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Rear recovery point without tow hitch?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Mastiff37, Feb 6, 2021.

  1. Feb 6, 2021 at 8:23 AM
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    Mastiff37

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  2. Feb 6, 2021 at 8:52 AM
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  3. Feb 6, 2021 at 9:08 AM
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    I'm asking if I can have a hook or other recovery point without the hitch.
     
  4. Feb 6, 2021 at 9:10 AM
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    stickyTaco

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    You can if you get an aftermarket bumper.
     
  5. Feb 6, 2021 at 10:36 AM
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    rphillips

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    You mean I can't just throw a strap around the OEM bumper & go, That's what we did back in the 60's & 70's...Oh I forgot, these are new & improved.
     
  6. Feb 6, 2021 at 4:05 PM
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  7. Feb 6, 2021 at 4:11 PM
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    There is a hole for a ball on my bumper. Yes, so within reason.
     
  8. Feb 7, 2021 at 8:27 AM
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    Yeah. Then if you ever get your truck unstuck, you can walk back out to the spot and pick up your rear bumper. It shouldn't be too heavy to carry back out a couple a hundred yards or so.....
     
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  9. Feb 7, 2021 at 8:40 AM
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    Remove the plastic cap on the bumper step to reveal the hole for a tow ball:

    [​IMG]

    Instead of a tow ball, put a soft shackle through it. It's only rated to 3500 lb, so you have to carefully estimate the pulling forces involved.
     
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  10. Feb 7, 2021 at 8:43 AM
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    Hack that receiver off and as needed wrap a strap around the structure the hitch is attached to.
     
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  11. Feb 7, 2021 at 8:50 AM
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    Keep hitch on and lift truck 2" to compensate for hitch height.
     
  12. Feb 7, 2021 at 8:51 AM
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  13. Feb 7, 2021 at 9:23 AM
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    I like this idea. The bottom ones would be slick if they fit around my bar. Getting the hitch tube off looks like no small task with an angle grinder. I don't have a torch.
     
  14. Feb 7, 2021 at 9:53 AM
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    I would leave it personally. I have dragged my hitch through some stuff but has never really been a problem for me. Honestly like that it is there because I would rather be hit there than just my rear bumper. Thing would fold up in no time, and a well placed sharp rock could put a hole right through the spare tire sidewall.

    Here is a video of my truck doing elephant hill. You can see in the end it does drag the hitch, but until I get a real steel rear bumper I would rather drag the hitch instead of the stock bumper.

    Edit - you should start with chopping that exhaust pipe. That is your real low hanging fruit...

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BwqUm9PhuzU/
     
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  15. Feb 7, 2021 at 11:21 AM
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    My hitch says 5000 on it, so not hugely different...
     
  16. Feb 7, 2021 at 12:32 PM
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    Rule of thumb for pulling forces on level ground:
    1x vehicle weight when buried to the hub
    2x vehicle weight when buried to the top of the tire

    Additional derating factors apply on inclines or if there's a tire- or suspension failure.

    Assuming you have half-decent tires, it's unlikely you'll be stuck unless buried to the hub or higher, so pulling from the hitch is safer.

    Also you can deflate the spare to give it puncture resistance. Obviously only do this if you have a tire compressor in the truck at all times (I do).
     
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  17. Feb 7, 2021 at 4:03 PM
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    I would recommend attaching a suction cup to the rear glass and using that as a recovery point

    [​IMG]
     
  18. Feb 8, 2021 at 1:43 AM
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    If you take the hitch off and assuming its oem . First thing is your going to need brackets that attach the bumper to frame. I took mine off because it was so rusty. The bracket can be found on ebay for like $40 bucks for the pair aftermarket ones. and once you take that off your truck will sit about 1/2 higher in back. Witch worked out for me because when Toyota did the leaf spring recall it dropped 1/2
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bumper-Bra...er-Arm-Set-of-2-Rear-Right-Side-/233069634906
     
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