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front tow point

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by 07NavyTaco, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. Aug 25, 2011 at 8:58 AM
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    ok, I live a few miles north of Chicago and there can be some pretty bad snow storms up here. I lived in Maine before I was transferred here and I pulled people out of the snow all the time. With winter approaching I'd live to a good strong tow point on the front of my truck but I don't have the cash for a big bad bumper. any cheaper suggestions?
     
  2. Aug 25, 2011 at 9:01 AM
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    What's wrong with the hook under the passenger side of the OEM bumper?
     
  3. Aug 25, 2011 at 9:09 AM
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    You have a hook since you have the OR package on your TX Pro. He doesn't have a hook.

    OP. Not sure if this type hook would work for you, but a cheap Smittybuilt hook fits in the two holes on the passenger side.

    [​IMG]
     
  4. Aug 25, 2011 at 9:14 AM
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    ^^^X2 I got the same one for my truck from harbor frieght for $8!!!!! Works great I use it all the time.
     
  5. Aug 25, 2011 at 9:20 AM
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    I'm going to Tractor Supply this weekend to see what I can find. that EXACTLY what I need. thanks guys.
     
  6. Aug 25, 2011 at 9:22 AM
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    oh, I don't have a hook, I have a closed hoop.
     
  7. Aug 25, 2011 at 9:27 AM
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    Yep, only the OR package comes with a highly-overpriced-if-bought-from-the-dealer-separately tow hook.
     
  8. Aug 25, 2011 at 9:33 AM
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    Just get a D-Ring shackle and put it in the closed hoop when you need it.
     
  9. Aug 25, 2011 at 9:35 AM
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    this might work for light extraction but not a good idea to have it at such an angle...
     
  10. Aug 25, 2011 at 9:40 AM
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    This may be true, but it's better than nothing at all.

    Also, it's worth mentioning, that its best to NOT pull vehicles out while driving in reverse if you can help it. The front tow point should be used when you need to be pulled out when situations require it.
     
  11. Aug 25, 2011 at 9:55 AM
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    ^^ why is it bad to pull people out in reverse?
     
  12. Aug 25, 2011 at 10:08 AM
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    the way the diff is designed

    its better to use the drive side of the gear than the coast side although it shouldnt hurt anything
     
  13. Aug 25, 2011 at 10:23 AM
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    It puts all the stress and weight on your weakest link(cv axles). That's how they break and, yes, that's how my old one broke:)
     
  14. Aug 25, 2011 at 10:26 AM
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    I'm aware they don't all come with the hook, but it can be added. One of the forum members here is making them for a reasonable cost.
    My next suggestion would be this, for about $25:
    [​IMG]
     
  15. Aug 25, 2011 at 10:29 AM
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    the force on the cvs are the same in forward or reverse...
     
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    uhhh read the thread title lol

    unless you have a super duper edition with a front hitch
     
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    I put the Tractor supply hook on mine, but it's too damn close to the TRD Skid plate, thinking of switching it to the closed loop hook, then attached a D-Shackle, should I need to be towed out! Just need to find a 2 hole mountable Eyelet...
     
  18. Aug 25, 2011 at 10:39 AM
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    Yes they have the same rotational force from the engine, but when pulling in reverse, the weight of whatever your pulling is pulling the front of the truck down. When pulling forward, it transfers weight from the front to the rear, putting more downward on the rear than the front could ever achieve. Which also gives you more traction pulling forward than reverse. There was a thread on this a while back.
     
  19. Aug 25, 2011 at 10:45 AM
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    uhhh read the thread :jerkoff:
    Towing from rear instead has been discussed also.
     
  20. Aug 25, 2011 at 10:51 AM
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    I suggest getting a couple D-shackles while you're at it.

    1) In case one breaks

    2) If you have to link two straps together. Looping straps together is fine, but getting them back apart after a pull is extremely difficult. Better to link them. EDIT: never mind. That's stupid. I'm an idiot.
     
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