Anyone used these as Recovery points?

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Anyone used these as Recovery points?

Unread post by Muddynitro » January 27th, 2018, 7:02 pm

Hi I have a 2017 bt50 with the classic dobonsins bullbar. It has eyelets built into the mounting bracket which has 4 bolts and two large D clamps around the frame; eyelets look to be made from at least 5 mm plate. Has anyone used them to snatch off before? Rang Dobonsins and the old guy there recons if it's bolted to the frame as they are, then all good. Real life opinions please.

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Re: Anyone used these as Recovery points?

Unread post by Peter Aawen » January 28th, 2018, 12:21 am

Got any pics?

If you have or take pics you should be able to load them direct onto the Forum thru the 'Attach' button found under the text screen in Post Reply; then selecting 'Add files' & loading the pic file by following the instructions.... That way we'll have some idea of what you are considering - but generally, a hole in 5mm plate is NOT suitable for supporting a snatch recovery point without load spreading plates & substantial backing, HT bolts, and a Rating or WLL printed upon it somewhere. Not saying it isn't or can't be used, just that without some form of significant load spreading into/on the chassis & probably also using a load equalising bridle to spread the load across both chassis rails, the risk of damage (eventually??) is gonna be fairly high - and it'd be a shame to write your vehicle off by twisting or tearing chunks outta the chassis just cos you didn't use something substantial enough for a recovery!!

Check out how heavy the bracing & all the material & manufacturing involved in a 3 tonne or higher Hayman Reece Receiver style towbar into the rear end of a vehicle is - if the bull bar mounting brackets & bracing aren't of the same sort of thickness & substantial nature, with some fairly extended bracing & at least 3 mounting points spread over a large-ish distance & using HT bolts & load spreading plates behind them in a similar way for each chassis rail, then there's a good chance they aren't really up to snatching loads, which can be of 3 to 4 times the magnitude of the vehicle's GVM.... or possibly even higher if you are using a heavier snatch strap or hitting it too hard/fast!! :eek:

Over to you!!

Ps: according to their website, the dual reinforced eyelets on those Classic Bars are only intended as Hi-lift jacking points, which are definitely NOT up to snatching loads or likely even winching loads by a factor of about 3 to 4 times!! You MIGHT get away with a gentle tug on them using a load equalising bridle across both, or even a flat tow... you might even get away with using them that way a few times.... but you might also bend or severely overstress some pretty important parts of your vehicle or rip the eyelets/bull bar mounts off on the very first snatch & maybe not even realise you have done so until the bar falls off or you hit something & it doesn't do what it's meant to do cos you damaged it using it inappropriately earlier!! :petrified:
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