After events at the last trial, we feel we have to tighten up on recovery points at trials.
The use of shackles will no longer be acceptable. This will of course mean that tow balls are the only obvious recovery point available. Alrc regulations state that they must be bolted to the vehicle (not welded) with h/t bolts 8.8 or higher. If using a standard bumper or bolting direct to the rear cross member, a 6mm min backing plate must be used to prevents bolts pulling through.
On Rrc or disco rear, the best option is a drop plate bolted in the factory position & triangulated back to the chassis legs. If you don’t want to restrict the departure angle, the drop plate can be cut down but must retain the triangulation pieces. I understand the fitting of tow balls to the front bumper of these vehicles can be awkward! If you have difficulties I suggest you phone or email me (or catch me or Nige at a trial), I can even help with fabrication if needed.
Defenders & series front bumpers are strong enough to take a ball bolted directly to them (with backing plate), the strongest position being in front of one chassis leg.
Those of you with winch bumpers with built in recovery eyes will still need to attach a tow ball because shackles will not be allowed.
If you have time, it will be nice if you could arrange you recovery points before the Jan trial but I realize that time is short. A more realistic time would be the Feb trial. You have been warned!!