The rear suspension will not handle that much weight. From my experience, the rear will sag so low that you will not want to drive even a mile with it.For a Rav4 without the Tow Pack, can anybody confirm what rear mounting parts would be required to bring it up to same spec?
I have tried searching on this but could not find a definitive answer. Looking at some of the Toyota Parts sites, they show the reinforcing plates (bumper supports) that many people have refered to, but also a Reinforcing Beam (which seems to mount across the width of the car) which I could not see on any of the install photos? ( 2008 TOYOTA RAV4 Parts - Genuine Toyota/Scion Parts and Accessories ) Part 16
Perhaps its a stupid question, and may already be an integratal part of the car, but as I will need to have all these parts ordered and shipped in, I wanted to check with you guys first. :thumbs_up:
I have a 2007 Rav4 2.4 Auto LWB model (4x4). This is a Japan built car with European spec, and lives in Singapore, where most people think towing is illegal. Its not, and neither is chewing gum, but thats off topic....
The reaso. I am looking at the OEM model (if I can get one, and after reading all the threads) is because I would like to use a Hitch mounted Motorcycle Rack, to carry a Dirtbike up into Malaysia. The weight of the bike and rack should be around 275 pounds all in, so is getting close to the weight limit... But I am limited to about 45mph on the highways so the speed would be low, and longer term I will have a proper bike trailer, but these take months to come in.
So, I would like to order the strongest possible hitch, and if that means ordering the bumper mount stiffeners and ?? at the same time at the hitch, I would rather spend the extra $$ for the peace of mind. Cars here as sooooo expensive I really dont want the arse of this one dragging along the ground.
Thanks! : )
PS; I added this here rather than start a new thread, to help others with the 4pots
WD hitch, 3rd row springs, sway control and you're golden!The rear suspension will not handle that much weight. From my experience, the rear will sag so low that you will not want to drive even a mile with it.
The RAV was not made for what you are looking to do with it.
I wish I had a picture to show our RAV with just 3 bikes mounted on the rear.
How did you retap the nut? Did you just use a M12x1.25 tap?Just completed the hitch and wiring install as well. My experience was very similar to Greg's, although a little bit more painful.
I started to attempt to clean out the threads by using a M12x1.25 thread chaser rather than a tap, which turned out to be a big mistake. The chaser twisted off, and left the head in the bolt hole. I had no choice but to drill it out and re-tap the hole. From that point forward it was plenty of lube and the thread tap all the way.
My 07 V6 Sport did NOT come with the tow prep package, so I added the bumper brackets separately. They can be ordered for $17 each from Conicelli Toyota.