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Old September 10th, 2012, 11:42 PM
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Towing eyes...

So, I am starting to tow my Defender a lot now since I bought a trailer for it. The eyes are getting pretty bent with the stress. Should I be worried about them failing. Should I figure out a different way to strap it down? If so, what?


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Old September 11th, 2012, 12:10 AM
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have any photos of whats going on?

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Old September 11th, 2012, 12:26 AM
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They will bend over time if there is a side load on them. Getting take offs from a wrecking yard is going to be your cheapest option. You could get some JATE rings, so long as you don't use them for recovery, but they are ridiculously overpriced. You could use a receiver shackle in the rear, but that puts you down to one point of contact in the back, and the back is more important than the font.

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Old September 11th, 2012, 01:43 AM
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You could just go after the frame or axles:

Or a chain around the frame always works.

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Old September 11th, 2012, 04:56 AM
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Toeing companies are moving away from frame and axle straps and going to tire straps.
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Old September 11th, 2012, 05:41 AM
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Use axle straps, and straps front and rear on the frame to keep the truck from bouncing.
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Old September 11th, 2012, 07:42 AM
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x 3 or 4 by now...retain it by the axles, not the frame.

We've got short axle straps that attach to the ratcheting straps to the trailer tie down points. a&ci_kw={keyword}

But if you go to your local Big Truck place, they'll have all the variety you'll likely want to look at.

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