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Tow bar wanted for 2003 Hijet

Post by tara100 on Mon Aug 02, 2010 2:07 am

As above friends Laughing

I'm in South Devon, and willing to pay for a courier collection if one is located too far away.

Many thanks
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Post by kentgpz11 on Mon Aug 02, 2010 2:21 pm

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/daihatsu-hijet-van-towbar-/180537755008?cmd=ViewItem&pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CommercialVehicleParts_SM&hash=item2a08e38580#ht_500wt_1154

Not sure what year this is for, but I don't think the rear of the vans changed in 1998 when the front was changed.
You could Email the seller to check which year van it came from. Smile
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Post by tara100 on Mon Aug 02, 2010 3:31 pm

Many thanks, I've mailed the seller Smile

Are the tow bars tricky to fit? I'm hoping my local garage would fit one for me.

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Post by kentgpz11 on Mon Aug 02, 2010 4:01 pm

Tow bars are generally easy to fit, just a few nuts & bolts.
The hardest bit is splicing the tow bar socket wiring into the rear light wiring, which isn't difficult, just a bit time consuming & fiddly.
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Post by tara100 on Mon Aug 02, 2010 4:42 pm

Oh goody, the garage should help me then Smile

One other question, and it is numptyish I'm afraid tongue
Are the ball and socket fittings universal? Ooh er, how to explain this Embarassed What I mean is, will any trailer fit any tow bar?

Gulp, I feel an idiot, but then I've not towed before Smile

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Post by kentgpz11 on Mon Aug 02, 2010 5:07 pm

I believe tow balls & sockets are a universal size, but I may be wrong. Rolling Eyes
I've never towed anything either, so you're not alone. Smile
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Post by leopard_pagan on Tue Aug 03, 2010 6:57 am

the ball that you get with a bar should be universal...
But there are 3 types of hitch.
2 balls of different sizes, one universal, one smaller (USA)
pin/jaw type.

you can buy a multi hitch that has a ball on top and jaws



these are the best option. "pin and ball hitch"
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Post by difflock123 on Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:16 am

Actually there are more than 3, just so you know...

You get the standard ISO ball which is 50mm which is most of what you get in the UK
The other one you get on older trailers (I think over 25~30 years old) is the 2 inch ball, which is 50.8mm

Then you get the american ball which is 1 7/8 of an inch (47.6mm I think), and the one I havent ever seen, the 2 5/16 (58.7mm)

Then you get the pin style hitch, the receiver style hitch, the NATO hitch, etc...

The style Leopard posted a picture of are a good style hitch, as you can attach the overrun or break away cable around the pin...

I have that style on my Land Rover Smile

Wiring is actually quite easy...
This is a basic diagram of how to wire it:
http://83.70.181.166/moodlecp/file.php/4/trailerboard/7pinsocketnumberscolours.gif

Good luck Smile

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Post by tara100 on Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:20 am

Thanks guys, that's really helpful info Smile
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Post by kentgpz11 on Tue Aug 03, 2010 2:46 pm

I told you I may be wrong. lol! lol! lol!
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Post by rich the mechanic on Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:21 pm

go for a standard 50mm ball as I haven't seen the other size balls ever! and don't go for a pin system they make a racket and the hoop can bounce all over the place.
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Post by tara100 on Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:53 pm

Gorra chuckle at you lot.....talking about ball sizes (yer sound like 'geezers' dahn the pub) Razz

50mm it is then Smile

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Post by rich the mechanic on Tue Aug 03, 2010 10:02 pm

Well!!! a lot of my towing was done when I was power boating and not only was the talk about balls but tubes and horses too!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Tow bar wanted for 2003 Hijet

Post by tara100 on Tue Aug 03, 2010 10:30 pm

In case anyone else is interested, the tow bar on ebay (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/daihatsu-hijet-van-towbar-/180537755008?cmd=ViewItem&pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CommercialVehicleParts_SM&hash=item2a08e38580#ht_500wt_1154) is off a 1997 'R' reg diesel.


I'll keep an eye out for another one that will fit Bettys bum Smile
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Post by kentgpz11 on Tue Aug 03, 2010 10:50 pm

According to some of the other listings on Ebay, it's the same towbar for all Hijets from 1986-2004.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Witter-Fixed-Towbar-Daihatsu-Hijet-Van-86-04-DH17-/250423365303?cmd=ViewItem&pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item3a4e654eb7#ht_2349wt_1137
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Post by Tukz on Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:03 pm

Don't know whether your intersted but I have a towbar off a r reg jet. It is sat around the back of my house. It has a slight bend in it but nothing major. I put it on ebay with £1 start bid and never got 1 bid!. Yours if you want it?.

I can post it but you pay postage

Will take a picture of it tomorrow if interested?.

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Post by tara100 on Wed Aug 04, 2010 3:19 pm

Hi Scotty

Ooh yes please, I do want it, and I can book a courier this end no problem.

I will message you privately now.
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Post by leopard_pagan on Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:11 pm

i never leave the pin in the hitch, some sod would nick it! == no rattling pin in hitch.... i keep in the pouch behind passenger seat
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Re: Tow bar wanted for 2003 Hijet

Post by tara100 on Sun Aug 29, 2010 10:33 pm

Hello again

As I am still trying to get hold of a towbar, if anyone does have one for sale (or knows of a reasonably priced one) that will fit my 2003 van, would you kindly PM me - I would be very grateful.

Many thanks in advance
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Post by kentgpz11 on Sun Aug 29, 2010 10:49 pm

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Hijet-Tow-Bar-Daihatsu-Hi-Jet-MPV-Van-complete-/170533977650?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM

The seller is Matt aka HighlyJetted from this forum. Cool
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Post by tara100 on Sun Aug 29, 2010 11:02 pm

Thanks ever so for that; I'll keep an eye on it Smile
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Post by kentgpz11 on Sun Aug 29, 2010 11:32 pm

tara100 wrote:Thanks ever so for that; I'll keep an eye on it Smile

You could send him a PM from here to ask if he has a buy it now price. Smile
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Post by tara100 on Sun Aug 29, 2010 11:34 pm

Awww, it's too late, he's got a bid on it. I think I'll never get one to be honest!
I do actually 'need' one though for my house move.....

Thanks for the heads up though Smile
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Post by leopard_pagan on Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:10 am

FYI. the seller can end an auction even with bids on it.

email him anyway....
also you can buy a new one for £100 odd? there are a few new ones about.
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Post by tara100 on Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:09 pm

Sorry, I thought you meant ask the seller to add a 'buy it now' to the auction - I know for sure that can't be done once there are bids in place Smile
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Post by leopard_pagan on Tue Aug 31, 2010 6:42 am

auctions can be cancelled while bids are in place. i had a few happen over the years and cancelled 2 myself.
email him to ask if he has a final price. if so and your happy with it. he'll cancel the auction. you buy the tow bar...
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