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Where should I start first for recovery points.

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Jukeboxx13, Aug 11, 2017.

  1. Aug 11, 2017 at 11:11 PM
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    I want to do an event called fun in the desert and one of the requirements are recovery points.

    Should I upgrade my front end first or rear end

    Thanks
     
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    Front end first, something for a front D-ring. Bumper or recovery bar would be my first choice. second choice would be a D-ring replacement for the factory tow hook. Rear would be next with either a Hitch shackle adapter, better than the front recover hook IMO, or a full rear bumper being the best option. I'm new to offroading but coming from stock that would be my choice. I started with a tow hitch d-ring adapter and knew I needed a good front recovery point. Then I bought a front bumper, the stock recovery point is better than nothing but seems to be the sketchiest option available for safety.
     
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  3. Aug 11, 2017 at 11:23 PM
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    Should have said I'm on a tight budget since I need a high lift jack and CB as well.

    Thanks for the info.
     
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    Tight budget would make these types of items my choice. For the rear there are other brands available and I havent used either but they do provide a more secure point to recover from than the options on a stock truck.
    front: https://www.bpfabricating.com/products/tacoma-recovery-tow-hook
    Back: https://www.amazon.com/Smittybilt-29312B-Receiver-Shackle-Receivers/dp/B001CF1A7O
    Other than these it moves to more expensive items. Get a good tow rope and maybe a snatch strap and you should be pretty set. Front tow hook can work but depending on the angle of a pull it becomes pretty unsafe from what I have read.
     
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    Wow thanks for the links man.

    I was looking at the exact hitch attachment too.
     
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  6. Aug 12, 2017 at 8:16 AM
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    YW. I was going to buy the front one but instead I ended up buying a bumper with 2 shackle points so I never spent the money. I know a local member who had the front point and it worked well for recovery of his Pre-runner before he had a bumper. I still have the Smitty receiver hitch and have it installed any time I go offroading so that I have a better rear recovery point. Its actually the first thing I bought for recovery along with a good tow strap. If I head offroad I have it in my hitch with the strap attached and ran up into the bed of the truck. That way if I get stuck in mud or anything I can climb back to the bed and just throw the strap to whoever is going to pull me out. So far I have never needed it but its nice to know its there and ready to go.
     

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