Rear tow point on Patrol

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 17:51
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Have a GU Patrol and was wondering whether I should use the 'D' provided above the towbar or pull the towbar out and put the strap through the pin. Is the 'D' bolted to the chassis?
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Reply By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 18:00

Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 18:00
I have personally seen a Patrol "D" make it's way through the windscreen of the recovery vehicle. It is most likely a great point to drag the car onto a tilt tray, I wouldn't trust it with the forces involved in recovery.
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 18:03

Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 18:03
The "D" is bolted to the chassis cross member and can be used for a recovery point, but the tow bar is better. The fact that it has a lot more bolts holding it on and it is bolted to both chassis rails.

Wayne
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 18:24

Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 18:24
The "D" on the Patrol is really good for anchoring the dogs lead. Maybe thats what it is intended for. WARNING.... dont forget to untie the dog before moving camp... Michael.
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Reply By: Utemad - Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 18:52

Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 18:52
I'd be concerned that the 'D' has bolts that are likely to be pulled out as it is only the thread of the bolts that are holding onto the car. Unlike a recovery hook or Hayman Reese bar that has the bolts across the pulling direction. Not a particularly good explanation but I'm sure you get the idea.
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Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 19:37
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Reply By: Patrolman Pat - Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 19:33

Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 19:33
According to posts on the Patrol4WD site the D ring on the rear of the Patrol is Ok for winching but not for snatching. Personally I won't use it for either preferring the tow bar.
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Follow Up By: H2O - Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 20:27

Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 20:27
Thanks for all your replys - will use the towbar then!
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Reply By: James M - Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 21:32

Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 21:32
Gday H20

The D is good for dragging firewood and thats about it. Never shock load it, ie snatch strap.

It is bolted to the chassis, but have a look at how p$@@weak the weld is.

Its no extra hassel putting the strap through the pin in your tow point.

Many happy recoveries
James.
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 23:04

Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 23:04
Hi James. Hey i'd like to see that.. a loaded snatch strap and a hard wood railway sleeper half stuck in the ground..... would make for some mild entertainment... michael.
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Reply By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Friday, Jan 28, 2005 at 07:21

Friday, Jan 28, 2005 at 07:21
Never use the "D" for recovery. Use the Haymen Reece... and contrary to what the others above have said, be careful using just the pin to hold the strap... those pins are designed to hold the tongue in place... not a snatch strap... they can and do bend... how will you get the pin out if it's bent??? There are other ways to recover.. usually rated hooks onto the chassis.

I have removed the "D" from my Patrol... and I have a spare tongue with a rated recovery hook attached that connects to the Haymen Reece for recovery use.

Best thing to do is either join a club or do an off-road driving course.... you'd be amazed at how many things acn wrong out there!!!
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