+1 for this advice. I'm looking for a second eye bolt that isn't the national debt. (aftermarket ones are ridiculously priced)and if your going off road anywhere it wouldnt be a bad idea to screw one in before you go it can be fairly tricky to get to it if your up to the back bumper with mud and water all from experience
Huh, I guess my tow points must be magical then. They've been used to recover several vehicles, including a full sized f150 4x4. No bending, no frame problems, car tracks just fine, all the seams still align and doors and hood close just fine. The eye bolt is straight and threads in true. Truth be told, the tow point is for recovery and it is stated as such in the manual. (although the manual has the caveat "only in an emergency") However, I am certain you are correct that it is possible to do damage if not done properly as the off-center location is not ideal. I certainly wouldn't try an off-axis pull with it as I could see that doing exactly as you state, causing frame damage.You have no true recovery points the only tow point which is not rated for recovery . <snip>
No offense meant, ick72, since you're considered an expert, I would hope that you would post some documentation. Please, show us the load ratings and failure analysis. I was unable to find those and validate you comments. I did try. I was unable to find anything that substantiates your claim that the tow point is a common failure point. In fact I found zero evidence to support your claim about the Subaru tow point. Are you basing that on snatch straps? If so I can support you there. But snatch straps are exactly the kind of amateur technique that destroys well engineered equipment.If you have even seen the damage a busted strap and d shackle can make of a car and person you would know where my point is from . As a off road driver assessor I guess I would be in educated to state these views so use the tow point and good luck .
Subaru builds a Great vehicle, but the last time I checked I failed to see anywhere that it said you are now the proud owner of a Tow Recovery VehicleAfter reading this, a few points I can think of:
1. The XV wasn't stuck in the snow while the Land Rover LR2 was!
2. Recovery points are just that... recovery points for the car that it's connected to... not for the car that weighs 50% more.
I read from somewhere that leaving in the eye bolt may afftect the airbag, but probably ok before you approach a traction incident.and if your going off road anywhere it wouldnt be a bad idea to screw one in before you go it can be fairly tricky to get to it if your up to the back bumper with mud and water all from experience