Off road driving demands for strong, reliable recovery tow points to cope with a huge variety of recovery situations. The purpose of a recovery tow point is to provide a safe and secure point from which to recover a stuck vehicle. There is much confusion amongst 4WD’ers regarding tow points. Unfortunately, this has been exacerbated because many modern vehicles are fitted with generic tow points. Generic tow points are not vehicle specific, and while rated to 10,000lbs (4.5t) or similar, mounting them is often done by the vehicle owner, who is not in a position to ascertain whether the mounting location can handle the loads exerted during a recovery.
Depending upon how and where these points are mounted, generic style tow points can be unsuitable for recovery situations, and have been seen to fail during recovery operations. Aupart Tow Points undergo considerable research and development. The new Aupart GU4 point was designed based on the actual vehicle, with CAD drawings and 3D printing for test fitting prototypes. This allows for any bugs to be ironed out prior to any actual manufactured prototype for vehicle fitment, destruction testing, and finally on-vehicle testing in ‘real life’ recovery situations. Aupart 4WD recommend fitting Aupart Tow Points as a matched pair, bolted to the Chassis, and used in conjunction with each other in all recovery situations with use of an Equalizing Strap (Bridle)--not including in the catalogue.
Most Aupart Tow Points have been designed for use with a 4.7t Bow Shackle. When bolted to the chassis, the use of Aupart Tow Points, in conjunction with an Equalizing Bridle attached with an adequately rated Bow Shackle, creates a safer vehicle attachment system for recovery situations.