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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-01-2013, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
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Tow Hooks

Not that I will ever need them but is there a tow hook kit for my 2012 sportsman 400. If not where on the front can I hook up without tearing up something?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-01-2013, 04:55 AM
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It has a hookup point right at the bottom of the front frame/bumper. #5 in the diagram.

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Yep as far as I know they've all had a hook point on the front of them.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-01-2013, 05:28 AM
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The best hook point is your winch hook. I usually just hook onto my buddies winch hook and pull them out with a tow strap! Another trick is to go to Lowes and buy some 5/8" black braided rope and make a hand sized loop on one end and then tie the other end off to a strong point on the frame down low. Then have the looped end attached up near the top of the frame so you can get to it easily. That way when your buried in the mud or water you don't have to reach down through the mud to find a place to tie off or find your winch. You just grab the rope(s) and can pull your winch out with the rope or your buddy can just hook up to the loop with his winch and drag you out. Works really well! Attached a pic where you can see the rope attached to the winch hook and tied off to the front rack. You can do the same to rear by attaching to the frame or hitch.
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If you need to be pulled out I would hook to the machine not the winch. If you are stuck and need a tug to get out that is a lot of force on your winch. They are made for a constant pull not a shockload. Plus a strap will stretch more than cable. Also the lower your anchoring point the better if you are stuck. This way the machine pulling you out will also be pulling you up.
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If you need to be pulled out I would hook to the machine not the winch. If you are stuck and need a tug to get out that is a lot of force on your winch. They are made for a constant pull not a shockload. Plus a strap will stretch more than cable. Also the lower your anchoring point the better if you are stuck. This way the machine pulling you out will also be pulling you up.

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Good point on tugging on the winch!

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