So the other day I decided to wash my Deere and noticed that there were cracks in the tie downs on the back of my machine. Not only are they cracked but they also are bent. What I don't understand is why did Deere use such thin metal for the rear tie down points? I have never pulled with my machine, this is only from trailering on occasion. I havent measured it but I believe the metal is somewhere around 1/4" thick, I would think 1/2" would be much better suited for securing a 6700 lb machine to a trailer. So all in all, I will be beefing up my tie downs soon, I need to come up with a design that will fit with what is existing and look factory (I am kinda a perfectionist) but it also has to hold up to the job. Any ideas? Here are some pictures for reference, the tie downs were also bent when I got my Deere however i straitened them out which probably influenced the crack between the tie down and it's gusset. As you can see I have ran my Deere since I washed it, yep it's dirty again. I have used red lines and red boxes to show the overall condition of my tie downs.