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#1 (permalink) Old 07-23-2008, 06:02 PM
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"OEM Hitch"

After reading a thread by Peeshnuck about him not being able to install his AFE exhaust because his "OEM Hitch" was in the way, he was told by Bandi and RoverGGm that in fact he didnt have a Toyota hitch, he had one made by Reese which was put on by some distributors ( Less money) Well i looked and found i had one of these Reese hitches.

When i bought my FJ 5 weeks ago, included in one of the upgrade packages was this hitch (which i do use) As i looked more at the hitch and the "Real OEM hitch" i got upset,the Reese hitch is MUCH bigger and heavier, it sits a lot lower, and it wasnt what i paid for, i bought a Toyota hitch not a reese hitch, complained to the dealer last week, Couldnt belive my ears he agreed with me, new TOYOTA hitch was put on today, Much neater, more clearance, a lot lighter, im HAPPY

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It's nice to hear some dealers still honor the customer. Wish my local (Quality Imports) was worth a dam. How much does a real Toyota hitch go for?
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Dont know how much a REAL one is but the dealer told me the Reese hitch was $300 less than the real one.

Forgot to thank Bandi and RoverGGM, THANK you

The Dealer is Street Toyota in Amarillo TX

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Dont know how much a REAL one is but the dealer told me the Reese hitch was $300 less than the real one.

Forgot to thank Bandi and RoverGGM, THANK you
A few things. They didn't start using the Reese style because it was cheaper. Toyota didn't have enough to supply them, so they were forced to outsource to be able to have hitches. $300 less? That would put the OEM hitch at right around a minimum of about 500 bucks (assuming 200 for a Reese brand new). I think you got lied to again. (talking about just the hitch, not the wiring harness)

I also went in to the dealership when i noticed the Reese hitch on my FJ. I told them that it is not what i paid for and that it robs ground clearance. They told me i could BUY a new Toyota hitch, but they would not replace anything on their dime. Glad to hear you have a GOOD dealership. Mine sucks.

I bought the OEM toyota hitch used on ebay for 100.

The OEM one has much better ground clearance.

Col555, one thing for you to check. If the reese hitch was installed, you lost your recovery point on the rear. Check to see if they added one. It should be a loop on the left rear of the frame, similiar to that on the front of the FJ.

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$300! Wow, that's a big $ difference. I need a hitch for mine, thanks for the info.
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$300! Wow, that's a big $ difference. I need a hitch for mine, thanks for the info.
Check ebay on and off for a couple weeks. And, try a thread in the want to buy section of the forum. I got my OEM one on ebay.

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Thanks Layonnn for the help. I'll do just that.
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Thanks for the info Layonnn, will check on that, Yea i thought 300 was a bit much but thats what he said. Dont forget they had to change the silver trim also but 300 more is still too much.

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Re: "OEM Hitch"

I may be way off base here, but I swear I bought my OEM hitch and harness brand new for hang on...

...$269.59 shipped from TRD source (I just double checked my build-up thread where I track what I spend).

The OEM hitch is
$300 more than the Reese, let me do some math... If I take a Reese from your dealer they will owe me $30.41.

I'll take em all.

Also for the record I installed the hitch myself in about 1/2 hour, never having pulled anything apart on my truck (nerve racking care was taken) and I would rate myself at about a 1 wrench level (that's the lowest possible score if you have opposable thumbs).

You know all the little surveys Toyota sends out. I was told by my salesman that they have a direct effect on how much commission he makes. I wonder what some complaining to Toyota would do?

edit: the silver trim piece comes with the hitch, same money.

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Thanks for the info Layonnn, will check on that, Yea i thought 300 was a bit much but thats what he said. Dont forget they had to change the silver trim also but 300 more is still too much.
Oh yeah, i forgot about changing the trim piece. I bet that is where they get you, seriously.

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