I am of the frame of mind that the ARB 17,500 strap is more closely rated for the FJ. It is a bit overrated for an OEM FJ but certainly not as much as some of the Bubba ropes and alternatives. That said, most of our FJ's are pushing 5000lb or more by the time we add aftermarket bumpers, winches, lifts, tires, refrigerators, tents, and other off road / Overland accessories. Everyone has to factor that in to their own individual setup.Great post. Nice to have all this recovery education in one place. Regarding snatch straps (kinetic recovery straps) - one of the videos recommends a strap rated for 2.5 - 3 times the weight of your vehicle. Underated straps risk breaking, but over-rated straps won't stretch sufficiently.
The curb weight of a 4WD Automatic FJ is 4,295 lbs, which calls for a snatch strap rated for 10,737.5 to 12,885 lbs. However, I can't find a snatch strap rated that low, and ARB says, "The 17,500 lb model is recommended for most 4WD vehicles, with the 24,000 lb & 33,000 lb straps better suited to heavier applications."
Am I making mountains of molehills or is this discrepancy a legit concern?
Awesome! - burying the spare tyre would also work if you don't have a sandbag handy.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.
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.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!
I went with a superwinch tigershark 9500, or close to 10k.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.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!