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Old 07-08-2011, 12:32 PM   #1
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Rusted hitch still safe?

An aftermarket hitch came with my 2003 V6 Tacoma but it looks pretty weathered. I took it off today to get a better look. Most of the paint has separated and it is covered in varying degrees of rust. I'm wondering if I could just sandblast it and keep using it or if I should just buy a new one. I'm about to move my girlfriend with a 6x12 Uhaul trailer. Anyone have advice to offer? Thanks

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Heres what it looked like after I went at it with a wire brush:
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Old 07-08-2011, 12:34 PM   #2
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looks fine to me. Just get that rust off and treat it with some kind of paint over rust product to prevent it from getting worse.

I want to see the frame on your truck
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looks fine to me. Just get that rust off and treat it with some kind of paint over rust product to prevent it from getting worse.

I want to see the frame on your truck
x2, the rust seems to be more on the surface rather than pitting in and rusting through.
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Pick up a wire wheel and throw it in a drill. A lot faster than a brush.
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Sheesh, I would sandblast that. As long as the welds and thickness are good, should be OK.

Oh, that reminds me, I still need to repaint and install the one I bought...
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I did use a drill to blast off what I could. I'm thinking of going the sandblasting route. As for the frame, its seen better days for sure but its not nearly as bad as the hitch. Right before I bought it the truck went to the dealership for the rust issue that affects 1st gens. It passed their inspection and they put a fresh coat of undercoating on. Over 160k miles so far and no signs of slowing down.
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An aftermarket hitch came with my 2003 V6 Tacoma but it looks pretty weathered. I took it off today to get a better look. Most of the paint has separated and it is covered in varying degrees of rust. I'm wondering if I could just sandblast it and keep using it or if I should just buy a new one. I'm about to move my girlfriend with a 6x12 Uhaul trailer. Anyone have advice to offer? Thanks

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Heres what it looked like after I went at it with a wire brush:

dam how big is she?


just kidding haha


x2 on picking up a wire wheel!
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dam how big is she?
She's small but she's REALLY fiesty
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dam how big is she?


just kidding haha


x2 on picking up a wire wheel!

lol

We have a local place that does headstones and they sand blast whatever you bring them. Usually $40 for stuff that will keep them busy for about 1/2 an hour. Always much easier especially with the inside corners.
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