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Unread 06-14-2013, 03:25 PM   #1
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Recovery questions

I've got a 2010 WK AWD model wth no factory tow hooks. We are heading to the desert this weekend and I want to bring a recovery strap in case I have to drag my friend out or vice versa. I was under the jeep earlier and didnt find anything that I thought to be suitable as a tow point to yank someone out without damaging my Jeep. I did find the mini J hook points along the unibody in front of the leaf springs but is that really strong enough to hook to a recovery strap and pull a 7000 lb Tacoma out or vice versa? We are hoping to not have to use the recovery strap at all but want to be prepared just in case.

Anyone have any input? At this point having a proper hook installed isn't an option for a few reasons I don't have time to type out. No hitch installed either or I'd just get a nice 12,000# shackle and call it done.

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Unread 06-14-2013, 03:45 PM   #2
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Not sure where your talking about because we don't have leaf springs...if you really want to get creative you can pull the front bumper off and use the bumper support. and for the rear you could probably wrap around the rear sliders.
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Unread 06-14-2013, 03:54 PM   #3
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Your just going to break stuff I make tow hooks for the wk if interested
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Unread 06-14-2013, 04:26 PM   #4
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Not sure where your talking about because we don't have leaf springs...if you really want to get creative you can pull the front bumper off and use the bumper support. and for the rear you could probably wrap around the rear sliders.
You're correct. Don't know why I called it a leaf spring lol

Here is the location of the tow spot a tow truck would use.



Strong enough?
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Unread 06-14-2013, 04:31 PM   #5
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If you look at the rear there is a slider on both sides, that go from the rear axle to the bottom of the rear bumper, that have wholes in the middle. You might be able to run a tow strap between the 2, I'm not 100% its strong enough but I think that'll be your best bet.
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Unread 06-14-2013, 08:28 PM   #6
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Again, I'm not planning on actually having to use them, but I would like to know I'm good if I need to.
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Unread 06-14-2013, 09:35 PM   #7
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I think you may break your bumper if you try that, the angle will be wrong.
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Unread 06-15-2013, 11:04 AM   #8
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Had a thought. What if I run a 12-15000 lb chain around those sliders with a shackle on the end to insert the strap. I would think the length of the chain would be enough to save the bumper.
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Unread 06-16-2013, 10:39 AM   #9
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Post up pictures when your bumper gets ripped off..

Wrap the chain around your axle and snatch from there.
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7000 pound tacoma?
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Unread 06-16-2013, 02:09 PM   #11
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You're correct. Don't know why I called it a leaf spring lol

Here is the location of the tow spot a tow truck would use.

Strong enough?
No - that hole is not strong enough. It is unreinforced, layered sheetmetal. Any decent load and a hook is likely gonna rip right outta that.

Tow hooks or shackles in the proper locations is what you want in regards to recovery.
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Unread 06-16-2013, 03:41 PM   #12
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IMO, either take it really easy and don't take any risks or wait for proper recovery. Also, do not snatch from the rear axle, not a good idea.
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I have the same issue. I just placed an order for some aspen creek offroad front recovery shackles. They'll ship out this week after they finish powder coating. $160 shipped for the whole kit, but worth it since there's not really an alternative and viable option.
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Unread 06-16-2013, 09:39 PM   #14
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Turns out we didn't need them. Did some wheeling today and was surprised how well the WK skates around in sand, rock, up hills and everywhere in between even on stock tires and suspension. Definitely first on the upgrade list though. There were some spots I was concerned but managed to get through.

I'm going to bite the bullet and get a set of proper recovery hooks installed. And some proper tires. And a proper lift.
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Unread 06-16-2013, 09:42 PM   #15
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7000 pound tacoma?
Lol that's what I was thinking, what is it full of lead?
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