OP is proud of his engineering
By - pirateanimal
Max towing capacity: 15lbs.
If you're fine with it bending a lot, I'd say 20 lbs.
Edit: I got a typo
Well the tow hitch probably weighs 4.8 soooooo
If you can’t fix it with duct tape, then you’re not using enough duct tape.
Or you need WD40
There’s actually a spreadsheet built for wd-40 or duct tape out there. If it’s stuck but not supposed to be stuck use more wd. If it’s not stuck but is supposed to be stuck use more duct tape.
You’re a legend.
I'm a retired automotive engineer. I have this framed and hanging on my shop wall.
With the three sacred items; duct tape, WD-40, and zip ties, I HAVE BECOME IMMORTAL
You must be a fellow southern engineer.
Plus cable ties.
That's NASA level engineering right der.
If women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy
One of the best shows I've ever come across.
Sometimes a few cable ties added to the mix does the job.
Coincidentally, a couple of boxes of duct tape and bailing wire is all you can tow
Ah, it'll just bend back when you hit the brakes. Problem solved.
Trailer is made of balsa, it’s meant to carry helium balloons
Let's not get carried away.
With a hitch like this, you needn't worry about getting carried away.
Technically somewhere between jack and shit
Those are Titanium rods. She’ll pull 25 lbs easy
Titanium alloys have a similar maximum tensile strength to steel alloys but roughly half the stiffness. Not a great choice for heavy duty weight bearing parts.
^ this guy tensiles
In this case, shouldn't we be more worried about the shear strength?
For the amount of bending expected, I would imagine it'll become mostly tensile. 🤣
Where does titanium really outperform steel? urious.
Weight, to put it very simply.
Its yield strength is a good bit higher. Meaning, it can flex a lot more before it bends in a plastic way (and stays bent). It is also significantly lighter for a given tensile strength.
or less 😂
As long as you only need the hitch for banging your shin into, that’ll do just fine
Honestly that seems to be the primary purpose of most hitches
Used to work at a carwash where we hand dried every vehicle. I've hit my shins on more hitches than I care to think about.
Well you know what they say. Hitches give stitches.
Idk, I saw a hitch that was an 8inch dildo when I was in Staten Island. They do have other purposes
Nah, tested it out. Felt closest to 8
You are a good person for that. I might have been wondering about that for a while.
Curious - so only when you were in Staten Island? Weird.
I use mine so I can drive away from 5mph rear-end'ings while the idiot that hit me gets to buy a new bumper, grill, had one pop his air bags with zero damage for me.
Where I'm from, it's illegal to leave the hitch in if you aren't using it to tow something. For this very reason
Even if you are the idiot that rear-ends someone would you rather have a fucked up bumper or a fucked up bumper along with a ticket for following too close and having to pay for two bumpers?
Where I'm from we have public insurance. Everyone gets insurance from a government run corporation. You never pay for the damage to the other person's vehicle, their insurance does. You just pay your deductible to have your vehicle repaired. You won't get a ticket for the accident, but you will get points on your license if you were at fault.
Where are you from, if you don’t mind me asking?
Canada, in the province of Manitoba
Of note, Ontario is very different than this
You are actually risking more serious injury in a crash. Bull bars and draws like the one you leave in just interfere with the crumple zone of your vehicle. The force of the car hitting you goes straight into your frame and then into your neck. It's safer for everyone if you take it out when not in use.
When I was a teenager and only had my license for like, a year max, my mom let me drive three hours away to OU to visit my best friend on a home football game day weekend. I made it the entire way in my crappy 20 year old accord no problem, but got a bit lost driving through campus. Ended up on a way one alley a little too closely to the truck in front of me, looking all around at the building I was passing while on the phone with the friend. The truck suddenly stopped (10 MPH max lol), and I just went right into his hitch. Dude got out kind of dumbfounded, turns out it was the head coach for OU. He looked at me, panicking, and my shitty accord that now had a fresh, noticeable dent in the center of the hood right at the latch mechanism. I puked out my I’m so sorry I’m a little lost yada yada I’m so sorry, and he just kinda shrugged and laughed because I was the only one with damage, ended up letting me follow him to the building I needed and waved me off when I was there.
I haven’t thought about that in so long, but that definitely was a ‘glad there was a hitch’ moment.
I appreciate the idea, but I’d really like a protective automatic deploying tow bar. Part because rubbing my pants on the tow bar always sucks, and part because it would be cool.
I was rear ended in my tundra, driver was doing about 35 in traffic on the freeway, Slammed his brakes at the last second. he hit my tow hitch fucked that new brand new mustang up. My tundra not a scratch. I kinda felt bad for him. He just got it and worked at the dealership.
hey we're Tundra bros
Sadly I no longer have my 05 Tundra, I loved it. Was a Limited edition 4x4. A gal run a stop light and totaled my truck.
Damn bro, we got to figure out how to attach side hitches
They’re also great for banging shins on in parking garages.
It can rust in place and you have to replace the whole hitch. Seriously, you should never leave it in when not actively towing.
If someone rear ends you, they are already fucking you over and it is in no way a "minor" mistake.
A <5mph bump is a small mistake.
But hell, I’ve had a couple small bumps like that that didn’t damage anybody at all. A hitch would have made everything a lot worse for anybody involved.
Same, I call it my anti-tailgater precision radiator hole punch. No one's hit me yet but there have been some very spicy brake checks and purposefully sloppy hill starts.
Mostly though, my dad bangs his knee on it when he walks past it on the driveway. No one else, just him.
Airbags are primo though. The only way you can make it better is that when you drive away their bumper comes with.
Brake checking is not cool, dude. Ever, for any reason, no matter how angry you are. People have killed families doing that.
If you brake check someone over 5mph you’re in the right sub.
r/IdiotsInCars (that’s where we are)
Please show the after pic
I, too, wish to see this. 🙋🏻♂️
I’ll see you over in r/WhatCouldGoWrong
I’m imagining a boat in the back seat at a red light…
Bold of you to assume they would make it out of the driveway
Came here to comment this.
Unless those rods are Beskar, that's the worst piece of engineering since the Concrete Life Preserver.
>the Concrete Life Preserver.
As long as it stays frozen, [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pykrete](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pykrete) is like floating concrete.
So as long as you're willing to die of hypothermia, a concrete life preserver is plausible.
As long as you're willing to tow nothing heavier than a kid's red wagon, this bumper and hitch will work
That will only work if they post the video here.
Concrete can float. Just depends on how much air is trapped inside.
This statement is almost universally true for all materials.
I would prefer hypothermia rather than drowning.
...or an aircraft carrier.
What a time to be alive!
They floated a whole load of concrete over the English channel to make the Mulberry harbours for D Day, so I'd argue this is even worse than a concrete life preserver.
The problem with a concrete life preserver isn't that it couldn't float, it's that it'd weigh too much to throw to a drowning person. Or it would injure him if if he got hit with it.
This is the way
Took the towing capacity of the Lexus RX 300 from 3,500 pounds to 300. Smort.
You are very optimistic
He meant 300 grams, surely
What I read was 2k max unless it has the factory tow package on it; and this sure ain’t a tow package
Nice, it’s ready to tow a Barbie Powerwheels car
Or the 12" plastic version.
The bumper will have plenty of holes in it, soon enough
Come on, it'll tow a whole power wheels in a radio flyer wagon for at least 7 feet!
not with me in it
And another Lexus about to be scrapped. A sad day
I find that these first gen RXs are getting more and more uncommon. They were damn near everywhere in my area in 2018 but seems like they either all died or finally ended up in the hood.
Toyotas don't die. They just get passed on to a different type of buyer.
Really? My 2000 RX300 has 290k miles on it and it's been stupidly reliable. I've had it for 12 years and aside from typical preventative maintenance I've only had to replace a couple of oxygen sensors, ignition coils, and the starter. I bought it with 90k miles.
It’s a Lexus RX. These are *terrible* cars that do absolutely nothing that a different car would do better. They can’t die off fast enough.
What are you smoking you want terrible look at similar era X5s and X3s and Mercedes MLs or the god awful GLK.
The RX is a gem.
The early 2000s RXs are probably some of the best SUVs from that era that you can still buy today. This guy doesn't know anything.
Spoken by a German car fanboi or 'Murica evangelist.
I was a German car nut for 15 years (still am).
But... buying a Toyota Landcruiser is definitely one of the better decisions I've made in my life.
Toyota are quite open about their product strategies. Consumer data tells them that most cars have a 10 year life cycle. And so Western manufacturers tend to engineer their cars accordingly.
Enter Toyota. Toyota realised, if they could demonstrate that their products were engineered for a (conservative) 15, 20 or 25 year lifecycle, buyers would see that as a key USP and hence, appreciate the lower total cost of ownership (lower depreciation and maintenance) of their Toyota than comparative manufacturers.
Mercedes once used to be renowned for this. Their engineers realised the value of lowest TCO well before any hotshot MBA graduate. Nowadays, not so much.... (I also own a Mercedes).
Toyota (also the inventors of Just In Time manufacturing), exploited a consumer niche, whereby confidence in the product drives brand loyalty. Other manufacturers rely on PR and marketing to position their cars as aspirational products.
Toyota know their customers are smarter than that.
Hence why the Toyota Camry has been the best selling sedan in America since 1998.
I will never now *not* own a Toyota.
I just wanna film him trying to tow something.
That will twist and bend with a bike rack.
They won’t (shouldn’t) be towing crap with that.
On take off that’s going to get all bent out of shape.
On first brake, whatever’s being towed is going to take that bumper off.
Is this a poem
He wants to tow stuff,
but his Lexus needs a hitch.
Solved: jerry rig it.
Haikud see what you did there.
I read this in filthy frank's voice XD
You could probably tow more just by getting your kid to hang out of the trunk and hold on to the trailer.
User name checks out.
Maybe that could pull one of those kiddy wagons.
I’d expect this from a Lexus driver.
I wonder how much weight that could take before ripping off of the bumper or ripping the bumper off…
Bout tree fiddy
That's not the op. This picture had been around forever
Yeah, he came clean after fb blew him up. He had me convinced obviously
That's a respectable class .00000005 hitch.
There’s some decent time invested in this Tomfoolery
You know what else doesn't make holes in a bumper? The appropriate tow hitch for that car lol
Remove the mirror and don't look back problem solved
Yep, just right for towing a grocery cart.
You'd think that since they could afford a Lexus, they could buy a real hitch.
Cost of making this - probably $50
Cost to rent a u-haul for a day - $40
Makes sense to me!
The fact people like this exist is terrifying 💀
Thats about to make one big hole in the bumper when you hit the brakes for the first time
Perfect if they are only hauling their dignity.
Bro. Is that threaded rod?
Allthread brand towing hitches. The best, anywhere.
Rated for 10lbs
these are not-sway bars
The first person to parallel park behind this guy at night is gonna smash this thing and their bumper all to hell.
He’s towing a “little tikes” guys, it’s fine.
Maybe to drag the trash can to the curb
What happens if you slam on the brakes when carrying a boat? One really big hole?
Gonna launch the trailer like a sling shot.
The worst part about this is that it's going to work for just long enough for them to feel comfortable picking up enough speed to hurt someone.
That would break if I stepped on it
Falls off halfway on the highway
Jesus Christ, is that ready rod!? He won't be able to tow a little red wagon with that shit.
In the ongoing battle of shin vs. tow hitch, I think the shin can actually win this one!
Omg there’s a bolt on option for 150$ that doesn’t require any modifications. This is death on wheels once they start towing.
Lol he thinks it’s an accessory 😂
Now you can tow that trailer on the left side or the right side of your Lexus.
Oh wait, no, you can't! Probably will bend if you hang a coat hanger on that thing!!
Hit the brakes and you’ll make a hole in the bumper.
you can tow a semi truck with it as long as it's a toy one.
Physics 101 would be helpful right now.
Picture-perfect bumper, wouldn't want to put holes in it. 🙄
What could go wrong?
Perfect for towing that [Little Tikes Cozy Coupe](https://www.target.com/p/little-tikes-cozy-coupe/-/A-53594417)
Great, now you can dry clothes while driving.
Holes in a bumper? Guessing he didn't realize a mount attaches to frame. I really want to see what it looks like after it was used, I'm guessing epic failure for sure.
That's adorable. Bless his heart.
This has disaster written all over it. I’m delighted...
Please don't actually use this...
If those bars were 8 orders of magnitude thicker, they might be able to tow a child's plastic toy car!
Anyone else want to see a follow up post in a week or 2?
All without making holes in the bumper :-)
“You know, I’m something of an engineer myself.”
i love how he thinks he did a good job lmao
OK, we've seen the before. Where's the after picture?
I foresee a lot of flexing and breaking and $$$$$$ on the horizon
I have a bumper pull ["poop tote"](https://www.amazon.com/Camco-Portable-Accessories-Durable-Odorless-39004/dp/B07K87FR5C/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=camco+tote&qid=1623929044&sr=8-2) that we use when camping at sites without sewer. No, we don't actually take a dump in the camper. We only use it for liquids. Still, I wouldn't trust the hitch shown to make it halfway to the dump station. What in the world is this guy towing?
That will just rip the ass out of the Lexus.
Strange place for a butt plug!?!
This has to be satire.
I suck at engineering and even I would know better than to call that functional
Turns out it was. It was a fb group for Trailer sailors (like me). He trolled us, ftw
That might work for small gardening trailer but that can't be legal.
If it works, it works...
This... certainly does not work
I mean... we don't know if it does what it's intended to do... if he's trying to pull a boat it won't, but if it's to pull a kid in a cart, it could probly do the trick.
Who the fuck is pulling their children around in a cart with a full sized suv?
A Lexus RX is anything but a full-size SUV. More like a lifted Camry with bigger tires. But I agree with your fundamental point.
Touche, thanks for not being a dick about it. I'm not being facetious.
The same kind of person that does this to their car and thinks “yeah, that’s perfectly safe.”
Ok Billy, if you see the red lights, try to cover your face when the cart slams into the bumper.
I promise this won't work
I would like to see the results of the first official tow on r/winstupidprizes !
Sweet little red wagon tower!
Op posted this atleast 4 years ago.
Final Destination XXIV
What in Tarnation……..
Honest question, is this even street legal?
Put this on r/redneckengineering lol
Genius! Now all cars can tow heavy loads super unsafely!