Towbar & Electrics Fitting
I have no desire to tow anything, the reason for the towbar is to mount a motorbike rack onto for my motocross bike.
I bought mine from the Towbar Warehouse, they only seem to do one towbar for the Surf which is a Witter TY87A for Toyota 4 Runner 1990 - 1996. It simply bolts onto the chassis and does not interfere with the under slung spare wheel or winding mechanism (should you have one). The towbar comes with a tow ball, tow ball cover, all necessary nuts, bolts washers, single socket electrics, cable and scotch-locks for wiring up.
Should be a fairly simple job, but it took me about 2 hours because I found (either due to towbar or chassis imperfections) that one of the towbar brackets would not fit properly and I had to file out one of the bolt holes on one of the towbar brackets. Also note that there is probably a rubber cover/grommet on each side of the chassis covering one of the bolt holes you need to use, so remove these before you start.
Electrics fitting can take a couple of hours or more because you have to remove all the rear trim before you can start.
I was a bit concerned how the towbar would effect approach/departure angles when off road, and it does make quite a difference and you can often catch it, but for the kind of (non extreme) off-roading I do in this vehicle, as long as I take it steady on sharp climbs/descents I don't have a problem. Also I intend to fit some sort of suspension lift in future so this will also help.
Tools/Equipment Needed for Towbar Fitting
Tools/Equipment Needed for Electrics Fitting
The towbar comes with all electrics and a bracket to fit the socket onto the towbar. I know from experience that a socket on a towbar gets filled with mud when driving off road so I wanted to fit mine inside the vehicle.
Either way, before you start you will need to remove both rear side trim panels to gain access to both the rear light clusters wiring (left and right).
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