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Hitch step/bumper for rear end protection

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Dxironman, Aug 19, 2021.

  1. Aug 19, 2021 at 11:17 AM
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    Dxironman

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    Does anyone use one of these or think it’s a good idea to use one with the intent of rear end protection? Are there any in particular you’d recommend? I’m also curious about the bars for the front end as well.
     
  2. Aug 19, 2021 at 11:49 AM
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    Trousers

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    When I was rear ended with the car directly behind me, the factory trailer hitch was enough to damage the car and leave my truck untouched.

    When I was rear ended with the car off to the side, the bumper took the brunt and the trailer hitch was untouched.

    I imagine just leaving in your tow receiver with a ball will be enough for most cases.
     
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  3. Aug 19, 2021 at 11:53 AM
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    Tacowin1013

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    Just be careful with this, sometimes leaving a hitch in provides for a more direct impact and will cause MORE damage to your frame if you are rear ended. Sure, it protects your bumper from those parking lot, parallel parking taps, but in a rear end, it could total your vehicle
     
  4. Aug 19, 2021 at 11:54 AM
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    TXnativeson

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  5. Aug 19, 2021 at 12:19 PM
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    OnHartung'sRoad

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    pmoore4321

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    I did just this last week. I put one of those Curt "three balls and a hook" stingers on mine. Added benefit of actually making the truck ride better with the added weight. No intent of every towing anything, pure damage control. I live in Puerto Rico, this is a must have mod...LOL
     
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  7. Aug 19, 2021 at 12:25 PM
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    Buck Henry

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    I have driven in Puerto Rico; you ain't lying! The only place worse that I have experienced is Naples Italy. They completely ignore traffic lights / rules there.
     
  8. Aug 19, 2021 at 12:27 PM
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    Yeah, and people will knock the bumpers right off your truck trying to parallel park. LOL.
     
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    Skydvrr

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    Damn, how heavy is this hitch of yours?
     
  10. Aug 19, 2021 at 12:45 PM
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    It's not that heavy, but just that little added weight makes a huge difference when going over bumps. Immediately noticeable when I installed it.

    shopping.jpg
     
  11. Aug 19, 2021 at 1:09 PM
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    Dxironman

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    I really don't know much about the "bumpers". I was just looking for something to "back off" the aggressive drivers around here. You'll probably need an anti-rattle device. Mine made a lot of noise without it.
     
  13. Aug 19, 2021 at 1:13 PM
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    I find this hard to believe... And by hard I mean impossible. Unless you've had your ass calibrated to ASTM standards.
     
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    Those options will offer protection to a point and increase risk of frame damage after that is exceeded.

    So the question is 'do you feel lucky?'
     
  17. Aug 19, 2021 at 1:50 PM
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    Dxironman

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    so I’m feeling like my best bet is just a regular ball hitch like the guy above posted. Hopefully keep people back and do more damage to their vehicle if they hit me.
     
  18. Aug 19, 2021 at 1:53 PM
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    Personally, my shin has taken more hits when I've left a ball in any of my hitches, so I never leave them in any more if I'm not towing.
     
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  19. Aug 19, 2021 at 1:57 PM
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    Nirango kid

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    Lol same here damn shin hitters lol. We know they are there but we still walk into them dam it hurts lol. Now I leave the hitch off for that reason.
     
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  20. Aug 19, 2021 at 2:04 PM
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    ryanvar42

    ryanvar42 That is your opinion. It is wrong.

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    I always leave my tow hitch in. If they hit me hard enough to bend the frame oh well
     
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