Its a new year.. and it is time to review what is carried in terms of recovery gear.
This would be related to any of the following [in no particular order]:
tree savers / tow strap
hitch receiver shackle
hi-lift jack accessories
bottle jack / floor jack
hand winch / come along
--save the electric mounted winch discussion for another thread.
2) performance / warranty
4) what and how many
So share the experiences, share the science, share the product links.
And sure you ~could~ simply open the ARB catalog and buy a kit
or Hi-Lift brand
but perhaps there is a better way to spend the hard earned money.
look at these kits:
Ok so maybe an off the shelf kit is not the way to go (maybe it is).. what individual items do people recommend?
recovery strap - stretches and uses kinetic energy to assist in recovery. Used for the 'bump' pull
there are hundreds of manufactures of recovery straps; some perhaps better than others for the price point.
3" x 30ft x 1
3" x 20ft x 1 [if not carrying recovery rope]
recovery rope - stretches and uses kinetic energy to assist recovery. Used for the 'bump' pull
1/2" (or greater) x 20ft x 1
tree savers / tow strap - does NOT stretch; often used as anchor point around an object; can be used to pull a vehicle on flat low friction terrain
3" x 15ft x 1 (anchor point)
3" x 30ft x 1 (towing application; towing a dead or broken vehicle too close is not advisable)
chain - often with a hook on one or both ends; great for almost infinite adjustment in length shortening
I would think 3/8" in grade 70 should be the minimum.. so something in 1/2" even better?
snatch blocks - or pulley is used with rope / rope wire; doubles the pulling power of a device; can be use to redirect the direction of a pull
bow-tie shackles - metal and often used to connect rope / strap to a recovery point
4TON minumum rating
rope shackles - synthetic rope; they float; lightwight; should be protected from abrasion
hitch receiver shackle - mount in a class4 2" receiver; used as a recovery point
hi-lift jack - farm jack; often used to lift a tall vehicle; pull fence posts; something as a come along
hi-lift jack accessories - plenty on the market
bottle jack / floor jack - your truck came with a bottle jack; some people carry a small floor jack also
hand winch / come along - no electricity needed; portable; would recommend a LONG handle or a carry a pipe to slip over the factory handle for leverage
sand/mud ramps ; often plastic; used to gain traction or use as a ramps
(heck it shows an FJ it has to be good right?)
those the same ones seem to be available for $20 less