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Bent Trailer Hitch... and resin

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Lentsnh, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. Jan 24, 2010 at 8:41 PM
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    Lentsnh

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    I had the same happen except with mud.

    My buddy and his friends were offroading on a trail in his 99 Ford Explorer (2WD). I came and noticed that he was in a ditch and that his rear wheels were not touching anything.
    I hooked up a chain to my trailer hitch reinforcement(bad decision) and since he didnt have a tow hook on the front of his Ford, I looped the chain around his frame and bumper reinforcement.
    I gave 3 honks and yanked him out of the deep ditch. I bent out my trailer hitch reinforcement and I took out the bumper valence on the passenger side of his Explorer.

    My dad is not too thrilled about a bent trailer hitch. At least I didnt hook it onto anything that I KNEW would break.

    Will a hammer work to put it back even, or just leave it.


    And How do you get, I'm assuming, Epoxy Resin off paint???
     
  2. Jan 24, 2010 at 10:03 PM
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    What do you mean you bent your "trailer hitch reinforcement"???

    Do you mean the area for hooking your safety chains while towing?:confused:

    Mine has been bent for over two years since a coworker hauled me from a mud hole, plucked the truck right out. Didn't even take it out of neutral.

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  3. Jan 24, 2010 at 10:06 PM
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  4. Jan 24, 2010 at 10:10 PM
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    I'm sure...^^ And as far as "fixing" it goes, as long as it is not bent really far, you might be able to just hammer it back. If you want to go about fixing it though, it might be more work than its worth. I believe it's painted too which makes it worse, but you could find someone with a torch even to heat it up a bit to shape better, but then you would have to probably repaint in order to prevent rusting. I say just leave it.
     
  5. Jan 24, 2010 at 10:14 PM
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    :eek: Biiiiig Picture
     
  6. Jan 24, 2010 at 10:19 PM
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  7. Jan 25, 2010 at 8:56 AM
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    Lentsnh

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    Where the trailer reciever part is. On both sides is metal----- I'll just take pictures. I'm sick and I have to idea if its going to make sense in my state of sickness.:eek:
     
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