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Does the Heatshield of a BMW 3 Series Need to be Removed to Install the Curt Hitch

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I need a hitch for either a 2017 BMW 330i or a 2018 430i but both require removal of heat shield. I worry about that. Can the install not work around that, which is obviously put there for a safety reason?

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I understand your worry. However, the Curt Hitch for the 2017 BMW 330i and 2018 430i, part # C11367, do need to be removed for the installation.

There is good news, though.

According to Curt, the hitch will act as a heat shield in itself and do a much better job since the hitch is constructed of a much heavier steel. Also, the heat shield can be trimmed after being removed so it can be reinstalled. That's not necessary to do since the hitch will do a better job, but it is still an option.

In other words, installing this hitch is completely safe and does not compromise the integrity of your BMW. I've linked to a video installation of this hitch for you to reference.

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