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Old November 10th, 2011, 11:18 AM   #1
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Default Best Recovery strap for under $100

Ive been looking around for a new strap and it seems that the majority of the recovery straps fall around the same price point, making decisions even harder.

Arb and Bubba Rope are the two main straps that I am looking at. Both straps are around the 30,000lb mark. The straps will be used in primarily trails and rocks, as Im not into mud. However this will be my only strap so it will be used in a variety of situations.

I have not seen a Bubba rope in action myself, and I would appreciate some real world reviews. Also can the Buba Rope be used to pull someone without tugging or does it have too much stretch in it to be practical?

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Old November 10th, 2011, 12:13 PM   #2
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For the size of your truck, use a good 30 ft, 20,000 lb strap. A light weight vehicle doesn't need 30,000 lbs. Use a lighter strap, don't yank the shit out of it and let the elastic feature do its job.

I have a couple and bought them both from Ironman Offroad. (support a Michigan business)
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Old November 10th, 2011, 12:16 PM   #3
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No experience with a Bubba Rope, but I have used the ARB recovery strap some and I carry a Master Pull rope in my kit, both KE style straps like the Bubba rope. Both have a lot more stretch than a TSC yellow tow strap, but I don't have numbers to back up the comparison. The ARB seemed a little less stretchy than the MP but we didn't use them side-by-side for comparison. Both work well. I really like my MP rope at the dunes, the stretchiness is a great tool lets you gently roll into it without a lot of speed. I have used it some on the trails but I get the old TSC yellow strap out in the mud. Sometimes a good sharp tug with a tighter strap is the ticket too, so I don't know if the KE style ropes are right for every situation.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 02:53 PM   #4
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I ran into these while bumming around the net. MI business, even spliced by a member of the board. I think that these will be in the recovery bag soon.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 03:29 PM   #5
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Check with Ironman Offroad or Unlimited Offroad. Not only are they Michigan businesses that carry quality products, they are SnoFari sponsors and ATTEND SnoFari. If you are looking to get your strap in anticipation for SnoFari, they would likey bring it with them so you wouldn't even have to have it shipped/pick it up.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 05:20 PM   #6
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If you want a heavy duty recovery strap on the cheap look for used crane straps. You can find a 4"x30' strap for between $15-$50 that is pull rated over 35,000 lbs. It wont "stretch" like the bubba rope kinds but you wont need to worry about breaking it either.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 05:27 PM   #7
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American Made and member owned. My buddy got a 3" from him a couple years ago and we have used the shit out of it and still looks like new.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 05:32 PM   #8
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A 20,000lb "pull strap" is only pull rated to pull a load of less then 7000lbs.

Correction: that 35,000+ pull was doubled up pull load.

Still the best strap you can get for the money in my mind.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 05:36 PM   #9
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I love my Zone offroad recovery strap. $42 shipped to my door. 2" by 30 ft. breaking strength of 20,000 lbs.
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Opie has the recovery ropes that are awesome, and cheap.
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Check with Ironman Offroad or Unlimited Offroad. Not only are they Michigan businesses that carry quality products, they are SnoFari sponsors and ATTEND SnoFari. If you are looking to get your strap in anticipation for SnoFari, they would likey bring it with them so you wouldn't even have to have it shipped/pick it up.

X2 I bought mine from Ironman. I'm very happy with
the quality and it was a great price.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 05:54 PM   #13
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Ill keep Ironman and Unlimited in mind. Im really leaning towards a KE strap, the more stretch the better I think. Just because my blazer tends to weigh more than most of the jeeps that I wheel with.

Whats the life span of a rope compared to a strap? The enclosed core of the ropes seems like it would increase life span, or would it trap debris and make things worse?
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Old November 10th, 2011, 06:04 PM   #14
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I like the kinetic ropes over the straps. Smoother kinetic action (not as jerky) equals less wear and tear on the vehicles and people on both ends. My $.02
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I’ll keep Ironman and Unlimited in mind. I’m really leaning towards a KE strap, the more stretch the better I think. Just because my blazer tends to weigh more than most of the jeeps that I wheel with.

What’s the life span of a rope compared to a strap? The enclosed core of the ropes seems like it would increase life span, or would it trap debris and make things worse?
My rope is 40ft long and I pulled a CCLB superduty off test hill with my jeep. His front tires were hanging and I pulled him off the hill. It took two tries and we broke his strap. I backed up to his truck and got a nice running start and hit hard; rope has more give than a strap and does awesome. It has been soaked in mud and knotted. Easy to clean and unknot. I have the 1" x40'... I recommend this above any strap. Mine is rated at 36,000lbs

This is his site I think. http://www.krissplicing.com/recovery-ropes.php
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Old November 12th, 2011, 05:32 PM   #16
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Might be a stupid question but can a KE rope be doubled up like a regular strap, as in over a shackle to shorten it up or will it hurt the rope?

Does krissplicing give discounts to gl4x4 members? And does anyone know his/her user name?

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Old November 12th, 2011, 05:46 PM   #17
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Username is opie. I've talked to him a couple times about getting a new winch line since mine has a few rough spots in it.
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Old November 12th, 2011, 05:49 PM   #18
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Thanks ill send him a pm.
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You can double it up with no problem I have many times.
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i have seen the bubba rope used and was very impressed...
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