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Probably a good idea to keep the hitch pin as a weak link. The hitch itself is only rated at 5000lb.
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Very helpful, I'll dedicate some good couch time to viewing these. Thanks for assembling this list of tutorials!
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Nothing is more important than safety. I think everyone can agree upon that. Sweptwingnut, I have stickied this thread to the top of the forum so everyone sees it right away. Thanks for putting this together and everyone keep up the good contributions!



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Re: Proper use of recovery gear - A how to discussion

Warning slightly graphic video(has been played on network tv news casts)...

At :09 a shackle used for rigging(the same shackles most commonly used for vehicle recovery) failed sending these poor girls plummeting.

The reason I bring this up it to point out that all equipment should be inspected for any defects, damage, and or excessive wear. Metals only last so long until they start losing their ratings. Especially if they have been used heavily or near their limits. This also goes for recovery straps, tow straps, and winch lines.

On a somewhat related side note... I recently read about how the nylon acts and reacts when used as a kinetic tow strap. Turns out heat is a by product of stretching. When the strap is used repeatedly it can heat up and damage the strap. A cool down period during use is required. And if they get too hot they won't return to their normal state and won't stretch properly. I'll see if I can find the article and edit in a link.
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.....I bring this up it to point out that all equipment should be inspected for any defects, damage, and or excessive wear. Metals only last so long until they start losing their ratings. Especially if they have been used heavily or near their limits. This also goes for recovery straps, tow straps, and winch lines.

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I agree. Gear inspection is often overlooked. We should all inspect our gear at the beginning of the season and after each use.

I have updated post 1 to put ARB's gear care / maintenance recommendations at the top of the list.
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On a somewhat related side note... I recently read about how the nylon acts and reacts when used as a kinetic tow strap. Turns out heat is a by product of stretching. When the strap is used repeatedly it can heat up and damage the strap. A cool down period during use is required. And if they get too hot they won't return to their normal state and won't stretch properly. I'll see if I can find the article and edit in a link.
Thank You for bring this up. I went back and read the ARB link above again. I had totally skimmed over the very point you are making the first time I read it. That article states:

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NOTE: Due to the nature of synthetic fibers, recovery straps require rest periods between use to return to their original length and capacity. Be aware that excessive pulls on a recovery strap over a short period of time can cause build up of heat and possible failure.


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Re: Proper use of recovery gear - A how to discussion

This is a technique I have had to use a few times, and good to know if you don't already. Make sure the trees you are attaching to are super strong for this!

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Great addition chrishophoto! I have added it to Post 1 with a note regarding the use of recovery dampers. It is my understanding that every rope section extending from a pulley should have it's own recovery damper of some type. The video shows the use of two but shouldn't there be 4 of them in this case?


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