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Plate rear hitch bumper interest thread

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by RAT PRODUCTS, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. Sep 6, 2013 at 1:47 PM
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    TIPICOTACO

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    even w/o the tire carrier I like it alot.. lets see a prototype!!
     
  2. Sep 6, 2013 at 1:56 PM
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  3. Sep 6, 2013 at 7:22 PM
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    The only thing I can add that others havent yet is to add some support to the hitch whether it ties into the bumper or somehow into the frame.
     
  4. Sep 6, 2013 at 8:10 PM
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    I don't follow. Both designs have the hitch tube fully welded to the bumper including gussets that double as chain hooks. The first design also has an extra support tube that ties the hitch into the frame mounts directly.
     
  5. Sep 6, 2013 at 8:56 PM
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    The question I have for your design is. will I be able to use my aftermarket hitch that is rated for towing. Will it clear the bottom of your bumper.
     
  6. Sep 8, 2013 at 3:34 PM
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    referring specifically to the picture with the gauge on the bottom. 2nd design. it is welded all the way around but maybe tie in some like such. |/U\|. in addition to the welding all the way around and the extra guesset tabs/chain hooks put a bar on each side that angles back and to the part that bolts on to the frame. hope that makes sense? it would add some extra strength to it so when it gets pulled on it has more welds to pull on than just the ones right at the bumper edge
     
  7. Sep 8, 2013 at 3:45 PM
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    RAT PRODUCTS

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    Here's an example of a class 5 hitch rated to 12,000 lbs. Very similar.
    [​IMG]
     

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