Landcruiser recovery point problem

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 23:32
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The front recovery points on my 2003 TD 100 series Landcruiser include what appears to be a shipping tie down eye with high tensile bolts on the off drivers side and a similar eye as well as a long hook on the drivers side. Trouble with the hook is that it does not appear to have high tensile bolts (had an engineer friend check this) and it's quite long and does not look suitable for recovery. Has anyone got any advice please.
Many thanks
EVVO
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Reply By: Jimbo (WA) - Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 00:32

Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 00:32
Evvo,

I would get rid of the tie downs and even the hook if you have doubts, and replace with two aftermarket recovery hooks at only about $12 - $15 each. These are generally rated to 10,000 lb (about 4,500 kg).

Two each end of your cruiser should cover all occassions!
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Follow Up By: Evvo - Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 03:40

Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 03:40
Thanks Jim. Apparently the tow hooks available through ARB do not match the hole spacings available. Do you know if anyone manufactures a hook for a TD cruiser?
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Follow Up By: Member - Paul T- Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 08:40

Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 08:40
Evvo

I also have the 2003 TD Cruiser and am having the same trouble as you. I think the only way to go is to some of the manufacturers of recovery hooks and see if they will make a couple up for our TD 100s.

One source may be 'Big Balls Ofroad' gear. They supply rated hooks etc for inclusion in Tow Hitches. I don't have any contact details yet but am following up.

I will post a thread when and if I get some more info if you are interested.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 11:48

Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 11:48
Big Balls 02 96799744 , 12 Garling Rd Kings Park ( Blacktown ) Sydney
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Reply By: Evvo - Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 23:08

Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 23:08
PT. I got no joy (lots of conflicting information) from toyota. Seems this problem hadnt been thought through. Please let me know if you have any luck with sourcing tow hooks. There must be lots of TD landcruiser owners out there with the same problem.
Many thanks for your reply
Evvo
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Follow Up By: Cammo - Monday, Mar 29, 2004 at 11:06

Monday, Mar 29, 2004 at 11:06
I have a 100 series landcruiser (2000 petrol though). Guest 4wd in Fairfieild vic put some recovery hooks on for me. I think they used some from piranha offroad. Took them about 20 minutes. There was some difficulty because I have a toyota alloy bar fitted.
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Follow Up By: Rob from Cairns Offroad Training & Tours - Wednesday, Mar 31, 2004 at 21:30

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2004 at 21:30
Cammo be very wary of that Toyota alloy bar I have seen them do far more damage than protection in even a relatively light crash. They fold back and damage grill, bonet an headlights and they crack at the welds on impact. Despite the extra weight a quality steel bar is the way to go on any vehicle weighing over 2 tonne. Cheers Rob
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Reply By: kiwi2 - Monday, Mar 29, 2004 at 11:47

Monday, Mar 29, 2004 at 11:47
Check your local Toyota dealer. The pre-delivery sections often remove recovery hooks when fitting bullbars, etc, and chuck the surplus hooks out. I picked up four after-market-style hooks (the shorter C-shape, rather than the original long one) from them, with bolts and correct spacing for the LC100TD. At worst they might charge a nominal fee but it's probably cheaper than fabricating something.
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Follow Up By: Evvo - Tuesday, Mar 30, 2004 at 17:50

Tuesday, Mar 30, 2004 at 17:50
Kiwi2 thanks for the reply.
Are you talking about a rated C shaped hook or a tie down eye which is made out flat steel? My local toyota dealer (Adelaide) was unable to source a C shaped hook. Could you tell me which toyota dealer so I can get more information.
Thanks
Evvo
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Reply By: kiwi2 - Tuesday, Mar 30, 2004 at 18:37

Tuesday, Mar 30, 2004 at 18:37
Sorry EVVO, hadn't looked again since my reply. The C-hooks were the heavy ones - same sort of quality/weight as the standard long driver's-side hook, not tie-down rings. The dealer was Chatswood Toyota (Sydney) and they had a whole box of hooks (C-hooks plus the longer ones off LCs), some with spacing to suit the LC100 TD, and some with closer spacing, plus long and short bolts. The long bolts suited the LC so I guess some of the hooks had come off other models. I had a choice of just adding another long one or fitting a pair of C-hooks. Like you, I figured the shorter profile hooks looked stronger but I'm sure the standard one is up to the task. The C-hooks were the same as the regular after-market hooks but without the retaining clip that usually seems to come with them. Hope this helps.
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Follow Up By: Evvo - Wednesday, Mar 31, 2004 at 15:29

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2004 at 15:29
Thanks Kiwi2, managed to get some hooks from my local dealer. Apparently they come off the rear of the vehicle when delivered but most are taken off when a tow bar is fitted.
EVVO
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