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#1 burrito

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 01:44 AM

Where is the best place to attatch a recovery strap to pull out a stuck sedan/ compact car in the snow?
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Posted 26 December 2008 - 01:51 AM

Rear tow hitch would be the best if you have it. I normally just run a locking hitch pin through the loop at the end of my tow strap although I have also used D-shackle attached to a 2" receiver block. If no hitch, I'd attach the tow strap to the frame (not the bumper or the spring perches). I would not tow anyone out with front hooks going backwards unless you absolutely have to (don't torque things in reverse basically).

Edited by Seapahn, 26 December 2008 - 01:51 AM.

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 02:22 PM

Just don't do this:


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Edited by Mike, 26 December 2008 - 02:23 PM.

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 06:15 PM

before I clicked I knew what video that was!!
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Posted 27 December 2008 - 12:38 AM

I don't even have to click on the vid to know what it is! jester.gif

Getting back to the original question, are asking where to hook up on your rig or the pullee?

If it's your rig, reread what Seapahn wrote. If it is the pullee's vehicle, let them hook up with the caveat that you are not responsible for any damage to their vehicle caused by you pulling them out. You can recommend where to hook up, frame preferably, with the same caveat in place.
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Posted 27 December 2008 - 04:22 AM

QUOTE (AJBert @ Dec 26 2008, 10:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't even have to click on the vid to know what it is! jester.gif

Getting back to the original question, are asking where to hook up on your rig or the pullee?

If it's your rig, reread what Seapahn wrote. If it is the pullee's vehicle, let them hook up with the caveat that you are not responsible for any damage to their vehicle caused by you pulling them out. You can recommend where to hook up, frame preferably, with the same caveat in place.


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they hook it up, i tear their bumper off (don't lol, it's happened before) i not hafta pay $$. i use a strap with no hooks or clevis pins, and a nice 2" receiver with a monster tow hook on it, or just the front hooks work fine for compact/subcompact {geo}
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Posted 27 December 2008 - 11:12 AM

Great vid! I have run into the same issue. My mom got stuck in my driveway with her magnum last winter, and there is NOWHERE to hook a tow strap on the front of it. After we finally got tired of screwing around trying to push, I hooked the tow rope to the LCA and told my step dad to pull very easy with his truck. Well he decided to go ahead and give it a nice jerk. Needless to say she had to replace everything on the front of the Magnum. Good thing it was a company car. We would never buy a Chrysler anyways. monkeypee.gif


I always make it very clear if I'm pullin someone out that I'm not responsible for ANY damages that might be incurred. wink.gif
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Posted 28 December 2008 - 03:10 PM

On your truck, put it in the hitch via a pin or a clevace.

On the car you are pulling - well its been covered pretty well - but I definitely make sure they know I am not responsible for any damage from pulling them out. I usually tell them they can hook it up because I don't want to be responsible for damages and they usually say its OK and that I can hook up. Regardless of who hooks up make sure the strap isn't coming in contact with sharp edges. You don't want to ruin a strap.

Most cars require a special hook that attaches to a notch in the frame - I believe its a J-Hook? idunno.gif



Quick story - a while back my g/ got her Malibu stuck in a combination of snow/mud. Well her friend came to pull us out and since he was dirty already (I was nice and clean) we just let him hook up. Well he hooked it up to the LCA (which I didn't know) and proceded to pull her out and pull her back up the road. In the process he bent the shit out of the CA. I wish I would have just gotten dirty because that never would have happened. Oh well - Lesson Learned

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 10:22 PM

Other day on my way home from work i see this guy stuck in a parking lot in about a foot of packed snow, so i decided to go out of my way and give him a pull. Well the vehicle stuck was a newer jeep cherokee , w/ 20"s and some fat racing tires, lol... So i back up to him and get my strap, proceed to tell him to hook it up and he goes shit i dont have anywhere to hook it.

I was like what? He had no tow hooks on front OR Rear! And no hitch! I was totally amazed how this jeep had 4x4 and which btw all 4 wheels were spinning so he had to have a locker in front and rear but no damn hook!

So i told him you can do what you want with it , wrap it around axle or whatever , i dont care, but I AM NOT HOOKING IT UP FOR YOU. I told him he was just asking for trouble.... So he declined to hook it anywhere and me and some other good samaritan just ended up pushing him out.


Funny thing is, the next day , a cobalt was stuck in that same spot craztbeat.gif I was like screw that, The asshole deserves to call a tow truck for thinking he can drive thru that shit w/ a cobalt!
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Posted 29 December 2008 - 06:39 PM

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Most cars require a special hook that attaches to a notch in the frame - I believe its a J-Hook?


A J-Hook will work for some cars. Most will use what is called a T-Hook. There are small oval holes in the frame to insert them. Most Japanese cars have metal tabs behind the bumpers on all 4 corners that use a T-Hook. You have to very careful when winching a late model car. They dont have full frames like older cars or our trucks. Never hook to any suspension parts.

Here is an example of a T / J hook combo.
Attached File  ca_61.jpg   22.82KB   39 downloads

Edited by kmontee, 12 January 2009 - 10:35 PM.

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 07:48 PM

funny this came up i just towed a car out of a ditch 30 feet down from a tow truck removing a jeep cherokee. i made the 16yr old kid hook it up and he used the factory tow hook on his car (ford escort) i pulled him from the side of the ditch and he went to the bottom then out after about 20 feet, just enough to back into the front of the jeep and get stuck again.(no damage) i had him hook to the front and told him again if it breaks it aint my fault. I pulled and heard crunch and stopped (he cracked his bumper. he insisted i keep pulling so i did and got him out and he just unhooked and drove off lol. i watched the tow truck pull the jeep with the winch and i heard a loud BANG and when i looked the reciever hitch was removed from the jeep lol sorry i didnt have the camera with i was just out for a joy ride and became good samaritan. 4LO is awesome

i use a 30' strap with hooks on it btw

Edited by ZR2onthego, 29 December 2008 - 07:48 PM.

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 08:49 PM

QUOTE (ZR2onthego @ Dec 29 2008, 06:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i use a 30' strap with hooks on it btw


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That hook slips and you have a hook flying through your window at extremely high speed.

Just one example:

http://theintelligen.../id/513682.html
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Posted 29 December 2008 - 08:57 PM

Not to minimize that story in any way but the article clearly says "cable". Sure if a cable snaps a hook will come flying at you. A strap will just go limp though.
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Posted 29 December 2008 - 09:53 PM

QUOTE (kmontee @ Dec 29 2008, 06:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
A J-Hook will work for some cars. Most will use what is called a T-Hook. There are small oval holes in the frame to insert them. Most Jap cars have metal tabs behind the bumpers on all 4 corner the use a T-Hook. You have to very careful when winching a late model car. They dont have full frames like olser cars or our trucks. Never hook to any suspension parts.

Here is an example of a T / J hook combo.
Attached File  ca_61.jpg   22.82KB   39 downloads

Yea that's what I'm talking about. thumup.gif

QUOTE (AaronK @ Dec 29 2008, 08:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not to minimize that story in any way but the article clearly says "cable". Sure if a cable snaps a hook will come flying at you. A strap will just go limp though.

Bzzzzzzz. Nice try. Thanks for playing.

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 10:20 PM

QUOTE (AaronK @ Dec 29 2008, 08:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not to minimize that story in any way but the article clearly says "cable". Sure if a cable snaps a hook will come flying at you. A strap will just go limp though.



Strap = big ass rubber band!

s10 found out the hard way!
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Posted 29 December 2008 - 11:24 PM

i have never had a strap fail yet but i also easy into pulling vs the get a running start to see if i can make my pickup a crewcab approach. if i have to jerk the person out its not happening to begin with. hooks are just easier to find a place to attach to
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Posted 30 December 2008 - 01:08 AM

I use a strap with hooks for on road recovery with no tugging, offroad looped strap only!
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