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Good afternoon NWOLs! I wanted to get some guidance and ideas on mounting bolt on d-ring shackles to either my custom grille guard or stock front bumper.
I started to order these 1" w/ back plate.
But I did not have enough confidence about where to mount them. The plates are too big for the front face of the grille guard and I'm not sure if mounting to the bumper is wise.
The grille guard is 1/2" plate mounted to the frame where the tow hooks were. The bumper is stock.
I'm planning on a winch.
Thank you for any guidance!
That's what I'm thinking. When it comes to rigging points, more is better! More surface contact, more weld, more better
You mean weld to the underside and have the mount stick out with the hole exposed? Like my drawing but under.
That'd be buff as heck.
I'd just get some steel barstock and drill a hole in it. Maximize the amount of contact between your anchor and brush bar mount. I'd go underneath instead of welding to the face like in your picture.
The guard's rails are smaller tube steel than the frame and slide in to the frame where the tow hooks were. Probably 8" into the frame.
The space I'm thinking has about 2" x 1" of surface for mounting (I subtracted some dimension to account for welds).
Maybe something like this. Then the mounts would be horizontal and the d-rings would be vertical.
Yup, something connected in plane with the frame would be ideal. If your brush bar bolts on, maybe you can sandwich in another plate with holes for the shackle bolts. Or weld to the brush guard rails near where they attach to the frame.
" Other thought was to have some welded on right below the pillars. Then the tension would be pulling directly on the frame rails. "
This would be better than higher up on the grille guard. The strength of the anchor is one thing, the position is another. If the angle of pull in the recovery isn't perfect you allow leverage if attached higher up. Using the tires as a fulcrum it could even tip the vehicle (if pulled at angle).
I wonder if I could just wrap a strap and snatch block around the pillars of the grille guard for recovery and skip the d-rings. That thing is pretty beefy and goes right into the frame rail. Other thought was to have some welded on right below the pillars. Then the tension would be pulling directly on the frame rails.
For vehicle recovery you'll want the d-ring as low as possible and attached to the heaviest material located closest to a frame rail.