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hitch question

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by vantaco, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. Sep 21, 2010 at 1:07 PM
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    vantaco

    vantaco [OP] Well-Known Member

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    i'm wondering what other toyota trucks i'm able to grab a hitch from

    i'm assuming all first gen tacoma's that i find a hitch on will work with my 02?

    what about 4runners?


    how is the wiring set up? is it just spliced into the rear harness to get the brake signal or is it a full harness that would run up to the cab??

    this is my first truck so i'm cluless on trailer hitch wiring

    thanks
     
  2. Sep 21, 2010 at 1:25 PM
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  3. Sep 21, 2010 at 1:27 PM
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    Small lift and a topper!
    I have a Valley hitch on mine that was a good price, and is a very nice hitch, my personal favorite for the 1st Gens. Very hidden and "stock" looking.

    For wiring, you need a converter - since Tacomas have different bulbs for blinker and brake, you can't just directly tap in. I'm actually selling a spare wiring kit for the 95-04 for $25 shipped, if you are interested: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/bu...ler-wiring-adapter-1st-gen-tacoma-pickup.html

    It has plugs that go between your tail lights and the existing wiring - very easy to install, and you don't have to tap any wires, just plug and play. I ended up with a second set of wiring while buying all the parts for my hitch setup.

    -Sam
     
  4. Sep 22, 2010 at 8:08 PM
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    I have a Uhaul wiring kit... it's crap. It splices into the rear taillight wiring and has the convertor box. It's already fried once on me and maybe has gone again. Someone posted something on here that was a full harness that would work better for me. Hopefully they'll chime in again.
     
  5. Sep 22, 2010 at 8:41 PM
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    I got a Hopkins wiring kit that basically does the same thing, except you unplug the existing connector from both taillights, plug them into the kit, then plug the kit into the taillights. Same one Sam is selling above.

    I haven't actually installed it yet, but I can tell you that it seems a lot more water resistant then the one the previous owner installed and currently hooked up. The box itself is quite a bit more sealed (solid rubber coating vs hard plastic glued together) and the connector even has a protector on it.

    No clue if it'll last though. Seems like it should.
     
  6. Sep 23, 2010 at 11:14 AM
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    ok thanks for the info guys, any more info on what other trucks i could take a hitch from?
     
  7. Sep 23, 2010 at 11:18 AM
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    Only from other 1st gen tacomas. 4runners have a different frame. The rear of the 4runner frame is fully boxed while the rear of the tacoma frame is C channel.
     
  8. Sep 23, 2010 at 11:38 AM
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    ok thanks for the info
     
  9. Sep 23, 2010 at 3:57 PM
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    Vantaco, I installed oem parts on my 03 Taco, All new parts from the dealer, they should be the same p/n's for your truck.

    Receiver Hitch PT228-04030
    Trailer Wire Harness 08921-04861
    The wire harness connects under the drivers seat, it comes with the converter that mounts to the rear cab wall behind the seat. Very good kit.

    If you want to go all out like I did, Install the TRD Trans Cooler Kit 00602-16491-00X
    and the upgraded fan clutch.

    You might be able to find these parts cheaper online rather than go to the dealer. good luck with the junk yard search.
     
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