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Old 10-26-2009, 06:02 PM
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Default FJ40 rear recovery points

Ok, so Uncle Ben hit an insecurity...but it's okay. It's more like a kick in the butt for me to address something I've been ignoring for quite some time now.

My FJ40 needs rear recovery points. Right now it has a misshapen ill-fitting Smittybuilt-style double-tube rear bumper that I've been getting by with since I took possession of the rig. It's held up through several large tugs, but I really don't like it, it blocks some of my rear lights, and I have to loop a strap around it to pull on anything. It would be nice to shackle a strap to my rear end instead.

Problem is that most rear bumpers with recovery points seem to be at least $500 and include a tire carrier, and then work up from there.

Does anybody know of a rear bumper that is basically just square tube with recovery points that mounts to the rear crossmember?

Or what about those bolt-on shackle attachment points that MAF 4+ Plus used to sell (I emailed them and they no longer make them)? What are the cons of using something like that?

Are there any other decently good options for me to gain rear recovery points? I wouldn't mind tossing the rear bumper, but it would be nice to replace it with at least OEM bumperettes or something if I'm going to be running bumperless. Should I get a bolt-on pintle hitch in the middle and call it good?


Or bolt-on a 2" receiver and get a receiver shackle?



Thoughts, ideas? Looking for something coming in the $100 or less range if possible...
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You need what is on the back of my dad's and my 40. 4+ recovery points...not on their web page.

Here is their broken link: http://www.man-a-fre.com/parts_acces...shacklerec.htm
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Old 10-26-2009, 06:11 PM
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A cross braced receiver is really all thats needed! Slip the end of the strap into the hole push the rated (no bolt or Chinese crap) pin back in and your set!
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Old 10-26-2009, 06:20 PM
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You need what is on the back of my dad's and my 40. 4+ recovery points...not on their web page.

Here is their broken link: http://www.man-a-fre.com/parts_acces...shacklerec.htm
Yep they don't sell them. I'm leaning that way so I can mount them more-or-less inline with the frame, but it looks like I would have to have them fabbed. If I go that way I'll be getting dimensions from you However, you can't mount OEM bumperettes with that setup right?

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A cross braced receiver is really all thats needed! Slip the end of the strap into the hole push the rated (no bolt or Chinese crap) pin back in and your set!
Cross-braced how? Span from the center of the frame out to each frame rail (parallel the stock rear corner gussets)?
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Or bolt-on a 2" receiver and get a receiver shackle?

That thing is a rock finder. I smacked the one I had in Moab so much that I tweaked the rear cross member.

I had a bolt-on solution custom made for me that simply bolted to those 4 holes, with a place to slip a D-ring through. I'll see if I can find a picture.
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Bam!


That pic is funny too...where is he going!?....yes he is on the road...
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Old 10-26-2009, 06:45 PM
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Matt, I have a standard 5 ton pintle hook (and probably four grade 5 or 8 bolts to match) floating around if you want to use it until you figure out a better solution. Pintle hooks look cool and all that but I found it a lot less fun when it's roughly either knee or waist high...
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I think I have all of the bits to weld up something like what the 4+ thing was if you're initerested.
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Have you seen my rear bumper on the taco ? It's 2x4" 1/4" wall. With a flushed in 2" reciver and 2 x 25,000 lb weld on shackles. I've got less than 200 in it.
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Are you opposed to cutting through the rear crossmember? Sounds like you want to stay somewhat stock if you are asking if the bumperettes will stay? This is what I did to my rear crossmember. Although it is box tube, you could make it work with the stock crossmember. I know you will be fighting with those frame angled brackets that are riveted on, but aren't you an engineer?





I love having my receiver hitch and will use if for bike racks and eventually toting around a dirtbike trailer.
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