LX470 - Keep original through bumper tow hitch, or go with under bumper?

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WannaCruise

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Hello all,

I need to replace the rear bumper on my 2005 LX470 that has the "through the bumper" hidden tow hitch from the factory. I have purchased the parts, including new bumper cover, hitch cover, and retainers for the removable cover, but I'm second guessing cutting the hole in my new bumper cover. From what I can tell from pictures, the 2004's and 2005's almost all had the "hidden" receiver while newer and older ones went with an under bumper tow bar.

I don't intend to do any towing (and I don't own the required adaptor) so I'm leaning on just keeping the smooth cover and MAYBE putting a "normal" receiver hitch below.

Any thoughts or suggestions?
 
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Wait until you need to tow something and then just go have one installed. They’re not super expensive and you can get the work done in about 2 hours.

Until then you’ll save a little weight and have a cleaner looking truck. The only downside is that the hitch is probably you’re only/best recovery point.
 
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Trailer hitch story and off-roading. I'm lifted 3.5" in the rear. All was good and I could clear rear obstacles and rocks until I reinstalled the factory hitch. Now I drag on the factory hitch when driving the more aggressive off-road trails. I will need to move up to a 4.5" lift for the rear or change to a bumper with an integrated hitch.
 
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Wait until you need to tow something and then just go have one installed. They’re not super expensive and you can get the work done in about 2 hours.

Until then you’ll save a little weight and have a cleaner looking truck. The only downside is that the hitch is probably you’re only/best recovery point.
Thanks for the reply, I think that's the direction I'm headed...

FYI, there is a factory hook on the left frame rail that could be used for recovery if needed.
 
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On my 80 I do like the extra protection that an aftermarket under bumper provides (it can still be a through receiver rather than a hanging one). So whenever I'm scraping out back I'm thinking "Yea! another crunch avoided!"
 

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