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Towing Package

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by JTO, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. Jun 3, 2010 at 7:11 PM
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    JTO

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    I recently bought an 08 DC long bed sport and i dont know if it has a tow package or not. It does have a tow hitch attached but i didn't know if there something that i could look for that would definitively show that i have a towing package on my truck. Any help would be great! Thanks!
     
  2. Jun 3, 2010 at 7:15 PM
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    rossk35

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    look for the oil cooler below the filter with 2 hoses coming off it that go to the thermostat housing.
     
  3. Jun 3, 2010 at 7:26 PM
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    Also there will be a smaller radiator in front of your main one to cool the tranny.
     
  4. Jun 3, 2010 at 7:29 PM
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    revhappyleon

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    and i think they have a 7 pin tow connector too
     
  5. Jun 3, 2010 at 7:30 PM
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    Plus look and see if u have the heavy duty battery with a little circle that indicates the batteries health
     
  6. Jun 3, 2010 at 7:37 PM
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    i know that i have the 7 pin connector but i dont know about the other stuff yet. Ill have to take a look later. Thanks for the help guys. very appreciated!
     
  7. Jun 3, 2010 at 9:23 PM
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    jdtemple

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    Good info here, learned something new tonight!
     
  8. Jun 3, 2010 at 9:26 PM
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    bakerla

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    oh, so that's only with the tow package? we were just talking about that recently...
     
  9. Jun 3, 2010 at 9:46 PM
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    yeah, with the tow package you get a transmission/oil cooler, heavy duty alternator, heavyduty battery, the tow hitch in the rear along with electrical plug in.
     
  10. Jun 3, 2010 at 9:49 PM
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    best to relocate that 7 pin connector, i ripped mine off this weekend...
     
  11. Jun 4, 2010 at 8:22 AM
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    and a heavy duty cooling fan clutch painted Barbie pink...
     
  12. Jun 4, 2010 at 11:34 AM
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    No relation to towing package on newer Tacomas. Mine has it and it does not have factory tow package.
     
  13. Jun 5, 2010 at 9:53 AM
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    Rocketball

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    The towing package came standard with my 08 Sport package.
     
  14. Jun 5, 2010 at 10:19 AM
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    BLU06TACO Salty

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    I was wondering the same thing about my truck. Being here in Afghan, I can't go check. If a person doesn't have the tow package, is it hard or expensive to get?
     
  15. Jun 5, 2010 at 10:25 AM
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    ^You can get away with the hitch (obviously), the wiring harness, and the trans cooler. Those are the 3 I'm doing but I also don't tow very often. But with that, I'm not concerned about damage when I do tow the 4Klbs I would typically tow.

    FYI: A Uhaul hitch is $119.95; I'm getting one myself.
     
  16. Jun 5, 2010 at 10:39 AM
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    Definately go with an aftermarket hitch if you need one.

    The one on my truck was just replaced due to being rear ended. The OEM tow hitch assembly was $1,000 just for the part. :eek: Good thing it wasn't on my dime......
     
  17. Jun 5, 2010 at 10:46 AM
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    WilsonTheDog

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    ^Holy shnikey's, Batman! $1000 vs. $120. Yikes. But yeah, at least it's not out of your pocket.

    Interestingly enough, that's one of the reasons I want one. My truck has been rearended twice and I want a hitch for added protection back there. I had a hitch on my '99 Explorer (a Uhaul hitch, still in my garage), was rearended, and not one bit of damage while his Nissan pickup was trashed.
     
  18. Jun 10, 2010 at 5:04 PM
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    Having a hitch won't keep damage from happening. It actually caused a significant amount of damage in my case.

    When I got rear ended, the hitch took the brunt of the impact, but because it's mounted directly to the frame, the frame bent and had to be replaced.

    After 10 1/2 weeks in the shop, the total bill came to $20,600.00.

    About $8,000.00 of that was just to replace the bent frame.

    In a minor impact I will agree, the hitch would probably save the back end of your truck.
     
  19. Jun 10, 2010 at 5:25 PM
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    It would all depend on speed of the collision. I was in an accident where I got hit by a small toyota car while I was driving another truck with a hitch and the car had damage to it's bumper and radiator while I only had a small piece of rubber rip off the hitch cover. We were only going ~15mph or so.
     
  20. Jun 10, 2010 at 8:19 PM
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    It will definitely help. It has helped me on more than one vehicle. If your vehicle was hit that hard, you would've had frame damage regardless.
     
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