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OP is proud of his engineering

OP is proud of his engineering

ganymede_boy

Max towing capacity: 15lbs.


DragonMasterC0

If you're fine with it bending a lot, I'd say 20 lbs. Edit: I got a typo


youngbudding

Well the tow hitch probably weighs 4.8 soooooo


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fatkiddown

If you can’t fix it with duct tape, then you’re not using enough duct tape.


IrishMilo

Or you need WD40


wethefiends

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.


frighteningterrance

[Flowchart ](https://www.reddit.com/r/redneckengineering/comments/atimf3/pretty_much_all_you_need_to_know_about_engineering/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf)


wethefiends

You’re a legend.


cef911f1

I'm a retired automotive engineer. I have this framed and hanging on my shop wall.


Prikkasaurus_Rex

With the three sacred items; duct tape, WD-40, and zip ties, I HAVE BECOME IMMORTAL


[deleted]

You must be a fellow southern engineer.


Sensitive-Cherry-398

Plus cable ties.


stevolutionary7

That's NASA level engineering right der.


keeklezors

If women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy


ohitsmark

One of the best shows I've ever come across.


windol1

Sometimes a few cable ties added to the mix does the job.


tackleho

Coincidentally, a couple of boxes of duct tape and bailing wire is all you can tow


ChrisinCB

Ah, it'll just bend back when you hit the brakes. Problem solved.


skunkwoks

Trailer is made of balsa, it’s meant to carry helium balloons


Sybrite

Let's not get carried away.


smarmageddon

With a hitch like this, you needn't worry about getting carried away.


dan_santhems

Technically somewhere between jack and shit


badscott4

Those are Titanium rods. She’ll pull 25 lbs easy


nhluhr

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.


ganymede_boy

^ this guy tensiles


Sparriw1

In this case, shouldn't we be more worried about the shear strength?


corvairsomeday

For the amount of bending expected, I would imagine it'll become mostly tensile. 🤣


Arkadia5155

Where does titanium really outperform steel? urious.


victorged

Weight, to put it very simply.


TooThicccums

and longevity


nhluhr

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.


RalphHeise

or less 😂


Trebono

As long as you only need the hitch for banging your shin into, that’ll do just fine


cambium7

Honestly that seems to be the primary purpose of most hitches


a_run22

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.


silentkoala3

Well you know what they say. Hitches give stitches.


Silvinis

Idk, I saw a hitch that was an 8inch dildo when I was in Staten Island. They do have other purposes


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Silvinis

Nah, tested it out. Felt closest to 8


Udkstreet

You are a good person for that. I might have been wondering about that for a while.


HordeMaster-50_12

Curious - so only when you were in Staten Island? Weird.


MizchiefKilz

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.


Stryfe2000Turbo

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


MizchiefKilz

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?


Stryfe2000Turbo

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.


tclatrail

Where are you from, if you don’t mind me asking?


Stryfe2000Turbo

Canada, in the province of Manitoba


Syreeta5036

Of note, Ontario is very different than this


spoonfight69

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.


DirtyFraaanks

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.


psaux_grep

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.


67Mustang-Man

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.


MizchiefKilz

hey we're Tundra bros


67Mustang-Man

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.


MizchiefKilz

Damn bro, we got to figure out how to attach side hitches


Din_Plug

Based


conanf77

They’re also great for banging shins on in parking garages.


worldspawn00

It can rust in place and you have to replace the whole hitch. Seriously, you should never leave it in when not actively towing.


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Krokadyel

If someone rear ends you, they are already fucking you over and it is in no way a "minor" mistake.


PM_ME_GLUTE_SPREAD

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.


SuperSaiyanSkullFuck

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.


kcasnar

Brake checking is not cool, dude. Ever, for any reason, no matter how angry you are. People have killed families doing that.


Prestige_wrldwd

If you brake check someone over 5mph you’re in the right sub.


Puffena

r/IdiotsInCars (that’s where we are) r/Iamverybadass


BBaffin

Please show the after pic


gunnster3

I, too, wish to see this. 🙋🏻‍♂️


JohnT4

I’ll see you over in r/WhatCouldGoWrong


TuroSaave

And r/InstantKarma


parlerler1543

Also r/instantregret


HumanChicken

I’m imagining a boat in the back seat at a red light…


HaydenJA3

Bold of you to assume they would make it out of the driveway


_Nameless_Nomad_

Came here to comment this.


LeMans1217

Unless those rods are Beskar, that's the worst piece of engineering since the Concrete Life Preserver.


wirthmore

>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.


LeMans1217

As long as you're willing to tow nothing heavier than a kid's red wagon, this bumper and hitch will work


7eggert

That will only work if they post the video here.


psaux_grep

Concrete can float. Just depends on how much air is trapped inside.


ubermeisters

This statement is almost universally true for all materials.


MetroidPrime437

I would prefer hypothermia rather than drowning.


wegl88

...or an aircraft carrier.


ThePonyExpress83

What a time to be alive!


earthlingady

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. https://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofBritain/DDay-Mulberry-harbours/


LeMans1217

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.


sizl

This is the way


MaxChaCha

Took the towing capacity of the Lexus RX 300 from 3,500 pounds to 300. Smort.


chainmailbill

You are very optimistic


dino0509

He meant 300 grams, surely


hahayes234

What I read was 2k max unless it has the factory tow package on it; and this sure ain’t a tow package


xilous97

Nice, it’s ready to tow a Barbie Powerwheels car


Kologar

Or the 12" plastic version.


RPup_831

The bumper will have plenty of holes in it, soon enough


sinister_lefty

r/DiWHY


kgruesch

Come on, it'll tow a whole power wheels in a radio flyer wagon for at least 7 feet!


iConfessor

not with me in it


DeepWater86

And another Lexus about to be scrapped. A sad day


Poopsticle_256

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.


PlasticPegasus

The hood. Toyotas don't die. They just get passed on to a different type of buyer.


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SylviaBurbank

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.


Trekintosh

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.


parsman24

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.


AltruisticCoelacanth

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.


PlasticPegasus

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.


SaltMineSpelunker

I just wanna film him trying to tow something.


nvsmythe

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.


hellphish

Is this a poem


FalconFiveZeroNine

He wants to tow stuff, but his Lexus needs a hitch. Solved: jerry rig it.


The_Matias

Haikud see what you did there.


Thincer

Haiku


_Cronicos_

I read this in filthy frank's voice XD


TheBatemanFlex

You could probably tow more just by getting your kid to hang out of the trunk and hold on to the trailer.


waterlessfisherman

User name checks out.


senorcanche

Maybe that could pull one of those kiddy wagons.


bum_disposal_agent

r/redneckengineering


SimpleMachined

I’d expect this from a Lexus driver.


GirthwormGym

I wonder how much weight that could take before ripping off of the bumper or ripping the bumper off…


UCBeef

Bout tree fiddy


MT10inMA

That's not the op. This picture had been around forever


pirateanimal

Yeah, he came clean after fb blew him up. He had me convinced obviously


Thincer

That's a respectable class .00000005 hitch.


hahayes234

There’s some decent time invested in this Tomfoolery


thedaddystuff1979

You know what else doesn't make holes in a bumper? The appropriate tow hitch for that car lol


stesouthby

Remove the mirror and don't look back problem solved


CarGuy_1

Yep, just right for towing a grocery cart. You'd think that since they could afford a Lexus, they could buy a real hitch.


TheLawbringing

Cost of making this - probably $50 Cost to rent a u-haul for a day - $40 Makes sense to me!


sssemiaaautistic

The fact people like this exist is terrifying 💀


PerformerDue4124

Thats about to make one big hole in the bumper when you hit the brakes for the first time


SaltyMarvel

Perfect if they are only hauling their dignity.


6GrimReaper9

Bro. Is that threaded rod?


punchin_juedi

Allthread brand towing hitches. The best, anywhere.


mrfat187

Rated for 10lbs


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these are not-sway bars


um8medoit

The first person to parallel park behind this guy at night is gonna smash this thing and their bumper all to hell.


PatrickJames3382

He’s towing a “little tikes” guys, it’s fine.


Rod___father

Maybe to drag the trash can to the curb


spill_the_sass_shoe

r/idiotstowingthings


rojm

What happens if you slam on the brakes when carrying a boat? One really big hole?


a-guy-on-his-phone

Gonna launch the trailer like a sling shot.


RoderigoMcTaco

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.


orangetwentythree

That would break if I stepped on it


No_Bandicoot_2442

Falls off halfway on the highway


The_BusFromSpeed

Jesus Christ, is that ready rod!? He won't be able to tow a little red wagon with that shit.


Alternative_Pilot_92

In the ongoing battle of shin vs. tow hitch, I think the shin can actually win this one!


prof-spaulding

Omg there’s a bolt on option for 150$ that doesn’t require any modifications. This is death on wheels once they start towing.


Beanieboocollector87

Lexsus


Hahablanko

Lol he thinks it’s an accessory 😂


jhooksandpucks

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!!


musnuk

Hit the brakes and you’ll make a hole in the bumper.


PointiestStick

you can tow a semi truck with it as long as it's a toy one.


NMEOne

Physics 101 would be helpful right now.


numa_lion

Picture-perfect bumper, wouldn't want to put holes in it. 🙄


One-Kind-Word

What could go wrong?


Estoye

Perfect for towing that [Little Tikes Cozy Coupe](https://www.target.com/p/little-tikes-cozy-coupe/-/A-53594417)


facewithoutfacebook

Great, now you can dry clothes while driving.


ApplicationFull7592

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.


Tidd0321

That's adorable. Bless his heart.


fbomb33

This has disaster written all over it. I’m delighted...


Funny-Reveal8140

Please don't actually use this...


Terghan

If those bars were 8 orders of magnitude thicker, they might be able to tow a child's plastic toy car!


damurph1914

Anyone else want to see a follow up post in a week or 2?


Gwebzu

All without making holes in the bumper :-)


Suprflyyy

“You know, I’m something of an engineer myself.”


c_4_c_t_U_s

i love how he thinks he did a good job lmao


sprinkle_apocalypse

OK, we've seen the before. Where's the after picture?


MN_LudaCHRIS

I foresee a lot of flexing and breaking and $$$$$$ on the horizon


Bheau84

You idiot...


HowboutdemCBs

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?


Udkstreet

That will just rip the ass out of the Lexus.


frilex66

Oh no


_bluntman_

Oh dear


Independent_Car_979

LOL 😆😆😆😆😆


shem8888

Strange place for a butt plug!?!


IOughtToBeThrownAway

This has to be satire. I suck at engineering and even I would know better than to call that functional


pirateanimal

Turns out it was. It was a fb group for Trailer sailors (like me). He trolled us, ftw


theprintedray84

That might work for small gardening trailer but that can't be legal.


Dancing_Pandas1

If it works, it works...


dickbarone

This... certainly does not work


Dancing_Pandas1

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.


youngbudding

Who the fuck is pulling their children around in a cart with a full sized suv?


RPup_831

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.


youngbudding

Touche, thanks for not being a dick about it. I'm not being facetious.


InsertPlayerTwo

The same kind of person that does this to their car and thinks “yeah, that’s perfectly safe.”


Snakestream

Ok Billy, if you see the red lights, try to cover your face when the cart slams into the bumper.


youngbudding

I promise this won't work


CalulNazdravan

It doesn't


mastiff_master

I would like to see the results of the first official tow on r/winstupidprizes !


Direct_Drawing_2817

Sweet little red wagon tower!


TheBupherNinja

Op posted this atleast 4 years ago.


Brandiesel88

Final Destination XXIV


IntelligentNerve1394

What in Tarnation……..


BadgerhoundGuy

Honest question, is this even street legal?


JeffreyBomondo

Put this on r/redneckengineering lol


totallylambert

Genius! Now all cars can tow heavy loads super unsafely!