Cross member torn away HZJ75

Submitted: Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 13:05
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Last year i did some damage to the rear bar on the Ot track so i finally removed it to get it repaired and found the cross member on the chassis was being torn away by the tow bar. I have never towed any thing heavy before only my camp trailer i have taken it to our local specialist and he said that he had never seen any thing like it before it must have taken a lot of down force to do this much damage.

Has any one else had this problem before ?????

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Reply By: Tazzee - Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 13:10

Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 13:10
Sorry forgot to rotate the photo.
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Reply By: den57 - Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 13:39

Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 13:39
Hi Tazzee, I had the rear cross member crack in the 4 cnrs about 1 inch long. My problem was caused by the fact that the tow bar installed, when we bought the veh new, was not tensioned up properly and the weight of the tow ball was taken on the cross member.
Cut a long story short no warranty as i had a WDH and toyota recommend using one but beacause they dont make one they denied warranty as i had used non genuine.
Wasnt impressed but as we had to continue our trip, i removed the tow bar , drilled a small hole at the end of the cracks, put a thin cutting disc thru the crack to allow penertration of weld, had it welded and have done 50,000 k since with a 3 ton van and no further cracking. Can send pics if you have email address. Regretfully not a member.
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Follow Up By: Tazzee - Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 13:50

Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 13:50
Thanks Den that would be great
I have got it booked in next month to get it fixed I would be good to what others have had done as well.
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Reply By: Member - Serendipity(WA) - Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 22:28

Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 22:28
Yes had similar cracks on an older landcruiser but mainly caused by a dodgy tow hitch that was not manufactured correctly - well that would be me when I was a lot younger and a lot poorer using a home made tow hitch.

Any way it did crack the same and I had it welded up and changed the tow hitch. Years later the cruiser was still going and not problems.


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