Mike, I agree that the axle is a good place to pull from. However, most 4x4s I end up recovering at play days generally have their axles very well buried/submerged in the mud. If they don't have suitable accessible recovery points fitted I invite the driver to attach my strap around the axle themselves. They're not often that keen on the idea despite my suggestion that they could always stay in there. Although the look on their faces is priceless I've learned not to trust what they THINK they've attached to.
I had a Jeep Cherokee driver attach the strap to his steering bar last year. Needless to say it didn't end well for him, and this of course leads to getting the blame for his truck getting damaged!
So I guess you can understand why I like strong bumpers with integral recovery points on an offroader.
This is how the idiots roll. Not even a towbar if I recall.
Recovering using axles, seriously?? Your really asking for trouble, the high potential stresses and damage to suspension bushes and joints, if you don’t rip an axle off the stuck vehicle during a heavy recovery how do you think it’s going to drive after??
You won’t find the above technique in any borda or lantra training manuals ( for a reason! ) .
It scares me how poor, inappropriate and bordering dangerous some ‘advice’ on the net is.
If your not sure, go and get trained by a professional before you damage your vehicle; or worse, hurt someone ( btw, I’m a qualified borda instructor ).