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The rear hookup point is bolted to the frame with two bolts. Is it strong enough to handle the load of pulling, probably. I wouldn't trust it though, and the loops are a bit on the small side which doesn't help.

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Thanks Cyclosarin, I often read mags from Australia and it looks like an amazing place. Seeing all the offroad trailers you guys have is making me really want one too. Havent gotten down there yet but definitely will. I will look for that strap up here.
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It's called an Equaliser Strap. Basically a short snatch strap. You then take a full length snatch strap and loop it through the equaliser strap (you end up with an 'X' or a 'Y' shape between the vehicles).
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Yeah, think i will go with the receiver hitch set up in the rear. Thanks for the input.



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Does anyone know where to locate the Trail Teams Videos?

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Re: Stock recovery points

Where would you suggest mounting a D ring for a recovery point on the back or front? Would use it in conjunction with the OEM points for added peace of mind.


Also... I am still a noob with DIY installs. What is a good hitch to put on the FJ? Does it require a lot of work? I have a 2010 and did not include the tow package when I bought it.
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Where would you suggest mounting a D ring for a recovery point on the back or front? Would use it in conjunction with the OEM points for added peace of mind.


Also... I am still a noob with DIY installs. What is a good hitch to put on the FJ? Does it require a lot of work? I have a 2010 and did not include the tow package when I bought it.
Any aftermarket receiver hitch is easy to install. The wiring for the trailer lights plug can be a pain though.....
Not sure what you are planning to tow but the oem hitch cannot be used with equalizer bars, something to consider because its not too late to buy an oem hitch. Lots more expensive but the wiring is more plug and play than an aftermarket alternative. I got my reese hitch from amazon and the wiring from jc whitney.

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Where would you suggest mounting a D ring for a recovery point on the back or front? Would use it in conjunction with the OEM points for added peace of mind.


Also... I am still a noob with DIY installs. What is a good hitch to put on the FJ? Does it require a lot of work? I have a 2010 and did not include the tow package when I bought it.
You can add the tow package (the hitch) which bolts to the frame for pretty cheap. Then just put something like shown above with a shackle in the receiver. Either that or have a custom shackle made that bolts in where the factory rear one goes, and maybe even have it welded. The two biggest issues I had for the factory hook points are 1) they have a small opening and that made it a PITA to put my strap through them. and B) they aren't removeable which could cause issues depending on what strap/how your going to pull on them.

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Also... I am still a noob with DIY installs. What is a good hitch to put on the FJ? Does it require a lot of work? I have a 2010 and did not include the tow package when I bought it.
The factory hitch is available as a not to difficult DIY add-on. The hitch and the wiring package are available separate or together as a kit depending on where you get it. The hitch is in the $150 ish range and the wiring harness is about $85. This site shows the install GEORGIA FJ CRUISER - Accessories and Upgrades - Factory Tow Hitch Install

These two docs show the toyota install instructions. I did my own installation and it was not difficult at all. Electrical is plug and play and the hitch is an easy bolt on project.
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Re: Stock recovery points

So I see in the vid he is using d rings attached to the recovery points. Any reason he doesn't just hook up to the points with the strap?

I am trying to decide if a tow hitch is worth it just to pull/recover.
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So I see in the vid he is using d rings attached to the recovery points. Any reason he doesn't just hook up to the points with the strap?

I am trying to decide if a tow hitch is worth it just to pull/recover.
There's not really another good way to attach a strap since they are closed loops.

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