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Unread 30th July 2015, 01:32 AM
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I believe it was the towball that snapped. A good reminder to never, ever snatch or tow using a rope looped around the towball. Yes it's convenient & yes you might get away with it many times as I've often been told. But all it takes is that one time....

duncanm, snatch straps are safe to use if you do it properly. No need to be afraid of them, just use safe & proper procedure
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^ correct use of recovery gear dscussed here:

http://offroadsubarus.com/showthread.php?t=5181
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I've ordered some 7mm: S.W.L. = 3,000kg Wet Tech soft shackles; we'll see how they go.
http://www.wet-tech.vanryndesign.com...tShackles.html
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I've ordered some 7mm: S.W.L. = 3,000kg Wet Tech soft shackles; we'll see how they go.
http://www.wet-tech.vanryndesign.com...tShackles.html
I think I mentioned it in another thread - but these are dead simple to make and super cheap (8-10mm dyneema can be had for about $6/m, and you'll need about 0.5m/shackle)
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Last week I bought a 50x50mm billet steel recovery hitch with a 4 3/4 T rated bow shackle. I have dropped it at a machine shop to have the tongue end milled down to suit the receiver on my rear bar. It will cost more to have the machining done than the hitch cost but it's the only way to get enough strength to do a recovery from a 40x40mm hitch. The commercially available 40mm recovery hitches are just rubbish they only have a 2t rated shackle.

I have previously attempted to make a recovery hitch from solid 40x40mm bar but the problem is that too much steel is lost around the shackle pin. Starting with a 50x50mm solid bar only machining the tongue means I run a very large shackle and still have full strength around pin. I'll post pics when I get it back from the machine shop next week.

Still not an idea situation to be snatching off a shackle but at least I have removed the tow ball from the equation.
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I've ordered some 7mm: S.W.L. = 3,000kg Wet Tech soft shackles; we'll see how they go.
http://www.wet-tech.vanryndesign.com...tShackles.html
Brilliant idea! Not sure about using 3T shackles though. If something breaks, is it better for the soft shackle or the snatch strap to break?

But if the tie down point breaks, it's much better for there to be less steel flying about!

I wouldnt be able to use these on mine, the SF has plate style tie down points with sharpish corners, I wouldnt trust it not to cut through the dyneema as the shackle moves under tension. For SG and later it would be fine.

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Still not an idea situation to be snatching off a shackle but at least I have removed the tow ball from the equation.
I have the solid type towbar, my 4.7T shackle pin fits in the tow ball hole, it's a perfect fit lol.

Your solution, although complicated & expensive, sounds like a very solid one.
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The funny thing is I also purchased a new 5t recovery strap on the same day. Turns out the eye of this new strap can fit inside my hitch receiver so I can just secure it with the hitch pin. Probably the safest and most simple attachment method possible !

Just wish I'd noticed that before spending $140 on a custom made recovery hitch. Oh well, at least I'll look all tough like a big 4x4 with a bright yellow ARB shackle hanging off my tow bar
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