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I have my Stealth hitch on last weekend and used it with my 2” receiver for a 1up bike rack. Went well except for reversing when the iX is VERY upset about an obstacle and seemed to take over braking at one point. I didn’t explore more as I was out of time. I’m in California btw. I also haven’t been able to get the kick under the bumper to open the hatch. Wonder if I need to remove the receiver bit for that.
 

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I have my Stealth hitch on last weekend and used it with my 2” receiver for a 1up bike rack. Went well except for reversing when the iX is VERY upset about an obstacle and seemed to take over braking at one point. I didn’t explore more as I was out of time. I’m in California btw. I also haven’t been able to get the kick under the bumper to open the hatch. Wonder if I need to remove the receiver bit for that.
Does yours actually have the kick to open? I thought that was removed pretty early in the delivery process?

As for braking, that's a HUGE problem if the iX tried to brake if there's a rack. While there might not be a factory hitch state-side, you could certainly use any number of trunk mounted bike holders and should be able to expect the car to still function.
 

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I have my Stealth hitch on last weekend and used it with my 2” receiver for a 1up bike rack. Went well except for reversing when the iX is VERY upset about an obstacle and seemed to take over braking at one point. I didn’t explore more as I was out of time. I’m in California btw. I also haven’t been able to get the kick under the bumper to open the hatch. Wonder if I need to remove the receiver bit for that.
Please keep us informed. Would it matter what driving mode you would be in? Not sure since my car does not get to shore until next week. But no workable rack could be a deal killer. Thanks.
 

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Does yours actually have the kick to open? I thought that was removed pretty early in the delivery process?

As for braking, that's a HUGE problem if the iX tried to brake if there's a rack. While there might not be a factory hitch state-side, you could certainly use any number of trunk mounted bike holders and should be able to expect the car to still function.
yes the trunk opens based on kick under the bumper

the braking was only when reversing and I was probably going a bit fast ignoring the screaming alarms. Not a showstopper to me but I need to play more
 

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Here's a video of reversing with bikes on. Again going fw is AOK. iCloud Photo Sharing
Ugh. That just makes me ill to watch. I wonder if there's any chance they'll provide an option in the future to disable that emergency braking. As mentioned, I know they don't support a hitch since that's after market in the US, but there are trunk mounted options for bike racks that surely could be used on the iX and it would be great if you could temporarily disable the emergency breaking or the audio alerts.
 

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There's an option "Active PDC emergency braking" that should turn off the braking. I found the audio volume control, but no obvious way to completely turn off the sound.
I was looking through the manual and found these sections...but since I don't yet have delivery on my iX I'm not sure whether these will work on the USA version of the iX since it makes mention that in certain jurisdictions they're disabled:
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Turning the system on/off manually
Press the P))) button.

▷ On: the LED lights up.
▷ Off: the LED goes out.

If the system is manually switched on when the
reverse gear is engaged, the rearview camera
image is displayed.

Depending on the national-market version, the
system cannot be turned off manually when the
reverse gear is engaged.

Turning off the acoustic warning

Depending on the national-market version, the
acoustic warning can be turned off for an active
parking operation.

After starting the parking operation, press
the icon in the status field of the control display.
The acoustic warning will be turned on again automatically
for the next drive.

Turning off Active Park Distance
Control temporarily


After emergency braking, the function can be
temporarily turned off on the control display.

1. "Obstacle detected. Emergency braking."
2. "Deactivate temporarily"

During continued driving in this surrounding
situation, no further emergency braking will
occur.

The system will be turned on again automatically
for the next drive.

Settings

It is possible to set which areas on the vehicle will
be protected by the system.

1. "MENU"
2. "Vehicle apps"
3. "Driving settings"
4. "Driver Assistance"
5. "Parking"
6. "Active PDC emergency braking"
7. Select the desired setting.
 

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I had this installed a couple weeks ago. Love it. I wanted to be able to add a cargo rack to haul gasoline containers / generator / camping gear occasionally. Extremely happy with the hitch. Fingers crossed they figure out the turn signal as I’d buy the conversion kit immediately. I’ve not experienced any automatic braking in my setup. No audible alarms when driving forward.

My dealer recommended Stealth Hitches before I placed my order. Said that’s what nearly every BMW owner uses when factory hitches aren’t available. At the time, they were looking for donor vehicles, but by the time my car was delivered, the rack was available. I actually ordered the hitch before I got the car.
 

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Has anyone tried installing stealth hitch on the 2023 iX? I shared the installation manual for stealth hitch with my local installer. They checked with my car which is 2023 model and saw some differences in terms of number and types of screws used on the bumper. They did not remove the bumper to check if there are further differences. I am not sure if the differences are actually between 2022 and 2023 or between the trims as it looks like the car that was used by Stealth Hitches has the base/shadowline trim while mine is sport trim. Would love to hear from those who have installed stealth hitches on the 2023 model. Thanks.
 
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