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Front Recovery Hook 2011 Tacoma

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by coloradotacoma, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. Sep 29, 2011 at 3:10 PM
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    I was hoping someone could help with this, On my new Tacoma there is a recovery hook on the driver's side and on the passenger side in a very similar place there is what appears to be a shipping tie down loop. It appears fairly sturdy and is bolted to the frame. Can this be used as a second recovery point? Either in conjunction with the other one or on its own? If not will the bolt pattern allow it to be replaced by a recovery hook? Also, it seems to me that the location of the existing hook is less than desireable from the standpoint of damaging the skid plate/bull bars. Can longer bolts be placed on the bull bar mounts and recovery hooks be mounted there?
     
  2. Sep 29, 2011 at 3:13 PM
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  3. Sep 29, 2011 at 3:22 PM
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    Thanks for the link. Any alternative over the counter?
     
  4. Sep 29, 2011 at 3:37 PM
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    Thanks for the info. I think I am going to look for another spot on the front frame to attach hooks, where the bridle will have less chance of damanging the bull bar/skid plate.
     
  6. Sep 29, 2011 at 7:04 PM
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    I think you have those backwards -- there's a loop on the driver's side that is for shipping tie-down, and a bolt-on "loop" on the passenger side for recovery. On TRD offroads they get a tow hook there on the passenger side in place of the loop.
     
  7. Sep 29, 2011 at 8:25 PM
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    I think I may not understand the two loop definitions. On my driver's side is a "loop" of round steel. On the passenger side there is a bolt on angle bracket with a hole in it. Are you saying the bolt on angle bracket is for recovery? The item in whippersnapper02's link is on the passenger side of my taco. He has implied he replaced that because it isn't used for recovery? Help me out I am quite confused.
     
  8. Sep 30, 2011 at 11:32 AM
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    ok, upon further investigation I believe I understand better. The passenger side bracket is intended as a tow hook/recovery point. The drivers side is not. So my next question is how do I either remove the tie down loop and replace it with a tow/recovery point or leave it and add one? AND, is there a good reason I see posts of taco owners replacing the passenger side recovery point? Is it not strong enough?
     
  9. Sep 30, 2011 at 5:09 PM
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    FWIW My understanding is:
    The Welded-On Driver's Side Loop is for Towing.
    Members here have voiced concerns of it tearing off in "Hard Recovery Efforts"
    The Bolt-On Passenger's side Eye is for Tie Down during shipping

    The TRD Offroad Recovery Hook has the same Bolt Pattern as this Tie Down.
    TRD Recovery Hook Part #51961-35080. Cost is somewhere around a million dollars.
    You will also need two Longer Bolts to replace the ones securing the Tie Down Eye.
    Bolt Part #90119-A0193 (for one) $3 +/- each
    Keep in mind it is just a "Hook" not a "Loop" for a Shackle


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  10. Sep 30, 2011 at 5:14 PM
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    Steel bumper with recovery shackles is the best solution.
     
  12. Sep 30, 2011 at 5:30 PM
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    According to Toyota its the other way around. The soloution I have arived at to achieve the results I need, (Mainly retrieval via two recovery points on my front end without damaging the bull bar or skid plate) is to remove both points and have two heavy duty d rings mounts welded to the sides of the frame, cost about $65 all in incluiding welding.
     
  13. Sep 30, 2011 at 6:03 PM
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  14. Sep 30, 2011 at 6:56 PM
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    What skid plate do you have to worry about damage with? Stock?
     
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    Yes, I have the stock add on trd skid plate
     
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    OP, if you do that custom solution, do share pics with us. I for one would like to see it. Thanks.
     
  17. Oct 1, 2011 at 9:43 AM
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    Getting with my welder wednesday, I will let you know and post some pics
     
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    Thanks for the advice. Doing that tonight
     
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