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Old 02-05-2011, 10:26 AM   #1
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Front Recovery Points?

I've a 2009 Tacoma TRD Sport and am about to drive to Alaska. Just ordered a set of chains. Am now educating myself on vehicle recovery. Will buy a strap and a receiver hitch D Ring shackle with ring and pin.

I've been searching forums and not finding an clear answer to this question:

Is the ring (under the bumper) on the drivers side of the vehicle (I spotted) an attachment for someone's recovery strap should I (shudder) need to be pulled out? If not, where's the best place for them to attach a strap on the front?

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Old 02-05-2011, 11:16 AM   #2
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Ya, it'll work. Just get another shackle if its not the hook. I've got the hitch receiver shackle and its a must have!
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Old 02-05-2011, 11:47 AM   #3
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I'm not that knowledgeable about it, but..........
from what I've read here:
The driver's side recovery point is welded and questionable to some.
The alternative is to buy the Recovery Hook, for an absorbident price,
(Standard on the "TRD Off Road") to replace the "Tie Down Eye" on the passengers side.
Toyota Part #51961-35080
I believe it requires also purchasing a couple longer bolts to replace the "Tie Down" bolts
Can be found here:
http://www.toyotapartszone.com/oem/toyota~hook~no~1~51961-35080.html
But you might Google it first.
Also Search this site for more info. I know there's a thread or two about it
Also at the "Other Site" here:
http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/sh...42#post2197642
I'll post again if I find more info.
Pictured below, I think this installation is reversed and the hook normally is open to the center of the truck.
Good luck and enjoy Alaska





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Old 02-05-2011, 12:07 PM   #4
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Mo' Info

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/off...-recovery.html

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...hook-part.html

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...me-advice.html

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...tow-hooks.html

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...-tow-hook.html
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Yeah to my knowledge that loop on the driver side is used just meant to be used as a tie down for when the vehicle gets transported.

So you are going to want to get a hook like Cape Codder has shown ^^^
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I've seen the driverside loop nearly torn off. The metal its welded to is pretty thin and tears with a good tug. It'll work for a basic recovery, but if you're pretty buried I wouldn't trust it.
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Yeah to my knowledge that loop on the driver side is used just meant to be used as a tie down for when the vehicle gets transported.

So you are going to want to get a hook like Cape Codder has shown ^^^
Passenger's Side: Tie Down
Driver's Side: Recovery/Tow, but questionable
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I've been thinking about it.
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Originally Posted by Oswego View Post
Someone needs to make a bolt on recovery point for the stock guys that's not a crappy TRD hook that gets hung up on stuff.....ehem ^^^^^^^
http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...-tow-hook.html
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I've been thinking about it.
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