What is a Rated Recovery Point?
Rated Recovery Points or Hooks are manufactured to withstand the forces involved in the safe recovery of a 4WD vehicle. The weight of a bogged 4WD can exceed 8000 kg with the angle of slope and terrain type having a large impact on the total pull force required to recover the bogged vehicle.
Many people have been severe injured or killed when recovery goes wrong and this is usually equipment failure/breakage or equipment not suitable for the particular recovery.
Rated recovery points are generally aftermarket supplied and manufactured from high strength steel and are tested to a Maximum Breaking Strength (MBS). The must be attached to the chassis of the vehicle with high tensile bolts and nuts.
Majority of vehicles regardless of brand are not fitted with rated recovery points of hooks. The OEM hooks on vehicles are usually tow eyes or tie down points for securing the vehicle onboard a transport ship or flat bed tow truck. Many factory hooks are welded and are made from cheap low strength steel. They do not have a rating suitable for vehicle recovery and should not be used.
Jeep are one of the few manufacturers to offer rated recovery hooks (JL Wrangler Rubicon and JT Gladiator Rubicon) and KL Cherokee Trailhawk, WK Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and early WK models to 2012MY) Jeep do offer Mopar Rated recovery hooks for WK Grand Cherokee as an accessory.
Majority of Bull Bars do not have rated recovery points either. The exception behing AEV Wrangler Bar.