Genuine Toyota accessories

Submitted: Friday, May 09, 2003 at 20:52
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Hi all

I am after some info on Toyota genuine accessories,

Does anyone know who manufactures Toyota's tow bars.
I have a 2500kg tow bar fitted to my Prado. Some one has removed by hitch (goose neck) from the bar. I went to my local dealer to replace it and to my horror Toyota do not sell the hitch as a spare. Its the complete tow bar or nothing. I am hoping if I can get onto the manufacturer that they may be sympathetic and help me out with a replacement. Alternatively, does anyone have a spare hitch for sale?

Secondly,
Does anyone know who manufactures alloy bull bars for toyota, in particular the "estate" bar for a 2000 Prado.

Thanks
Jason

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Reply By: matt - Friday, May 09, 2003 at 21:07

Friday, May 09, 2003 at 21:07
I have a prado with a factory towbar with the square hitch and it is interchangable with the hayman reece tow bar on my Hiace. I beleive that you can buy them for about $90.
Hope this helps.
Im sure that ARB make the estate bar but I think it is quite expensive.
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Friday, May 09, 2003 at 21:51

Friday, May 09, 2003 at 21:51
Knowing Toyota and the ridiculous prices they charge for their products, they will be more expensive than ARB.Just Do It!

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Follow Up By: Dozer - Sunday, May 11, 2003 at 09:56

Sunday, May 11, 2003 at 09:56
Hey Macca
There is one on ebay at the moment for $30 with pin. Sometimes the corners need filing/grinding to fit them to the factory bars, but this is only a small job to perform if you have a vice.
Andrew
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Reply By: macca - Friday, May 09, 2003 at 22:35

Friday, May 09, 2003 at 22:35
Hayman Reece does the tow bar hitch ,though I had to machine it down slighly to make it fit the toyota tow bar.I know from experience.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, May 09, 2003 at 22:38

Friday, May 09, 2003 at 22:38
If its happened before, why not toss your expensive yota one Ebay works well, and buy a Hayman Reece one so if it happens again, theres no hassles, every wrecker would have 2 dozen tonges in stock.....
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Reply By: Member - Bernie. (Vic) - Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 01:31

Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 01:31
I would think the genuine Toyota "Estate" bar with fog lights in it,
is only available from Toyota. ( 2 Roos & no damage so far)

Have seen other alloy bars not sure if ARB or maybe TJM.

Cheers

Prado TD Auto
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Follow Up By: macca - Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 08:00

Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 08:00
Bernie,

I was hoping to back door toyota and buy direct from the manufacturer. Do you have any digital pics you can send me of the estate bar fitted to your Prado. I have not seen one fitted at this stage, have only seen the bar in the accessories brochure.

Regards
Macca
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Reply By: herkman - Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 07:10

Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 07:10
the problem is with an alternative, that you may have to slightly grind a larger radius on the actual shank of the gooseneck. This is no more than 5 minutes work with and angle grinder.

Also check that the hole for the locking pin, is correctly distanced, so that you do not have excessive overhang on the tongue.

You can also buy from Hayman Reece, a lockable pin, which will at least keep the honest people from removing your tongue.

I would suggest a visit to local towbar fitting shop, will get you a new tongue at a good price.

Regards

Col Tigwell
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Reply By: Member - Raymond - Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 08:07

Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 08:07
Hi Jason
If you are Melbourne I have one you can have for nothing. Contact charlton@netlink.com.au.
Only problem is you will have to pick it up by Wednesday as we are off to the Outback Challenge
Raywanderin' in retirement. victor 2010
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Follow Up By: macca - Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 11:40

Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 11:40
Raymond.

I will email you today. Thanks very much

Jason
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Reply By: diamond(bendigo) - Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 14:41

Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 14:41
years ago when i was fitting accesories to 4wd the genuine tow bar was made by queensland towbars.not sure if they still going and im pretty sure tjm make toyota bull bars.been out of the game a few years now so i might be wrongeaster fun at jamison
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Follow Up By: macca - Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 15:14

Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 15:14
Diamond,

I was told by another person that QLD Towbars manufactured for Toyota.

Cheers
Jason
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 17:24

Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 17:24
it used to be a place in Taren Point NSW -> ORE Off Road Equipment.

I worked there then.. gee I am old, that was in the 80s!
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Reply By: Slammin - Sunday, May 11, 2003 at 01:01

Sunday, May 11, 2003 at 01:01
When u say removed do u mean stolen? Friends of mine in Sydney have had them "removed".

A good idea is to drill the locking pin hole and use a padlock instead. Give the padlock a good dose of graphite powder then wrap a piece of good gaffa tape from one side to the other to cover the keyhole.

Cheapa than $90!

PS I saw in a Cairns paper a bloke had his whole bullbar, winch, spotties removed in broad daylight in a hospital carpark while at work!
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Follow Up By: macca - Sunday, May 11, 2003 at 10:41

Sunday, May 11, 2003 at 10:41
Slammin,

Poor use of english on my behalf. Yep, I mean Stolen. Low life scum bag. Wish I caught him cause I would have shoved it up his clacker
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