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Unread 02-23-2006, 10:11 AM   #1
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Default Recovery Strap and Hook Up?

Opinion on a 20,000 lb. Explorer Pro Comp Strap (2" x 30')? Is the 20K sufficient?
Also, what is wrong with placing the loop over the ball hitch instead of using a shackle? I have done this many times with no problems but these shackles seem to be preferred.
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Unread 02-23-2006, 01:20 PM   #2
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Also, what is wrong with placing the loop over the ball hitch instead of using a shackle? I have done this many times with no problems but these shackles seem to be preferred.
You really don't want to do that. That ball flying at 100mph into the back of a puller's head can put a real downer on the day. Hitch balls are rated for towing, not recovery. The shock loads on recovery can be quite large.

Unbolt the ball and put a shackle in there. Besides, the strap can slip off the ball too.

I think a 3" would be better if you are a heavier rig like a mid-size SUV. It would be good to have both. The 2" is usually for lighter rigs like minitrucks or lighter suv's.

30' is a good length. The 20' seems to be short for many situations

Good luck & be safe!
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Using shackles are a lot safer as they keep the strap in place, so no accindental slipoffs.
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Using shackles are a lot safer as they keep the strap in place, so no accidental slip offs.

Hey, my new front SW bumper will have more shackles too!!!
Take off the hitch and get the block and shackle, the block will slide right into your receiver, and you're set. I got mine @ 4Wheel parts. Never have taken it off since, I haven't towed anything either though.
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I got a 30,000lb 30 ft pro comp recovery strap today and a hitch shackle thing from 4wheel parts. (The darn thing was expensive)

Is one strap all I need?
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Unread 09-27-2006, 10:05 PM   #6
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I got a 30,000lb 30 ft pro comp recovery strap today and a hitch shackle thing from 4wheel parts. (The darn thing was expensive)

Is one strap all I need?
I got my 3" 30' strap from wheelers. They are not too expensive and it is a pretty good quality strap.
http://www.wheelersoffroad.com/4runnertowstrap.htm

I have 1 or 2 extra straps, shorter 20' and 2". I have used them a few times for mud recoveries. That way I just give it to the person being recovered, after the recovery. They are cheap and I dont really want to deal with a muddy strap afterwards. Reminds me I probably need to get one more at some point.

I also have a snatch strap for heavy duty recoveries, but have yet to use it. I'll save that for a really rainy day.

Next on the list is winch recovery gear.

So basically it is good to have a heavy duty 30' strap adn a shorter (cheaper) 20' strap for those muddy pulls that don't require that bulk, but you don't want to mess up your nice strap. Make sure you have shackles though. Normally one strap is good, but a cheaper second strap is sometimes good to have. More important is to wheel with other folk to pull you out
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Unread 10-19-2016, 07:30 AM   #7
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Pardon the thread necromancy. At 48 seconds into this video from the ARB YouTube channel shows the use of only a hitch pin to attach the recovery strap.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ire31FrEAI

If there is concern with center-loading the pin why not use a simple cylindrical insert inside the loop of the tow strap? If the edge of the hitch opening is sharp or rough why not smooth it with a file?

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