I am new to this forum and to the Ranger world, and have had a blast driving my new (to me) 2002 Ranger Edge 2wd 3.0L V6, supercab. The only thing I do not like about it is the 2 wd part, as I am a forester and enjoy working, hunting and fishing out in the boonies. I almost hesitate to ask you all for some advice, because I don’t want to sound like I want to do major time off roading in my 2wd and want to all but convert it to 4wd. I understand its limitations, and the only reason I got a 2wd is because I got a great deal on it and finances as a poor college kid dictated it.
Anyway, in my limited experience with the truck, I have found that by the time the conditions deteriorate to the point that you realize that you shouldn’t be there in a 2wd, it is 20 feet or so too late to back up where there is adequate traction to get out. I was thinking about getting a come along and a tow strap so I can hook to a nearby tree in those situations and pull myself the couple of feet back to safety. Nothing major, but I think that something like that would have greatly helped me twice already this summer. I was thinking about this come along
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and a 25 foot 20k tow strap. I know the difference between a static tow strap and a dynamic recovery strap, and would like to know which of the two I would suit my purposes best. I was also thinking about getting a short strap with loops at both end, like a tree saver type deal to attach to my frame, as I do not have tow hooks. I would attach the short strap to the frame, and then have the come along between it and the long strap attached to a tree or something solid, with of course a blanket or something over the strap to keep it from flying should it snap.
Is this set up acceptable for the relatively light duty purposes I would rarely use it for,
And where on the frame do I put strap on to pull myself out without damaging either the back or front fenders. Some pictures would help a lot.
Thanks a lot guys and gals!