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Dumb question: Bumper towing?

Discussion in 'Towing' started by mcohn16, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. Apr 22, 2009 at 6:08 PM
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    mcohn16

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    I'll admit it, I know nothing about towing and I'm lost here looking for help.

    I got a V6, without the towing package, and I'm wondering if I have any sort of towing capacity as it stands. I was looking at those 3 little plastic circles on my bumper, below my back license plate. I could be wrong, but it looks to me that I can pop out those covers and put a ball on there or something. Am I totally off here? Can I tow something light? How light?

    Thanks guys,

    Mike
     
  2. Apr 22, 2009 at 6:19 PM
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    Not recommended to tow with the bumper. Get an aftermarket hitch.
     
  3. Apr 22, 2009 at 6:24 PM
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    not recommended, but the bumper does have something like a 3,000 lb towing capacity and yes you can attach a ball to it.. although again, not recommended unless you are ok with buying a new bumper after you bend your current one.. an aftermarket hitch is cheaper than a new bumper
     
  4. Apr 22, 2009 at 6:29 PM
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    Ahh... Good to know. So the next question is how easy is it the install a hitch? I can search for that one...

    Thanks for the help :)
     
  5. Apr 22, 2009 at 6:33 PM
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    I am not sure on the 09's. It usually entails removing the bumper, placing the hitch and reinstalling the bumper. I highly recommend a vehicle specific bumper. The universal ones are ok just a little difficult to install because of all the extra holes. I also recommend to have some one help you.
     
  6. Apr 22, 2009 at 6:56 PM
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    i double reccomend the help

    actually triple
     
  7. Apr 22, 2009 at 7:10 PM
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    got mine from there, did it solo but a second set of hands would have been great.(that's what she said) The aftermarket hitch is way better than the factory bumper. I think I was out the door for under 155.00(it's been a while so dont quote me on that) anyway it's a good source. Monkeysuncle
     
  8. Apr 22, 2009 at 7:25 PM
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    Those are some good prices. I would recommend getting the wiring kit also. You mind as well do it all at once.
     
  9. Apr 22, 2009 at 7:30 PM
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    i just wired mine, get a wireing kit that plugs in with no splicing wires and such

    i learned that after i cut my turnsignal
     
  10. Apr 22, 2009 at 7:35 PM
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    I was lucky enough to find a plug and play wiring kit at wally world on the clearance rack for 5 bucks!!They don't carry them anymore for my 1999. The only thing I had to do was extend the ground wire 8 inches to get a good frame ground. No problems to date, just buy some dielectric grease to keep all the connections clean.
     
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    they sell them at autozone for 35 dollars for the toyota pickups till 04 tacos
     
  12. Apr 22, 2009 at 7:40 PM
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    You guys are great. I really appreciate the help.
     
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