This afternoon, I finally had a chance to mount my Apex Overland recovery points onto my 2020 4Runner TRD Pro. The process was pretty simple once I figured out how to make the anti-sway bar fall way from the frame.
This is the first mod I actually purchased for my 4Runner back in December, three months before I took delivery of the Gunship. I knew I wanted them, as I plan on going off-road, and I knew that the factory tie-down points were not strong enough to safely recover the vehicle if necessary. These are a great option for those who don’t want to mount a full or partial steel bumper onto their vehicles. Since I don’t intend to put an aftermarket bumper on my 4Runner anytime soon, these will fit the bill nicely.
Mounting them was easy.
1. Place wheel chocks in front of and behind a wheel to keep the vehicle from rolling.
2. Loosen the bolts that hold the anti-sway bar mount in-place.
3. Jack up the vehicle, but only enough to allow there to be a 1/2” gap between the sway bar and the frame.
4. Remove the bolt from a bracket above the factory tie-down point.
5. Remove sticker over a threaded hole in the frame directly above the factory tie-down point.
6. Place the Apex Overland recovery point and thread in a bolt to hold it in place.
7. Thread all bolts in but do not tighten completely.
8. Lower vehicle and tighten all bolts.
Repeat for the opposite side (exactly the same process).
All in all, it’s a very easy mod, and one that can make the difference between a successful recovery and damaging your vehicle. More importantly, the chances of the recovery point coming away from the vehicle is far less than the chances of the factory tie-down coming off the frame which can result in serious bodily harm or death.