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Step bumper hitch for 2002 taco

Discussion in 'Towing' started by wademan, Oct 24, 2008.

  1. Oct 24, 2008 at 12:24 PM
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    wademan

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    I'm looking for the little add-on dealie that you can bolt right onto your steel step bumper. I just need a receiver for a bike rack. Anybody know if there's one that fits existing holes (no drilling)?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Oct 24, 2008 at 12:25 PM
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    no tow hitch?

    Welcome to TW by the way!
     
  3. Oct 24, 2008 at 12:31 PM
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    I've seen these add-ons that you bolt on from underneath the bumper. A friend has an 08 Taco and he added a 2" one without drilling. I can't seem to locate one for my older model.

    Thanks for the welcome.
     
  4. Oct 24, 2008 at 12:34 PM
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    oook gotcha. like this right:

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    ^^ there ya go!! great deal..
     
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    I'm just hoping to find a site where they can assure me it's gonna fit my bumper without drilling.
     
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    why dont you ask your friend where he got his?
     
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    ohhh 1st gen / 2nd gen. nevermind lol
     
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    I am not sure if they are compatable with the gen 1 bumpers. For a bolt on receiver to work the bottom of the step portion must be completely flat. If memory serves, (and it has been a while since I've been under a gen 1 truck) the gen 1 step bumpers are not flat on the bottom.

    In any case the bolt on hitches are 100 % one size fits all. But to secure them correctly they are all drilling required. Those plates have four holes in them. Two of the holes use the exhisting holes in the step bumper on either side of the ball mount hole, and then you are supposed to drill two more holes to give you 4 point attachment. Anyone who didn't drill did not use all 4 attachment points.

    That said, a bike rack may be fine with just two attachment points, but quite frankly I wouldn't trust it to hold my bikes, but then again my bikes tend to cost half as much as my truck.

    Also there are ball mount bike racks on the market. Meaning that you use the trailer ball itself to bolt the bike rack to the bumper, and that bolt is definately not going anywhere.

    Just some food for thought.
     
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