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    Can Tow hitch be taken off Cayenne ?

    Has anyone had the urge to have there tow hitch taken off ?If so is it possible to do so and is the rear bumper different in back to accomodate the tow hitch.

    Thanks for your help ,


    Re: Can Tow hitch be taken off Cayenne ?

    I hear it is quite different beneath the skin with bracing for the hitch replacing much of the original bumper structure. I think you should leave it personally. It should enhance resale value and if your objection is primarily cosmetic, try putting a nice Porsche crest on that receiver plug.

    Re: Can Tow hitch be taken off Cayenne ?

    Yes, I would be taking it off strictly for cosmetic reasons. I do know that you could install the hitch after the fact by installing that bracing you mentioned so I hope you could take it off just the same .

    Thanks for your reply !


    Re: Can Tow hitch be taken off Cayenne ?

    Leave the hitch ALONE!!!!!! It only cost about $600 from the factory, and would have cost about three times that amount if it had been added on at a dealership. It stands to reason that removing it would be similarly expensive. They have to remove a lot of the back end to install one and it take over half of a working day to do it. Most of the additional cost os labor for the techs.

    Re: Can Tow hitch be taken off Cayenne ?

    can someone pls post a pic of the "normal" hitch from factory - not the electrical one? I'm wondering if it looks
    different. I saw a pic from a installation and it looked pretty
    ugly and I'm not sure if this was the factory solution.


    Re: Can Tow hitch be taken off Cayenne ?

    There are two hitches, one for the US and one for the ROW, as far as I know, or at least for Europe. The ROW model is a very attractive swing away hitch that is concealed when not in use. The US model, mine appears below, is not as attractive but does provide a couple of easy tow points (hopefully to pull someone else out of the muck ) and, as mentioned earlier, is quite expensive to install by the dealer.

    Re: Can Tow hitch be taken off Cayenne ?

    Thanks for the pic Austin,

    hmm so even if you have the hitch plugged off there is
    still some stuff to see from the back. Not state of the art
    in my eyes for today. But its also more than stupid to waiste
    a fortune for the electrical version cuz near noone needs the hitch


    Re: Can Tow hitch be taken off Cayenne ?

    The electric one, which is not available in the US, is clearly the more attractive and sophisticated of the two. Here is a photo and description from Porsche's UK web page :

    Towbar system
    The new Cayenne offers a maximum braked trailer load of 3.5 tonnes in conjunction with one of two optional towbar systems. Both have a maximum noseweight of 140 kg and come with a 13-pin 'Euro' socket. Neither system restricts the wading capability of the car.

    With electrically retractable towball
    This elegant solution enables you to retract the towball beneath the rear of the car. When fully retracted, the car can be parked and loaded as normal.

    Part no. 955 044 000 11

    With detachable towball (not shown)
    This manually detachable towball is easy to remove thanks to a special anti-theft locking system. When not required, the towball can be stored beneath the floor in the luggage compartment.

    Part no. 955 044 000 09

    Re: Can Tow hitch be taken off Cayenne ?

    There is an al. "backer bar" that replaces the steel one with the hitch. As soon as I can take a picture I will post it.

    Re: Can Tow hitch be taken off Cayenne ?

    Yes, that is what I understand as well; aluminum with no hitch to save weight and steel for strength if the hitch is installed. I wonder if you could leave the steel and only remove the hitch receiver? Photos would be great.

    Re: Can Tow hitch be taken off Cayenne ?

    We just put hitch on today. Will post pictures of AL backer. Only way to change existing hitch is to us tourch and cut off hithc part. Does someone want the AL backer?



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