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What Rear Bumper Modifications are Required to Install a Draw-Tite Hitch on a 2012 BMW X5

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i intend to buy hitch for my 2012 X5, wanted to know how to trim back bumper in order to fit hitch? what kind of tool i should use? thank you and have a nice weekend.

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You will need to remove a few screws and fasteners to remove a section of the rear fascia to install the Draw-Tite Hitch # 75600, and you will need to trim a section out of the rear fascia.

Check out the pictures that I attached that show the areas where the bolts and fasteners are, I also attached installation instructions for this product for you to check out, the section that needs to be trimmed is outlined in a diagram in these instructions.

Here are the steps for removing the rear section:

1) Remove the first 3 rivets from the rear fender flare, and pop off the flare on both sides. Remove the 8mm bolt hidden under the fender.

2) Remove the rear reflector lights underneath the taillights and remove the 8mm bolt.

3) From underneath remove six 8mm bolts located along the bumper.

4) Open your bottom tailgate at a 45 degree angle and notice the tabs. Pull apart the tabs by squeezing the tab and lift out.

5) From the side of the vehicle, grab the bumper fascia and pull towards you. Do this to both sides. Make sure not to warp the bumper while pulling, distribute force evenly.

6) From the rear of the vehicle pull on the corner adjacent the taillights until you hear it pop free, do not yank on the fascia.

7) From the rear center pull bumper fascia until it slides off.

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