Re: Drilling the chassis
Marc Draper wrote:
> In message <email@example.com>, Fred Labrosse
> <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes
>>I'm planning on fitting decent anchor points. JATE rings seem fine, but I
>>was thinking of something similar but over engineered ;-), something like
>>a JATE with two bolts (and bigger bolts than the M8 (?) currently used for
>>the towing eyes and usually sold with "traditional" JATE rings).
>>Anybody has anyting to say about drilling additional holes and enlarging
>>existing ones in the chassis of a defender?
> As JATE rings are strong enough why bother?
Are they indeed? Somebody not long ago commented on the fact that you
should always use two of these for serious recovery.
> A JATE ring can pivot on its single bolt,
Which I think is one of the problems with it: moves about when you drive
normally, damaging the rust proofing of the chassis, crushes what ever you
use for recovery between it and the chassis (unless you use a shackle, yet
another thing flying in case of a break somewhere, etc).
> if you make it a two bolt
> fixing it can no longer pivot,
Which solves the problems above.
> and the force associated will be
> transferred into the mounting bolts and then to the chassis. The weakest
> link being the chassis !
But the effort is anyway transferred to the chassis, only differently. Yes,
you are right, having 2 mounting bolts mean that there will be a torque
applied to the chassis. Is that a problem? I don't know.