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    I want to know if this idea is safe:

    I want to add a towbar extension like in the pic as I currently have the gooseneck towbar. At the end of the extension I want to add a bicycle carrier as well as a drop pin type tow ball so that I have a good recover point at the rear (not that land rovers need them), but to recover the other guys (no specific brand names mentioned).

    Is this a safe thing to do? Every thiing will be bolted together, (no welding)....
    I know specifically of the "Holdfast" type, any other suggetions would be highly appreciated!
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    Hi Ryan

    Maybe add the extension with the bicycle carrier and when you go 4x4 or "trail busting" take the extension and bicycle carrier off and just bolt on the pin type tow ball?

    That way the pin type tow ball will be bolted directly onto the "tow bar" to make it stronger and you won't have a "ploeg" at the back?

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    Now that would have been a good idea, BUT, my tow bar bracket thing sits "under" the car, hence the long goose neck. Pity, I dont have a photo on hand of what it currently looks like.
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    Like this?
    (this is before the spray job)
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    That is how mine looks, yes, but no drop plate. I dont really tow. So where the drop plate is fixed, I want to fix the extension, and obviously on the other end the bike rack and drop pin type tow hook.
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    I have the same bracket at Crips and have used one of those flaked1 extensions for several years without problems.

    The truck is a working vehicle and pulls a 2.4m trailer loaded with a lot of stuff on an almost daily basis.

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    So adding a drop pin tow hitch to do snatch revoeries would be OK? where is landyluver?
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    Quote Originally Posted by flaked1 View Post
    So adding a drop pin tow hitch to do snatch revoeries would be OK? where is landyluver?
    The drop pin tow hitch will be fine for recoveries I guess, it's just the extension part that put's me off.
    I dont think it will be a good idea for snatch recoveries, if the bolt come off that will be as good as a missile flying strait at the other guy's windscreen?

    I wont take the risk, but that's just me...
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    Thats what bothers me too, so how do I put a decent rar recovery point(s) at the back? A bolt could come loose whether it is bolted to the extension piece or bolted straight to the brack at the under carriage that is something that should be regularly inspected IMO, my concern is that the extension piece may break, at the connection between the square tube and the flat plate.
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