Recovery points on a GQ

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 08, 2006 at 21:03
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Evening all...

Just after a bit of advice on tow points on the front of a GQ. Before our trip in a couple of months I want to put a couple of tow points on the front of the beast (only incase I have to pull one of the lesser vehicles out backwards of course). I am planning to attach an 'equalizer strap' to the front shazzy rails using a couple of 4.7 t shackles. Finally the question... can you connect the shackles directly onto the rails or do you have to use a couple of tow points such as these in the link?

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=4607923226&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&rd=1

If you have to use the recovery points, does anyone know of a cheaper supplier than $55 each for the things. after all their only a small lump of metal with a few holes drilled in them?

Thanks.
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 08, 2006 at 21:34

Wednesday, Mar 08, 2006 at 21:34
That's a fancy bit of kit for sure.....only trouble is that you have to use a shackle to attach a strap (either equaliser or snatch). This is considered an undesireable situation.
On my GU, I use the OE hook which is supplied on the driver's side and on the passenger's side I have bolted-on a common aftermarket hook utilising an existing bolt hole which goes through the bullbar bracket and the chassis, as well as another suitable hole I drilled in the bullbar mounting bracket. Those 2 holes are about 35mm apart (+/-).
It works well for me and means I don't have to have a shackle in the recovery equation when using a snatch strap.
Cheers
Roachie
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Follow Up By: BLUEBAG53 - Thursday, Mar 09, 2006 at 00:04

Thursday, Mar 09, 2006 at 00:04
35mm apart (+/-) plus or minus what?
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 08, 2006 at 21:47

Wednesday, Mar 08, 2006 at 21:47
Boo,

You can get the passenger side Nissan recovery hook. It has got a part number.

A cheap recovery hook only go on cheap vehicles.

Wayne
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 08, 2006 at 22:05

Wednesday, Mar 08, 2006 at 22:05
G'day Wayne,

The one I bought is one of those typical type ones that I believe are rated to a fair amount....at least equal to the standard Nissan hook (which isn't rated anyway, but IS pretty strong). Places like ARB and other major dealers sell them so I friggin-well hope they are up to the task. I think they cost about $20- and come with HT bolts. You can get them in black or chrome. As you would know, I NEVER have to be recovered....hahahaha......but when I've got myself bogged on purpose for club demonstration purposes only, I've used the hooks several times and never had any issues.
Cheers
Roachie
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Reply By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Thursday, Mar 09, 2006 at 08:23

Thursday, Mar 09, 2006 at 08:23
I have one of the rated hooks that Roachie is telling you about, got it for under $20 from ARB, the only difference is I ditched the supplied bolts for the highest grade high tensile I could get. Don't know if it made/makes a difference but I did it to ease my addled mind! I would shudder at seeing a couple of shackles attached to the front of your truck... the ARB ones have a spring clip behind the hook that will hold your strap in place, you could use these and there is a strap available (I think) that will go across between them and you would hook up to that. (I might stand corrected here.... if anyone knows that I am, please let me know)
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Reply By: 4X4Treker - Thursday, Mar 09, 2006 at 11:44

Thursday, Mar 09, 2006 at 11:44
For my GUIV I forged a replica of the original and fitted it to the left hand side of the 4X4 so that when you do need to use them the load is shared by two not one.
When I use the hooks I always use a 4 ton soft sling through the end of the snatch strap and attach each end of the sling to the hooks that way the load is also shared evenly by the two hooks and the chasic rails, using this method I have never had any problem. (Soft sling is about 4 metres long)
Another option is try the wreckers as the GQ hook is mounted different to the GU you should be able to modify a right hand one to fit the left side.

Cheers
Treker
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