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I wanted to share my experience and pictures with you. I installed an OEM hitch and electrics on my 5-seat 2016 DS today. Part numbers VPLCT0141 and VPLCT0183. Took my buddy and I about 5 hours to do. I used the accessory fitting guides (which I will be attaching some snips of). Apologies for lighting and for not documenting every step! I also bought a weeks' subscription to the service manual on Topix, but didn't use it as much as I thought, except for the specs on tightening force for some of the bolts and some info on the exhaust system -- you may not need it. The eTrailer website has a video showing how to remove the bumper on a DS, which is VERY helpful, but become irrelevant for this install at about 7min, 30secs into the video. Big props to them.

The dealership will have to program the electrics and built-in trailer brake module at the shop. They said it takes an hour or so to download and install. I had them throw this hour in when I bought the car. I'll report more on how this works out when I get this done. Supposed to modify the reverse camera settings and anti-sway features and other things I guess.

I put my rear tires on ramps for the install, using jack stands as a backup. I used the cardboard from the product box to lay on.

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Dropping the exhaust wasn't that bad and it's necessary for access. I used the eTrailer video here for unhooking the rubber hangers. I supported the front and rear with tension straps and lowered it down once everything was disconnected. I thought the instructions' picture was strange, until I got under there.







Steps 3-5 I'll defer to the eTrailer video. Pay attention to how the plastic pieces and wheel-well molding connects together and over- and under-lap. This will be important when putting it back together.
Steps 6-7 are self-explanatory.
Step 8 I'll defer again to the eTrailer video.
Step 9 is self-explanatory.

Steps 10-11 are easy, but keep your bolts accounted for.


For step 12, I used the hole saw in the corners and used my Dremel Multi-Max with a half-circle wood/drywall saw to make the straight lines and a sanding block to knock the rough off the edges. It worked really well. Sorry no pics of this.


Toss the parts from steps 13-14.

Steps 15-17 are self-explanatory. Have someone help lift the hitch -- it's HEAVY!. Pin it up by starting the bolts in the rear-most holes and tighten from there. The instructions say to tighten to 100Nm PLUS another 240-degree turn, but good Lord, that's tight! I got them to 100Nm and gave them an extra shove, and feel pretty confident about that.




Step 18 defers to the electrics package and those instructions. This went very well and as expected. Except for step 6 on the electrics where you fit the harness to the bracket. The lock-nuts seat inside recesses and it specifies to tighen to 2.2Nm. Well you have to tighen more than that just to turn the lock-nuts. One of my nuts stripped out the plastic recess on the back of the bracket and I had to pull it out and back it with a washer. Here's a pic of it stripped (bottom-left). The wiring fed through the bottom of the truck well and snapped right into the wheel-well.




Steps 19-21 are just buttoning everything up. When putting the bumper cover back on, make sure it doesn't over- or under-lap anything crazy. Pay attention to your step 3 notes on this.
Steps 22 and 23 are house-keeping.

Steps 24-26 confused me, but I think I'm already set for this. I looked and looked and didn't see how this applied to me. Maybe this is just if you don't have a camera already.

Here are some finished pictures. Note the electrical hookups swing up behind the bumper cover when not in use and swing down for use.




Here are the extra parts left over (big metal bumper not shown)
 

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First, THANK YOU for this. I'll be ordering my hitch soon and this will surely be a big help.

As for what the update adds, my understanding is "tow hitch assist" which uses the camera system to guide you to the trailer.

I haven't been here long enough to post links yet apparently, but google Land Rover tow hitch assist and you'll find a few vids that show it in action.

I had my tow package electrics programmed at the dealership yesterday. From everyone's experience, what features does this unlock? What changes should I expect in my vehicle's software?
 

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Realizing this thread is a bit old..... I have a question about the wiring harnesses VPLCT0183G. How many pin connector is it? Does it plug in to existing wiring. I don’t have trailer brakes so do I need any dealer programming? Just trying to determine if I should drop $200 on a OEM harness vs aftermarket which is $54.
 

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I just wanted add to this post and share my experience, primarily for North American owners. I have a 2016 5+2 Discovery Sport (w/spare wheel) - I wanted to get a hitch primarily for a bike rack, but also for occasional towing. My local LR dealer wanted close to $2k for the hitch and the etrailer version for the 5+2 model had been discontinued a couple years ago. Ultimately I (actually my neighbor who owns a body shop) was able modify the 5+2 swan head European hitch (VPLCT0143 - Tow Receiver for Discovery Sport (2015 Onwards) - For NAS Spec and Australian Market - 7-Seater With Spare Wheel (Aftermarket Version Comes with Release Tow Ball Rather Than Square Hole)) by welding a 2 inch receiver from Harbor Freight on to the hitch instead of bolting on the swan head hitch. It turned out really nice and the total parts cost was ~$300, including shipping from the UK. That said, its not for the faint of heart since there is some welding and cutting, but you can save a lot of money by taking this route.
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I just wanted add to this post and share my experience, primarily for North American owners. I have a 2016 5+2 Discovery Sport (w/spare wheel) - I wanted to get a hitch primarily for a bike rack, but also for occasional towing. My local LR dealer wanted close to $2k for the hitch and the etrailer version for the 5+2 model had been discontinued a couple years ago. Ultimately I (actually my neighbor who owns a body shop) was able modify the 5+2 swan head European hitch (VPLCT0143 - Tow Receiver for Discovery Sport (2015 Onwards) - For NAS Spec and Australian Market - 7-Seater With Spare Wheel (Aftermarket Version Comes with Release Tow Ball Rather Than Square Hole)) by welding a 2 inch receiver from Harbor Freight on to the hitch instead of bolting on the swan head hitch. It turned out really nice and the total parts cost was ~$300, including shipping from the UK. That said, its not for the faint of heart since there is some welding and cutting, but you can save a lot of money by taking this route.
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Hi. I'm thinking of going a similar route for a hitch. However, you said you found the parts for around $300? From your link and/or the part number, all I am finding are options closer to $700-$800. Thanks!
 

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I just finished mine today, on a 2016 7 Seater with the underslung spare. I ordered a Towbar from the UK and despite UPS botching the delivery once it arrived and went in rather well. I will say compared to the Curt option which somehow has ratings of 750 hitch and 5000lb load, but only sandwiches between the existing impact bar and reuses the 3 bolts, this kit was substantial. It had 16" long inserts that go inside the frame rails and bolt through with 6 bolts a side, plus three from the original mounting points. Had to make up a spot for the rear impact sensor and I spent more time trimming to make the holes for the harness and receiver less noticable. This has the UK style gooseneck so I am stuck at 2" for now, but I may make up a 2" NA style coupling for it one day. I used the electrics from Jaguar/LR Canada, and they plug right in and work great. This only has a vertical rating of 385lbs and tow rating of 4800lbs but I plan on staying below that by quite a bit.

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ryankenn ...I was wondering where did you order your receiver hitch from and how much did it cost? I also have the 7 seater with spare tire underneath. The dealership quoted me over $900 for one.
 

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I just finished mine today, on a 2016 7 Seater with the underslung spare. I ordered a Towbar from the UK and despite UPS botching the delivery once it arrived and went in rather well. I will say compared to the Curt option which somehow has ratings of 750 hitch and 5000lb load, but only sandwiches between the existing impact bar and reuses the 3 bolts, this kit was substantial. It had 16" long inserts that go inside the frame rails and bolt through with 6 bolts a side, plus three from the original mounting points. Had to make up a spot for the rear impact sensor and I spent more time trimming to make the holes for the harness and receiver less noticable. This has the UK style gooseneck so I am stuck at 2" for now, but I may make up a 2" NA style coupling for it one day. I used the electrics from Jaguar/LR Canada, and they plug right in and work great. This only has a vertical rating of 385lbs and tow rating of 4800lbs but I plan on staying below that by quite a bit.

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So it looks like you ended up needing to cut a hole out of the wiring harness as well? Is that because of the 5+2? I'm just wondering because I saw that on other installations it swung down below the bumper cover. Weighing all my options here
 

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So it looks like you ended up needing to cut a hole out of the wiring harness as well? Is that because of the 5+2? I'm just wondering because I saw that on other installations it swung down below the bumper cover. Weighing all my options here
Correct. If you go to the Tow Trust website, they actually have you cutting one large opening around the hitch mount and electrical. I just cut individual holes around both. The UK setup has a mount for the UK 7 pin, its a round mount the plug sits through and bolts down. The North American 7 pin from LR is slightly larger in diameter. Since the UK mount was a hole with an open spot on the end, I just opened it up more to fit the NA plug, and used a file to make the NA plug guides fit. I re drilled the mounting holes and bolted it up. Its adjustable in position up and down, and angle. Where it sits the rear of the plug is going up between the spare tire and the hitch itself, with no rubbing. I should have taken a few more pictures. The north american mount assumes you have the LR hitch and it has a spring loaded swivel to flip down. I could have made that work but even flipped up it looked bad, and I am not in love with constantly moving the wiring harness flipping it up and down, up and down. Eventually that will lead to a wire failure. This mount is solid and never moves.

Since these photos I have also modified it for chains. The UK system only has a single hole for the breakaway cable, they don't use chains there. In Canada you can't use a temporary link for chains, and since two chains wouldn't fit through the one hole I bought a 3/8" hammerlock link for it, so the chains both clip to that on the left side, and its rated to 8800lbs so its good enough for me. I got the brake controller in despite Curt's brutal mistake of the pins on their own "easy to install system" so its all ready to go now.
 

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Tôi vừa hoàn thành công việc của mình hôm nay, trên chiếc 7 Chỗ 2016 với phụ tùng bên dưới. Tôi đã đặt một chiếc Towbar từ Vương quốc Anh và mặc dù UPS đã cố gắng giao hàng khi nó đến và đi khá tốt. Tôi sẽ nói so với tùy chọn Curt bằng cách nào đó có xếp hạng 750 hitch và 5000lb tải, nhưng chỉ kẹp giữa thanh tác động hiện có và sử dụng lại 3 bu lông, bộ này thực sự đáng kể. Nó có các hạt dao dài 16 "đi vào bên trong các thanh ray khung và bắt vít với 6 bu lông một bên, cộng với 3 bu lông từ các điểm lắp ban đầu. Phải tạo một chỗ cho cảm biến va đập phía sau và tôi đã dành nhiều thời gian hơn để cắt tỉa để tạo các lỗ. đối với dây nịt và bộ thu ít được chú ý hơn. Cái này có kiểu cổ ngỗng kiểu Anh nên bây giờ tôi đang bị mắc kẹt ở 2 ", nhưng tôi có thể sẽ tạo ra khớp nối kiểu NA 2" cho nó vào một ngày nào đó. Tôi đã sử dụng điện từ Jaguar / LR Canada, và chúng cắm ngay vào và hoạt động tốt. Điều này chỉ có xếp hạng dọc là 385lbs và xếp hạng kéo là 4800lbs nhưng tôi dự định sẽ ở dưới mức đó một chút.

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[/TRÍCH DẪN]hello sir, I'm leave in South New Jersey, .....I have Ds 7 seat too.can you help me know,where they install hitch for the Car.i need 1.
 

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I just finished mine today, on a 2016 7 Seater with the underslung spare. I ordered a Towbar from the UK and despite UPS botching the delivery once it arrived and went in rather well. I will say compared to the Curt option which somehow has ratings of 750 hitch and 5000lb load, but only sandwiches between the existing impact bar and reuses the 3 bolts, this kit was substantial. It had 16" long inserts that go inside the frame rails and bolt through with 6 bolts a side, plus three from the original mounting points. Had to make up a spot for the rear impact sensor and I spent more time trimming to make the holes for the harness and receiver less noticable. This has the UK style gooseneck so I am stuck at 2" for now, but I may make up a 2" NA style coupling for it one day. I used the electrics from Jaguar/LR Canada, and they plug right in and work great. This only has a vertical rating of 385lbs and tow rating of 4800lbs but I plan on staying below that by quite a bit.
What part number did you order? I like the look of that hitch install. Thanks!
 
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