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OK, so I am admittedly a little slow to notice things, so I probably am the last person to notice this. I was behind an FJ today and noticed they had a little lip in the bumper around the receiver and I thought, "I don't think mine looks like that" so I looked, and sure'nuff, it doesn't!

I figured it was an '08 model bumper, but I've found '07s for sale with the same thing. WTF, anyone know what's up with this? Anyone??

I found some for sale ones to illustrate:

Without lip:



With lip:


What else have I neglected to notice???
 

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Lip one is for the ones equipped with tow hitch?
 

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after market tow hitches (such as Reese) are simply bolted under the frame and thus do not need a new lip. The OEM hitch is bolted directly to the frame and needs the new piece to make the bumper rest correctly. Just a matter of what kind of hitch you have, aftermarket or OEM
 

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after market tow hitches (such as Reese) are simply bolted under the frame and thus do not need a new lip. The OEM hitch is bolted directly to the frame and needs the new piece to make the bumper rest correctly. Just a matter of what kind of hitch you have, aftermarket or OEM
Correctamundo.
Just to add. It seems as though Toyota ran out of the factory hitch assembly and bought and started adding these. It seems MOST south eastern state FJ's have this hitch. While it seems burlier than the Toyota OEM hitch it sits down considerably lower. A pain for departure angle. I went to the dealer two days after i bought the FJ and noticed this, and that i wanted the Toyota hitch. Their response "We can sell you the Toyota OEM hitch but we will not trade or buy back the one on your FJ".
This is part of the reason i gave them a not perfect review that i sent in to Toyota.
 

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Mine has the lip too. Maybe its a aftermarket hitch?
 

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after market tow hitches (such as Reese) are simply bolted under the frame and thus do not need a new lip. The OEM hitch is bolted directly to the frame and needs the new piece to make the bumper rest correctly. Just a matter of what kind of hitch you have, aftermarket or OEM
Correctamundo.
Just to add. It seems as though Toyota ran out of the factory hitch assembly and bought and started adding these. It seems MOST south eastern state FJ's have this hitch. While it seems burlier than the Toyota OEM hitch it sits down considerably lower. A pain for departure angle. I went to the dealer two days after i bought the FJ and noticed this, and that i wanted the Toyota hitch. Their response "We can sell you the Toyota OEM hitch but we will not trade or buy back the one on your FJ".
This is part of the reason i gave them a not perfect review that i sent in to Toyota.
Mine is without the lip (lipless! :lol:), so basically, when I bought Extra Mile Option Package D, which included the receiver hitch/wire harness, they just added one on? Do you think the dealership did this, or the factory? PS Thanks for the info, guys!:)
 

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Mine is without the lip (lipless! :lol:), so basically, when I bought Extra Mile Option Package D, which included the receiver hitch/wire harness, they just added one on? Do you think the dealership did this, or the factory? PS Thanks for the info, guys!:)
they probably added this on after. Its not bad and will be just as strong (as long as its class III) but you just wont have the lip.
 

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That is all dealer stuff. The stock mount only came/comes with the lip cover.
After looking at them, I would say both are as strong...
Think thats odd? You should see the numbers of dealer added roof racks...
 

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Mine is without the lip (lipless! :lol:), so basically, when I bought Extra Mile Option Package D, which included the receiver hitch/wire harness, they just added one on? Do you think the dealership did this, or the factory? PS Thanks for the info, guys!:)
There are three kind of accesories found on a vehicle:
Factory installed (installed in japan)
Port installed (installed when they get off the boat)
Dealer installed (self explanatory )

These hitches that are not the ones with the lips are most likely port installed since they are all approximately the same exact hitch.
 

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That is all dealer stuff. The stock mount only came/comes with the lip cover.
After looking at them, I would say both are as strong...
Think thats odd? You should see the numbers of dealer added roof racks...
At my work, we have a 4 runner. It has the toyota OEM hitch like the FJ's and the safety chain loop mount is broke off one side. We don't even use it to tow so i don't know how this even happenend.
I've looked at both very closely. The non-oem one looks much beefier IMO.
 

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At my work, we have a 4 runner. It has the toyota OEM hitch like the FJ's and the safety chain loop mount is broke off one side. We don't even use it to tow so i don't know how this even happenend.
I've looked at both very closely. The non-oem one looks much beefier IMO.
Thanks for the info, that's good to know. I wouldn't be too thrilled if they had cheaped out and just threw a crappy one on there, usually things that are being pulled are not too cheap to replace if they end up in the bar ditch.
 

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When i was a kid, i was going with my parents down some back roads and the vehicle infront of us was towing a small trailer. As he rounded a corner, his trailer bounced off the hitch and flew off the banked turn. It was empty and just went into some woods. I guess he didn't know what those chains were for.
 

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What's more romantic than a roses on a piano? TuLips on an organ!:jester:
 

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What's more romantic than a roses on a piano? TuLips on an organ!:jester:
mind in the gutter this morning, eh??? :lol:
 

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mind in the gutter this morning, eh??? :lol:
Not any different than any other morning...except it's my day off. and I have a problem remebering jokes and this one snapped into my head so...I felt it was appropriate.:clap:
 

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Not any different than any other morning...except it's my day off. and I have a problem remebering jokes and this one snapped into my head so...I felt it was appropriate.:clap:
well, it certainly went well with the thread title. :bigthumb: I shoulda known someone would come up with something perverse, all it took was the word "lip". :lol:
 

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Boo! That ain't funny. Okay, maybe a little. What were we talking about?
 
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