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Hitch insert rattles??

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by sicki, May 14, 2019.

  1. May 15, 2019 at 12:35 PM
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    SearArtist

    SearArtist Just beat the devil out of it

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    These are the correct answers, OP. Why do you need to leave the hitch installed if you aren't using it? Makes no sense.
     
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  2. May 15, 2019 at 12:39 PM
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    I rarely removed the hitch from my f150...whats it hurt? Never bothered me and it was one less thing to do. If i did take it out the next time i went to back up to my trailer and saw in my camera it wasnt there i was annoyed that i had to get out of my truck and put my hitch in.
     
  3. May 15, 2019 at 12:40 PM
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    Exactly what I did.
     
  4. May 15, 2019 at 12:41 PM
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    ArmandHammer83 This truck is AMAZING

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    not gonna lie i've had a hitch on every truck since i was 20 i'm 35 now and at this point i leave it on so people following won't follow so close and if someone walks by my truck and doesn't pay attention,well, thats a them problem
     
  5. May 15, 2019 at 7:58 PM
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    HawkShot99

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    I have had a hitch in every vehicle I have owned full time year round and have never smacked my shins on it. If someone else does, not my problem.

    I tow a trailer multiple times every week. I'm not installing and putting my hitch away every time.
     
  6. May 16, 2019 at 12:05 AM
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    Same here.... I wonder if my neighbors hear it
     
  7. May 16, 2019 at 6:43 AM
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    The theory is if you leave your hitch in when not in use and you get rear ended, the direct impact to your hitch, could cause more frame damage than if you didn't have a hitch and the impact was more spread out across the rear bumper. Makes sense, again, in theory.

    Edit: Unless you buy one of those harpoon looking "bumper steps" in which case if someone rear ends you, their front end will be royally Effed.
     
  8. May 16, 2019 at 7:31 AM
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    Yep. I rarely tow anything but I live in Chicago where most people can’t seem to drive without texting at the same time. I’ve been lightly rear ended once already without my hitch. I reinstalled it so the next idiot that ‘lightly’ hits me gets a hole in their rad. If I get hit hard enough that I have to worry about a bent frame, then i’ll be going through insurance anyway and they can deal with it.
     
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  9. May 16, 2019 at 7:40 AM
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    I'd do this too in Chicago, especially if you're ever parking in the city. A lot of people who are accustomed to scavenging for street parking think it's totally ok to bump their way into or out of tight parking spots. Used to live in Rogers Park and it was very normal to see someone doing that, we even called it a "love tap." Did it myself on many occasions. If I still lived there I'd probably have a bull bar up front and a hitch in the back at all times. Lol.
     
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  10. May 16, 2019 at 7:50 AM
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    Front ends are made to crumple. A hitch is just going to go through the bumper covers and radiator. I was rear ended at a stand still from a car going about 25 or so. I dont drive with my tow hitch in but their front end was mangled, radiator fluid dumping everywhere and had to be towed away. The only thing that broke on my truck was the left corner of my bumper and some scratches in the middle. I had the frame checked out and it was fine. Even state patrol, who were there dealing with a previous accident, couldn't believe how little damage there was on my truck.
     
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  11. May 16, 2019 at 12:20 PM
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    wow...lots of great responses....im just glad to find out i dont have a piece of shit hitch...was worried that was the case. I usually take it out but thought id see what kinda responses i could get and learn from.
     
  12. May 16, 2019 at 1:54 PM
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    Back on subject...stick a shim like mentioned previously in this thread. Loose is common; most hitch tongues are now made a tad smaller to fit dozens of different manufacturers hitch receptacles. I stuck a nickel (5cents) at the bottom of the tongue and shoved it in. If that is too thick, use a dime or penny or if you are a high roller, a quarter. No big deal. Low cost and won't wear out like a piece of wood with the trailer hooked up.
     
  13. May 16, 2019 at 5:01 PM
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    Leave the hitch in! If you get in a hit-and-run rear end, you may still find the culprit. That’s what happened to my brother in San Francisco, they were on the bay bridge and got hit in the rear and the guy took off. They were able to follow the jerk’s leaking anti-freeze and ATF trail from the harpooned radiator and oil cooler a few blocks away to the guys disabled car and the police cited him for hit-and-run :rofl:
     
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  14. May 20, 2019 at 12:45 PM
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  15. May 20, 2019 at 12:47 PM
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    I might try that for lifting the ball. I have an extension on the hitch when we have the camper on, and the hitch seems to drop some when its installed.
     
  16. May 20, 2019 at 12:52 PM
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    I love theory’s. I have been hit twice in the ball (hitch people) and had no damage while the others were fucked. I also enjoy shining my self by that’s a different website.
     

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