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Old 11-16-2011, 10:47 PM
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Re: Recovery strap hook locations

I feel sorry to add this news item to this forum. Hopefully by perpetuating this story more people can be saved.

Sparro - your buddy is wrong. I believe this tongue has the 2" drop you were referring to. I do also note they said the ball showed signs of rust but bottom line isn't it better to be safe than sorry.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-2...w-ball/2848604
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Old 11-17-2011, 01:53 AM
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Re: Recovery strap hook locations

OK, thanks again for the info. I will direct my friend to this thread so he can read the comments himself rather than getting them lost in translation.
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Re: Recovery strap hook locations

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Every single manufacturer recommends not doing it. Can it work sure. Should you do it? No.
Actually I just bought a recovery strap that shows looping the strap through itself as one of the recommended uses right on the box.

Also, Harbor Freight has a 10k lb shackle hitch receiver for $10.
http://www.harborfreight.com/d-ring-...tch-66212.html
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Re: Recovery strap hook locations

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Actually I just bought a recovery strap that shows looping the strap through itself as one of the recommended uses right on the box.

Also, Harbor Freight has a 10k lb shackle hitch receiver for $10.
http://www.harborfreight.com/d-ring-...tch-66212.html
I bought that last week, think it was $13 in store. Seems to be of high quality.

My strap is a bit too big to fit through it using the obvious method, but removing the shackle, putting the hook on, and then reattaching does the trick just fine.
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Re: Recovery strap hook locations

just get that heavy duty receiver shackle....it's tried and tested....you might think about getting some of the aftermarket rubber that i have seen that goes over the shackle...unless you like the sound of metal on metal....
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Re: Recovery strap hook locations

What about the front hooks? My tow strap shackle cannot fit around it due to the plastic trim. It will fit if I loop it around though.

Is that good enough or should I get a length of chain to sort of extend things out a bit such that I could wrap the chain around the hook and then the tow strap around the chain.

Only planning to use it in rare emergencies. I don't do offroading so it would just be for getting stuck in snow or the like.
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Your better off upgrading to the d ring shackles for the front, once something slips off the hook its a projectile

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Re: Recovery strap hook locations

I would like to add my 2 cents worth from Australia, having been very involved with 4wd training for many years.....
A snatch strap for recovery is a brilliant tool and used correctly is amazing to see. Used incorrectly or in the wrong hands it is an extremely dangerous item. About 6 weeks ago in Western Australia a woman was killed when struck by a snatch strap that had broken from an improper mounting.
Understand these things as sort of like an elastic band, good quality ones are designed to stretch to 30% additional length. The strap breaking strain can be as high as 10,000kg so they are extremely strong.
A very quick description without all the safety bits in between....The way they are used is after fixing to the towing and stuck vehicle - the towing and stuck vehicle attempt to drive off together. Once the end of the strap is reached and depending on how stuck the vehicle is, then the strap will start to stretch as the towing vehicle loads up the strap, it then absorbs energy and will continue to do so as long as the tow vehicle continues forward and the stuck vehicle remains. End result should be that the stuck vehicle comes free as the energy required to unstick is reached in the strap. This happens very softly and is remarkable to witness.
There is a bit more to all this but as you can imagine someone without the correct knowlege and armed with heaps of horsepower and an incorrectly connected strap can and will be a lethal combination. Tremendous amounts of potential stored energy is involved.
If you value life and vehicle never let a strap be used on your vehicle unless correct anchor points on both vehicles and procedures are used. If you don't know how to use it - don't!!
Believe me, damage will result. Coroners have been involved.
Never just hook it over the tow ball.
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Re: Recovery strap hook locations

D ring shackle and snatch strap seem to be the best way to go on MY end,but I'm still trying to figure the best way to attach to the stuck vehicle if it has no appropriate hitch point. What do others use? A short piece of chain w/hooks and the chain thru the strap eye? Strap looped around a frame member? What is recommended? Thanks.
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Re: Recovery strap hook locations

In our end of the world 4wd driver trainers would say you should never attach to a non rated recovery point for all the reasons I initially posted. Don't underestimate the danger.
Chain and hooks are non rated.
If you are still keen to assist a possible stuck vehicle then before you get involved in the bush I suggest you try some gentle practice out of the goop with your strap and a willing accomplice with his vehicle.
You'll certainly become aware of the potential for plastic trim damage at the very least.
A strap wrapped around the frame is subject to abrasion which only makes the situation worse.
Best advice is to find a 4WD club or training provider in your area and get some quality instruction.
Your offroad experience will be very much enhanced and your vehicle will thank you for it. Likely to be less costly in the long run too.
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Re: Recovery strap hook locations

So NOT like this??? Lol.

Fast forward to 0:38 for joy.

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