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Hi folks, I'm going to ready my Treg for potentially being axle deep and getting winch/towed by another vehicle. I've read with interest the article here but am wondering if anyone has any experience of using the two towing points in tandem with a strop? Reason I'm asking is to see if there have been any issues with the eye if towing at say 45 degrees off centre in either direction?

Apparently the Westfalia detachable towbar I have isn't suitable given the extra 70% or so load that can be placed on towing the Treg out of deep mud etc. From the linked article again, there should be enough headroom in the eyes and associated bolts onto subframe etc that would mean I don't need to look into attaching recovery points etc elsewhere.

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Now, I am sure my mrs is a strop, but cant see her being much use in a towing situation.... So, whats a 'strop'? A length of rope/chain that joins to both towing eyes to create a loop so there is 1 point to tow from?



I am an utter noob when it comes to this kinda thing, but I am very interested!

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Yep, you're pretty much there with the strop. My wife wouldn't appreciate going off the tarred road, even less knee deep in brown water! The testing link that's in there will I suspect rely on straight pull but what I'm wondering on is the damage that may be caused when towing me out at an angle and how the towing eyes will cope.
 

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Thoughts appreciated. :)

Been thinking about this myself as I use the Treg for pulling and pushing stuff about.

I have the OEM factory tow bar and would say it looks just as strong, if not stronger than the original bumper. The weak link should still be the towing eye. If you use a slightly longer strop then the load would at a be shallower angle.

Should not be a problem especially if you make sure the towing eyes are oriented correctly (as he did mention in that write up)

I have 2x OEM Touareg towing eyes and use them with a strop and pulley, no problems so far.
 

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Been thinking about this myself as I use the Treg for pulling and pushing stuff about.

I have the OEM factory tow bar and would say it looks just as strong, if not stronger than the original bumper. The weak link should still be the towing eye. If you use a slightly longer strop then the load would at a be shallower angle.

Should not be a problem especially if you make sure the towing eyes are oriented correctly (as he did mention in that write up)

I have 2x OEM Touareg towing eyes and use them with a strop and pulley, no problems so far.
That's good to know - thanks. :) Think I just need to order up another three towing eyes so when I am 'playing' the strops are already hooked on. You know... Just in case. ;)
 

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I was also in this position when looking at taking the Treg offroad. I have come to the conclusion that the OEM tow eys and the points the fit to are more than strong enough for the job, I would avoid 'kinetic' recovery as much as possible, as it's just asking for trouble. As far as using a strop goes, my understanding from a training course we had is to try and keep the direction of pull as straight as possible, so make sure the strop connecting the 2 eyes is long enough to not put excessive lateral tension on the eyes.
 

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That's good to know - thanks. :) Think I just need to order up another three towing eyes so when I am 'playing' the strops are already hooked on. You know... Just in case. ;)
I wouldn't order any new - just jump on FB as there's always someone breaking a Touareg and they're normally £5-10 posted.

Also - if you are keen to check on the forces when winching and have an aide memoire then check out the app that my mate built... winch app - unashamed plug on his behalf
 

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Nice wheel carrier.
 

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My rear recovery points are what I use to hold my spare carrier on... so have placed a shackle point just beside one of these on the cross bar, only used it gently so far but it should be fine, not planning any dynamic tugs tbh.

I agree with nooby, that is a very nice wheel carrier. Where did that come from? Or is it a DIY job??

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I think it's a very elegant design. I have been looking at what options there for using the recovery points as mounting points for a detachable bull bar on the front. What did you use as the mounting bolts? Or are they custom made as well?

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Very good. My Treg needs a full realignment and as part of that it needs basically all the bushes replaced, which is a pretty eye watering bill heading my way. I just did an online We Steel Any Car Dot Com and the the value of my VR6 Treg is depressingly low, so I have decided I may as well go all out on my off road mods! .

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Very good. My Treg needs a full realignment and as part of that it needs basically all the bushes replaced, which is a pretty eye watering bill heading my way. I just did an online We Steel Any Car Dot Com and the the value of my VR6 Treg is depressingly low, so I have decided I may as well go all out on my off road mods! .

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Nice… where abouts in the UK are you?
 

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I'm in Scotland, a place called Montrose.

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Yeah just a wee bit far! Lol.
I need to get this alignment sorted, the I have to address some rust in the rear arches. Then I think some front recovery points, I really want to install a hidden winch as well.

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Yeah just a wee bit far! Lol.
I need to get this alignment sorted, the I have to address some rust in the rear arches. Then I think some front recovery points, I really want to install a hidden winch as well.

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Front recovery I'm working on... I have a plan to link the extension of the front skid plate to a bar joining the recovery points together which extends out below the lights, two shackle points will go on here. Again will be removable so can be used as one of our daily cars.

Winch - I have a Rhino 13500lb winch hidden in the front. Custom plate and build.



Bit more info here on what I've done... CT FORUM POST
 
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