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JTP (WI) 11-13-2011 12:11 AM

Recovery strap hook locations
 
I have a recovery strap (ie. tow strap) that I use to pull stuck people out during snow storms. In the old Jeep, I just wrapped it around the aftermarket hitch bar. But with the new WK2, I got OEM tow, so there's no obvious place to hook the tow strap. So, where would people recommend I attach the tow strap so that I can still help people out, without doing damage to the vehicle.

I'm considering having from tow hooks installed and could then use that, but in the meantime, I'm trying to figure out the best option. Off the top of my head, I could just wrap it around a ball hitch, but then it could easily slip off. Don't really want to buy one of the hook hitches, so wondered if people had a built-in solution. Thanks.

Mendo 11-13-2011 12:44 AM

Re: Recovery strap hook locations
 
Hi JTP. Never tie recovery straps around a ball hitch.

I have seen cases where the ball shears off and becomes a projectile and has killed people. These were sand recoveries and I imagine snow wouldn't require as much force. But to be safe unless you add the proper hooks you might just have to leave them stranded.

Cherodude 11-13-2011 01:09 AM

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You need a receiver bow shackle. Here's an example pic, but there are many sources (Cabela's also carried one once upon a time and Warn sells one also) :thumbsup:

http://www.warn.com/truck/accessories/shackle.shtml

Lingohocken 11-13-2011 01:29 AM

Re: Recovery strap hook locations
 
And this, which is the cheapest: http://www.etrailer.com/p-TR63045.html

rangersplash85 11-13-2011 08:45 AM

Re: Recovery strap hook locations
 
Not sure how safe it is but I just remove the ball mount and then loop the tow strap around the ball mount pin.

jeep2011 11-13-2011 11:12 AM

Re: Recovery strap hook locations
 
In the meantime you can always use the straps with hooks. They can be hooked to the trailer hitch via the chain loops.

Nbtstatic 11-13-2011 11:51 AM

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Just get the hooks. $150 for parts, easy to install.

NB

Cherodude 11-13-2011 04:09 PM

Re: Recovery strap hook locations
 
Front tow hooks AND the receiver bow shackle. Then you can pull (or be pulled :lol:) from either end.

moosehead 11-13-2011 06:01 PM

Re: Recovery strap hook locations
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Cherodude (Post 514633)
Front tow hooks AND the receiver bow shackle. Then you can pull (or be pulled :lol:) from either end.

^This.

As stated above, never use the ball hitch or you'll end up causing serious damage or injury when it snaps and launches. Same can be said for using recovery straps with metal hooks.

12167jeep 11-13-2011 07:21 PM

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The metals hooks are bad. Ive seen the break before, nothing bad happened but could have. Heres some reading:

http://www.offroaders.com/tech/Tow_Straps.htm

Lingohocken 11-13-2011 10:38 PM

Re: Recovery strap hook locations
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by 12167jeep (Post 514715)
The metals hooks are bad. Ive seen the break before, nothing bad happened but could have. Heres some reading:

http://www.offroaders.com/tech/Tow_Straps.htm

The tow eye mentioned below (http://www.etrailer.com/p-TR63045.html) is much thicker than tow hooks -- it weighs ten pounds! -- which is why I got it. The low price was icing on the cake.

It looks as if it would pull a fully loaded semi.

12167jeep 11-13-2011 10:42 PM

Re: Recovery strap hook locations
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Lingohocken (Post 514867)
The tow eye mentioned below (http://www.etrailer.com/p-TR63045.html) is much thicker than tow hooks -- it weighs ten pounds! -- which is why I got it. The low price was icing on the cake.

It looks as if it would pull a fully loaded semi.

Ok? And what do you hook to the tow eye?


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