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Front mount hitch?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by TallyCast, Sep 13, 2010.

  1. Sep 13, 2010 at 6:53 PM
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    Greets. I drive a '99 extended cab, 2.4l with a manual trans. It has 165K. Among other things, it serves as a tug for a very small fiberglass egg camper. I like to tuck the camper in tight spaces and have been thinking that having a front mount hitch could be pretty cool. I've seen one on a jeep in a boat yard and there was one on a F150 at at an RV lot.

    Can I do the same on my Tacoma? Any clues on where to go for a testimonial from someone who has done the same thing? My front bumper got partially torn off (teenaged son learning stick) when it had less than 1000 miles on it. The front bumper has been riding lopsided ever since. So replacing the bumper with something else is not a bad thing.

    Ideas, suggestions and scorn are all welcome.
     
  2. Sep 13, 2010 at 6:59 PM
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    Yup you can...Not sure where to point you for the parts for a 1st Gen...but I'm sure they are out there.
     
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    I wish. I've found front mount receiver hitches for 2001 and up, but nothing for a 1999. I'm also a bit confused by exactly what I have. It's a 1999 2.4L manual, but has SR-5 badging. I thought that all the SR-5s were V6's back then?
     
  4. Sep 13, 2010 at 8:41 PM
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    This is the first thing I came up with in a search.
    http://4xinnovations.com/p-FB4.html
    even says no stinger option, and I would bet they would put a receiver for a hitch in for you ;).
     
  5. Sep 14, 2010 at 3:46 AM
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    I haven't a clue, so will say none.
    Find a welding shop that specializes in setting up vehicles to tow behind rv's. Maybe they can set you up with a 2" receiver under there somewhere.

    I actually found a bolt on 2" receiver at a trailer supply shop and bolted it under the front end of my Geo Tracker. Works great for the plug in corn spreader during deer season, as well as moving the utility trailers around.

    My big 3/4 ton is set up for towing with dual front 2" receivers for a Blue Ox tow bar. The welding shop removed the stock recovery hooks and welded them up to slot in the receivers when the tow bar wasn't hooked up.
     
  6. Sep 14, 2010 at 5:26 AM
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    I wish I could help you out with where to find one, but as far as functionality, they are great for parking trailers in tight spots! Puts some more weight over the front end when the trailer is hooked up but if you're just parking the trailer I don't think it'll do any harm. Good luck and post pics when you find one!
     
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    I'm wondering if changing the front bumper will have any effect on how the air bags operate. I figure the activator must be somewhere in the bumper.
     
  8. Sep 14, 2010 at 12:08 PM
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    I'm not sure if this is possible, but have you thought about a custom made plate bumper and having them put the hitch in the bumper? I know they do it for the rear of the truck, maybe they could for the front also. It'd look nice too.
     
  9. Sep 14, 2010 at 1:02 PM
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    the air bag sensor is not in the bummer i don't exactly where itis but i know its not in the bummer the air bag sensor is nothing more then a G force sensor so changing your bummer will have no effect on air bag operation seeing as the sensor reads G forces not parts of your truck crushing
     
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    i know curt manufacturing makes them, just not sure if theyre available for the '99. TW member BRP27 has one on his truck but his is an '04.
    heres what his looks like
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  12. Sep 15, 2010 at 12:15 AM
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    heres a pic of my first gen with a front hitch, but its custom of course :p
    cant tell ya how it works yet, i just put it on like a week ago, but seems pretty strong.
     
  13. Sep 15, 2010 at 5:50 AM
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    Sweet - Did you build it yourself?
     
  14. Sep 15, 2010 at 10:00 AM
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    yes sir! its been a project that has been going on for a while now. just havent had the time to finish it all.
     
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