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Old April 29th, 2013, 12:22 PM   #1
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just figured i would pass it on to all us newbies in the 4x4 world, had a close call this weekend. a buddy was pulling my blazer out using my factory tow hook. we are lucky nobody got hurt, the tow hook ripped from my frame and hit his truck in the back window pillar. i thougt they were plenty strong, now i know better. we also had bystanders that could have been hurt. new pull point is being figured out now.. david
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Old April 29th, 2013, 12:24 PM   #2
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That's why you should pull from the axle. At least a flying axle is easy to see.
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Old April 29th, 2013, 12:25 PM   #3
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Got lucky! Rotted frame the culprit?
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That's why you should pull from the axle. At least a flying axle is easy to see.
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Old April 29th, 2013, 12:32 PM   #5
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I went through a couple hooks on my s10. When I hooked to both at the same time I never had an issue.
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Most factory tow hooks are pretty secure if you don't yank the shit out of them. 3-5 ft of slack is all you should ever use.
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Old April 29th, 2013, 12:52 PM   #8
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Most factory tow hooks are pretty secure if you don't yank the shit out of them. 3-5 ft of slack is all you should ever use.
unless you are really stuck
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frame is perfect. i was very stuck and had two trucks yanking on one hook, lol. my blonde moment i suppose
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That video is awesome. At least the hooks held. Too bad the control arms didn't!
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Most factory tow hooks are pretty secure if you don't yank the shit out of them. 3-5 ft of slack is all you should ever use.
99-06 GM 1/2 ton tow hooks are junk, I've seen them break on several occasions. Most others are fine like you say.

Another PSA that many know already, when connecting 2 straps together do not use a shackle. Weave the loops together and put a small 1" or so diameter stick through the loop so they can't lock permanently together. In the event a strap breaks the shackle becomes a projectile. A friend of mine had a shackle go through the back window of his Samurai, between the driver and passenger, and break the windshield. Not good.
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Old April 29th, 2013, 01:20 PM   #12
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Of course whenever someone is stuck, dummies have to get as close as possible, and stand right where the hook heavy strap is going to launch towards.
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Thank you for stating the obvious.
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Thank you for being big AND awesum.
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What kinda blazer? fullsize or s10? Never had one issue with towing from a fullsize truck/blazer/jimmy tow hook. The new ones on full sizes are junk along with everyone from any midsize
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87 k5. Tow hook is perfect. Frame, bumper, and fender not so good.. Holes in frame opened right up.. Best news.. No injuries
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frame is perfect. i was very stuck and had two trucks yanking on one hook, lol. my blonde moment i suppose
PLEASE do not take this as bashing. It's a learning experience and I am glad everyone is safe.

Very stuck = not safe to yank hard.

I am a firm believer that if you can't get a rig out with 5' tugs from a vehicle of equal size then it's time to re-evaluate. That's when 2 rigs on 2 separate tow points might work or it's time to find a winch.

I have the sad statement that I know 2 different people who have died from unsafe strap usage. It's no laughing matter.
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Given you had 2 rigs tied to the same tow point, was one of them putting a side load on the hook?
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possibly, they were all in line, but it was a dumb move anyway we did it.. not offended at all..
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PLEASE do not take this as bashing. It's a learning experience and I am glad everyone is safe.

Very stuck = not safe to yank hard.

I am a firm believer that if you can't get a rig out with 5' tugs from a vehicle of equal size then it's time to re-evaluate. That's when 2 rigs on 2 separate tow points might work or it's time to find a winch.

I have the sad statement that I know 2 different people who have died from unsafe strap usage. It's no laughing matter.
Yep. We've seen it all too often. The first answer to being very stuck is to pull harder. There's usually a better way.
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