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Receiver mounting how-to

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Scott78, Apr 28, 2011.

  1. Apr 28, 2011 at 12:28 PM
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    Scott78

    Scott78 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So I know this isn't rocket science and not a lot of people may need this, especially when instructions are already provided.

    But here is a how-to for mounting a receiver if you weren't lucky enough to have a tow package.

    Plus I wanted to learn how to do the how-to thing with pictures.

    Here goes.

    Instructions.
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    Step 1
    Inventory your stuff...don't be jealous of what's in the box....
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    Step 2.
    Remove the four (4) bolts that hold the bumper shells to the bumper brackets, unplug the lights and remove the bumper shell. Save the bolts.
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    Step 3.
    Remove the two (2) bolts holding the bumper brackets to the frame and remove the brackets, making sure to note their position as you will need to reinstall them later. Discard the bolts. [​IMG]

    Everything apart.
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    Step 4 and 5 kind of run together, 4, Raise both the hitch bracket and the bumper bracket into place together, should look like this prior to lifting it up [​IMG] Line up the holes with the previously used holes in the frame. NOTE: On some short wheelbase 2WD models the rear exhaust pipe mount must be temporarily disconnected to allow clearance when raising the hitch bracket into place. Replace the rubber mount after the installation is complete.

    Step 5 goes on..Insert a 12mm bolt with a lock washer and HD flat washer through the forward hole of the bumper bracket, hitch bracket and into the threaded nut in the frame. Hand tighten only. In the rear hole on the side of the frame, insert a 1/2" x 2" bolt and HD flat washer thorough the bumper bracket, hitch bracket and frame. Secure with HD flat washers, lock washers and nuts. Hand tighten only. On the bottom of the frame insert 1/2" x 2" bolts and HD flat washers up through the hitch flap through the frame and secure with a 1/4" spacer, lock washer and nut inside the frame. Hand tighten. [​IMG]

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    Step 6.
    Raise the hitch center assembly into position and align its holes with those in the hitch brackets. Secure each hole with a 1/2" x 1 1/2" bolt, lock washer and nut. Hand tighten. [​IMG]

    Step 7.
    Raise the bumper shell back into position. A 1/4" spacer must be placed between the bumper shell bracket and the bumper to frame bracket in order to re-center the bumper correctly. Run the stock metric bolt through this spacer for each of the four (4) bolts. Hand tighten. [​IMG]

    Step 8.
    Push the bumper shell forward as far as possible and check for level. Tighten the hitch to frame bolts first. Tighten all remaining bolts. 12mm bolts to 68 ft/lbs. 1/2" bolts to 75 ft/lbs. Use a torque wrench. Retighten the stock bumper bolts until snug.

    Replace exhaust brackets and plug lights into the bumper.

    All done
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  2. Apr 28, 2011 at 12:32 PM
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    scocar

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  3. Apr 28, 2011 at 12:48 PM
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    Scott78

    Scott78 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    yeah i'm working on it. I'm sure I'm going to feel fucking stupid when I get it done correctly.
     
  4. Apr 28, 2011 at 12:58 PM
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    scocar

    scocar Scouting the perimeter for weakness

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    No you won't. You'll feel like you actually contributed something useful to the site, and someone who has never done this before will find it helpful. Unlike 93% of the posts on this site...:D
     
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