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New member, questions on a homemade vehicle recovery system for a 2WD

Hey everyone,
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.
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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!
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get a locker and some MT's
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How much would a locker set me back? Above questions still apply...
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How much would a locker set me back? Above questions still apply...
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just do like a i did when i had my 2wd s10 if i was on a trail i didnt know i would get out and walk down it to see if i had a chance at making it or not,i still do that sometimes even with my stock 4x4 ranger

do you have a trailer hitch? if not, buy one and get a receiver with a big hook,that makes for a great recovery point on the rear.i would atleast look at something that can pull 2 or 3 times more than your truck weight, i've had one of the walmart ***-alongs break on me before not sure what it was rated for but it wasnt over 4tons i know that much
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Dude you think you can afford a 300$ winch? You possibly have a rear hitch...you can pick em up for cheap at junkyards or even the store isn't too bad. Also they have front hitches. Then you just have a hitch mounted winch that when you get stuck you hope out, attach to the hitch, winch yourself out. I wish i had that.


But otherwise dude, just yah, a comealong and a strap. Do it the ****ty manual way in a bad situation. Also a hi-lift jack would be helpful.
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U can get a locker like a powertrax for like under 400. But your idea with the come along is better than being stuck,and cheap enough to be your back up plan for now. If I were u I would get the come along and then plan on a locker down the road and also a rear hitch. And remember to air down a little so u wont get stuck so easy.
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Thanks everyone...I just have one last question, in the absence of a rear hitch for now, where on the fram should I put my tow strap should I ever need it? On the front, the bumper gets in the way, although I could rig it around the crossbar that tow hooks are supposed to be put on. On the back, the rear bumper gets in the way, and I don't know where I would wrap a strap in a way that would avoid the suspension.
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Your truck is gonna get tore up anyway. Put it where it should be... on the frame. lol
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Dude this really has bad idea written all over it when you don't even know where you can attach to your truck
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front and rear hitches, winch mounted on a reciever, reciever with a d-ring, hi-lift and tow straps.

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