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 First mod, front tow bar, yes that's right, on the front!

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Vantastic



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Age : 46
Home City : Nelson NZ (ex Phillip Island, Vic, Australia)
Model and year : 97 3.0TD 4WD Super Custom G
Registration date : 2010-04-30

PostSubject: First mod, front tow bar, yes that's right, on the front!   Thu May 13, 2010 10:25 pm

Our SC has a bull bar on the front and a mate with a van carries their bikes on his front bar. That got me thinking scratch that I should do the same, otherwise you end up blocking the rear door or stuffing around on the roof.

Another mate has a tow bar and ball on the front of his Landcruiser, which I've used to push a trailer and a caravan (not at the same time Very Happy ) up our long and tricky driveway. Much easier than backing.

So this got me thinking: I've got to have some of that action! With a tow bar on the front I can use a big bike rack we've got that attaches to a tow ball. Luckily, my mate with the other van is a truck body builder, so he has sorted me out, cheers check the pictures.

Oh yes, and it is only used with the bikes at daytime and it does draw a few comments!

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dandywarhol



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Home City : Edinburgh, Scotland
Model and year : 1995 LH129V 2.8 Superlong semi hi top campervan 4WD with Mitsubishi turbo
Registration date : 2010-01-26

PostSubject: Re: First mod, front tow bar, yes that's right, on the front!   Thu May 13, 2010 10:50 pm

Like it!
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Cruise cabOwain



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Home City : Norwich, UK
Model and year : Cruising Cabin 1993 2.8lt diesel, manual, 2 wd
Registration date : 2010-05-11

PostSubject: Re: First mod, front tow bar, yes that's right, on the front!   Fri May 14, 2010 8:15 pm

A radical solution. I'll await some news on the rear rack this time. (i loved Nelson back in 1988- walked a bit of the Abel Tasman- fond memories)
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AussieQ



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Age : 70
Home City : Hervey Bay Qld
Model and year : 1994 sc
Registration date : 2008-08-15

PostSubject: Re: First mod, front tow bar, yes that's right, on the front!   Fri May 14, 2010 8:24 pm

What happened to front radiator? Looks like a good solid bar mate
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Vantastic



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Age : 46
Home City : Nelson NZ (ex Phillip Island, Vic, Australia)
Model and year : 97 3.0TD 4WD Super Custom G
Registration date : 2010-04-30

PostSubject: Re: First mod, front tow bar, yes that's right, on the front!   Fri May 14, 2010 9:19 pm

Front radiator left alone, does yours sit down a bit?
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srburnsy



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Home City : AUS
Model and year : 4wd sc
Registration date : 2008-06-04

PostSubject: Re: First mod, front tow bar, yes that's right, on the front!   Sat May 15, 2010 7:37 am

Man that would do my head in! Shocked I wouldn't know if i was coming or going. scratch
Does it obstruct your head lights when all those bikes are on? Though would be nice having access at the back.
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srburnsy



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Model and year : 4wd sc
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PostSubject: Re: First mod, front tow bar, yes that's right, on the front!   Sat May 15, 2010 7:49 am

AussieQ wrote:
What happened to front radiator? Looks like a good solid bar mate
My radiator is the same, underneath a plastic cover out of harms way. The cover has ducts each side to direct hot air away and from getting pushed up to the main radiator, clever eh! cheers
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TINMAN



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Home City : Springside ~~~ QLD.~~AUSTRALIA
Model and year : SUPER CUSTOM HIACE 2000 AWD
Registration date : 2010-02-14

PostSubject: Re: First mod, front tow bar, yes that's right, on the front!   Sat May 15, 2010 8:23 am

Well Alex i am just not sure what to say "BLOODY HELL" affraid
Very good with the photo's that's what i like to see( so we all can see what you have done!) yes many of us old boys have the same so we can get our boat trailers down the boat ramp! Shocked
Well done very good job (TOP MARKS!) cheers cheers
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Cruise cabOwain



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Home City : Norwich, UK
Model and year : Cruising Cabin 1993 2.8lt diesel, manual, 2 wd
Registration date : 2010-05-11

PostSubject: Re: First mod, front tow bar, yes that's right, on the front!   Sat May 15, 2010 9:03 am

Any answers to my original qu though? Which Fiamma rack should i be looking for for the 93 CCabin tail gate?
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chrisandhiace



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Age : 54
Home City : Preston
Model and year : LH 107 4wd 1992
Registration date : 2008-11-18

PostSubject: Re: First mod, front tow bar, yes that's right, on the front!   Sat May 15, 2010 2:10 pm

I'd drop by a couple of motorhome accessory dealers...see if the VW T4 (or old transporter) version fits.
They will likely have some on display to measure up etc....
I believe the size / fit of the supercustom tailgate is th same as old hiace vans if that helps
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jimsmim



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Home City : paisley
Model and year : VW TRANSPORTER T5 LWB poptop camper
Registration date : 2007-11-17

PostSubject: Re: First mod, front tow bar, yes that's right, on the front!   Sat May 15, 2010 6:17 pm

the VW t4 will go on but you need to shorten it...cut a couple of centimeters of the two main spars then redrill the holes for the clamps that hook over the door .... pretty easy
,,,this is the only pic I have of it fitted though....

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Cruise cabOwain



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PostSubject: Re: First mod, front tow bar, yes that's right, on the front!   Sun May 16, 2010 8:59 pm

Cheers- I'll look out for a VWT4 one. Does it require driling through the tail gate at any point, or is it a bolt on job?
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Vantastic



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Home City : Nelson NZ (ex Phillip Island, Vic, Australia)
Model and year : 97 3.0TD 4WD Super Custom G
Registration date : 2010-04-30

PostSubject: Re: First mod, front tow bar, yes that's right, on the front!   Sun May 16, 2010 9:27 pm

srburnsy wrote:
Man that would do my head in! Shocked I wouldn't know if i was coming or going. scratch
Does it obstruct your head lights when all those bikes are on? Though would be nice having access at the back.

Yeah does look a little funny but practical for us anyway. I strap them all on pretty well, I've discovered that if they bounce at all that it becomes too distracting for the driver and passengers! :-)

Sure, the bikes hide the headlights so it is for daytime bike movement only. If we have to carry bikes at night then they can go on the back!
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jimsmim



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PostSubject: Re: First mod, front tow bar, yes that's right, on the front!   Sun May 16, 2010 9:55 pm

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Cheers- I'll look out for a VWT4 one. Does it require driling through the tail gate at any point, or is it a bolt on job?

clips over top of door and similiar to bottom of door with ajustment on the lower clips to take up slack....just line it up.. measure and cut ...get the idea once you line it up...also easier if you have help to hold it as its a big akward bugger...may have to bend top clips slightly to match shape of door..
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PostSubject: Re: First mod, front tow bar, yes that's right, on the front!   Mon May 17, 2010 9:53 am

srburnsy wrote:
AussieQ wrote:
What happened to front radiator? Looks like a good solid bar mate
My radiator is the same, underneath a plastic cover out of harms way. The cover has ducts each side to direct hot air away and from getting pushed up to the main radiator, clever eh! cheers
OK I must have got a cheaper version Sad or the plastic got lost
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queglay



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Home City : Adelaide
Registration date : 2011-10-09

PostSubject: Re: First mod, front tow bar, yes that's right, on the front!   Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:53 am

Vantastic, that is sweet work and I'd like to follow and do the same...
what is the part number of the bullbar? were mods to the chassis/body necessary to get it on?

whenever I've talked to 4wd mod businesses they are too scared to go near it.
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