Do I really need to install tow hooks? I'm a little hesitant to buy them for $30+...Is there any other safe way of attaching a rope to pull someone or my self out of a snowdrift or mud puddle?
Completely agree. I ended up spending on $100 on basic recovery gear: tow hook, locking pin, D link, 30ft snatch strap.jeepjones said:$30 isn't what I'd call expensive especially if it's going to save your ass. It's a ton cheaper than calling a tow truck seeing how they won't go into the trail to rescue you.
Like this...Alright I think I'll get the front tow hooks. Where do you mount the rear tow hooks though Jerry?
Or you could cut a small piece of conduit or pipe to act as a spacer that will help the frame rail maintain it's shape, gain the strength of the full rail and avoid torque'ing the single side out on a pull that isn't straight. I'd be sure to use washers on both ends of the spacer to avoid wear from friction against the frame.Like this...
You only need to drill one hole, the other hole already exists. Do NOT (!!!) drill through both sides of the frame, the washers and nuts go inside the frame (yes). There is a small opening underneath the frame you can fish the washers and nuts up into to attach to the bolts.
Through-bolting the frame would just start a never-ending cycle of the frame collapsing as you continually retighten the tow hook bolts as they loosen due to the frame being squeezed together by through-bolting it.