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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-29-2009, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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Bentley Turbo R / Spirit/Spur Towbar fitting

Although I would rather not, I need to have a towbar fitted - and I see that extending to the rear bumper on both side are what look like EXTREMELY substantial steel sections which hold the rear bumper in place.

I am also assuming that this is where the towing eye if fitted is plonked?

What I was wondering, is, can a towbar be safely placed on a thick bit of H or box section steel, welded to these two steel lumps? I just cannot bring myself to pay about £500 for a small bit of metal to fix a towbar in place so I can tow a 200Kg trailer if a sensible option is just to have a welder plonk a hefty bit of box section at the back - and have a detachable ball on it.


Are these metal supports strong enough to bung a towbar on - or must I weld / bolt to a different "bit of car" ? The wiring for the lights etc, I am more than happy to do myself.

Any thoughts welcome, helpful ones even more so

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I have never tried to fit one but I can supply a tow bar for the shadow for about £330. if interested.

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Never used or installed, but recently rebuilt my boat trailer. The marine parts store had an excellent selection of accesories. Including universal tow kits for light towing kits for all vehicles. Reese who also OEM to Ford trucks. A carriage bolts and blocks onto the frame makes a clamp, no welding or drilling. Fast search gives this example with no picture:

http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/brows...it%2BHitch.jsp
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I have never tried to fit one but I can supply a tow bar for the shadow for about £330. if interested.

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Thanks Matt - though I think the Turbo R is the same frame as the spirit and possibly the spur (assuming same backend but a bit further away). Not sure if the same is true for the shadows though.

As the car is old enough not to need to comply with the specific euro tow-bar law, I might just get something strong and simple welded to those "side arm things" at the back. If one towing eye is supposed to be able to tow another RR/B then I am guessing that if a pair of mounts are used to tow a dinky little trailer, I doubt anything is going to come apart.


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Never used or installed, but recently rebuilt my boat trailer. The marine parts store had an excellent selection of accesories. Including universal tow kits for light towing kits for all vehicles. Reese who also OEM to Ford trucks. A carriage bolts and blocks onto the frame makes a clamp, no welding or drilling. Fast search gives this example with no picture:

http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/brows...it%2BHitch.jsp

Thanks for that, I will see if I can find a UK stockist or a UK version of it. I know I found universal systems in the US before but seem not to find them in the UK. I guess because with cars built after 1990something, they all have to be made to fit a specific vehicle - so it is only the older cars that can use universals.

I keep looking for a towbar fitted to an Turbo R / silver spirit so I can have a quick peek underneath and see where the official bracket mounting points are. So far not spotted one.

Have fun and thanks again for thoughts

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Hi Mark
Not advisable to Weld it But Bolting it in place is ok just put a big plate on the out side
And then it will be ok for EU
I Love to see a Bentley used

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Not advisable to Weld it But Bolting it in place is ok just put a big plate on the out side
And then it will be ok for EU
I Love to see a Bentley used

Excellent, thank you very much for that, I shall see what I can get sorted with some nice bits of heavy duty box section and some hefty plates and M12 bolts.

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Should be able to find them. Reese is also in Australia.

http://www.haymanreese.com.au/consum...uctSearch.aspx
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Should be able to find them. Reese is also in Australia.

http://www.haymanreese.com.au/consum...uctSearch.aspx



Thanks I had a go on that link - but they seemed not to have anything for RR/B nor a "generic option" to select on the website. I think I will end up bolting some 50mm x 50mm x 6mm box section between the two back bits holding the bumper on and then bolt a towbar to the box section.

If I get it right, when the ball is removed, it ought to be quite tidy, and just a couple of M12 bolts and it's back on again.

Was thinking of putting the lighting socket UNDER the car so a tiny bit more fiddly to plug in / unplug but also totally out of sight.

All this to tow a trailer with a maximum weight of 300Kg.

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Good morning Mark
Why donít you look around your local scrap yard and see if you can find a ready made one and then modify it
You must have a BRAKE point that is why there bolted to the car
Yes it will be good to put the electrics out of the way put some Greece in it so it doesnít get water in

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