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Old 04-06-2012, 09:23 AM   #57
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There's no rule that says the exhaust has to exit at the rear. Any muffler shop could solve the routing problem. If the o.e.m. receiver is at Toyota it is EXPENSIVE, I own Toyota's and the only thing I buy at Toyota is their oil filters.

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Old 04-06-2012, 10:48 AM   #58
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Only oil filter better than Toyota OEM is the NapaGold (Made by WIX)

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Old 04-17-2012, 01:55 PM   #59
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Hello everyone!

I’m Travis and I work at CURT Manufacturing, LLC. I came across this thread and thought you should know what we’ve done to correct this issue. This 13534 hitch was redesigned after @Mike Magee’s initial problems in 2009. These are the specific changes made to the CURT 13534 in 2009: muffler clearance strap widened to 3” and an additional 1/8” of steel was added to the front of the side plate to accommodate for stress. This hitch has passed industry standard SAE J684 testing. CURT stands behind their customers and their products. If anyone ever has any issues I encourage you to contact our technical support team @ 800.798.0813.

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Old 04-17-2012, 02:31 PM   #60
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i have never seen one of those hitches before,,,, and in spite of the weird design giving me a bit of the willies,,,,i would expect their engineering to prove out. so something is going on. frame flex? too high of carbon content in the hitch steel? poor temp. control during welding? somewhere that vehicle , and that hitch,, are simply fighting each other.

i do assume of course your not jumping multiple school bus in a world record attempt....but that looks like one or the other company would want to look real careful at it.
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:17 PM   #61
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Nice response by Curt
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:22 PM   #62
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Welcome to the forum, Travis.

I might add to my previous comments that I'm sure the vast, vast majority of Curt receivers hold up fine. Broken hitch receivers of any brand are pretty rare. I am unusual in my usage pattern, in that mine gets used day in and day out for about 20k to 25k miles per year. And my tongue weight gets pretty close to the rated capacity (although I spend all day offloading, a little at a time, through the side door). So maybe I'm stressing my receiver more than the average person.

This one that broke did have the 3" wide muffler clearance strap; I just measured it. And they had made this one's side strap (the broken part) protrude down farther than the original, with an extra little outward bend in it there to add stiffness. It did last three times as long, probably thanks to those improvements.

The customer service at Curt was fine IMO. They probably would have replaced this one again if I had told them about it.

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