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B4Lamb



Member Since: 21 Mar 2015
Location: Abergavenny, Wales
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Wales 2007 Defender 90 Puma 2.4 HT Galway Green


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I've done a slight upgrade to my extender. I've added a bar underneath with tapped holes to take M8 Screws that contact the vertical variable position bracket. When these are nipped up it stops the annoying rattle when the tow ball is not loaded. "You are never to old to learn something new"

Post #781329 13th Jul 2019 11:13am
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DonH2000



Member Since: 12 Jan 2015
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United Kingdom 2009 Defender 90 Puma 2.4 XS CSW Santorini Black

Excellent, looks great but when my bike rack was attached to a Dixon Bate detachable tow bar there was quite a lot of "slack" and movement in it which meant I went back to a rigid attachment system.

Have you managed to make to make it rigid? Cheers Don.

Post #781347 13th Jul 2019 3:54pm
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B4Lamb



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Location: Abergavenny, Wales
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Wales 2007 Defender 90 Puma 2.4 HT Galway Green

Yes its rock solid. As you can see it picks up on 2 sets of holes on the fixed half of the Dixon Bate tow bracket to form a triangle. I tow trailers, caravans, boats as well as my bike rack. They are all easier to attach compared to the standard Dixon Bate tow ball bracket. The mod I recently introduced just takes the tiny bit of residual movement caused by the tolerance of my 3/4" clevis pin diameter match to the holes. If you make this tolerance too tight it becomes very difficult to slide the pins in and out so you need some play. With the two added M8 screws you have to first slacken these before removing the pins if you want to change height position or remove it altogether. You can do the same mod to the Dixon Bate which is what I did years ago before I came up with the extender design. "You are never to old to learn something new"

Post #781360 13th Jul 2019 5:54pm
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ngins



Member Since: 15 Jan 2017
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United Kingdom 2013 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 XS CSW Corris Grey

Another thread resurrection! Since disco 2 tow balls no longer seem to be around on eBay or at any scrappies, it looks like this Dixon bate https://dixon-bate.co.uk/products/gb/unive...coup-.html is longer than the standard tow ball. Anyone know if this on top of a nas step (standard 235 spare) with Thule rack would clear?
Otherwise i’ll Try it anyway as it seems a cheap fix if it works and then if not work out what spacers and mods I end up adding and report back!

Post #783972 30th Jul 2019 9:00am
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B4Lamb



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Wales 2007 Defender 90 Puma 2.4 HT Galway Green

To clear the spare wheel/tyre your tow ball centre needs to be at least 31 cm back from the rear mud flap mounting plate for most tow ball fitting cycle racks. The referenced tow ball you have identified would not provide sufficient offset in my opinion. "You are never to old to learn something new"

Post #783985 30th Jul 2019 9:54am
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ngins



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that's great information - thanks!

Post #783987 30th Jul 2019 9:55am
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ngins



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Disco 2 towball popped up on eBay today so I think I am sorted - phew. Thanks for all the advice!!

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B4Lamb



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Wales 2007 Defender 90 Puma 2.4 HT Galway Green

Oh well spotted. You are in luck. "You are never to old to learn something new"

Post #784741 3rd Aug 2019 10:50pm
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TACK



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Post #784797 4th Aug 2019 10:31am
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ngins



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Interesting......

Post #784801 4th Aug 2019 10:56am
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Phil VM2.5



Member Since: 28 Mar 2012
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Hi,
I did buy to my dealer a NAS tow bracket ....
Unfortunaly it did rust and I do not like rust.
So I did buy a Brink tow bracket ...
Problem, my bike holder was not anymore ok because the tire on the door. ( normal size )
So I did buy a tube size 150 x 100 x 120mm, tichness 8 mm.
Nearly for nothing but have pay for the cutting, do not remember but 3 or 4 times the price of the part !
Sorry for my english, hope I can put the pictures to help.

What I like with the Wesfalia part is the form, I think when ofroad it will be better .
I did use it with the NAS so less high.

The extended tow bracket is only use for the bikes.
I like the way I did make it because the initial tow ball can stay, I did lose one day my tow ball not well fixed ...

Not a good day to put a message ...
I have try to delete , sorry

Philippe


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Post #786233 11th Aug 2019 10:24am
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ngins



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Well finally got my rack today - Atera Strada DL - as others have mentioned it’s a great bit of kit. Bit of a faff turning it into a 4. Photo attached as even with all the extensions it doesn’t quite clear the door completely but it opens nearly fully so after I add a bit of rubber tube to the bike rack to protect the door corner it will be good enough for me. Once I also extend the electrics of course as why would they be long enough?!!! - 3 more inches would have done it!
Even though it’s not as premium I really liked the Buzzrack Eazzy 4 as I like the uprights and the folding, I haven’t tried one in person but was advised the DL slider is the widest opening you can get - not sure if this is really the case but since it’s also rated on here it’s where I ended up. Hope the pic is useful to others. N.


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