80 series Tow Point

Submitted: Friday, May 30, 2003 at 11:59
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Just been to ARB and they told me the only place I can bolt on a tow hook to the front is onto the bull bar plate on the bottom. This doesn't see very strong to me - as the angle is 45d to the vehicle. It's a Toyota Bar (made by ARB) but is not the same as an ARB bar. Apparently you cant bolt a tow hook onto the chassis where the bullbar bolts on as the thread spacing in the chassis is not the same as std tow hooks. The only suggestion he had was to get an origional tojo hook - but get this he said they were designed to be removed and not put back on when you fit a toyota bullbar as the upright plate is in the way - apparently on the ARB bar this plate is flush. Has anyone come across this before? Suggestions please...
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Reply By: Rusty - Friday, May 30, 2003 at 14:15

Friday, May 30, 2003 at 14:15
I am lead to believe this is true. If you want to fit tow hooks to the front of you vehicle for snatching etc. you have to drill new holes to suit the new hooks. I'm in the process at the moment. The holes just don't line up which is very annoying.

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Rusty
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Follow Up By: Justin - Friday, May 30, 2003 at 15:19

Friday, May 30, 2003 at 15:19
Thanks for your reply. I have just called in at Toyota and they recon that there is a eyelit or hole at the bottom of the bar to put a 'D' bolt through - I am still yet to check.
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Reply By: Member - Graham - Friday, May 30, 2003 at 15:38

Friday, May 30, 2003 at 15:38
It seems a little strange ARB suggesting the bottom plate, When ARB actually have brackets ( angle iron about 5mm) of which are load rated. Can be with hole for D shackle or holes for bolting recovery hook to, to which bolt to the chassis, even though not cheap all recovery gear should be rated.
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Follow Up By: Justin - Friday, May 30, 2003 at 15:45

Friday, May 30, 2003 at 15:45
Graham, are you saying ARB have a metal 'adapter' that will bolt onto the chassis and then a tow hook will bolt onto it?
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham - Friday, May 30, 2003 at 15:57

Friday, May 30, 2003 at 15:57
Yeh mate , I think there painted yellow
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Reply By: Cruisergxl - Friday, May 30, 2003 at 16:56

Friday, May 30, 2003 at 16:56
I measured up an adapter plate and had two made up by the local steel suppliers. I used 10mm plate, much thicker than the bit of the chassis it is bolted to so strength shouldn't be a problem!

Chris
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Reply By: Cruisergxl - Friday, May 30, 2003 at 16:58

Friday, May 30, 2003 at 16:58
Forgot to say $50 for the two, would be cheaper if you have a large diammeter drill and don't have to get someone else to drill the holes for you like I did.
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Reply By: robroy - Monday, Jun 02, 2003 at 20:37

Monday, Jun 02, 2003 at 20:37
I bought an adapter set for my 80 serries and fitted two proper hooks but when I was pulled out of a bogged position at the weekend one of the plates bent I took it back,the people I got it from are going to send it back to the manufacture I'm hoping to get a refund but pigs might fly so to speak The people I bought it from did recommend I use an equaliser bridle between TWO recovery points when recovering your vehicle hope this helps by the way the adaptor kit was $109.00
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Reply By: Cruisergxl - Thursday, Jun 05, 2003 at 13:03

Thursday, Jun 05, 2003 at 13:03
I agree definitely use the equalizer, halves the stress on the hooks. A good run up with a snatch strap can load these things up to 15 tonnes (so I'm told) and if they break that makes one hell of a good catapult!
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