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NATO Hitch to a TD5 crossmember

Discussion in 'Defender 90 / 110 / 130' started by dag019, Sep 10, 2021.

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  1. dag019

    dag019 Well-Known Member

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    How do you fit a NATO tow hitch to TD5 cross member?

    I have the standard tow to bar at present

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    I know that I will need to notch out the top of this to expose the bolt holes which is not a problem. I also know the holes are no longer all the way through the crossmember but are instead threaded on the front face.
    On a different forum (link) I have come across this where they have just used a spreader plate and bolted to the front face of the cross member.

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    Is this the correct way of doing it to still allow the fitment of the original tow bar? if not what is the correct way of fitting a NATO tow hitch?
    I am trying to avoid the fitting of an adjustable drop hitch with separate sliders because I do not have any of that, but I do have everything needed for the above. I will be sued for towing a Sankey rather than recovery and I am trying to replicate what I had on my 110 on the td5 90 I currently have as a replacement.

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    Knappster Well-Known Member Full Member

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    I’ve got a pre-Td5 Landy so don’t have the issue with the threaded holes. However, I do have a Dixon Bate drop,slider with two different sliders, one with a 50mm towball and one with a NATO hitch so that the two are interchangeable. Would this work or could you fit the drop slider instead?
     
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    My 110 pictured is pre td5 and makes everything much easier, spreader plates and bolts all the way through. The slider would work but I don’t have a slider or adjustable tow bar so it makes it a more expensive task. I am hoping to do it as simply and cheaply as possible while Still being safe and secure.
     
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    you can pick up defender Dixon bare adjustable a secondhand for about £50, I got one in good order with 2 sliders. 1 slider is worn so will just have a vice mounted on it but the other one is unused. Got a nice combo towball and pin by Dixon bate aswell which was nice :D
     
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    I thought you weren't allowed to fit NATO hitches to cars after a certain date?
     
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    yeah it’s to do with type approval. I *rhink* they don’t have type approval for post 1998 cars. You see lots of people fitting them to brand new land cruisers etc in the Sankey Facebook group though so I don’t know
     
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    I picked up a Dixon Bate slider with decent NATO hitch at the Newbury Sale a few years back for £30 :D There are quite a few D2’s with them on the D2BC forum too, all post 1998.

    A new complete slider kit isn’t cheap but used ones are on eBay for about £50, as mentioned.
     
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