Snatching/winching from a 1200kg towbar

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 26, 2006 at 22:47
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Looking at replacing the tongue style towbar on the Pajero with a hitch receiver - there's two options:

1. 1200kg second hand dirt cheap
2. 2500kg new for ~$500

Is there any reason not to go with the 1200kg version? I'll never tow while I own the vehicle (maybe a rental box trailer!), obviously the stronger bar would be best, but for very occasional use for snatching another vehicle, would the 1200kg be fine?

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Reply By: Kiwi Kia - Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 06:47

Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 06:47
Is it also attached at the centre of the body where the standard Pajero loop is bolted on with 4 bolts? If not, you could do a small mod by putting a vertical bit up and bolt it onto the chassis there also. This would give you heaps of additional strength.
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Follow Up By: Scubaroo - Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 07:50

Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 07:50
It's the NM - hasn't got the loop on the rear.
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 07:35

Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 07:35
Scubaroo,

With the tow bar as a recovery point it would be more likely that you would be doing he recovery.
Tow bars are not rated for snatch recovery,so if the 1200kg is bolted on with hi-tensile bolts and is appears to be in good condition then go for it.

Just don't try and recover something that is too big for your vehicle and tow bar.

Wayne
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Follow Up By: Scubaroo - Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 07:53

Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 07:53
Thanks - those were my thoughts - the bars are attached with high tensile bolts, and would look to be stronger than the front recovery loops that Mitsu have tested (but won't officially "rate") for use with snatch straps.
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