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Rusted hitch still safe?

Discussion in 'Towing' started by Kraut, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. Jul 8, 2011 at 12:32 PM
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    Kraut

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    An aftermarket hitch came with my 2003 V6 Tacoma but it looks pretty weathered. I took it off today to get a better look. Most of the paint has separated and it is covered in varying degrees of rust. I'm wondering if I could just sandblast it and keep using it or if I should just buy a new one. I'm about to move my girlfriend with a 6x12 Uhaul trailer. Anyone have advice to offer? Thanks

    Inside mounting bracket:
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    Heres what it looked like after I went at it with a wire brush:
    [​IMG]
     
  2. Jul 8, 2011 at 12:34 PM
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    steve o 77

    steve o 77 braaap

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    looks fine to me. Just get that rust off and treat it with some kind of paint over rust product to prevent it from getting worse.

    I want to see the frame on your truck:eek:
     
  3. Jul 8, 2011 at 12:38 PM
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    Pugga

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    x2, the rust seems to be more on the surface rather than pitting in and rusting through.
     
  4. Jul 8, 2011 at 12:40 PM
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    Pick up a wire wheel and throw it in a drill. A lot faster than a brush. :D
     
  5. Jul 8, 2011 at 12:49 PM
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    Sheesh, I would sandblast that. As long as the welds and thickness are good, should be OK.

    Oh, that reminds me, I still need to repaint and install the one I bought...
     
  6. Jul 8, 2011 at 2:07 PM
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    I did use a drill to blast off what I could. I'm thinking of going the sandblasting route. As for the frame, its seen better days for sure but its not nearly as bad as the hitch. Right before I bought it the truck went to the dealership for the rust issue that affects 1st gens. It passed their inspection and they put a fresh coat of undercoating on. Over 160k miles so far and no signs of slowing down.
     
  7. Jul 8, 2011 at 2:10 PM
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    97yota4wd

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    dam how big is she?


    just kidding haha:)


    x2 on picking up a wire wheel!
     
  8. Jul 8, 2011 at 2:20 PM
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    She's small but she's REALLY fiesty :rolleyes:
     
  9. Jul 14, 2011 at 8:08 AM
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    lol

    We have a local place that does headstones and they sand blast whatever you bring them. Usually $40 for stuff that will keep them busy for about 1/2 an hour. Always much easier especially with the inside corners.
     
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