Dixon-Bate 3.5-Ton Tow Jaw (201661) $95
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Add suitable front recovery points to your vehicle by fitting the Dixon-Bate 3.5-Ton Tow Jaws to your heavy-duty front bumper. The 3.5-Ton Tow Jaw is suitable for the most demanding recovery situations. These are the same front recovery points that were fitted to all of the Camel Trophy vehicles. (Shown for illustration purposes with Expeditionware EW11 Backing Plate, which is sold separately.)
Dixon-Bate 5.0-Ton Tow Jaw (201910) $225
This heavy-duty rear recovery point features a four-hole bolt pattern identical to the bolt pattern found on the rear cross members of Land Rover Defenders, and is suitable for the most severe recovery situations. This is the same rear recovery point fitted to the famous Camel Trophy vehicles.
Expeditionware Backing Plate For Dixon-Bate 3.5-Ton Tow Jaw (EW11) $15
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Securely anchor your Dixon-Bate 3.5-Ton Tow Jaw with the Expeditionware Backing Plate. The Backing Plate is 1/4" thick and matches the Dixon-Bate 3.5-Ton Tow Jaw in hole pattern and flange dimensions. Mounting bolts are not included with the Backing Plate and must be purchased separately by the user. (Shown for illustration purposes with with Dixon-Bate 3.5-Ton Tow Jaw, which is sold separately.)
Expeditionware Backing Plate For Dixon-Bate 5.0-Ton Tow Jaw (EW12) $20
Securely anchor your Dixon-Bate 5.0-Ton Tow Jaw with the Expeditionware Backing Plate. The Backing Plate is 3/8" thick and matches the Dixon-Bate 5.0-Ton Tow Jaw and the rear cross member of the Land Rover Defender in hole pattern and flange dimensions. Mounting bolts are not included with the Backing Plate and must be purchased separately by the user. (Shown for illustration purposes with Dixon-Bate 5.0-Ton Tow Jaw, which is sold separately.)
The Dixon-Bate 3.5-Ton Tow Jaw is very useful for front recovery applications where the Shackle Mounting Bracket is too tall to fit, or where the user wants a more traditional appearance for his vehicle. Unlike the Shackle Mounting Bracket, the 3.5-Ton Tow Jaw requires no 3/4" Bow Shackle to rig a recovery strap like our Expeditionware Recovery Strap. The user need only open the Tow Jaw, insert the strap's looped end, and close the Tow Jaw completely by securing the clevis pin's R-clip.
The 3.5-Ton Tow Jaw is also large enough to accept a standard 3/4" Bow Shackle. Even if you have a winch on your vehicle, you need solid front recovery points, for several reasons. First, there are many stuck situations that can be resolved more easily by employing a Recovery Strap instead of a winch. Second, solid front recovery points enable one to rig a Pulley Block and double the winch's power.
The 3.5-Ton Tow Jaw's clevis pin is forged and features a D-ring on one end and a hole on the other. Both the D-ring and R-Clip are secured by a chain tether.
The clevis pin's hole accepts an R-clip that secures the clevis pin to the Tow Jaw's body.
Once secured to the clevis pin, the R-clip prevents the clevis pin from sliding out of the Tow Jaw's body.
Attached to the chain tether is a galvanized anchor that prevents the clevis pin and R-clip from being lost.
The anchor is secured using the same mounting bolts that secure the Tow Jaw to heavy-duty winch bumpers such as the ARB Winch Bumper. Note how John has oriented the Anchor, with the chain eyelet on the bottom. The reason for this described in more detail below.
The anchor and chain tether prevent the R-clip from falling and being lost during use.
The anchor can also be oriented so that the clevis pin cannot be removed from the Tow Jaw. John uses the Dixon-Bate Tow Jaws on his Defender and he has oriented his anchors so that his clevis pins can be slid out and his Tow Jaws can be fully "open", however the clevis pins cannot be removed completely from his Tow Jaws. If the user wants to be able to remove the clevis pins completely, he can simply orient the anchors so that the chain eyelet is on top rather than on the bottom.
The 3.5-Ton Tow Jaw is a very strong front recovery point, but any recovery point is only as strong as what it is bolted to. We both use and recommend backing plates on all of the recovery points on our vehicles, and we sell a suitable backing plate for every recovery point that we sell.
The Expeditionware EW11 Backing Plate is 1/4" thick steel and powdercoated satin black for corrosion resistance.
Both the flange dimensions and the holes for the mounting bolts align perfectly. If the 3.5-Ton Tow Jaw fits your heavy-duty bumper, then so too will the EW11 Backing Plate.
The two holes for the mounting bolts are very slightly larger than the holes in the 3.5-Ton Tow Jaw. This is a design feature to permit any and all bolts that fit through the Tow Jaw to fit through the Backing Plate. If a bolt fits through the Tow Jaw's holes, then it will also fit through the Backing Plate's holes as well.
Take your front recovery points to the next level with the Dixon-Bate 3.5-Ton Tow Jaw and the Expeditionware EW11 Backing Plate.
Dixon-Bate also manufactures a 5.0-Ton Tow Jaw for rear applications.
The 5.0-Ton Tow Jaw is a very popular rear recovery point for Land Rover Defender owners, as the four mounting holes in the Tow Jaw exactly fit the four holes in the Defender's rear cross-member. No drilling of the vehicle or other vehicle butchery is required to mount a 5.0-Ton Tow Jaw on a Defender.
The 5.0-Ton Tow Jaw is very substantial in size and strength. The 5.0-Ton Tow Jaw's design is similar to that of the 3.5-Ton Tow Jaw, except that the mounting flange on the 5.0-Ton To Jaw features four mounting holes instead of two.
The 5.0-Ton Tow Jaw's clevis pin is identical in design to that of the 3.5-Ton Tow Jaw, except the the 5.0-Ton Tow Jaw's clevis pin is substantially larger.
We highly recommend that you mount your 5.0-Ton Tow Jaw using our Expeditionware EW12 Backing Plate. While the 5.0-Ton Tow Jaw is very strong, it is only as strong as what it is bolted to and the EW12 Backing Plate will greatly enhance the effective load rating of the 5.0-Ton Tow Jaw.
Unlike our other Expeditionware Backing Plates, the Backing Plate for the 5.0-Ton Tow Jaw is 3/8" thick steel.
While the EW12 Backing Plate is very thick, there plenty of clearance between the North American Specification fuel tank and the rear cross member for both the EW12 Backing Plate and the mounting bolts.
The EW12 Backing Plate for the 5.0-Ton Tow Jaw is powdercoated satin black for corrosion resistance. The Backing Plate's hole pattern exactly matches the hole pattern in both the 5.0-Ton Dixon-Bate Tow Jaw and the standard hole pattern in the rear cross-members of Land Rover Defenders.
This Backing Plate also exactly matches the flange dimensions of the 5.0-Ton Tow Jaw. As with the other two Backing Plate designs, the holes for the mounting bolts on the Backing Plate are slightly larger than the holes in the 5.0-Ton Tow Jaw. If the mounting bolts fit through the 5.0-Ton Tow Jaw, the same bolts will fit through the Backing Plate.
If the Dixon-Bate Tow Jaws are too large for your application, then a very nice recovery point is the Curt Manufacturing Safety Tow Hook, which is small enough to fit into confined spaces that a Dixon-Bate Tow Jaw is too large for. Combine the Safety Tow Hook with the Expeditionware EW13 Backing Plate for a secure mounting.
As with all recovery points, the SMB needs a suitable backing plate such as the Expeditionware EW10 Backing Plate.