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Front end recovery nobodys got...

..... at least i don't so lol. i needed a front end recovery for mud racin'.... FX4 hooks to spensive and regular hooks look retarded... so i welded some shackles on the crossmember through the valance. The towel/leather cover that i used to protect the bumper only caught fire once while i was welding
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I finally got my skid plate welded up too.
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NICE WELDS!!!!
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very nice i like that skid time for me to fab one up...
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nice lookin welds bro. good idea too, thats a heck of a lot stronger than the bolt on tow hooks
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Looks killer... now get some paint lol
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those look really nice
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The shackles look awesome. Wish I knew how to weld so I could do that. The skid is awesome too.
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whatcha use to weld it up? looks like some super thick stuff, good idea!!
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freakin sweet.. looks great man
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that sh*t is HOT! Nice work!

Sweet tires too btw
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Thanks everyone. I contribute the nice welds to my Hobart Handler 187. Honestly i have burned up one roll of wire in my life and i can already lay some decent welds. I used some .030" flux core wire and set for 5/16" steel.
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Nice, but you should have cleaned it up and painted it!!
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Are those welded to that factory paper thin crossmember that ties the rails together at the front? Or is it somewhere else? Hard to get a grip on what its welded to.

I run super duty hooks with a tube crossmember ftw!
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yea i welded it to the crossmember in the front. its not all that thin actually. Right where i welded them on the cross member is boxed. Its a factory tow point so it should be good. I prolly will never use them. I just needed them for mud racin...its one of the rules. I am waiting for my Rust Bullet paint to get here to paint them.
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Where the factory tow point is, is no good. I bent mine three out of the three times i used it. Not even snatched either. It's way too thin..
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Are those welded to that factory paper thin crossmember that ties the rails together at the front? Or is it somewhere else? Hard to get a grip on what its welded to.

I run super duty hooks with a tube crossmember ftw!
i was about to ask that.


you don't want it there, you should build a new cross member between the frame, or cut the ends off (outside the frame) and build beefier ones..

it doesn't matter how pretty or good the weld is, or how how thick the shackle mount is.. your still welding to a think weak spot.


..I'm not trying to be an ***, i just dont want to see anyone hurt or any windows broken.
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Where the factory tow point is, is no good. I bent mine three out of the three times i used it. Not even snatched either. It's way too thin..
Thats what I was wondering, if that was the factory crossmember you had it welded too.

Cool idea, but those are still only as strong as the weakest link, which is still the crossmember.
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Where the factory tow point is, is no good. I bent mine three out of the three times i used it. Not even snatched either. It's way too thin..
X2, I have ripped the factory hooks out while being pulled out or pulling somebody out, And yes I know its bad to pull someone out in reverse.
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maybe take some tube from the back side of that cross member and tie it into the frame? haha
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i appreciate the concern but like i said its more of a look pretty think cuz its rules for racing. In my group of buddies i am always breaking the trail cuz i got the biggest truck. If i need to be pulled out it always from the rear. I was thinking of welding a 1/4" plate to the back of crossmember but idk. I think it would take alot to bend the crossmember if u hook the strap to both shackles but i guess its been done before. It seems the cross members bend in the middle where it gets real skinny so i was think of welding the plate from the fat part to the fat part of the cross member. What do ya think?

I am getting out of bogging and getting into more trail riding and mud racing so won't need to be snatched out of mud any deeper than a foot or so.
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As long as you hook to both you will probably be OK if you aren't buried to your doors in suction mud. If you use only one side, this will be the least damage done. I call her my snaggletooth.
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Looking good man
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awww it will be fine, just hook it through both hooks if you have to tug on it.

Then if it breaks, rebuild it
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looks good man
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good idea..looks great
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