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Originally Posted by --weezl-- View Post


seriously, this is not what this thread was intended for

Chainfire, that's what I was looking at, recovery straps, 20 000lb breaking strength (max vehicle weight of 9,000lbs) marked on the strap, should be good enough for me right?

i've got a 4"x4' tree saver so far, it was 10$, couldn't resist

i tried to use one of those nylon tow straps, when i was having trouble getting up a muddy hill in my 4x2 a while back, got just enough pull on the rope to feel it was doing SOMETHING (wouldn't have been enough) and snap, right in the middle of the rope...
Yea recovery strap is the way to go for sure.

I think mine is a 4x40,000, but most of the guys I wheel with have full size trucks. If it was me, I would do a minimum 3x30,000. Better to be safe than sorry.

Also, if you are getting a few D-shackles, then get quality ones. The ones from China are junk
 
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i'm thinking i'm going to go to the JY and find a set of the hooked front loops off of the early 2000's ranger (i think that's where they were from) and just use that, i won't put D-rings on the loops i have now, as i am 100% against metal on metal, unless it was designed to do that (such as a perfectly sized hole for the pin)
 
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speaking of d shackles, do they make them with a 2" opening where the pin goes? i have yet to find out a definite answer on this.
 
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yes, you name a size, they make them, if you can't find them at a 4x4 shop, go to a local rigging shop, somewhere that sells 10 ton chain falls, for instance
 
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I just picked up a 3"x30,000 at princess auto for 68$, expensive but worth it
 
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Originally Posted by Seb_L View Post
I just picked up a 3"x30,000 at princess auto for 68$, expensive but worth it
i would take it back, i got a 2" from my local 4x4 shop, who told me a 2" is more than you would ever need for the weight of a ranger, 30' long, for like $35 the extra inch should not double it... i would shop around, princess auto is not always the best price, even though they often are
 
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Originally Posted by --weezl-- View Post
i would take it back, i got a 2" from my local 4x4 shop, who told me a 2" is more than you would ever need for the weight of a ranger, 30' long, for like $35 the extra inch should not double it... i would shop around, princess auto is not always the best price, even though they often are
more is better then less i think mine is 3" or 4"
 
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Better safe than sorry IMO
 
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true, i don't think 4 inch is necessary though, it's overkill, 3" there is no argument about, it's a full inch extra... even with a 2" what i was told was as long as you take care of it, it will never break... i've got a 4" tree saver, and it's overkill, only reason i bought it was because it was $10

i'm not trying to tell anyone NOT to buy a 3" or 4" or hell even a 6" i'm just saying that it's not necessary, and that seb paid too much for his...

seb, how long is yours? i was looking at the 30 foot ones and i think they were 68 at PA
 
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Personally when I wheel, the strap gets used less by me, and more by others. All of my other buddies are not driving rangers...coincidence? I think not...but better safe than sorry.

Look at these, this is going to be my next ****** strap

Tow Rope M-P Super-Yanker Kinetic Tow Rope

 
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2 things i'll say, first that rope, as perdy as it is, i think your going to have one hell of a time washing it if it gets muddy (which i hope it does) lol, other than that, they are really good, i've used rock climbing ropes before, (not hard pulls, but they are still good for 25kn [about 5600lbs]) and they worked quite well

my point about rangers though, if your pulling a 10 000lb truck with a ranger, the strap is going to see the same force, our trucks won't pull with as much force as one of our trucks being VERY stuck in the mud, getting pulled out by a 350 or such... which would still not over exert a 2" strap...
 
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Originally Posted by --weezl-- View Post

my point about rangers though, if your pulling a 10 000lb truck with a ranger, the strap is going to see the same force, our trucks won't pull with as much force as one of our trucks being VERY stuck in the mud, getting pulled out by a 350 or such... which would still not over exert a 2" strap...
That theory is correct when your talking about pulling something from a dead stop with nothing holding it back. But when your snatching something out of a mud hole the force is multiplied.
 
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your right it's multiplied, i mentioned that in the reply you quoted
 
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Originally Posted by --weezl-- View Post
your right it's multiplied, i mentioned that in the reply you quoted
I have broke a 2" strap before.. once again lol more is better.. the force sometimes multiplied by something keeping you from moving can be over 10X grader it all depends on the situation.

I really like that rope and the cleaning idea is actually good point I am always having to wash mine down

also dont forget to let it properly dry mold and rot will kill a strap
 
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the thing i would be most worried about that rope, is the chemicals inside it, you can get different drynesses of ropes, it's a different anti rot agent, and such, the climbing ropes i have, are inside ropes, i used them in the rain one time, outside, and they jammed up in my device and i was stuck hanging on the side of a building (that i SHOULD NOT have been on the side OR the top of) being that the tow rope is going to be in mud, it should be intended for wet purposes...

now after this, you have to get the mud out... and to get the mud out of the dead center of the core of the rope... i'm not so sure how to do that... the flat strap would be a lot easier to clean
 
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Originally Posted by --weezl-- View Post
your right it's multiplied, i mentioned that in the reply you quoted
You need to have a strap not just for you to pull people out but for also to get pulled out with. So getting a strap with just enough strength for you to pull someone out isn't the way to do it
 
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i realize that, which is why i said that a 2" strap is big enough to pull a ranger out of however stuck he can manage to get...
 
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need some schoolin

alright guys i got a ???????

im thinkin about gettin rear hooks from TSC i have a looped recovery strap i pulled my bro out of a snow bank he has a buick lol but i used the front hooks and u know looped through them and pulled him from his hooks but what if im pullin some one with front hooks like my 2000 ranger how would i pull this?
 
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mine cost me about $40... used it twice already, and i haven't even taken the truck off roading, persay... that goes into your trailer receiver... if they have no receiver or something else comes into play, they cant turn their truck around, you can take the d-ring off, and use it to link looped items together, like if you ran one end of the strap through all open loops (the front of your truck, the axle of a car...) and needed to connect the strap to the strap, that d-ring comes off the receiver
 
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the tow rope i have is an old fire hoes bout 20 feet long and made out of like kevlar and nylon GOOD STUFF no hooks on the ends just two bowline knots and that has never snapped let me put it to you this way it pulled out a jacked up F350 loaded down with 4 people inside and 2 people in the bed he wasnt just stuck he was frame stuck where the mud created a suction to the bottom of the truck and we were able to get him out with that strapped ton an F250
 
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Fire hose makes a good TOW strap, but it doesn't stretch so you can't ****** with it. It will break.
 
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Originally Posted by elementsenjoi View Post
Fire hose makes a good TOW strap, but it doesn't stretch so you can't ****** with it. It will break.
I know it would break under circumstances but we've yoked on trucks before trucks that are allot heavier than mine and not even a tear so for my truck it is more than sufficient
 
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this is why i bought a winch!!
 
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Originally Posted by OneTireFire View Post
I know it would break under circumstances but we've yoked on trucks before trucks that are allot heavier than mine and not even a tear so for my truck it is more than sufficient
lol I'm just warning you. I have broken then with my truck and my friends have broken them too, but if they work for you then more power to you.
 
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we like to loop our shoestrings together and hope for the best
 

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