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Old April 29th, 2020, 09:52 AM   #1
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Old April 29th, 2020, 09:55 AM   #2
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Old April 29th, 2020, 10:04 AM   #3
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I finally bought one to try out, I will never go back to unscrewing D-rings.
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Planning to pick some up eventually but currently my supply of d rings is plentiful

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I've got a few, they're pretty cool and way safer. Just be more careful about sharp edges than you would be with a steel one. Most come with a protective liner for sharp edges, but you still need to use common sense.
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Allpro automotive in Lansing has them in stock, and they seem to be a little larger than others. I think I paid like $30 maybe.
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Allpro automotive in Lansing has them in stock, and they seem to be a little larger than others. I think I paid like $30 maybe.
AEV carries them now also. Price is steep, but after the amount of development and testing these went through, I see why. There's a huge range of strength and durability of these things throughout the market, and this one is at the top of the bunch.
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AEV carries them now also. Price is steep, but after the amount of development and testing these went through, I see why. There's a huge range of strength and durability of these things throughout the market, and this one is at the top of the bunch.
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Not sure what development there would have been, the design for these was lifted from the marine industry where they have been used for years. One company brought them to the off-road scene and the rest have knocked it off.
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Not sure what development there would have been, the design for these was lifted from the marine industry where they have been used for years. One company brought them to the off-road scene and the rest have knocked it off.
There are a number of slightly different weaves and small manufacturing differences, material suppliers all over the world, and fairly broad range of failure loads. The overall concept is the same across the board, but how and where they're made as well as how much force they can survive varies quite a bit. "Development" may not have been the best word choice, but selecting the right materials, suppliers, and manufacturing wasn't just a point and shoot exercise.

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Been using mine for over a year now, no complaints.
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I have had them for several years. I was at first skeptical thinking they were not any better than the old wood block trick. Now, I am a believer.

Check out this video of Dale @IronmanOffroad at are BFE in Utah. He left slack in the line so he could make a run at the waterfall but it could catch him if he started to go over. There is a soft shackle attaching the winch line to the in-ground anchor point. Look at it close. The line stops his rig from going over. Pretty solid snap.


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Wow, I haven't seen those. I'll need to get one to keep in the truck. Very cool!
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Not sure what development there would have been, the design for these was lifted from the marine industry where they have been used for years. One company brought them to the off-road scene and the rest have knocked it off.
Wasn't there a member here that was making and selling them long ago, like when synthetic winch lines were just taking off.
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I have not used them, but like the idea of them. In theory they are safer then the metal d rings in not only when they could come flying off in a recovery but also just bouncing around in a vehicle.

I've had times where I've left my d-ring on my treesaver inside my jeep. If things got violent (i.e. rollover) a hit in the head by one of these could make for a bad day. Yes, it should be secured... but one less thing to worry about.
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Wasn't there a member here that was making and selling them long ago, like when synthetic winch lines were just taking off.
Kris' splicing. His website isn't registered anymore. His videos on how to make the knots and splicing lines are still active on YouTube though.
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