BogMonster Posted September 23, 2006 Share Posted September 23, 2006 Just got a Genuine Parts towing electrics kit for the 90, costing the wrong side of £60 which I got because I'd decided that I would rather do a proper job while its still under warranty, than chop up the wiring harness (the newer ones have a multiplug in the rear wheelarch to fit the towing electrics so it's a simple plug in fit). Simple plug in fit. Har bl%dy har Land Rover also thoughtfully provide a hole in the rear crossmember to fit the towing socket in to, on the Td5 age Defenders. Looked at that first, ok they don't provide any screw holes in there but thats ok, easy enough to drill the holes and use self tappers since I can't get to the back of the crossmember because of the tank guard. Except that as far as I can see the socket won't #kin well go in ..... because the quick fit multiplug won't go through the hole on the inside of the chassis, or at least I'm darned if I can get it through after about 20 mins of poking wriggling and swearing, not unless I take the fuel tank out anyway, the plug is just slightly too big. Has anybody fitted their electrics here? I don't think its possible which makes me wonder what the point is of having the hole in the crossmember, I don't believe that every Defender that passes through a dealership has the fuel tank taken out just to fit towing electrics, surely? I could try and dismantle the plug and just feed the wires through but it looks like it would get smashed in the process. Cutting the wires and re-joining them would introduce a weak point that will corrode and fail in the future so I don't want to do that, though it is probably the lesser of several evils. There's no point at all fitting it on a plate below the crossmember because it'll get smashed the first time the rear end drops into a ditch and it would mean leaving the wires dangling under the crossmember which would also get shredded in a short space of time. Am I missing something here or is it just a bl%dy stupid design by some twit sitting behind a desk who had never actually tried to fit one Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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