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Old 08-01-2013, 04:15 PM   #1
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NEWB Towing Questions

I am new to the jeep world, and dont really know a whole lot about towing. I am wanting to get a d-ring attached on the back, but i need to first either get a new rear bumper or install a hitch. I'm probably going with the hitch as it is much cheaper. Are these good products to use?

Smittybilt 29312B - Smittybilt Black Receiver Hitch D-Ring for 2" Receiver - Quadratec

Quadratec Premium 2" Receiver Hitch with Wiring Kit & Jeep® Logo Plug for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

I would most likely remove the side tow-hook from the rear and leave the d-ring in the hitch all the time.

Can some also explain the difference between a tow point and recovery point? Also, what kind of straps would I use to pull a car out of the snow or get pulled out of something I get stuck in?

I really apologize, I have seen different answers on this forum for all of my questions and just thought I would open a new thread. Like I said, I'm new to towing anything as this is my first 4x4 I've owned.

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Though many folks use those hitch type receiver recovery D-rings, they can cause problems too. Your Jeep will weigh more than the hitch is rated for for starters. Most of the time you would be tasked to pull someone out, or have someone pull you out when someone is really stuck, the forced required to free the stuck vehicle can easily exceed your hitch' rated load... I've seen some really bent up hitches from a sideways pull on hitch mounts (tow point).

The factory tow hook (recovery point) is a good one and I'd suggest you keep it on. Recovery points are always attached directly to the vehicle frame. You can use a shackle bracket in your hitch receiver if you wish, but consider the loads before you attempt a recovery.

There are different types of straps as you have learned already. A recovery strap has loops on both ends and is also called a snatch strap. This type strap will stretch as you jerk on the stuck vehicle some and allows the towing vehicle to utilize momentum when trying to pull a stuck vehicle. Tow straps don't stretch, and have hooks on both ends. DON'T USE TOW STRAPS FOR VEHICLE RECOVERY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Those metal hooks will fail and send shrapnel somewhere, hopefully where nobody is, but the risk is very high.

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Old 08-01-2013, 10:10 PM   #3
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Maybe a dumb question...actually it is haha. But how do you pull out a vehicle that doesn't have tow hooks or a recovery hook? For instance, how would I use a snatch strap on my girlfriends Saturn Ion if it were to get stuck in the show? Wouldn't tow straps be ideal since you could hook directory to the Ions frame holes? Thanks for all the info guys
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To recover that Saturn, you would have to DIG a hole UNDER it, big enough for you to crawl under and find a place to hook to. While the car is in a road or a ditch. The quick and dirty answer is don't do it. I passed up lots of people last winter that I couldn't help without destroying their car or endangering myself. I ask if they need a ride.
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So essentially the tow hooks and recovery point on our JKs are for pulling out other Jeeps, Trucks, and SUVs with similar hardware?
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It's up to you as to what you try and recover. As mentioned, it isn't necessarily easy to get to a place on many vehicles to attach a snatch strap. The strap needs to attached to the frame somehow directly, and just about all vehicles have a place to attach to the frame. You might have to loop the strap around the frame and use a shackle bracket to close the loop for the pull for example. Also as mentioned, there is the risk of damage when recovering a vehicle. Often the attached strap will pull on body, fender, or bumper panels and cause damage.

I forgot to mention that whatever recovery strap you choose, it should be rated at least twice your vehicles weight. For a Jeep, I'd recommend nothing less than 10,000lbs.
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Be aware that not all tow straps have hooks. Many look the same as a snatch...just they will not stretch. I have an ARB snatch, and a Warn tow. They look nearly identical. Colorful (orange vs yellow) and loops at both ends. I use the tow to recover a vehicle that just needs a nudge basically, and a snatch for one that is knee deep in chit!
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