Strong, reliable recovery points are essential for off road driving but the lack of industry standards regarding rated tow points has caused confusion among four wheel drivers for many years. With this in mind, ARB has sought to set a new industry benchmark for how recovery points are designed, tested and selected by 4WDers.
ARB’s recovery point range seeks to address issues surrounding generic tow points and their unsuitability for a range of recovery situations. These issues include questionable and untested mounting locations, confusion regarding the selection of rated shackles and straps, and the inability of generic tow points to safely handle stresses generated by an angled pull during vehicle recovery.
There are huge advantages to the ARB range in terms of simplifying the selection of recovery points and associated equipment. Like the drive train of a vehicle which comprises a series of connected and matched components, ARB has engineered a ‘Recovery Train’ in which the vehicle specific recovery point is rated for use with a 4.75t rated bow shackle and 8000kg snatch strap.
Each ARB recovery point is built from the ground up and undergoes considerable research and design involving actual vehicle chassis samples and CAD data relating to critical front sections of the vehicle. Dozens of designs are explored, with the more promising models built into prototypes and tested on the actual vehicle chassis using ARB’s various load and destructive testing equipment.
Some vehicle models demand very complex mounting systems to ensure fitment does not affect air bag deployment in the event of an accident. But with months of design and testing dedicated to each individual recovery point, ARB’s engineers ensure that the crush pulse of the vehicle remains unaffected, whilst also ensuring the recovery points are fitted in the optimal location to handle the stresses experienced during vehicle recovery.
An important design requirement is the ability of these points to be rated in an angled direction of pull and this has been achieved for angles up to the maximum turn angle of the front wheels of the vehicle. With this requirement came questions of how the snatch strap is attached to the point, and for this reason ARB recovery points have a long slot that allows the bow of the shackle to be fed through and the strap attached via the pin instead of the bow. This allows the shackle to pivot within the recovery points to avoid side loads on the pin.
Supported by a two year warranty, ARB currently manufactures recovery points for a number of vehicle models and we are continually investing in research and development for new products. Please check with us or your local ARB distributor for the latest additions to this range and important vehicle specific information.