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How are these tow hook-ups used?

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by ERdept, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. Jan 21, 2008 at 5:15 AM
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    ERdept

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    The clevis which is what I'm aware of. You use the tow strap on this.

    But, how are the other two used, the tow eye and the tow hook? Same way with the tow strap?

    http://www.etrailer.com/c-wth.htm
     
  2. Jan 21, 2008 at 6:04 AM
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    Yeah...they're all recovery devices. It's all personal preference and/or where and how you mount them.

    I personally like the D-rings best because the strap won't fall off or slide off.

    If you buy a hook - make sure it has the 'keeper' on it (retainer clip) becauase it'll help hold the strap in place.

    Pardon - here's a picture of a hook w/ retainer on my old (RIP) jeep.
    http://www.lieblweb.com/cpg/albums/Jeep/1992Izzy/normal_125-2521_IMG.JPG

    If you have a regular reciever & ball .... you can remove the ball put a D-ing in the hole and use that as a tow point also.

    In a pinch - I've used angle iron and drilled a hole in it for a d-ring and mounted the angle iron where my bumperettes go (jeep thing again).
     
  3. Jan 22, 2008 at 12:10 AM
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    ERdept

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    I got the D-Ring that fits into the hitch. I'll put a lock on it if there's actually one to fit the ring. I know there's one for the hitch.
     
  4. Jan 22, 2008 at 7:14 PM
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    I have one that looks exactly like the second one down on the link you posted (had part # [FONT=verdana,arial,helvetica][SIZE=-1]SW2546 on that link). Only used it a time or two, but it works really well for when you have to have a hook up point on the rear of your truck.

    As for a lock, I haven't found one that satisfactory for the ring itself, but as for the portion that fits in to the receiver, I use this (link) and it seems to work really well (i.e. - hasn't been stolen yet).
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  5. Jan 25, 2008 at 9:22 AM
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    I agree with the rest. I have a hitch mounted D ring like the second one down and it works great.
     
  6. Jan 28, 2008 at 5:11 PM
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    The hitch mounted d ring will work well but you do not require it if you have a hitch, hook the strap right to your hitch. I have a 3 inch wide two strap, hook it right to your hitch. The front is a different story.
     
  7. May 4, 2008 at 9:43 PM
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    I have the tow eye in the link and hope to never have to use it. Also a 20' X 3" yank strap and two 6' lengths of 5/8" chain with a chain link hook and a keeper strap type hook on each end. The tow eye will handle any combination.
     
  8. May 4, 2008 at 10:09 PM
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    you can always go this route
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    tube bumper with eyelets for d-rings

    i have one on each side right at the frame rails
     
  9. May 5, 2008 at 5:55 AM
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    I hope to god your not talking about the ball on your hitch :eek::eek:
     
  10. May 5, 2008 at 10:04 AM
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    before my rear bumper i wouldnt even get a plug...i just put the lock pin thru the hitch reciever with the end of the tow strap looped around the pin

    worked fine for what i did with it
     
  11. May 5, 2008 at 11:27 AM
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    No I am not talking about the ball, I am talking about the hitch mount. I am not an idiot.
     
  12. May 5, 2008 at 7:41 PM
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    I really like my d-ring hitch. I think it's rated to 10,000 lbs.
    [​IMG]
    I got it for around $25 from CSE Offroad.com (ebay store)
     
  13. May 5, 2008 at 8:10 PM
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    colinb17

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    yeah, you're right, it 's rated at 10,00lbs. i have the same one. i've only had to use a couple times, but it works great. one of those times was actually to pull down a big dead tree in my back yard:burnrubber:
     
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