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Bumper Towing

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by janie, Mar 8, 2010.

  1. Mar 8, 2010 at 6:56 PM
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    janie

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    According to my owner's manual, my bumper is set up for bumper towing (2005 4wd 6v). I really only need this feature for one trip, so that beats the heck out of paying for a hitch. It says there is a hole for it, but I see no hole. The bumper has black plastic/rubber there. It has 3 circles on it, a bigger one in the center. I felt underneath and it did feel like there is some kind of structure there. Any help on what to do? Can I really tow with my bumper and how do I accomplish this?

    Oh, and I am not a car fixit person (although I LOVE this truck), so ez nontech directions is best.

    Thanks. I really appreciate it.
     
  2. Mar 8, 2010 at 6:59 PM
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    I think it just pops out. Give it a little push.
     
  3. Mar 8, 2010 at 7:00 PM
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    just pop the plastic caps out and install the towing ball.
     
  4. Mar 8, 2010 at 7:00 PM
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    Stick your finger in the hole (thats what she said!) from the bottom side and you can push the plug out. Then you just slap in a ball and your good to go. Be sure to tighten the hell out of that ball and use a lock washer. Be sure you don't tow over the rated capacity of the bumper, total weight (amount pulled) or hitch weight (downward force applied to the bumper),
     
  5. Mar 8, 2010 at 7:40 PM
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    Thanks, I may run out there and try right now.

    I am also looking for the "wire harness stored in the rear end under the body" that will let me hook up the light and such and am not seeing anything that jumps out at me. All wires seem to be going to things like license plate lights. What am I looking for here?

    Heading out to poke at the bumper again. Was looking at tow balls and they all have like 1.5 inch shanks and I think this bumper whole is at least 2 inches. But the right thing is out there, right?

    Did I mention I love my truck?

    Thanks.
     
  6. Mar 8, 2010 at 8:20 PM
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    06dak

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    Uh, not sure you're going to have lights there without a kit. Mine didn't - but I didn't have a V6 4x4 either!

    You may need to buy a light kit, which is really not too bad online - like $50. Plugs into both taillights and prevents you from burning up your electrics. Installed mine in 20 minutes.
     
  7. Mar 8, 2010 at 8:46 PM
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    ok, I can do $50and plugging beats splicing.

    thx
     
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