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Recovery points !
by Nadim Samara
Land Rovers rarely come with sturdy, offroad,
recovery points. The
Lebanese market does not include military Land Rovers, and therefore,
we usually have to add on our own type of recovery points front and rear.
Moreover, I will concentrate on coil sprung models only, as they are more
Starting at the rear of our Rovers, the
first thing we see on coil
sprung models are two eyelets on each side of the rear chassis
member. These are NOT made for off-road recovery. These were
designed to hold the vehicle in place while in transportation. It is
highly advised not to use them, as one of these eyelets on an
extended cable or rope can shatter glass and break limbs off very
The solution for the rear is quite simple actually. Rovers are designed to
accommodate a central towing hitch, which is very sturdy, and is
for use off-road. Now, you can install them with the original LR parts,
which is a very sure package. However, that will diminish your departure
angle. Now, what serious off-roaders need
are those hitches mounted high up, in order not to affect the
departure angle. Having done mine in that manner, I can assure you
that it is extremely sturdy, and will barely affect your departure
Now, as far as the hitches themselves are
concerned, well, there are
many types. From the original open-ball, to the LR towing assembly,
to the NATO 9 ton jaw type, all are excellent. The latter is widely
used in the military, and is therefore my personal favorite.
Moreover, it has a locking mechanism that will hold the rope in
place regardless of the tension.
There are 2 welded eyelets on each side
of the front chassis. These
are NOT to be used for recovery. From personal experience, I can
guarantee that they are not up to it. While in a recovery situation,
they bent forward, and were about to snap out of place. We stopped,
and reassessed the situation.
Up front, there are some tough problems.
Defenders usually come with
Jate-rings, but not all of them. Now, you have to consider that the
Lebanese market has few off-road accessories for Rovers. The series Rovers
have a very strong D-type recovery point, these can be easily
attached to any steel bumper mounted up front. Now, on Discoverys
and Range Rovers, well, one must either get a whole new bumper, or
fabricate some custom recovery points. Certain bull-bars have
integrated recovery eyelets, such as the ARB, TJM, BRB, and many
others. Good luck finding one in Lebanon. My improvisation was to
get my hands on a couple of American made military D-type rings.
These are attached to my custom bull bar, and have proven their
weight in gold!
You must check that you have at least one
strong recovery point
front AND rear. If ever in doubt, wrap some sort of loose object
(rope, jacket.etc) around the tow rope, in order to kill its kinetic
energy should the recovery point, or the rope, fail.
Remember that a weak recovery point can
act like a bullet, and can
cause death, God forbid. Therefore, for safety on the trails, make
sure that you use above average equipment, mounts, and recovery
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