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Old February 21st, 2008, 07:56 PM   #21
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damn, the strap went all the way thru out the back!!
Wrong, it went in the back and out the front.

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Old February 21st, 2008, 07:58 PM   #22
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Wrong, it went in the back and out the front.

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either way damn!
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Old February 21st, 2008, 08:00 PM   #23
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I remember the day that was posted on M1chiganj33pers.c0m and will never forget that.
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Old February 21st, 2008, 10:18 PM   #24
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Personally, I WILL NOT use a tow strap with a hook at all. Much like that image posted it makes a much more powerful projectile.

When I was pulling the Blazer out and broke the factory tow hook on the front of the Blazer, the tow strap slapped the back (tailgate) of the Tahoe. It left a good sized dent. I am sure that if there was a hook on the end (regardless of how it was facing) it would have gone through at least 1 plate of metal.

I also will not pull anyone out if there are a bunch of rubberneckers withing 100 feet of the vehicles. I never did find the other half of the factory tow hook. I am just glad it wasnt found in a body near the extraction point.
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Old February 21st, 2008, 10:23 PM   #25
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yeah, those factory tow hooks are designed to pull straight on if you pull at any angle they have a chance of coming off! I know i ripped one off my ZR2!
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Old February 21st, 2008, 10:39 PM   #26
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Always inspect the tow points of the rig pulling you out also. NEVER trust the other rig unless you see it. I learned this the hard way. All I will say is my wife spent 2 hours in surgery because a tow point broke off, the strap and the shackle came through the windshield of my truck. Luckily only the strap hit her.
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Old February 21st, 2008, 10:48 PM   #27
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I know this is a little off topic but another good way to making recovery easier is to let off the load pedal when you loose forward momentum
I never understand why people continue to hammer it when they are not moving forward, all your doing is digging farther down which makes it 1000 times harder to get the vehicle out.
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Old February 21st, 2008, 11:00 PM   #28
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Always inspect the tow points of the rig pulling you out also. NEVER trust the other rig unless you see it. I learned this the hard way. All I will say is my wife spent 2 hours in surgery because a tow point broke off, the strap and the shackle came through the windshield of my truck. Luckily only the strap hit her.

Holy shit she is lucky!!!! there are not to many good stories resulting in strap contact. I have seen tow points brake off go threw a tailgate on a blazer and through the back seat luckily no one was hurt.

Another good practice is to make sure you are standing in safe locations while people are poulling others out. you are still in danger even as a spectator. I have seen objects fly great distances with great force.

If You have to get jerked or jerk another vehicle hard it is also good practice to lean over so you are below the windshield to help avoid contact if something should come through the window due to a strap braking.

Ok one more than im done....Never hook up to one spot on a rig and than through both front or rear tow points and back to the rig pulling... for example making a triangle with the strap, under a load the strap will want to pull tight and straighten out resulting in one of the tow points to brake and act like a sling shot seen it at silver lake about 4 years ago bad bad situation. always pull with the strap single lined and straight.

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Old February 21st, 2008, 11:13 PM   #29
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Bit off topic, but can you get some good tow hooks and straps at Harbor Freight?
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Old February 21st, 2008, 11:17 PM   #30
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Bit off topic, but can you get some good tow hooks and straps at Harbor Freight?
I have never seen any. All the tow straps I have seen there have metal hooks.
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I have seen some 3'' wide straps there that look ok. But I look at it as why go cheep with safety.
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Old February 21st, 2008, 11:23 PM   #32
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Then anyone know where I could get some?
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Bit off topic, but can you get some good tow hooks and straps at Harbor Freight?
I really hope that was sarcasm.
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Old February 21st, 2008, 11:28 PM   #34
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I sell made in USA straps and will do so at cost. The following is a PDF of the straps I carry. The prices shown are retail and not what I will sell them for. PM me for pricing!

I lost a good friend and fellow GLFWDA memebr to a bad strap accident a couple years ago. His name was Johnathon Blystra, may he rest in piece.

http://rigidhitch.com/pages/pdfs/PAGE-57.pdf

DTS 1 $24.00 plus a couple bucks shipping to your door
DTS 2 $31.00 plus shipping to your door
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I really hope that was sarcasm.
I get stuff there all the time, never disapointed. either way, anybody have extras or know where I can get some pretty quick?
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I sell made in USA straps and will do so at cost. The following is a PDF of the straps I carry. The prices shown are retail and not what I will sell them for. PM me for pricing!

I lost a good friend and fellow GLFWDA memebr to a bad strap accident a couple years ago. His name was Johnathon Blystra, may he rest in piece.

http://rigidhitch.com/pages/pdfs/PAGE-57.pdf

DTS 1 $24.00 plus a couple bucks shipping to your door
DTS 2 $31.00 plus shipping to your door
Those are nice straps! How about the DTS 3?
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the 3" straps at harbor frieght are only a single layer strap so they are not very strong.

You do have to be careful in all situations, I had my jeep stuck so bad on memorial day that the tow hook welded to my frame(by a certified welder from the mine not just a hack job) ripped out of my frame (took the frame around it) and went into the tailgate of a 3/4 ton ford, fortunetly it only dented the gate and put a small hole in it.

The pin type clevises should deffinetly be stayed away from I did have one bend on me and rip the cotter pin off.

Not sure if it's in the other post but in case someone dosen't read it ALWAYS throw a coat, floor mat towel, tow strap on to a winch cable when winching now matter how light the pull. This will help make the cable fall to the ground if it breaks rather than whip back in the air.
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Old February 21st, 2008, 11:34 PM   #38
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I sell made in USA straps and will do so at cost. The following is a PDF of the straps I carry. The prices shown are retail and not what I will sell them for. PM me for pricing!

I lost a good friend and fellow GLFWDA memebr to a bad strap accident a couple years ago. His name was Johnathon Blystra, may he rest in piece.

http://rigidhitch.com/pages/pdfs/PAGE-57.pdf

DTS 1 $24.00 plus a couple bucks shipping to your door
DTS 2 $31.00 plus shipping to your door
What about DTS 3,4 &6
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I sell made in USA straps and will do so at cost. The following is a PDF of the straps I carry. The prices shown are retail and not what I will sell them for. PM me for pricing!

I lost a good friend and fellow GLFWDA memebr to a bad strap accident a couple years ago. His name was Johnathon Blystra, may he rest in piece.

http://rigidhitch.com/pages/pdfs/PAGE-57.pdf
Got any hooks?
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I get stuff there all the time, never disapointed. either way, anybody have extras or know where I can get some pretty quick?
look up a couple posts!
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