Recovery Tow Point, Shackles & Bridle Kit
- Toyota 80 Series Landcruiser
Off road driving demands for strong, reliable recovery tow points to cope with a huge variety of recovery situations. The purpose of a recovery tow point is to provide a safe and secure point from which to recover a stuck vehicle. There is much confusion amongst 4WD’ers regarding tow points. Unfortunately, this has been exacerbated because many modern vehicles are fitted with generic tow points. Generic tow points are not vehicle specific, and while rated to 10,000lbs (4.5t) or similar, mounting them is often done by the vehicle owner, who is not in a position to ascertain whether the mounting location can handle the loads exerted during a recovery.
Depending upon how and where these points are mounted, generic style tow points can be unsuitable for recovery situations, and have been seen to fail during recovery operations. Roadsafe Tow Points undergo considerable research and development. Roadsafe 4WD recommend fitting Roadsafe Tow Points as a matched pair, bolted to the Chassis, and used in conjunction with each other in all recovery situations with use of an Equalising Strap (Bridle).
An Equalising Bridle is designed to evenly distribute the load on the vehicle during the recovery operation when connected to the two recovery tow points.
The Roadsafe Equalising Bridles are designed in 2.5m x 8000kg minimum breaking strength, with a movable protective sleeve in the middle and black reinforced eyelet protectors.
Most Roadsafe Tow Points have been designed for use with a 4.7t Bow Shackle. When bolted to the chassis, the use of Roadsafe Tow Points, in conjunction with an Equalising Bridle attached with an adequately rated Bow Shackle, creates a safer vehicle attachment system for recovery situations.
Setting up this system is straight forward, secure one eye of the equalising bridle to one of the installed Roadsafe tow points, pass the other end through the eye on the end of the snatch strap intended for use during the recovery operation. Then, hook the second end of the equalising bridle to the other installed Roadsafe tow point. Line the equalising bridle up with the direction of pull intended and locate the protective sleeve on the equalising bridle in the snatch strap eye.
All Roadsafe Tow Points have been destruction tested during development, to ensure they have the ability to cope with a variety of potential recovery situations.
Each pair of Tow Points is supplied with vehicle specific fitment instructions. These instructions should be followed during fitment to ensure all steps are taken for correct installation, so when required, the points will be at their optimum Working Load Limit (WLL) as stamped. Tow point fitting instructions can be found here.
- Made from 10mm SS41 carbon steel plate
- Direct bolt onto your chassis using high tensile bolts - no cutting or welding required
- Powder coated yellow for high visibility
- Matched pair - specific to each side
- Allow for use of 4.75T bow shackles and a bridle strap
- Rated to a Working Weight Limit (WWL) of 5000 Kg per tow point
- 2 x Tow Points
- 2 x Bow Shackles
- 1 x Equaliser Strap
- All hardware for fitmen
If a bullbar is fitted modifications might be required to the bar bracket, and/or additional hardware might be required such as longer bolts etc
Note: This strap may come in either grey, yellow or black, depending on what our supplier stocks at the time. These are all identical products & are all genuine from Roadsafe 4WD
Fitting is available at our workshop in Bayswater, Victoria. Additional costs may apply.
The 4WD Shed is an Authorized Stockist of Roadsafe 4WD
Fitment Notes - These are used as a guide if your bullbar is not listed then we cant guarantee if the points will suit your vehicle & bullbar.
- ARB - Yes In some cases a small trim of the bar is required (4-5mm) to clear the front most edge.
- TJM - Yes
- Genuine Bullbar - Yes
It is the Tow Points themselves as supplied that have been tested to the WLL advised. It is at the vehicle owners discretion for fitment, ensuring that the chassis is adequately designed, constructed and/or rated to suit this application.
It is recommended that Tow Points are fitted by a qualified mechanic with specialist 4WD knowledge, who has an understanding of your vehicle including weights carried, the style of Bull Bar, general usage etc. as in some circumstances these Tow Points may not be suitable for your vehicle.
These Tow Points have been designed and tested for straight line pull. The Tow Points have not been tested for lifting purposes & should not be used for lifting, the forces applied differ between lifting and straight line pull type recoveries. Roadsafe Tow Points are FEA Tested during design and Destruction tested during development to establish Working Load Limits.
ALWAYS USE TOW POINTS AS A MATCHED PAIR WITH AN EQUALISING BRIDLE. Failure to use tow points correctly can result in tow point fatigue and/or bending, and will void your warranty. Never use a single point combined with a side load/pull.
If a recovery is to be performed, it is imperative both Tow Points are utilized, with the use of a bridle strap. This will share the load through the front of your vehicle, giving increased strength and safety margins, the use of a bridle strap will also keep all components tethered in the case of a failure, reducing the risk of serious injury or death.
Always INSPECT the Tow Points and shackles before each use. Do not use if there are visible signs of damage or wear (including cracking or elongation). Do not exceed the Working Load Limit (WLL) of the shackle or Tow Points. Always STAY A SAFE DISTANCE away from the recovery area – at least 1.5 times the length of the recovery strap. Incorrect use of recovery equipment can result in serious injury or death.
Always ensure that adequate PREPARATION for the recovery, to minimise the strain on either vehicle, has been undertaken i.e. Digging, Rock placement etc. If you do not understand how to use this equipment safely or are uncomfortable with your abilities in the use of recovery equipment, please complete a course that specialises in four wheel driving & 4WD vehicle recovery.