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Connecting recovery straps??

What do I need to buy in order to connect my tow straps when pulling someone out / getting pulled out. I have the standard recovery strap, I think 40' with loops (not hooks) on both sides. What do I need to buy (on ebay) in order to connect those loops to my truck, whether it be to the openings on the hitch, or the stock tow hooks up front, and to the other persons truck. I am thinking of the thing that you put your keys on that opens and closes, also bigger versions are used for mountain climbing. What is that type of thing called for towing purposes?
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I think you are thinking of a carabeaner (sp?) which is not something you want to use for towing/pulling vehicles. you need something like this.
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Recovery shackles.
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i have one of these. it goes in your receiver and if i need to pull from the front, i take the shackle off it and put it on my tow hook. mines made by warn and i got it from the local tractor supply store.

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^^those last things u mentioned.. HELL NO! WTF are people thinking....personally if u have a reese hitch.. i'd use a pindle hitch.. they are BEEF, the top clamps down so that strap cant come off.. i used one on my dodge.. LOVED IT!

HITCH: http://www.jcwhitney.com/Pintle-Hook...2328_10101.jcw


now if u are hooking 2 straps together with loops find a HD D-ring.. thats what i used all the time.. i think it was either 1/2in or 1/4in thick.. worked great.. even tho i'd suggest not to hook two straps unless u have to.. if u do.. be sure it put a rug or sumthing kinda heavy on the strap just incase it breaks.. it will go straight to the ground..

Also, if ur looking for a new strap.. i bought a 30ft by 3in wide ARB tow/****** strap from 4WP, i wouldnt use anything but that.. i had 4 pro-comp straps.. snapped them all.. never had an issue with the ARB
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PLEASE!!! DO NOT get the harbor freight one...it looks like garbage and looks WEAK as hell. This one i've got is solid steel block with a 7/8" shackle. Others have a 5/8" shackle.
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^^those last things u mentioned.. HELL NO! WTF are people thinking....personally if u have a reese hitch.. i'd use a pindle hitch.. they are BEEF, the top clamps down so that strap cant come off.. i used one on my dodge.. LOVED IT!

HITCH: http://www.jcwhitney.com/Pintle-Hook...2328_10101.jcw


now if u are hooking 2 straps together with loops find a HD D-ring.. thats what i used all the time.. i think it was either 1/2in or 1/4in thick.. worked great.. even tho i'd suggest not to hook two straps unless u have to.. if u do.. be sure it put a rug or sumthing kinda heavy on the strap just incase it breaks.. it will go straight to the ground..

Also, if ur looking for a new strap.. i bought a 30ft by 3in wide ARB tow/****** strap from 4WP, i wouldnt use anything but that.. i had 4 pro-comp straps.. snapped them all.. never had an issue with the ARB
how is that crap? have you ever used one? its got the same shackle as the ones we use at work to lift 18,000 pound machine bases. you will rip your hitch off before you break that thing.
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^^ or one of those would work also. dont think you need a 15k+ pull rating on a ranger...lol.. were u talking about one of those clip things rock climbers use for there ropes? if u were... just personal prefernce... i would stay FARRRR away if someone used one to hook 2 straps together to get somebody out that was really F'in stuck.... in some cases down here.. theres a hell of alot more pressure on somthing like that.. way more then 18k
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I dont think we need a pindle hitch either on a ranger.....or any full size either....for the money, and if it's solely used for tuggin people, no need. shackle insert does just fine and is MORE than enough to get the job done.
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ha ya i understand that, dont really NEED it, but it's always nice to have, or the D-ring is great also.. had one on my HEEP. It also goes back down to personal pref.
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Yes, the shackle D-ring thing is exactly what I need. Thank you.
Is it safe to pull someone if one strap is connected to ONE tow hook on the front of the ranger, and the other side to the truck stuck in the mud? And is it safe to have the strap loose and get a running start in reverse? That seams to be the only way we could ever get eachother out. Seems like its very harmful to the trucks the, especially my clutch
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ha ya i understand that, dont really NEED it, but it's always nice to have, or the D-ring is great also.. had one on my HEEP. It also goes back down to personal pref.
that link you posted is of a pintle/ ball combo. never ever do you want to pull from a ball! i saw one break off and go through the tailgate, through the back window and out the windshield on my buddys S dime.
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It's not a D ring, it's a shackle. D rings and shackles are two different things.
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It's not a D ring, it's a shackle. D rings and shackles are two different things.
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Yes, the shackle D-ring thing is exactly what I need. Thank you.
Is it safe to pull someone if one strap is connected to ONE tow hook on the front of the ranger, and the other side to the truck stuck in the mud? And is it safe to have the strap loose and get a running start in reverse? That seams to be the only way we could ever get eachother out. Seems like its very harmful to the trucks the, especially my clutch
ive never had an issue pulling form just one tow hook, but i try and pull from the hitch as much as possible to save on my front drive line. and yes, most of the time it requires a good yank to unstick a stuck truck, especially with these lightweight rangers
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Yes, the shackle D-ring thing is exactly what I need. Thank you.
Is it safe to pull someone if one strap is connected to ONE tow hook on the front of the ranger, and the other side to the truck stuck in the mud? And is it safe to have the strap loose and get a running start in reverse? That seams to be the only way we could ever get eachother out. Seems like its very harmful to the trucks the, especially my clutch
I've always snaked the strap through both front hooks, then hooked the looped end to the strap using a shackle. Made a triagle. That way, no lisence plate damage(hopefully), and no valence damage(hopefully). Also, lessens the chace of a tweaked out front crossmember.
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^^going reverse is not always adviseable... i've done it a couple times cuz i HAD to. if the strap has the "loops" try and loop it threw 1 tow hook on the front, then run the other loop to the hitch of the recovery truck. u can back up.. and hual ***.. it's called snatching.. done it millions of times.. but thats how straps break EASY. had one of those procomps come through the rear window of my jeep.. so if i dont have to.. i wont ****** anyone.. ill put it in 4lo and creep them out.
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ya it doesnt have to be that exact one, they do make others with out the ball it's self. straight pure steel/iron. i no.. been there, done that,almost got nailed, had one come through the window :)


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that link you posted is of a pintle/ ball combo. never ever do you want to pull from a ball! i saw one break off and go through the tailgate, through the back window and out the windshield on my buddys S dime.
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^^going reverse is not always adviseable... i've done it a couple times cuz i HAD to. if the strap has the "loops" try and loop it threw 1 tow hook on the front, then run the other loop to the hitch of the recovery truck. u can back up.. and hual ***.. it's called snatching.. done it millions of times.. but thats how straps break EASY. had one of those procomps come through the rear window of my jeep.. so if i dont have to.. i wont ****** anyone.. ill put it in 4lo and creep them out.
Please start quoting people..we never know who you are talking to or replying to.
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Please start quoting people..we never know who you are talking to or replying to.


ya i know, bad at not quoting people, will try and start, but im off to watch the red wings game..
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ya i know, bad at not quoting people, will try and start, but im off to watch the red wings game..
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Make sure you are using a recovery strap, not a tow strap. Recovery straps are usually made of cotton, so they stretch and create an elastic effect. Tow straps are for just that, towing. They barely stretch, and because of this, it is a lot harder on your truck when you are snatching someone out.
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Make sure you are using a recovery strap, not a tow strap. Recovery straps are usually made of cotton, so they stretch and create an elastic effect. Tow straps are for just that, towing. They barely stretch, and because of this, it is a lot harder on your truck when you are snatching someone out.
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^^those last things u mentioned.. HELL NO! WTF are people thinking....personally if u have a reese hitch.. i'd use a pindle hitch.. they are BEEF, the top clamps down so that strap cant come off.. i used one on my dodge.. LOVED IT!

HITCH: http://www.jcwhitney.com/Pintle-Hook...2328_10101.jcw


now if u are hooking 2 straps together with loops find a HD D-ring.. thats what i used all the time.. i think it was either 1/2in or 1/4in thick.. worked great.. even tho i'd suggest not to hook two straps unless u have to.. if u do.. be sure it put a rug or sumthing kinda heavy on the strap just incase it breaks.. it will go straight to the ground..

Also, if ur looking for a new strap.. i bought a 30ft by 3in wide ARB tow/****** strap from 4WP, i wouldnt use anything but that.. i had 4 pro-comp straps.. snapped them all.. never had an issue with the ARB
buy me an ARB strap and i would happily use it... I used to have one of the ones from walmart.. worked fine till the day i had to cut it off my bumper.

and your a moron.. NEVER unless you absolutely have to, pull from a ball... and a 1/4" shackle??? even a 1/2" shackle is TINY, i would say 3/4" if not 7/8" minimum. the 2 i own are both 7/8 WTT. idk what the WTT means but its what you want to look for when you buy one haha

i think you were looking for something more like this.
http://www.allmetalssupply.com/image...0BOLT%20ON.jpg

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http://www.trailer-parts-forless.com.../10080003.html

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^^ or one of those would work also. dont think you need a 15k+ pull rating on a ranger...lol.. were u talking about one of those clip things rock climbers use for there ropes? if u were... just personal prefernce... i would stay FARRRR away if someone used one to hook 2 straps together to get somebody out that was really F'in stuck.... in some cases down here.. theres a hell of alot more pressure on somthing like that.. way more then 18k
15,000lbs isnt that much when you factor in a 3-4,000lb truck sunk in the mud or wedged between some rocks, and possibly a 7 or 8,000 lb truck pulling, then the forces exerted on the strap when they give it a good yank.

and he said caribener, but im 99.999% sure he meant shackle.

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15,000lbs isnt that much when you factor in a 3-4,000lb truck sunk in the mud or wedged between some rocks, and possibly a 7 or 8,000 lb truck pulling, then the forces exerted on the strap when they give it a good yank.

and he said caribener, but im 99.999% sure he meant shackle.
And also when you are on an incline, the forces multiply massively.

Thats why a recovery strap is normally rated at a minimum of 25,000 lbs
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