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TRD OR front hooks

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by supralight, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. Mar 12, 2011 at 9:59 AM
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    supralight

    supralight [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Could anyone enlighten me on why there are 2 types of hooks on the front of my tacoma TRD OR?

    So far, I have used only the smaller ''U'' shaped one for taking people out the ditch or unstuck them. Even once, a guy was so deeply stuck in the snow, that I had to violently rock his vehicle out, also using the ''U'' shaped hook, and it held very well the abuse.

    So, if the ''U'' shaped hook does the job and is solid enough, why do I also have a bigger ''L'' shaped hook on the other side?
     
  2. Mar 12, 2011 at 10:35 AM
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    JKD

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    The "U" shaped 'hook' is supposed to be a tie-down point for the truck for transport. Everything I've heard here and in the owner's manual says that it's not supposed to be used for recovery purposes.
     
  3. Mar 12, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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    Oops!!! Thank you for the warning.

    Anybody know if that is for security purpose or frame damage purpose?
     
  4. Mar 12, 2011 at 1:08 PM
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    In reading these forums I have seen several threads where people have ripped them off using them for recovery.

    I'd use the passenger side.
     
  5. Mar 12, 2011 at 1:09 PM
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    StandingCow

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    I doubt it would cause frame damage, but there is a danger of that loop breaking, since it isn't made for recovery.

    If you want a reliable front recovery point there is a thread somewhere on here to buy a really beefy one, but I cannot find it.. :(
     
  6. Mar 12, 2011 at 2:27 PM
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    RogueLeader

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    The OR has a recovery hook on the front passenger side. It is heavily built and securely bolted to the frame. The one suggested by StandingCow is one that a forum member built for the Sport. As has been suggested elsewhere, if you're going to pull another vehicle which is stuck, you're better off pulling in a forward direction, not in reverse. If you don't already have one, get a shackle mount for the rear hitch.
     
  7. Mar 12, 2011 at 4:56 PM
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    Excellent advice about the rear mount, I'll pass by my local trailer retailer a d get one of those.
     
  8. Mar 12, 2011 at 5:26 PM
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  9. Mar 12, 2011 at 5:34 PM
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    outlaw7

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  10. Mar 13, 2011 at 1:10 AM
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    island808

    island808 Me l've got brains.

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    You can get the OR tow hook. If you look um my name and tow hook or recovery or something, you'll find the part number.

    Nothin like OEM.
     
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