I'm stuck in a bit of a quandry with this...
Having taken off my rear bumper, I'm sort of impressed with the departure angle of the Patrol.
However, I'd sort of like to keep my towbar for two major reasons.
1: I tow with the vehicle regularly.
2: I like the solid bar at the back. Taking the towbar off, one can see the protection plate of the main fuel tank sticking out underneath the standard bumper. Yes, it's got a plate over it, but I sort of feel more comforted with the massive solid bar at the back - both from a rear-impact point of view, as well as a potential "slider" point of view.
I've considered modifying the nuts at the top to make it easier to install / uninstall the towbar (ie: flat bar with the nuts welded into the bar - it means I don't have to spend hours tightening the bolts with two spanners). But not sure if this is going to be feasible.
I've had several chats with Tinus, but still cannot quite see something feasible in terms of including a removable-type towbar in my bumper build. Several options were mentioned - including making use of the pintle point on the back to mount a removable towbar. My understanding of these things, however, is that the bolts used for the pintle recovery hook will require great tensile strength, which would mean shear strength would not necessarily be as high as it should be for carrying load. In other words, I'm not sure how one would safely incorporate that build on the 4.5. And I'm not comfortable with welding things to the chassis.
Alternatively, I was thinking of turning my standard towbar (picture below) into one with a square tube / removable-type towbar. Does anybody have any idea how one can do this without compromising on safety ? Peter - do you have any ideas ?
The final alternative is to take my factory standard towbar to Summit 4x4 and have them build something custom for me using the current towbar as a template...
Thanks in advance for any advice.