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Towbar on V70R

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Towbar on V70R

Post by NewKidOnTheBlock » Tue May 05, 2020 1:42 am

Hi All,

I've got a 1998 V70R FWD and finally decided I would stick a tow bar on it, I found one from a "MK1 V70" on ebay for £50 delivered... perfect. It arrived, I looked under the car but my car doesn't seem to have any bolts at the spacing on the frame... how bizzare...

Obviously I don't have any fitting instructions as it's from a breakers so I'm going by eye here, either I'm missing something about how it fits or maybe the R has a different chassis design? I found a vague reference elsewhere online that suggested the the R might need a towbar that suits the AWD? I know the front control arms on the R are the heavy duty versions, the same as the diesels and mount differently so perhaps there's some other differences too?

I've attached a photo of the towbar behind the car so you can see the hole spacing and approximate widths of the bolts but I forgot to take any photos under the car.
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Re: Towbar on V70R

Post by Richard99 » Tue May 05, 2020 2:00 am

Hi NewKidOnTheBlock,

That tow bar may work, but you might want to consider another style, with all of the stuff in the way for the AWD vehicles. I can show you how mine is on my 2000 V70XC, which should have a similar rear end to yours, and offer up other suggestions. I can post pics tomorrow since it's so late here in the U.S.
Eric

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Re: Towbar on V70R

Post by Richard99 » Tue May 05, 2020 2:00 am

Nice car btw! That saffron color is my favorite.

Eric
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Re: Towbar on V70R

Post by kranz » Tue May 05, 2020 3:14 am

In the US, a different style is common that requires no modifications to the frame and uses only three bolts

Instructions are here:

https://www.draw-tite.com/support/insta ... N36262.pdf
Les is more.

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Re: Towbar on V70R

Post by NewKidOnTheBlock » Tue May 05, 2020 7:37 am

Thanks all for your comments, I've found that the seller sent me the towbar without the brackets! Refund is on it's way and now to find another FULL kit!

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Re: Towbar on V70R

Post by 850oldschool » Tue May 05, 2020 8:46 am

Why don’t they put a better coat of paint on those things?

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