and wiring harness at lunchtime.

The wiring looks a right long winded job, not as plug and play as I'd hoped.

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On ‎09‎/‎02‎/‎2018 at 7:45 PM, Farqui said:

 

Yes, I took the plunge and picked up an official bar and wiring harness at lunchtime.

 

The wiring looks a right long winded job, not as plug and play as I'd hoped.

Sounds expensive. Yes me know how you get on with fitting.

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On 12/02/2018 at 7:36 AM, stevet said:
Sounds expensive. Yes me know how you get on with fitting.

Turns out it was cheaper than a fitted unit for the wife's mk5 Golf.  

I need to fit this one myself tho which I don't mind, I just need the weather to improve first.

The instructions are comprehensive so the install shouldn't be an issue.

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On 12/02/2018 at 7:36 AM, stevet said:

Sounds expensive. Yes me know how you get on with fitting.

All done :yahoo:

Was quite a job and made worse for me as my rear AND mid section of the exhaust had to come off as it's one piece. This also meant removing the two lambda's and a couple of cross braces. A long SS exhaust is heavy too!  Oddly the front exhaust seals were tiny and I've replaced them with a couple of nice tapered seals that fit much better.

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I was concerned the the tow bar brackets wouldn't clear the aftermarket exhaust but they all went back together just fine.  I only had to trim back the long lower bolts that secure the central bar to the end plates.

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I was quite surprised that the tow bar sits under the rear bumper bar, on previous cars the tow bar replaces the bumper bar.  Oh any the tow bar mounting plates move the foam bumper insert out by approx 5mm, so the foam insert needed trimming back across it's length.

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Well done you, it makes my back ache just thinking about it!

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Congratulations on fitting the bar. It looks to have the same sort of clearance on the rear silencers as the bar fitted to my car.

John.

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Great job. Have you done the electrics yet?


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Great job. Have you done the electrics yet?


Yes, de-pin'g was painful especially as I had to do it twice! The instructions had 2 different pin'g options :(

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17 hours ago, The-Acre said:
Well done you, it makes my back ache just thinking about it!
15 hours ago, Britprius said:
Congratulations on fitting the bar. It looks to have the same sort of clearance on the rear silencers as the bar fitted to my car.
John.

 

Cheers chaps

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