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    Question Lightweight recovery tow bar hitch receiver

    Anyone using a lighter weight recovery tow bar hitch receiver?

    The common steel ones weigh a bit:


    hitch_receiver_2_2.jpg

    I noticed that George 4X4 have units made out of solid aluminium < 5 T D-Ring Hitch Receiver Tow Bar & one Shackle Kit
    – George4x4
    >. They have the same load rating (5T) as their standard steel units and on their current sale are not drastically more expensive. I enquired about the weight saving and was advised:

    The standard one is 160mm

    Made by solid Aluminum: 0.82kg/pc

    made by solid steel: 2.14kg/pc




    extended one made by Aluminum 230mm length: 1.5kg/pc.






    The shackle net weight: 1.03 kgs per pc.
    A fairly substantial weight reduction. Personally I keep my recovery tow bar hitch receiver in the storage bin in the cargo area all the time just incase so I like the idea of less weight to potentially bounce around.

    Any other brands people are using?
    Mine - modified MY03 LT L318 Discovery 2a HSE Td5 15P
    Hers - MY12 L319 Discovery 4 2.7L TDV6
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    Iíve always considered those things as a solution looking for a problem

    Slip out pin
    Poke strap into hitch
    Slip in pin

    Voila

    S
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    Lightweight recovery tow bar hitch reciever

    Quote Originally Posted by roverrescue View Post
    Iíve always considered those things as a solution looking for a problem

    Slip out pin
    Poke strap into hitch
    Slip in pin

    Voila

    S
    Yep, a purchase for the sake of it and nothing more.

    And this version is even lighter Lightweight recovery tow bar hitch receiver


    After hundreds of recoveries I still donít have any of this ďsurplusĒ

    Why add a lump of metal, then fit a lump of metal to it...
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    I alsways use these recovey hitches after i bent a pin and had to wrap 1 end of a hacksaw blade with tape as a handle to cut said bent pin.

    It took ages.

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    If the recovery was violent enough to bend the pin, a kinetic recovery wasnít the correct choice (or the pin was poor quality).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tombie View Post
    After hundreds of recoveries I still donít have any of this ďsurplusĒ
    Hundreds?
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    I would have been in hundreds of individual recoveries.

    A few years back
    Early Storms in at a coastal camp on Cape Melville in December
    5 vehicles 3 trailers - 9 hours to essentially winch a section that normally be driven in 2.(this was before things like council roadwork and road closures)
    We would have made 50 plus recoveries that one day?
    We were getting one vehicle through tree to tree , then winching the other 4 vehicles and 3 trailers seperately through each section.

    That trip was my final use of dynamic recovery - broken strap no damage - vehicle stuck fast
    Winched slowly and surely out

    Oh we did break a dyneema winch rope that day too - tied it together and kept winching.


    And I agree with Tombie, leave the bling on the shelves - but another 30m length of Dyneema!


    S
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    Lightweight recovery tow bar hitch receiver

    Quote Originally Posted by p38arover View Post
    Hundreds?
    Yep hundreds, been doing this a long time.

    Was active with a local recovery group for a few years, in that time probably did 30-35 recoveries alone.

    Remember, Offroad for me is only 5 minutes away.

    Most fun recovery was a fully bogged Road train, to be fair I used a WA900 as the recovery vehicle Lightweight recovery tow bar hitch receiver

    Another was a 10t fuel pod truck, stuck in a Clay Pan. Took us 8 hours to get that one out.
    Cheers
    Tombie

    Gone - D1 AZZKIKR - 5.0L Supercharged with the lot
    Gone - Tombraider Defender - Lara
    Gone - D2 TD5

    D4 MY11
    - Just about the way I want it.
    D90 MY15 - Just about the way Mrs Tombie wants it.
    Cancelled the new order...

    And for those fun times:
    2007 Suzuki M109R Boulevard Limited - 1800cc of V-twin goodness
    2020 Suzuki Katana - 1000cc of pure mayhem - Just Send It

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    Quote Originally Posted by roverrescue View Post
    I would have been in hundreds of individual recoveries.

    A few years back
    Early Storms in at a coastal camp on Cape Melville in December
    5 vehicles 3 trailers - 9 hours to essentially winch a section that normally be driven in 2.(this was before things like council roadwork and road closures)
    We would have made 50 plus recoveries that one day?
    We were getting one vehicle through tree to tree , then winching the other 4 vehicles and 3 trailers seperately through each section.

    That trip was my final use of dynamic recovery - broken strap no damage - vehicle stuck fast
    Winched slowly and surely out

    Oh we did break a dyneema winch rope that day too - tied it together and kept winching.


    And I agree with Tombie, leave the bling on the shelves - but another 30m length of Dyneema!


    S
    Didnít you have a couple of good ones on your top end run with Stephen all those years ago?

    I seem to remember a couple of pics from back then.
    Cheers
    Tombie

    Gone - D1 AZZKIKR - 5.0L Supercharged with the lot
    Gone - Tombraider Defender - Lara
    Gone - D2 TD5

    D4 MY11
    - Just about the way I want it.
    D90 MY15 - Just about the way Mrs Tombie wants it.
    Cancelled the new order...

    And for those fun times:
    2007 Suzuki M109R Boulevard Limited - 1800cc of V-twin goodness
    2020 Suzuki Katana - 1000cc of pure mayhem - Just Send It

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