Originally Posted by Matt123
If i make those changes will you buy one ? You have very good points! and its a simple change.
I would give more consideration to buying one. 5/8 is too small. Likewise, I would prefer seeing gusseted 1/2" tempered plate (or bigger!), and utilizing as many stock mounting points as are available.
When it comes to recovery points, the most robust approach is best. Because if front recovery points are being used, it's highly unlikely the weight being pulled is merely the truck's scale weight -- think scale weight + rolling resistance + stuck material (i.e. mud) resistance + any impediment (i.e. large rock, or a hole caused by spinning tires trying to get unstuck) resistance. So instead of simply a ~5,000# strength requirement, the anchor point may be looking at upwards of a 20,000# strength requirement......or more. And it's best to build for double that......or more. And since we're talking anchor points, you want them to be the strongest link in the recovery system -- if something breaks, I would want it to be the strap or the cable, not what the strap or cable are attached to (thereby creating a missile).
If you could make something that has an 80,000# breaking point, and a 40,000# working limit, including all mounting, I would be all over it. And if you can sell it for sub-$100 shipped, you would prolly be able to sell them faster than you could make them. Something to think about!