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Recovery Points


The factory recovery points (yes, they are tow points, not just tie down points) have come under criticism of late due to the fact that they can be damaged through the course of normal 4WDing. It is desirable to fit more robust recovery points that are attached to stronger parts of the vehicle chassis. The factory points are welded to a fairly flimsy part of the chassis and the metal can tear when high loads are placed on the tow point.

Ian had recently fitted the recovery points shown in the series of pictures below. Whilst they are fiddly to install and the radiator needs to be moved in order to pass the bolts through, they are certainly more robust than the factory tow points.

RHS point. Note that body mount bolt clearance is tight. Note that factory tow point below.

RHS point. Note that bolt clearance to the radiator tank is tight. Note that factory tow point below. Care must be taken to not over tighten this bolt in order to avoid crushing this section of the chassis.

LHS point. Again, clearance to the body mount bolt is tight, but not quite as tight as the RHS point. Note that factory tow point below.

LHS point. Again bolt head clearance from the radiator tank is very tight. Note that factory tow point below and to the left.

Care must be taken to not over tighten this bolt in order to avoid crushing this section of the chassis.

NOTE: See Protector Plate tech page for further information


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