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Trailer Hitch Receivers for GX460


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I recently purchased a 2022 GX460 to replace my 2006 GX470 (old faithful).  I spoke with several local dealers and it seems that the trailer hitch receiver (Class IV or V I am guessing) for the GX460 is in some sort of re design and is currently not available.  Does anyone have any additional info on this and/or when they may be available?  I will hold onto old faithful until the new one is configured to pull a trailer.

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etrailer.com appears to have two hitches for the 2022 GX460 but both have a maximum of 5,000 pounds instead of the maximum 6,500 pounds the GX is rated for:  https://www.etrailer.com/hitch-2022_Lexus_GX+460.htm

Unless you are really going to tow more than 5,000 pounds, either of these two hitches should work well and they're inexpensive to boot.  

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I have been trying to find one since I bought the vehicle 6 months ago, no luck. All after market options have a mx 5000lb tow and 500lb tongue weights. 

Lexus dealer or Lexus USA both won't give a definitive answer to when they are going to come up with the new model. 

I have tried a few custom trailer / hitch manufacture shops locally to see if they can fabricate one but they won't do that apparently if there is already an aftermarket one available on the market. 

Does anyone know the reason for the stop sale in the first place? 

Mine is a 2012 model and I have seen many used ones on the market with original tow hitch installed. Is there a reason not to try and source a used OEM tow hitch? if it was a defective part, all the existing  hitches should have been recalled, correct? what am I missing here?

 

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On 11/21/2022 at 11:42 AM, tejdp said:

I have been trying to find one since I bought the vehicle 6 months ago, no luck. All after market options have a mx 5000lb tow and 500lb tongue weights. 

Lexus dealer or Lexus USA both won't give a definitive answer to when they are going to come up with the new model. 

I have tried a few custom trailer / hitch manufacture shops locally to see if they can fabricate one but they won't do that apparently if there is already an aftermarket one available on the market. 

Does anyone know the reason for the stop sale in the first place? 

Mine is a 2012 model and I have seen many used ones on the market with original tow hitch installed. Is there a reason not to try and source a used OEM tow hitch? if it was a defective part, all the existing  hitches should have been recalled, correct? what am I missing here?

 

The aftermarket receiver hitches for the GX available from etrailer look identical to the OEM receiver hitch shown for the GX in the accessories section of lexus.com .  It's odd that  they are rated at 5,000 pounds max instead of the GX's 6,500 pound towing limit.   I suppose you could contact etrailer or the aftermarket hitch companies and ask why.  

The reason for a stop sale could be as simple as a supply chain issue ... there have been many during the past few years.  There was a stop-sale on a receiver hitch on the Toyota Sienna that I special ordered in 2014.  The Toyota dealer I ordered through was contacted by the factory in Indiana to get my approval to go ahead and build the vehicle without the hitch.   When the OEM receiver hitch became available again some months later, it looked exactly the same as the one sold before the stop sale.  I couldn't wait, so I bought a Curt receiver hitch from etrailer and installed it myself.  

A class 5 receiver hitch with a 10,000+ pound rating is superfluous on a GX that's rated to tow a maximum of 6,500 pounds unless Lexus specifically states that a class 5 hitch will increase towing capacity - very unlikely.  Here's a link to the current Lexus towing capacity guide:  https://www.metrolexus.com/towing-capacity-guide.html

 The guide says that the 2022 LX has the highest towing capacity of all Lexus models - 8,000 pounds.   

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I just spoke to parts manager at a local dealer.  They said the reason for stop sale is because the outgoing model “messed up weight distribution and bending frame”. 
I am skeptical about this because if this was true there would be a recall on all existing tow hitches. 
curt and other after market hitches are tiny and bolt on differently than lexis hitch which explains the lowered tow rating. 
This whole deal is very frustrating to be honest and I low key regret buying GX personally. 

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3 hours ago, tejdp said:

I just spoke to parts manager at a local dealer.  They said the reason for stop sale is because the outgoing model “messed up weight distribution and bending frame”. 
I am skeptical about this because if this was true there would be a recall on all existing tow hitches. 
curt and other after market hitches are tiny and bolt on differently than lexis hitch which explains the lowered tow rating. 
This whole deal is very frustrating to be honest and I low key regret buying GX personally. 

I now see what you mean.  The photo of a supposedly OEM GX460 receiver hitch I was looking at on the Lexus.com accessories page was apparently a generic photo of a hitch and not specifically for a GX.  The GX gallery on Lexus.com shows the receiver hitch with the tube cross bar which is very different from the aftermarket hitches. 

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