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Tow Hitch Ball could have killed someone

#1 User is offline   Rollbar 

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Posted 10 November 2008 - 10:11 PM

Here is what happens when you try to pull out a bogged down JK with a TJ using a ball hitch. BAD IDEA. At first we thought that the strap jumped off the ball and shot across and smacked the front of Sealanes Jeep grill. What actually happened was that the ball snapped right off and became a projectile. Fortunately no Jeepers were injured.

I was not at this event. Please do not use this for pulling, add some tow hooks to the frame.

Great example of what can happen. I'm glad he didn't hide the pics.

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 04:46 AM

Sorry for your friend but a ball on a hitch was never set up to pulled on any angle but down and back not just snatched back. Do you know what size the shaft was and was it rusty?? Plus I bet the ball was stamped 3000 lbs and he tried to pull out a 5000 lbs plus Jeep..
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Posted 11 November 2008 - 07:22 AM

It does not look like the ball sanpped, but the flat stock that the ball was mouinted to snapped.
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Posted 11 November 2008 - 11:40 PM

Its a good thing you shared this so our fellow jeepers can avoid an incident like that...
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Posted 12 November 2008 - 08:48 AM

thank very much for sharing. had a similar thing happen with my GMC Jimmy, soflmuddin was trying to pull something (cant remember what right now) with a strap that had a metal hook on the end of it. a buddy of ours had moved the strap for a better angle, and apparently it was not secure, because it let go and I was out of a windshield. they were using the tow hooks, it just wasnt secured correctly.

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 08:53 AM

As I mentioned before, NEVER put a hook to a hook when winching. A towball is the same, metal to metal will cause one or the other to fail. We had a member die when two hooks on straps were put together and one snapped and went through a windshield and crushed the forehead of a member in Big Cypress.
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Posted 16 November 2008 - 10:36 AM

View PostJeepinIan, on Nov 12 2008, 08:53 AM, said:

As I mentioned before, NEVER put a hook to a hook when winching. A towball is the same, metal to metal will cause one or the other to fail. We had a member die when two hooks on straps were put together and one snapped and went through a windshield and crushed the forehead of a member in Big Cypress.


That's to bad I don't remember hearing of this tragedy.......condolences to family and friends. But, using a strap with METAL HOOKS is a big mistake which is evident by this unfortunate event. Please Throw away any straps you all have with metal hooks and replace with REAL "snatch" straps that are made for recovering stuck vehicles.
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Posted 23 November 2008 - 11:53 AM

I have seen a few people try this! I wont though!
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