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Unread 10-22-2004, 01:18 PM   #1
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Using Tow Hooks

or not.

It says you can't intall the rear tow hook if you have a hitch receiver. In which case, where do you hook the tow rope/strap on the rear?

Also, has anyone used the front tow hooks to say pull someone out of mud or snow going in reverse? My brother tried to pull me out of the snow last year (had a neon before I got smart ). He was using a full size GMC pickup and when he tried to pull me out going backwards he couldn't. When he turned around and went forward, out I came.

Are you supposed to try pulling people out of snow or mud going backwards?

Sorry if this is easy stuff, it's my first Jeep.

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Unread 10-22-2004, 02:35 PM   #2
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You can use the hitch as a recovery point in the back. I prefer to pull people out with me going forward.
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Unread 10-22-2004, 03:22 PM   #3
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Use the hitch to recover!...Liberty type III hithes are 5,000 pounds strength...
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Unread 10-22-2004, 06:23 PM   #4
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Get a shackle receiver and put it in your hitch. Just unthread the end and loop the tow strap through and thread the end back in. The tow strap won't slip off .

You can tow backwards. At Camp Jeep Ca, a XJ got stuck uphill in sand and a KJ towed him out going backwards uphill in the sand. Lots of cheering!
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Unread 10-23-2004, 12:59 AM   #5
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Thank you all for the info. I like the idea of the shackle. This forum is great!!!
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Unread 10-23-2004, 03:27 AM   #6
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While the shackle is great, until you find one, just use the pin that holds your hitch in. Don't use the hitch with ball, they have been known to break.
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Unread 10-23-2004, 06:37 AM   #7
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Receiver tow hitch

If you insist on a tow hook for the rear, they make one that fits into a 2" receiver hitch.
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Unread 10-23-2004, 08:09 AM   #8
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That seems counter-intuitive. Can the Hitch pin alone hold better than the hitch and ball? It would seem that the hitch pin is only under shear forces between the receiver and hitch. But if you put a tow rope/strap/or hook on the hitch pin alone you would add additional bending moments that the pin may not be designed for. Do you know how the hitch w/ ball are breaking? I assume the hitch pin is the weakest link in either set-up and any force that would shear a hitchpin when used w/ a hitch and ball would much more than a hitch pin (of equal quality) can handle alone. My 0.02 in a good natured and helpfull discussion. Cheers .
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Unread 10-23-2004, 11:11 AM   #9
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VTNomad

Do you have a link to the tow hook that goes into the hitch?
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Unread 10-28-2004, 06:29 AM   #10
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The hitch pin is solid metal, might bend won't break. A hitch ball and receiver is constructed of several parts. Most of the balls will break off at a much lower breaking strength than the pin will bend. Remember a hitch ball is only designed to handle the tounge weight and not much more. There is a reason folks go to a 5th wheel set-up when they are pulling a heavy trailer. I've bent the hitch out of allignment before I've bent the pin. The tow strap will stay on a pin with 100% positive connection, on a ball you either have to hook it on the ball and it has the chance of becoming disconnected with devastating results, or you weaken the connection by wrapping the strap back on itself. You go from a double strap in the loop to a single strap under extreme tension. Breaking a tow strap is dangerous and not something that you really want to take a chance on.
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Unread 10-31-2004, 01:10 AM   #11
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PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE never use the ball.

We were just talking the other day about someone who got killed when the tow strap with metal hooks failed.

The tow straps you want are the ones with the fabric loops, not the metal hooks. Like the picture shows, you get one of those spiffy shackles/d rings. BTW, the hitch is rated about twice as much as a single tow hook would be. And like someone else said, in a pinch you can stick your tow strap INTO your hitch, and secure it with a standard hitch pin and clevis. I've done that many a time.

As for the forward/backward thing. Personally, i'd prefer yanking from the rear because it allows a full range of gears to use in both 4hi and 4lo. I only do a recovery in reverse when i absolutly have to... and with idiot friends like i have... i've had to alot.

Good luck!
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Unread 10-31-2004, 06:11 AM   #12
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Thanks for sharing your experiences and insight. Last thing I want is a 2lb projectile under thousands of lbs of force flying around me or the wife.
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Unread 11-01-2004, 09:59 AM   #13
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Use the Hitch Pin all the time, never had one bend or break!!! So don't worry about it.
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Unread 11-01-2004, 10:12 AM   #14
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In a pinch, sticking the strap end thru the hitch hole and securing it with a pin is fine. hell of a lot safer then a ball anyway.

Make sure you use the clippy to hold the hitch pin in.
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Unread 07-06-2012, 06:53 PM   #15
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Hi,

As a newbie, I'm looking for advice on getting a decent tow strap for my 2005 KJ and wondered if anyone could post some suppliers/piccies? Also details of good shackle would be most helpful!

Many thanks guys.
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