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    Winch hooks/end links that accept soft shackles?

    Factor 55 Splicer thimble. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Favorite Tire Repair Kit?

    Plugs and associated tools get used the most. I also carry patches of various sizes and associated tools and rubber cement. Valve stem tool with replacement stems and cores. Spray bottle of windshield fluid (for washing windshield and use as tire bead lube). Tire spoons. CO2 tank, hose and...
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    Go with all soft shackles?

    Keep at least two metal shackles around. As mentioned, most recovery points are designed for metal and have sharp corners or edges. I also like to use metal shackles for snatch recoveries, as soft shackles can move around quite a bit under load while the strap/rope comes tight and that can...
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    I'm winch dumb, can you help me?

    Synthetic rope, spooled with a half hitch on the drum so it can’t be pulled out too far. Excel sling hook (or similar with a heavy duty latch). 3”x8’ tree strap. Controls hard wired into the cab or wireless remote. Pictures of the clutch lever, how the line/hook get stowed, and how to rig up a...
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    Thinking about dropping the hi-lift

    Anybody have the lifting capacity and range for the Toyota jacks? I can find them for sale online, but no specs anywhere. They look nice, but I’m skeptical one could handle my truck given the vehicles they originally came with. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Thinking about dropping the hi-lift

    Cool. I do use mine, and it gets added “is this worth bringing?” points for being mechanical, so zero concern about hydraulic oil gelling up in the cold. I get the most bang for buck out of it as a tire bead breaker, which I’m sure could be done with a bottle jack if necessary but wouldn’t be...
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    Thinking about dropping the hi-lift

    A hi lift really comes into its own for serious off-roading, and only if you have rock sliders and/or bumpers you can jack from. For overlanding or light off-roading, especially where space or weight are at a premium, I’d ditch it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Question About 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 Tow Hooks

    If you’re trying to keep it budget, cut the plates off and just use a new bolt (unless that bolt is on a backing plate for unreachable assembly location reasons). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    This is why you never use a trailer ball as an attachment point for a snatch rope or strap!

    Kinetic energy (snatch) recovery does serve a purpose and can be done safely. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Question About 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 Tow Hooks

    Depends on the snow conditions, how buried it is, and how steep the ditch embankment is. I’m not going to get into recovery calculation here, but the answer to your question is “it depends”. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Question About 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 Tow Hooks

    I’d assume that’s the lower of 5500 lbs or 1.5x GVWR. For your truck, that’d be 5500 lbs. It’s adequate for being flat towed or lightly winched. I wouldn’t let someone do a kinetic recovery on them or any heavy winch recoveries. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Question About 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 Tow Hooks

    Not sure what answer you’re looking for. I google searched the part number and found the same rating information you did. I’d use a bridle to distribute the load to both hooks/frame rails. Beyond that, don’t exceed the rating and it should be just fine. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    On board air VS Portable compressor VS Powertank/CO2

    Good choice. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    D-ring shackle ratings explained - be weary of cheap Amazon shackles!

    1. That’s how the military does it. (It’s for securing vehicles to rail cars, cargo planes, etc, recovery is not the primary purpose) 2. It’s easy to fabricate if you run the shackle mount through the bumper and bolt it to the frame rail. 3. Off-road/overland crowd loves leaving their shackles...
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    Purpose of Chain in Winch Accessory Kit?

    I’ve been trying to stay out of the almost-8-year-old thread, but I feel I should chime in here. G120 chain is a very high grade chain for overhead lifting. It’s overkill for off-road recovery, and at the US supplier that was recommended to you, it’s two to three times the price of lesser...
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