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Stock FJ: Front Recovery Attachment Points?

I'm looking at stock photos, but can't see if there are attachment points for a recovery strap on the front of the vehicle.

Are there?
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Re: Stock FJ: Front Recovery Attachment Points?

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Re: Stock FJ: Front Recovery Attachment Points?

There are 2 large recovery point (loops) mounted onto the frame, one on each side.



You can see them here, just above the outside ends of the lower red skid plate.

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Re: Stock FJ: Front Recovery Attachment Points?

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There are 2 large recovery point (loops) mounted onto the frame, one on each side.
FWIW, I've been told that those loops are NOT designed for use as recovery points and that they are only intended to be used as trailer transport tie down anchors. Not sure if this is true or not, but I personally would not rely on them to support the weight of the vehicle in a recovery situation.

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Re: Stock FJ: Front Recovery Attachment Points?

OP - yep. 2.


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FWIW, I've been told that those loops are NOT designed for use as recovery points and that they are only intended to be used as trailer transport tie down anchors. Not sure if this is true or not, but I personally would not reply on them to support the weight of the vehicle in a recovery situation.

Never heard that... I've yanked my truck out of some serious mud with those 2 stock recovery points, as well as the one on the rear. Also used them when I was the one doing the pulling, several times on bigger trucks. Never an issue.

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Re: Stock FJ: Front Recovery Attachment Points?

As far as other vehicles go, you are right. However, the FJC uses those tie-down points as recovery points as well. They are a whole lot stronger than those on other vehicles. If you don't think so, go look at the front end of a Tacoma. If the Taco is an SR-5, or TRD Sport, you will see how the attachment points (left side) are not as strong. However, the TRD Off-Road does come with a heavy recovery hook on the right side.

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As far as other vehicles go, you are right. However, the FJC uses those tie-down points as recovery points as well. They are a whole lot stronger than those on other vehicles. If you don't think so, go look at the front end of a Tacoma. If the Taco is an SR-5, or TRD Sport, you will see how the attachment points (left side) are not as strong. However, the TRD Off-Road does come with a heavy recovery hook on the right side.
Ok, thanks for the info. Guess I was misinformed.

I don't need to use those points anyway, because I've got an M8000 Warn winch, as well as D-rings and shackles on my Lucrum mount up front, but it's good to know in case I need to use them instead.

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Re: Stock FJ: Front Recovery Attachment Points?

If you have a choice, I would recommend using the frame mounted recovery points over the Winch, or the D-shackles on the Lucrum mount to pull or yank from.

Sometimes, depending on the situation, the factory frame mounted recovery points are hard to access (under a lot of mud / water etc...), and only then would I consider using the winch or bumper mounted D-shackles to pull (or yank) out my vehicle.

Hopefully I would NEVER have to YANK my rig out from the winch (I have the same winch btw and it has saved my rig at least twice).

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Re: Stock FJ: Front Recovery Attachment Points?

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I'm looking at stock photos, but can't see if there are attachment points for a recovery strap on the front of the vehicle.

Are there?
I thought the FJ was designed to not get stuck

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Re: Stock FJ: Front Recovery Attachment Points?

The tie down/recovery points on the front of the FJ are pretty stout items. They are 15mm (1/2") solid steel hoops. They are mounted at the bottom of the frame through two verticle plates, welded to both of those plates and also the bottom of the frame horn. They are not going anywhere.

Pulling from that point on the frame also has advantages of using any bumper mounted recovery points. First and formost there is no leverage being applied to the rig via a bumper. Second is that the recovery point on the bumper relies on the surrounding material as well along with how it is attached to the frame.

All in all I can say that I have used my front recovery points for everything from recoveries where it was an anchor point to a tree while using the winch in the rear, attachment point for the winch line when using a block, and tie down point when it is trailered. No bends , cracks, or deformation in the frame horn.

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