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Recovery Points

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by tacoman101, Dec 10, 2009.

  1. Dec 10, 2009 at 1:23 PM
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    tacoman101

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    This winter I want to do some helpful recovering for other people that have gone off the road. I think its pretty cool yanking people out of ditches. I know were the recovery point is on the front of the vehicle (that little hook on the left side of the vehicle, under the bumper), but I don't know if there are any recovery points on the back. I have a stock rear bumper, without a tow ball. Are there any places to attach a tow strap back there? And what are some general tips to pulling people out? Thanks a bunch:D
     
  2. Dec 10, 2009 at 2:50 PM
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    Anyone?
     
  3. Dec 10, 2009 at 3:17 PM
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    I'm thinking there isn't any recovery points in the rear of the truck...Chris4x4 am i right?
     
  4. Dec 10, 2009 at 6:34 PM
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    Before I got my class III hitch, I pulled my trailer with the ball in the bumper. There was nowhere to put the safety chains, so I got a length of chain and ran it between two holes in the back of the frame. I figured it was in the frame, so it was okay. You could probably attach a tow strap directly to those holes, or you could run the chain between to make it easier.
     
  5. Dec 10, 2009 at 6:41 PM
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    Alright, that may be my only option, thanks a bunch:D
     
  6. Dec 10, 2009 at 6:56 PM
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    Maybe you could get a new rear bumper.........for the good of the community :D
     
  7. Dec 10, 2009 at 7:28 PM
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    tacoman101,

    "Neighborly" thing to do BUT be careful how you "Use & abuse" that truck....PLEASE ;do not put too much strain on that factory bumper,that "Ball hole" will bend some with too much strain(my 17 year old proved that:rolleyes: trying to use a d-ring in it :p)

    A small list of things to help;

    1) put some weight over the rear wheels,even in 4wd ..you will spin the rear tires,regardless of front or rear pull ;). Plus New England winters always require sand or salt at some point...Rubbermaid "cubes" work well and with the cover on...no Frozen product :)
    2) heavy duty recovery strap with loop ends...requires the use of D-rings BUT much safer and stronger
    3) a shovel'''' believe it or not,it can "fix" a bad day quickly( plus help put out that "product" in that rear box ;) )
    4) Continue on that "mod list" by adding either;
    A) a reciever hitch ( I just got one off CSL :cool:) and ad a reciever shackle or purchase a "Custom bumper" like CBI-Offroad makes with the tow-point attachments "built" right in;):cool:......
    B) decide which way to go on your tool-box...with all of these "new goodies" bouncing around in the x-tra cab...it will not be long ;):cool:


    S
     
  8. Dec 10, 2009 at 7:47 PM
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    You prolly have one but if not get one of those stretching recovery straps they work like a rubber band to provide more pulling power. I bet with a good running start you could send a geo over the telephone wires. But seriously they work awsome. Northern tool has them pretty cheap.
     
  9. Dec 10, 2009 at 7:51 PM
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    I wouldn't hook it to the bumper, there very cheap.
    if you had the money i would get a reese hitch there well worth it
     
  10. Dec 11, 2009 at 10:58 AM
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    Ive always hooked up around the leafspring/ shackle. Probably not the best place but hey weve never broken one lol.
     
  11. Dec 11, 2009 at 10:59 AM
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    Or buy a tow hook and weld it to your frame in the back!
     
  12. Dec 11, 2009 at 11:18 AM
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    You may find some jate rings on ebay that will work.
     
  13. Dec 11, 2009 at 1:13 PM
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    i would just get a trailer hitch, use a tow strap(not a chain), and just try to use good judgement on the amount of weight you will be pulling. are you planning on charging people for your "services"
     
  14. Dec 12, 2009 at 5:35 AM
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  15. Dec 12, 2009 at 7:28 AM
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    I would price the CBI Offroad bumper,local NH Tacoma owner has one ( pix at TTORA), and Steve gave me a great price.
    And also check out www.drcustomwerx.com....
    He is local and Josh is "good people"....plus has Toyota experience....

    I went with the "reciever " option for now BUT rear bumper is on the "Wish list";)

    S
     
  16. Dec 12, 2009 at 2:54 PM
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    sweet snoope, thanks, i'll look into that
     
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