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Old 01-07-14, 06:48 PM   #16
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Hate to bring up an old thread, however I just ran into this and thought id comment.

Your 04 GX is Silver Pine Metallic in color.. The Tow cover you ordered is Titanium Silver, available on all 2005-2008 models.

Props on the install, that truly looks like factory to me.. I swear if we put both our GXs together no one would be able to tell!
Yes the colors are sooo close but sooo far. Thank you all for the kind words. I haven't been on hear in a while, the GX can now tow the boat and does it like a champ!!
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Old 01-10-14, 11:48 AM   #17
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Yes the colors are sooo close but sooo far. Thank you all for the kind words. I haven't been on hear in a while, the GX can now tow the boat and does it like a champ!!
Great looking rig, Smitty and thanks for the write-up and pics. I will be using them this spring. Just need to order the parts as soon as the Canadian dollar stops diving so low!

I like the look of your wheel/rims on the GX - pretty sharp. Are those 20s?
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Great looking rig, Smitty and thanks for the write-up and pics. I will be using them this spring. Just need to order the parts as soon as the Canadian dollar stops diving so low!

I like the look of your wheel/rims on the GX - pretty sharp. Are those 20s?
Thank you!!! Thosw wheels were 22s I have since gone with a different set. I now have stock FJ Cruiser wheels on it, what a better ride than with those 22s
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Great looking GX , I have the hitch never used it once
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Thank you!!! Thosw wheels were 22s I have since gone with a different set. I now have stock FJ Cruiser wheels on it, what a better ride than with those 22s
Ah yes, FJ cruiser 17s? I was looking at the six spoke from 2009 models. Which ones do you have?
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Ah yes, FJ cruiser 17s? I was looking at the six spoke from 2009 models. Which ones do you have?
I put these on, i like the off-set better with these wheels vs the stockers.

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I had a look under the rear bumper of my 2004 to investigate the possibility of adding a towing receiver to the beast. It looks like there was a factory installation of a 7 pin wiring harness for plugging in a trailer. Does this mean that the so-called "tow package" had been installed?

Does anyone know if a 4runner has a similar setup for towing? If I want an OE hitch installation do I need to use only Lexus parts?
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Presence of the 7-pin connector is one indicator that you have the tow package. The other thing to check is that you have an auxiliary radiator in front of the regular one. This is the extra transmission cooler.

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Presence of the 7-pin connector is one indicator that you have the tow package. The other thing to check is that you have an auxiliary radiator in front of the regular one. This is the extra transmission cooler.

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Yes, there is an aux radiator in front of the regular one. This is good news. Now, is it just the addition of the receiver?
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Yes, go ahead and buy the Lexus hitch package. You've got what you need to tow.

They sell a pintle hitch, which just attaches to a frame cross-rail. And a frame-mounted hitch. My understanding is you want the frame-mounted hitch if you intend to use a weight-distributing trailer.

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Yes, go ahead and buy the Lexus hitch package. You've got what you need to tow.

They sell a pintle hitch, which just attaches to a frame cross-rail. And a frame-mounted hitch. My understanding is you want the frame-mounted hitch if you intend to use a weight-distributing trailer.

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WD hitches are class III and above. Both designs of GX hitches are class IV which is over and above the trucks towing capacity. Why would it matter whether you use the tube or pintle hitch for weight distribution hitch with a max towing weight of 6500 lbs. when both are rated for 10,000 lbs?
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