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OEM Trailer Hitch Rear Bumper with/cut out

Hi,... do you really need to buy this valiance with the cut out for a trailer hitch or are there trailer hitches for the FJ that sit under the rear bumper for towing light landscaper trailer? Thanks.
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Re: OEM Trailer Hitch Rear Bumper with/cut out

There are other options for aftermarket receiver hitches. I installed a Curt on my FJ. I like it very much. The receiver is below the level of the bumper and no bumper valence change is required to install it.

Just make sure you get the factory trailer wiring harness as that is much easier to install.
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+1 for the Curt hitch. IMHO the best hitch made for the FJ.
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Re: OEM Trailer Hitch Rear Bumper with/cut out

as said above, yes you can, but it all seems to cost the same either way you go. and removing the bumper is not that bad, it's the torque of the bolts when installing the receiver that gets scary.. 70lb/ft seems good the 80lb/ft is overkill for the thread pitch, but got all of them to 80.

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Re: OEM Trailer Hitch Rear Bumper with/cut out

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Hi,... do you really need to buy this valiance with the cut out for a trailer hitch or are there trailer hitches for the FJ that sit under the rear bumper for towing light landscaper trailer? Thanks.
It's not clear exactly what you are asking here ... the OEM Toyota hitch kit comes WITH a replacement valance with the clearance cutout for the hitch.

There are even two different versions of the hitch kit, the "standard" one with the silver valance, and the Trail Teams version with the black valance. Price is the same ...

Sold separately is the hitch wiring harness kit, which is the cleanest and safest way to add trailer wiring. It just plugs into existing (capped) connectors on the vehicle's wiring harness.

I think the OEM hitch is superior to aftermarket hitches on multiple fronts: much lighter weight, doesn't reduce rear approach angle, not as likely to get damaged when off-roading, etc.
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Re: OEM Trailer Hitch Rear Bumper with/cut out

all excellent points.
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Re: OEM Trailer Hitch Rear Bumper with/cut out

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Hi,... do you really need to buy this valiance with the cut out for a trailer hitch or are there trailer hitches for the FJ that sit under the rear bumper for towing light landscaper trailer? Thanks.
You should try Hitchweb. They have a lot of options for FJ Cruisers. I'm sure they will have something for you. Here is the link if you wanted to have a look: Toyota FJ Cruiser

Hope this helps!
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It's not clear exactly what you are asking here ... the OEM Toyota hitch kit comes WITH a replacement valance with the clearance cutout for the hitch.

There are even two different versions of the hitch kit, the "standard" one with the silver valance, and the Trail Teams version with the black valance. Price is the same ...

Sold separately is the hitch wiring harness kit, which is the cleanest and safest way to add trailer wiring. It just plugs into existing (capped) connectors on the vehicle's wiring harness.

I think the OEM hitch is superior to aftermarket hitches on multiple fronts: much lighter weight, doesn't reduce rear approach angle, not as likely to get damaged when off-roading, etc.
^^This

I.m actually having my OEM hitch installed today. I think it is definitely the better option over the other hitches IMO



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When I bought mine, it was on sale.
I think they have 3 different brands. Two of them are basically the same (I forgot which one I got)

Hardest part was removing the factory bolt for the tow hook. It was definitely cross threaded in there. One came out like butter, the other took some serious effort and a very long pipe attached to the breaker bar to get it completely out.


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Re: OEM Trailer Hitch Rear Bumper with/cut out

Thanks everyone... great info. My 2010 FJ has the silver solid valance and I want to switch out for the trail team valance with hitch notch insert... are there any step by step instructions for this? Or should I simply buy a new OEM bumper that has the valance with hitch notch already there?? From the above info, I have decided to go with OEM valance with hitch notch just not sure how hard it is to swap out one valance for the other. Truely appreciate all the help, this is my first FJ bought last May so I am just starting to improve what it didn't come with.
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