My car has chain links welded to he front cross member and the axle housing in back. The tie down hooks go into them quite nicely.
I cross the rear 5K tie downs and the fronts run at a pretty high angle without crossing.
This setup works well. I've had to panic stop several times with no problems.
One thing I would add is the normal big strap tiedowns at most retail places do not have safety hooks that will stay on if the strap gets loose. Open hooks are an invitation to disaster as most tie downs do loosen up after a while no matter how tight they are to begin with.
I got home one time a few years ago from the usual 110 mile trip and found both front tie downs laying on the floor. The winch cable was all that was holding the car in the front and it was loose enough that the car could roll about a foot.
No more open hooks for me!
Popeye is the guy to ask about tying down a car. He used to use about 8 of the wide strap jobs, don't know if he still does that. He had a straight and crossed set on both ends of the car!
I know several guys that use inflatable cushions under their diggers. I can see that would be beneficial with a hardtail.
63 Falcon 377 Cleveland stroker Flying Toilet alchohol injection. 6.19 @ 110 MPH 1/8 mile
2002 Ranger FX4 daily driver
2000 F350 PSD Crew cab dually - Like commuting in a B52!!
98 US Cargo Phantom II 28'
[This message has been edited by Dad Vishus (edited 05-31-2004).]