Recovery Points on New Prado

Submitted: Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 10:16
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I did a search and found a post on this in 2003 which didn't really answer the question so I'm hoping there might be some more info around now.

A friend who doesn't spend a lot of time on his computer, has just bought a new Prado and wants to attach recovery points to the front. Clearly the tie down hooks shouldn't be used. After asking around, the advice seems to be that there isn't a satrisfactory place to attach them to the vehicle. He doesn't have a bull bar.

Has anyone else had this problem and found a satisfactory solution ?
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Reply By: The Explorer - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 11:05

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 11:05
Not 100% sure but I think ARB in Perth make a set of bolt on recovery points for Prado

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Reply By: Member - Drew T (VIC) - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 11:09

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 11:09
See http://www.lcool.org/technical/120_series/recovery/recovery_points.html

I have added these to my Prado .. they were pretty simple to install. I purchased them from the guy in adelaide who developed them (David Sheridan - dsheridan@cmv.com.au, 0418 820349) for about $100pr

Note that i have never been totally convinced they are actually any better than the factory ones which are a steel loop welded directly to the chassis (is it the weld that is the weak point?).
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Follow Up By: Outnabout David (SA) - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 13:11

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 13:11
Hi Drew,

I am not there anymore but can still help out with the hooks New No. is 04126 04972 or dsh88914 at bigpond dot net dot au
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Follow Up By: Member - Drew T (VIC) - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 13:24

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 13:24
Hi David ... since you developed the after-market hooks can you enlighten us as to what is really wrong with the factory fitted ones?
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Reply By: Charcoal RS - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 14:09

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 14:09
Hi Guys,
You are correct, ARB in Perth do have front recovery points. There is a bit of labour to fit them (removing radiator as stuff) and involves the fitments of some sort of plate. For the pleasure I was quoted $400, still saving up for this mod.

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Jeff
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Reply By: Trev88 - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 16:54

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 16:54
Hi Longreach

I fitted a pair of davids recovery points to my Prado nearly 12 months ago.

It took me all of 30 min to fit (i have a roo bar not that that makes any diff when fitting) I am not macanical in any way but I am willing to learn.

The instructions were simple and all i did was follow them. I think the most inportant part is getting the right bolts (hitensile)

No problems pulling me out of the sticky stuff.

The welded ones that are on the prado now are tie down and the danger is that they are not rated for recovery and if used they will be the part that rips throgh the recovers back window (and hopefully not his head)

That's my 2 cents anyway

See ya out there

Trevor
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Reply By: Outnabout David (SA) - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 19:36

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 19:36
Drew,

The original factory hooks are tie down and emergency towing points only. They are hoops welded on to the chassis ehich in effect is very thin. The chassis will tear the hook of if used for a decent recovery which is very dangerous. I have also seen the chassis torn from rocks coming into contact with the hook bending it down and tearing it back.
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Reply By: DRM (Vic) - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 20:11

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 20:11
Longreach,

I bought mine from John at outbackideas@three.com.au, these are also available from TJM stores.
if you want some more advice you could contact John on 0402 267 571

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Reply By: Longreach - Tuesday, Jun 28, 2005 at 09:49

Tuesday, Jun 28, 2005 at 09:49
Thanks everyone for your help.
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