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Recovery Points

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by jluyk, Nov 24, 2013.

  1. Nov 24, 2013 at 6:10 AM
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    jluyk

    jluyk [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys and gals, on my way home last night a big gust of wind blew over a dead tree and blocked the right lane. I have a chain on the truck and went to drag it out of the road. As I looked under the rear of the truck, which is a base 4x4 without a tow package, I realized there really isn't a good factory tow/recovery point back there.

    My question to you is, what do you use for recovery/tow points out back?

    I am not looking to get a new super awesome, all-steel, off road bumper, it's just not in the budget. I do not tow anything so I don't really need a trailer hitch either. However, would a trailer hitch be the best option, since if I ever needed to tow something, I could?

    I'm open to any and all suggestions. Links and pics are always welcome! Thanks.
     
  2. Nov 24, 2013 at 6:31 AM
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    Janster

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    A trailer hitch (Class II) is probably your best bet..... Get yourself a draw bar (without ball) and a D-ring......
    Like this:
    Draw bar
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    D-ring like this:
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    Or, you can buy these (could be more expensive)
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    If you get a tow strap/recovery strap - make sure its wide enough for such loads (ratings) AND with hoops on the ends (NO HOOKS). I'm sure there's other threads on here for tow strap/recover strap choices.
     
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  3. Nov 24, 2013 at 6:31 AM
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  4. Nov 24, 2013 at 6:59 AM
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    Yeah, thats what I did. Fortunately it was a small enough tree I could drag it with the front.

    Thanks
     
  5. Nov 24, 2013 at 7:04 AM
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    Krysstoffurr

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    I'm not sure if there is any truth to this, but I heard you can blow up your transmission trying to pull heavy loads in reverse. Does anyone know if thats true?
     
  6. Nov 24, 2013 at 7:23 AM
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    What exactly is a 'heavy load'??

    We must remember - regardless of reverse or forward, towing or recovery..... that we must not exceed the towing capacity of the truck.
     
  7. Nov 24, 2013 at 6:55 PM
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    landphil

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    While its certainly possible to shockload any drivetrain component and break gear teeth / planetaries / shafts while pulling or dragging, reverse is no more susceptible to damage.
     
  8. Nov 25, 2013 at 4:13 PM
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    mainewoodsballer

    mainewoodsballer YESSAHBUD...heyut

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    I Know you said you didnt have the tow package..but these things are awesome
     
  9. Nov 25, 2013 at 4:15 PM
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    Jeffvt0508

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    you can also put a tow strap through the center pin of your tow hitch..
     
  10. Nov 25, 2013 at 4:16 PM
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  11. Nov 25, 2013 at 4:41 PM
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    Thanks for the advice guys.
     
  12. Nov 25, 2013 at 8:53 PM
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    Ffffffuuuuuuck no
     
  13. Nov 25, 2013 at 8:55 PM
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    that's how the good old African and Australians expo rigs do it..lol
     

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