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Is there a factory location for rear tow hooks?

I'm considering getting the loop that goes into the hitch receiver.
 

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The hoop in the hitch is the only way to go. put hooks on the rear and slide off a rock/obstruction. more than likey they would say wait a minute you are caught and not going anywhere. hung up big time
 

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Use your reciever hitch pin to slide into the loop of your tow strap inside of the receiver hitch.
-Mack
 

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I think you're right, I'll look into getting one.

Anybody know a good site that sells them online?
 

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Use your reciever hitch pin to slide into the loop of your tow strap inside of the receiver hitch.
-Mack
I've done this for the longest time, it's the easiest way to go for a straight pull.

if you have the money, pick up the Warn slug with the shackle hanger, and a 3/4T Warn shackle (different from the shackles at Tractor Supply, same size but the Warn shackle has a thicker neck to the pin).

-Sean
 

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I've done this for the longest time, it's the easiest way to go for a straight pull.

if you have the money, pick up the Warn slug with the shackle hanger, and a 3/4T Warn shackle (different from the shackles at Tractor Supply, same size but the Warn shackle has a thicker neck to the pin).

-Sean
Would this work for a chain with a hook on the end, not a loop?
 

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you are getting scarey talking of chain!
stay away if you can, buy quality straps with loops
 

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What if you don't have a hitch?
 

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That depends how stuck you are, is it better to go out the front or out the way you went in? Every situation seems to be different.
In my towing years I had tow truck style j hooks and could snag the diiferential or leaf springs with a pair of them and carefully winch ya out.
Most trucks have what are called t slots for t hooks, they are used for tying down on transporters. they also work in a pinch, designed for pulling down and not back is the problem.
Hooking to your bumper is a recipe for disaster. you have to be cautious with brake lines abs controls etc.

IF there is room you can get a pair of tree savers and put one around each side of the pumpkin. Keep BOTH ends of each strap to the rear of the truck and join together with a high quality shackle.

If you stick the loop through the other and only bring one you would be guaranteed pinching something off.
JUST remember braklines etc. don't destroy things

Ok now the fun begins lets hear the pros and cons of this post. everyone has there own ideas and opinions thats what makes this a great site.
 

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That depends how stuck you are, is it better to go out the front or out the way you went in? Every situation seems to be different.
In my towing years I had tow truck style j hooks and could snag the diiferential or leaf springs with a pair of them and carefully winch ya out.
Most trucks have what are called t slots for t hooks, they are used for tying down on transporters. they also work in a pinch, designed for pulling down and not back is the problem.
Hooking to your bumper is a recipe for disaster. you have to be cautious with brake lines abs controls etc.

IF there is room you can get a pair of tree savers and put one around each side of the pumpkin. Keep BOTH ends of each strap to the rear of the truck and join together with a high quality shackle.

If you stick the loop through the other and only bring one you would be guaranteed pinching something off.
JUST remember braklines etc. don't destroy things

Ok now the fun begins lets hear the pros and cons of this post. everyone has there own ideas and opinions thats what makes this a great site.
Ok. Me first. lol

At the back of the Tundra axle, you will notice there's an obstruction, I do believe they are parking brake cables. I certainly wouldn't want to damage them.

As for bumpers, I definitely agree, a tow strap wrapped around a bumper can crush the bumper. My buddy was stuck in a TJ, it was buried in a swamp and the bumper was basically sitting on the ground...er...muck. So he decided to put the strap around the bumper, since it was the only thing exposed, and it was crushed like a pop can.
 

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That depends how stuck you are, is it better to go out the front or out the way you went in? Every situation seems to be different.
In my towing years I had tow truck style j hooks and could snag the diiferential or leaf springs with a pair of them and carefully winch ya out.
Most trucks have what are called t slots for t hooks, they are used for tying down on transporters. they also work in a pinch, designed for pulling down and not back is the problem.
Hooking to your bumper is a recipe for disaster. you have to be cautious with brake lines abs controls etc.

IF there is room you can get a pair of tree savers and put one around each side of the pumpkin. Keep BOTH ends of each strap to the rear of the truck and join together with a high quality shackle.

If you stick the loop through the other and only bring one you would be guaranteed pinching something off.
JUST remember braklines etc. don't destroy things

Ok now the fun begins lets hear the pros and cons of this post. everyone has there own ideas and opinions thats what makes this a great site.
Uh...I had to ask because of what you recommended and the last line there which I bolded...

...Were you serious? (about strapping to springs, axles, etc.)
 

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I tried to make it clear that IF there was obstructions, don't try it.

IF you are between a rock and a hard place you sometimes gotta do the not so favorite thing. May have to carefully move a brake line away from the differential to avoid pincin it off.

But I also advised if you have no hook point on the rear the best way maybe out the from the front.

As most know when ya get sucked in the muck that differential is not very accesable. truck is resting on the spare tire.


So sorry if I offended anyone, did not mean to stir the pot.
 

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Uh...I had to ask because of what you recommended and the last line there which I bolded...

...Were you serious? (about strapping to springs, axles, etc.)
It would seem so.

I've seen people put a tow strap on a spring shackle, it pulled the vehicle sideways out of the hole, but it worked.
 

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Well of course I was serious us farmers gotta do what we gotta do to get unstuck.

It is not always the best but at times theres no other choice. The straps will possible get cut but a pretzled bumper or a strap?
 

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It would seem so.

I've seen people put a tow strap on a spring shackle, it pulled the vehicle sideways out of the hole, but it worked.
I had to do that with mine. Sucked down into the mud and it had to be pulled out at about a 45deg angle, otherwise the tow rig would've gotten stuck too. The frame was twisting and it was up on two wheels before the mud finally let go. I wouldn't recommend doing it with a modern vehicle... the frame problably wouldn't handle it.
 

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I had to do that with mine. Sucked down into the mud and it had to be pulled out at about a 45deg angle, otherwise the tow rig would've gotten stuck too. The frame was twisting and it was up on two wheels before the mud finally let go. I wouldn't recommend doing it with a modern vehicle... the frame problably wouldn't handle it.
When my friend had his Jeep pulled by the bumper, he was being pulled by a farm tractor, and it just couldn't get him out.

After much digging and prying and jacking (not to mention being eaten alive by mosquitos), we discovered his axle was up against a sunken log. When he entered the swamp he was driving on top of the buried log, when the log ended the Jeep sank.

Had we been pulling from the other side he probably would have come out without a problem.
 
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