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Just installed a larger and better designed recovery tow hook for my 2nd gen Tacoma.

The OEM tow hook (pic provided) is pretty small and looks slim to say the least. I wanted something that would be a lot easier to secure recovery equipment.

I think this should do the trick.

I went to Bulletproof Fabricating for this tow hook upgrade. It was $100 and didn’t come with the shackle.

C.N.C laser cut, 1/2” thick A36 steel, powder coated wrinkle black. 8250 lb rating. I used 3, M12x1.25x40mm Bolts to secure the hook.
 

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Looks like you have added a longer lever which might prove disasterous. The hook looks skookum but the frame it is bolted to might fail under that added leverage.
I could be wrong, hard to tell the way the pictures are taken.
 
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I'm no expert but if that's built the same as in the 4Runner that's a very weak point to attach recovery points to.

Those type of recovery point usually are beefier and have multiple mounting location to bear more stress in every direction of pulling.
Something like this:
 

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I'm no expert but if that's built the same as in the 4Runner that's a very weak point to attach recovery points to.

Those type of recovery point usually are beefier and have multiple mounting location to bear more stress in every direction of pulling.
Something like this:
I was disappointed when I saw the OEM recovery point and the location. I haven’t located a better option.
 

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I'm no expert but if that's built the same as in the 4Runner that's a very weak point to attach recovery points to.

Those type of recovery point usually are beefier and have multiple mounting location to bear more stress in every direction of pulling.
Something like this:
Just located this ARB option. Wish I had seen it earlier. $290.
 

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Well, I had to have it. I got the ARB pictured here; it’s a beast. That won’t be the first or last time I have to eat the cost for something. Actually it’s worth it to me to have the best recovery point I can afford.
 

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Ok, it’s installed. Going to give my previous recovery tow hook to my son.
I think it was a good tow point but if you had plated the inside of the box it would have been much better. (sandwich the box tube)
Like this.
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What thickness of the plate? And, I assume this plate will help to reinforce the surface area??? Please explain. Thanks!
3/16" or even quarter inch. I think a hard snatch would pull the bolt right out of the boxed channel. To have a plate on the inside would prevent that I think. It's just a simple crossmember so you do need some support. I'm not a engineer, just a fabricator and welder, but I did stay at the Holiday Inn last night. Ahahahhahahahaha
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What thickness of the plate? And, I assume this plate will help to reinforce the surface area??? Please explain. Thanks!
3/16" or even quarter inch. I think a hard snatch would pull the bolt right out of the boxed channel. To have a plate on the inside would prevent that I think. It's just a simple crossmember so you do need some support. I'm not a engineer, just a fabricator and welder, but I did stay at the Holiday Inn last night. Ahahahhahahahaha
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What thickness of the plate? And, I assume this plate will help to reinforce the surface area??? Please explain. Thanks!
3/16" or even quarter inch. I think a hard snatch would pull the bolt right out of the boxed channel. To have a plate on the inside would prevent that I think. It's just a simple crossmember so you do need some support. I'm not a engineer, just a fabricator and welder, but I did stay at the Holiday Inn last night. Ahahahhahahahaha
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That makes a lot of sense . Good idea. Thanks!