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Got to be honest, I have tried this, and it works.
Granted, I did it twice and it was ugly both times, but in the end it finally worked.

It cracks me up that no matter where you are, what country, what culture, and what language you speak there are certain universal truths:

1) Everyone gets stuck

2)There are always 15 guys standing around barking at you.

3)Every man in every culture and in any language really feels the need to tell you how to do everything, or tell you how you are doing it is wrong.
Awesome! - burying the spare tyre would also work if you don't have a sandbag handy.

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Maybe also consider how to deal with a tyre pop-off (again - you really need a hi-lift, lift-mate and compressor for this) - this can easily be done alone with the wheel on the car. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEtdtapiXGA demonstrates a safe technique.

The guy is a bit goofy, but that is a heck of a lot safer than the fire technique I have seen used before. Thanks!

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The guy is a bit goofy, but that is a heck of a lot safer than the fire technique I have seen used before. Thanks!
Yeah - there's a lot of rednecks using engine start on youtube. Personally I have never needed the ratchet strap - I just put the compressor on and pull the tyre toward me from each side while bracing against the rim with my foot while it's up on the hi-lift. quick & easy.
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Assuming "light duty" recovery, e.g. snow drift, muddy creek crossing, what would folks recommend as the minimum winch capacity? I'm leaning towards a Warn 8000, but want to make sure I shouldn't have gotten a 10K.... Thanks!
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Hey guys I am rechecking this thread and suggest that it's a thread that everybody should revisit just from a safety standpoint. When I first visited this thread I was a nooby and approached as such with the attitude "I don't have a winch but the guy that does will know what to do", this IS NOT always the case. I have seen people using a winch that I wouldn't trust with a block and tackle. Also from a pure safety stand point the information is valuable. Hi lift jacks, snatch straps and "D" ring shackles are all a part of offroading and should be treated with much respect and the more knowledge you have the more likely all the rigs and all the humans will return from a day on the trails in tact.


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I was thinking the hitch pin could be the weakest link after watching some of the videos. What would be a good/great hitch pin to buy?
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Assuming "light duty" recovery, e.g. snow drift, muddy creek crossing, what would folks recommend as the minimum winch capacity? I'm leaning towards a Warn 8000, but want to make sure I shouldn't have gotten a 10K.... Thanks!
I went with a superwinch tigershark 9500, or close to 10k.
I've used it to recover other folks, not myself yet.
I think, and I'm sure smarter folks will/should chime in, that going with the 10K is better for recovering your rig and others.

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Assuming "light duty" recovery, e.g. snow drift, muddy creek crossing, what would folks recommend as the minimum winch capacity? I'm leaning towards a Warn 8000, but want to make sure I shouldn't have gotten a 10K.... Thanks!
While I think the 8k is good enough to get you out of 95% of situations considering I often hardly have to pull with my Warn 9.5 to get myself up an obstacle. I have during extreme use nearly stalled my winch (with the motor running to supply more power) on one or two very strong pulls. One of them the other FJ was at a very steep incline with a front tire needing to get pulled up about a 3 ft bump and the rear bumper was pulled over a stump. I was at the top of the hill pulling up. Most of the time I'm surprised with what little effort it takes. Also dual batteries helps quite a bit to supply more power on the harder pulls. I only have one big battery. If I had to replace my 10 year old 9.5 Warn, it would be with a bigger one. BUT like I said for most situations its not usually needed.
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excellent thread sweptwingnut and great discussion
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