chain hanging under bullbar

Submitted: Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 18:42
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Hi All,

Just come in from a bit of a trip, and in a few places, I noticed a lot of 4WDs that have a short peice of chain hanging under their bullbars, held by shackles on either side. Looks a bit like a hammock under the front of the vehicle.

But why? I can't quite see what purpose it serves, so if anyone out there knows why, or have done this and can tell me why, I'd love to know.

thanks in advance

TrolUte
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Reply By: Member - David 0- Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 18:52

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 18:52
It is a bridal to even up load two both sides of chassis when snatching. Saves bending the vehicle
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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 18:53

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 18:53
leaving it attached wears the shackles tho, so I dont agree with that idea. Best attach it when you need it, or just prior if crossing a creek :-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 19:29

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 19:29
Not to mention that leaving it hanging is just asking for it to get caught on something while out bush...
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Reply By: DARREN - Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 19:27

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 19:27
Saw them at Cape York mainly on indigenous local's vehicles and I someone told me it was for driving through long grass so the chain hit any rocks or stumps before the diffs did. Personally I would rather stick to the road drive around the stumps, but hey!
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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 19:54

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 19:54
never heard that one, but it sounds like a good way to flick stones up under your vehicle from the raised centre of the track
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Follow Up By: hoyks - Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 21:14

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 21:14
Looking at the locals vehicles, a few stone chips would be a minor concern.
It would be a good idea in long grass though, it would certainly help take the top off a termite mound.
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Reply By: Chucky - Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 23:18

Friday, Feb 04, 2005 at 23:18
Someone once told me that this was to stuff up police speed radars. The radar reflected off the moving chain and gave incorrect readings. This bloke also told me that springs on the front of bullbars doeas the same thing. Don't know if it is true or not.
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Reply By: gordon g - Saturday, Feb 05, 2005 at 02:05

Saturday, Feb 05, 2005 at 02:05
The main reason for the chains is for deep water crossings , as if the vehicle gets stuck you can quickly grab the chain and bring it above water so that snatching can be done a lot quicker and easier, as time is golden when stuck in water.You will notice them a lot in Arnhemland and remote parts of N. queensland
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Reply By: Nebster - Saturday, Feb 05, 2005 at 12:10

Saturday, Feb 05, 2005 at 12:10
Hi

One of the purposes is to stop objects that wont get out of the way from hitting and bending the steering link going across the front of the diff.

Cheers

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Reply By: trolute - Saturday, Feb 05, 2005 at 17:23

Saturday, Feb 05, 2005 at 17:23
thanks for all you thoughts, I reckon the chain will be handy as a 'bridle' for winching, and might help take the wack out of trees and termite mounts.

I'll hang one under the bar this weekend, and see how it goes for a few months...

TrolUte
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Reply By: Mike-TS - Saturday, Feb 05, 2005 at 21:09

Saturday, Feb 05, 2005 at 21:09
Sounds like a good way of ripping the front of the vehicle off if it catches on something whilst driving at speed. It would be better tied up to the top of the bullbar (with the shackles still attached below before anybody says anything!!)? I would have thought..but then again what do I know....
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Reply By: colin - Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 18:11

Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 18:11
the chain is used to knock the top of termite hills before it hits the steering shocky and steering bar most vehicles u see with them are pig hunters and station vehicles which are driven at high speeds chasing pigs a real eye opener if u have never tried it. Col
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