So I've been reading all the various posts for the last several months, but somehow certain basic facts have escaped me. So if you don't mind spending a few moments to enlighten the new guy ...
1. How to actually use a D-ring if you don't have mounts on your bumper or hitch.
I've seen various recovery kits for sale that include D-rings. But how/where would I hook one up if I don't already have one? If I already have one on my bumper or hitch, then why would someone include them in the recovery kit? As far as I can tell, the pin on a D-ring is meant to go through a particular attach point and if you don't have one, the D-ring doesn't do you any good? So why do all the kits have extra D-rings - to allow for breakage?
2. Proper method for hooking up a recovery strap? (the stretchy kind with no metal hooks).
So I've got the stock tow hooks on the front and attach point (looks like a large eye-bolt) on the rear of my Jeep. Assuming for the moment that I'm the person that is doing the recovery (probably not likely given my inexperience), I would just hook the loop through the attach point? What about the front, just put the loop over the tow hook? If I'm the one being recovered, does the same apply?
My motivation behind all this is to have some sort of a clue before I find out the hard way. I'd like to be reasonably prepared to participate in extracting myself when necessary, so I'm looking at buying a recovery strap. No winch yet, so no need for a snatch block etc. I'm also anticipating getting called by my neighbors or coworkers to help them with their vehicles stuck in the PA snow this winter. Which begs the question about where to attach on a non-Jeep vehicle. Everything I've read says to attach to the frame or else risk severe damage to the other vehicle. But if you don't have a hook, how do you do this? (or perhaps you don't and just leave it to the professionals).
If I'm attaching to someone else I need