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FJ60 rear recovery point

Discussion in '60-Series Wagons' started by Man Jerk, Jun 3, 2003.

  1. Man Jerk

    Man Jerk

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    I need a rear recovery point.  I don't hold a lot of faith in the ball hitch mounted now  :slap:.  
    Can I just take a standard tow hook, and mount it on the rear of the frame, just by drilling 2 holes for the bolts?  Does anyone advise not to do this?
    It would be mounted along the vertical/inside part of the frame (not the bottom/horizontal plane)
    I aint got much money, but safety is safety right?
    Any other options (cheap  :dunno: )
     
  2. kling-on

    kling-on Kool Arrow

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    yes. but i would try to find a used gm hook from a 88-98 4x4 wont stick down as far and if you want you could "cut" it out through the bumper.
     
  3. Jman

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    I just did this. I got two "bent style" (pretty low profile) tow hooks (think they're off an FJ62) used from cruiserparts.net ($10 apiece). Since there were some stock holes there already along the bottom of the rails, I only had to drill one new hole apiece.

    The hook part is right under the bumper (actually sticks out about 3/4", I think). They do protrude a bit below the rear bumper (maybe 1.25"), but that's less than my muffler and ball hitch protrude, so I figure it's okay. (They're there more for pulling those OTHER guys out, not me, heh heh!)

    One thing about mounting on the side of the rail: you don't want your tow strap rubbing on your rail, bumper, whatever, when you're yanking--it could just cut it.
     
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    I was looking behind the bumper last night, and found sed holes in frame. That'll make things a whole lot easier.

    Thanks.
     
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    I used the hook as a template to mark the other hole, then used a regular 1/2" drill bit and some oil to keep it cool (even so, after a while it was smokin'! and you gotta love sharp, hot metal flakes falling on your arm as you work!).

    With all the surface rust/grime/crap I have in the back, it was nice to see that fresh steel inside the frame.