The receiver hitch screws up the departure angle when dropping off ledges and its a bad recovery point. It will bend the rear crossmember up.
My rear frame section is bent up from a drop hitch. When I had my rear bumper built, I put the shackle points inline with it. Basically in line with some of the mounting bolts, and a gusset tying the front face and the back face together. It could still get tweaked, but it'd take a pretty heroic yank to make it happen.X2
The PO of my 79 was a friend of mine (25 years since I bought and lost touch). He drove it like he stole it. Had one of those drop down hitches that uses the four holes intended for a pintle hook. Not bent bad but is bent. Hitch was removed but kept it to use to when I straighten crossmember out. Have a few others with this style hitch. None are left on once it's used. The best option in my opinion is the combo pintle/2" ball. Doesn't hang down between the crossmember and plenty strong enough for what FJ40 capable of towing. For any hard recovery use the shackle like the owners manuals shows easier to replace a shackle verses straighten the rear crossmember.
I actually like this! I feel your pain when you said you wanted more of an olive/brown, but this color is cool nonetheless.Guess I'm years ahead with my 68. It got the jungle copper mine look back in 1985. Neighbor painted in exchange for some HVAC work I had done for him. Wanted an olive/brown color and this is what I got. Guess I can finally take out of the garage it been hidden from the world in shame.
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