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Old 03-17-2008, 03:14 PM   #1
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I recently purchased a 2003 4.0L Wrangler, my first jeep (I should have done this a long time ago...).

I want to start some off road activity working in the easy/moderate levels. If I do get stuck somewhere, I want to make sure my jeep has adequate tow points for recovery or to assist.

The jeep has the factory 7000lb rated front tow hooks, but no rear hook.

So....

1) Is the 7000lb tow hooks good enough or should I get a set of D-Ring Shackle with a higher rating?

2) What are my options for a rear tow hook? I have a class III receiver hitch installed. Are the D-Ring Shackles that fit into the 2" receiver adequate? Or by connecting to my Class III receiver,I am limit my ability to 3200lbs? What are my other options other than buying a new bumper with built in recovery points.

3) Reading through other treads, I also need a ~20' 30,000lb rated elastic recovery line to use for the recovery.


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for easy and moderate trails your factory tow hooks should be good, unless you get absolutely buried in mud, i would think they would work fine. not sure about the hitch,though. I would guess the d-ring in the receiver would be adequate for that level of offroading. Maybe others will pitch in their two cents, cuz i never get stuck (yeah right). You should look into a high lift jack and the recovery kit they sell if you wheel by yourself alot.

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Your best bet might be a reciever shackle that fits into the 2" receiver and attach a d-ring like this - http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Recei...QQcmdZViewItem.

I have this - http://www.cabelas.com/prod-1/0038717522004a.shtml - but don't pay $30 for it. You can find the receiver hooks for $10. I know 4Wheelparts sells it for that.
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Hi,

Thanks for the information. I do need to look at getting a high jack as well.

I have done some more reading about snatch straps. It appears best to have two points to tie to on the vehicle. Use a equalizing or tree saving strap strap to go between the two points and then use the snatch strap to tie on to that equalizing strap. This way, the load is divided between th two points and less force is applied to each point, a little safer.

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Hi,

Thanks for the information. I do need to look at getting a high jack as well.

I have done some more reading about snatch straps. It appears best to have two points to tie to on the vehicle. Use a equalizing or tree saving strap strap to go between the two points and then use the snatch strap to tie on to that equalizing strap. This way, the load is divided between th two points and less force is applied to each point, a little safer.

Any comments?

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Should not need to use a two point hookup on the stuck jeep unless its really stuck, deep mud, wedged etc. The rear hitch is fine to hook to with either a d-ring insert or if you have no other choice the looped end of the strap over a hitch pin in the 2" hitch box. You also need to plan out which tow point hook up is going to move the jeep in the correct direction once it starts to move. The wrong one can lead to a worse stuck or damage to the jeep.

I have only used two points once, and that was when there was a jeep that was half on the trail and the other half on the down hill side of several hundred foot drop. used two winches, to pull it up and back onto the trail.
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I do need to look at getting a high jack as well.
Any comments?
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The stock jack works with my 35" tires.
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The stock jack works with my 35" tires.
The stock jack is worthless on the trails..... Try it sometime.

Anyone who goes off-road, needs an off-road hi-lift jack....(period). Well worth the $100.
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The stock jack is worthless on the trails..... Try it sometime.
I have and in most conditions it works fine. The stock jack works fine on the trails up to 35" tires and some say even 37" tires, rarely does it not work well and faster as well.

No one would accuse me of doing easy trails (check out my website below) and I stopped carrying my Hi-Lift jack years ago. Of the couple times I've used it, mainly out of curiosity, it was never absolutely necessary. Even the time I busted a front axleshaft I would have been better off using the bottle jack to support the axle while I worked on it.

Certainly there are some conditions where a Hi-Lift is required but in the deserts I wheel in, it's pretty darned rare.
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Hi,

I recently purchased a 2003 4.0L Wrangler, my first jeep (I should have done this a long time ago...).

I want to start some off road activity working in the easy/moderate levels. If I do get stuck somewhere, I want to make sure my jeep has adequate tow points for recovery or to assist.

The jeep has the factory 7000lb rated front tow hooks, but no rear hook.

So....

1) Is the 7000lb tow hooks good enough or should I get a set of D-Ring Shackle with a higher rating?

2) What are my options for a rear tow hook? I have a class III receiver hitch installed. Are the D-Ring Shackles that fit into the 2" receiver adequate? Or by connecting to my Class III receiver,I am limit my ability to 3200lbs? What are my other options other than buying a new bumper with built in recovery points.

3) Reading through other treads, I also need a ~20' 30,000lb rated elastic recovery line to use for the recovery.


Thanks,

Rod
Time to "invest" in some equipment. I highly suggest the following:

- Heavy duty tow strap (loop type - no hooks)
- Extreme Highlift jack (it can also be used to pull yourself out of a jam if alone without a winch)
- Upgraded off-road tires + spare.
- CB radio or cell phone.

Your factory tow hooks are good enough. I'd buy the reciever adapter that has the "d" ring in case you need to be pulled backwards or need to pull someone out.

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I have and in most conditions it works fine. The stock jack works fine on the trails up to 35" tires and some say even 37" tires, rarely does it not work well and faster as well.

No one would accuse me of doing easy trails (check out my website below) and I stopped carrying my Hi-Lift jack years ago. Of the couple times I've used it, mainly out of curiosity, it was never absolutely necessary. Even the time I busted a front axleshaft I would have been better off using the bottle jack to support the axle while I worked on it.

Certainly there are some conditions where a Hi-Lift is required but in the deserts I wheel in, it's pretty darned rare.
Jerry, I agree on very dry conditions like CA has. On the east coast, they just sink in the mud.
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Moz,

Do you use the normal tow straps or the snatch straps?

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Snatch straps have a small amount of elasticity which can help when extracting a stuck vehicle while minimizing shock to both vehicles. Tow straps are for the highway.
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I have used the high lift twice in 14 years of wheeling.. Once the to hold an axle shaft in a busted dana 35 and the other to help change a tire because we wanted to see how it worked.. I leave mine at home. If your using the bottle jack, just carry a small section of ply wood to use as a base, this will help it from sinking in the mud.
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Jerry has it right...snatch straps for the trails.
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Try a cell Phone in the mountains .......................Cb Maybe get someone at least someone from your group same with Ham Unless you don't reqiure a repeater like on the higher frequecy's. Here in the central Sierras at least the cell phones are useless.

And don't Wheel Alone always have anextra vehicle in the group just in case.
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Very good advice from all.

How long of a snatch strap 20' or 30'?


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Very good advice from all.

How long of a snatch strap 20' or 30'?


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Get a 30' 20,000 lb. snatch strap with sewn loops at the ends, no steel hooks.
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In the vehicle DOING the recovery, is it better to tie the snatch strap to the front of the vehicle's tow straps and it operates in reverse gear OR to tie the snatch strap to the rear hooks and use forward gear?

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Always retrieve in a forward gear and be in 4x4 to distribute the stress evenly between the front and rear axles.
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- I would have thought that reverse would have more torque. But, again I am new....

- 30' seem long, but I guess you could double back and make it 15', for shorter needs. Is this the reason for 30' ?
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It's not a torque thing, it's a strength thing for the axles. 30' is better than 20' since you can't always count on being able to get within 20' of the vehicle being recovered. You can't always plan on being within 30' either but the odds are much better.
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Good advice. I need to locate and buy some straps.

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In my searching, I did find some good information....

http://www.juststraps.com.au/pdf/4x4...covery2007.pdf

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