Installed a 2 inch hitch receiver and flat 4-plug on the BMW X5

Posted By on June 24, 2016

I’m behind on my BMW X5 35d updates as the hitch installation happened over Father’s Day weekend and I failed to get the photos to my computer.



The process started by peeling off the body moldings which have every combination of plastic locking tab. Suffice to say, I broke a few trying to figure out how they work. As the extra structural components came off, the process started to make a little more commonsense, although if I were ordering a car new, I’d order it with the factory hitch package already included.  After all was said and done though, I’m happy with the results and will now be able to tow a trailer once the Honda Pilot give up the ghost.



  • FR Rupert

    Looks like a nice hidden hitch but is it heavy enough to tow your boat?

    • Frank,

      I added your comment manually and understand you not liking Disqus. Looking to do something about it eventually.

      As for the hitch, I’m not sure what the load max is, but personally only tow my own smallish utility trailer, my brother’s flatbed aluminum and a 6′ x 12’covered trailer from U-Haul.

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  • sunny d

    Great job Mr. Rich. Are you going to pull your boat?

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