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Using a recovery strap, where and how do I attach it?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by 80sforlife, Nov 21, 2016.

  1. Nov 21, 2016 at 11:24 AM
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    80sforlife

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    Where are the recovery points/ hooks in the TRDOR? I have a 10,000 lb rated recovery strap but don't know where to attach it in case I need to use it. Any additional attachments necessary, both with the straps or on the truck?
     
  2. Nov 21, 2016 at 11:39 AM
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    Midknight

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    hitch in the back and tow hook in the front (passenger side). Don't use the D ring loop on the front drivers side as that's a tie down for towing and not a rated recovery point.
     
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  3. Nov 21, 2016 at 11:46 AM
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    mutilatedjak

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    as long as you dont attach the strap to the ball hitch
     
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  4. Nov 21, 2016 at 12:35 PM
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    Can you take some pics of the proper hooks, front and back? I see/ hear different options and confused which is really the right way.
     
  5. Nov 21, 2016 at 12:40 PM
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    Tac0maSteve

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    Use the hook, not the loop on the front of the Taco. Here are pictures from another TW Thread.

    IMG_1510.jpg
     
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  6. Nov 21, 2016 at 12:51 PM
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    Don't recover with this:
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    Do this
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    351572d1415783799t-d-ring-hitch-screen-s_31bbed056089f614360bd03edd9a80e4949e4da2.jpg
    Or this if you have to
     
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  7. Nov 21, 2016 at 1:48 PM
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    Dont try to pull by the trailer chain loops either. I figured that one out the hard way.
     
  8. Nov 21, 2016 at 1:49 PM
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    The recovery d ring for the tow hitch looks most legit. What is that part called and what are the specs?
     
  9. Nov 21, 2016 at 1:52 PM
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  11. Nov 21, 2016 at 1:53 PM
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    I did this pulling a stuck tractor out. Not a good idea, it immediately bent it. I should have known better. :annoyed:
     
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    Yep I got myself stuck. Another tacoma winched me out by the trailer chain holes. Didnt realize it was bent till I got home and washed all the mud off.
     
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    Here's a link to the receiver.

    https://www.amazon.com/Smittybilt-2...765115&sr=8-2&keywords=hitch+shackle+receiver

    And here's a link to a great strap

    https://www.amazon.com/ARB-4x4-Acce...UTF8&qid=1479765132&sr=8-3&keywords=arb+strap

    I know you said you already had one, but guessing by your questions it's just a tow strap. Those aren't designed for tough recoveries. You have to have all slack out when pulling someone out. The one I linked is like a giant rubber band (it's called a snatch strap). It allows you to start driving 5-10mph to gain momentum, then slingshot the stuck person out. MUCH smoother and MUCH easier on the vehicles.
     
  15. Nov 21, 2016 at 1:56 PM
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    This may be a dumb question but what does it matter? I ask because unless its grossly twisted they sitll function.

    I've been yanking people out by those chain holes for years.
     
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    Im not happy having a easily visible piece of my 2016 truck bent. Personal preference I guess. However, logic also tells me that if I had been REALLY properly stuck then that point may have no just bent but actually failed.
     
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    Yea I'm sure it will work fine for easier recoveries... But after multiple uses and too much plastic deformation those chain holes will fail.
     
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    A winch damper is also a good idea. While these straps have high ratings before they break, it does still happen. If you don't use a damper blanket, your tailgate or windshield (depending on which side of the recovery you are on) could have a nice sized dent or hole. The d rings could also take someone out..plenty of YouTube videos that show this happening
     
  19. Nov 21, 2016 at 2:07 PM
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    Link? I have not seen a D ring fail, but I've seen ball hitches fail and do what you describe.
     
  20. Nov 21, 2016 at 2:07 PM
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    you can probably just use a heavy jacket or something
     
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