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Tow Hitch Ball

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by persian451, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. Oct 31, 2012 at 2:22 PM
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    persian451

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    Hi everyone...

    My 2000 Prerunner came with the Towing package, but the tow ball/trailer ball is missing (or removed by PO).

    Any idea where I can find a replacement or what the part # maybe? Is this a universal part?

    Thanks guys!

    Cheers!
     
  2. Oct 31, 2012 at 2:29 PM
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    TexasPreRunner

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  3. Oct 31, 2012 at 2:31 PM
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    A bumper here, some tires there..... you know, stuff.
    any auto parts store or walmart will have them.
     
  4. Oct 31, 2012 at 5:45 PM
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    My mom used to work at a car dealer and said one of the dealer tricks is to keep the draw bars unless the customer specifically asks for it. Just another way to make a buck.
     
  5. Nov 1, 2012 at 12:44 PM
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    persian451

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    Here's what i got.. I'm pretty sure i had a tow ball on this truck:

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  6. Nov 1, 2012 at 12:45 PM
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    I've always been curious about these tow balls on bumpers without receiver hitches. Are these strong at all and / or what's their weight limitation?
     
  7. Nov 1, 2012 at 12:46 PM
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    Not necessarily. There's a plastic plug that covers that up as well.
     
  8. Nov 1, 2012 at 12:59 PM
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    Yup. Rubber plug.
     
  9. Nov 1, 2012 at 1:24 PM
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    I'm starting to lean that way myself, the more and more I look at the bumper and undercarriage
     
  10. Nov 1, 2012 at 1:26 PM
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    My opinion on safety is . . . Don't chance towing anything less than a frame mounted hitch. Leave that hole alone and buy a frame mounted 2" receiver and put in the ball hitch needed for the trailer you plan to pull. Most receivers are pretty easy to install with 4 bolts and about an hour. It also strengthens the weak frames on these trucks. Too many accidents happen with trailers overloading a bumper.
     
  11. Nov 1, 2012 at 1:39 PM
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    My 2003 double cab has tow package and yes it should have class 111 reciever hitch and I also have 4 leaf spring pack.
     
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    Yep, no tow package so if the previous owner ever towed something he bought his own ball. You wouldn't get a draw bar in the first place.
     
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