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Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:32 pm 
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some of you smart cookies would probably already know what im about to ask, but i'll keep it short n sweet anyway. last week while i was out exploring i drove somewhere i shouldnt have and got bogged up to the axels, 2hrs of jacking and digging did fk all until a bloke in a prado came to my rescue, since i couldnt find anything that looked like a "help me please" recovery point i attached the tow rope to the only thing that looked like it was strong enough and i could reach - the anti-roll bar/sway bar/stablizer bar whatever and 20 seconds later i was out of there.

would that have cause any damage and is there a proper tow point for the EL?

 

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Posted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 12:24 am 
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Imparting force in the direction that you indicate might buckle the swaybar or pull the front wheels towards each other very slightly.

I'd get a wheel alignment just to be safe. (The big ? is how thick was the mud, therefore, how much torque was applied to the swaybar to pull the thing free)

 

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Posted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 12:43 am 
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Sharpyelghia wrote:
Imparting force in the direction that you indicate might buckle the swaybar or pull the front wheels towards each other very slightly.

I'd get a wheel alignment just to be safe. (The big ? is how thick was the mud, therefore, how much torque was applied to the swaybar to pull the thing free)


the mud wasnt that thick just very slippery, the ground was just so saturated in that spot that you just sunk as soon as you hit it, i could dig it out with my bare hands with little force.

i cant feel any vibrations up through the wheel. but i'll get a camber kit and get a wheel alignment just to be sure, it needed a camber kit anyway.

now i just have to find the proper place to get towed from.

 

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Posted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 12:56 am 
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On my EB there is a towing point on both sides behind the bottom of the bumper bar, i imagine the EF/EL is the same. They are a full loop fashioned with the bodywork itself. They kind of sit behind in a manner that is hard to see, you need to curl your head around, or of course just put it on a hoist.

If you are out in the mulga and your towing gear can't utilise these points, then use the radius rod.

The swaybar was a bad idea, the steel straps that wrap around the D bushes aren't very good at taking towing forces. You should check the link isn't bent too. The swaybar itself will be fine, it is a thick chunk of spring steel. One of my vehicles was once towed out of a clearway via the swaybar and the @#! bent one of the straps.

 

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