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    hi.

    can you guys please help with advice recovery straps/ ropes etc??

    what i have now is a.....ahem...."5 ton heavy duty" tow strap from checkers.

    after spending some time searching the forum, i can confidently say that i must definitely get a snatch strap and also i must definitely stay away from a snatch strap.

    my 4x4 is my daily driver and will be like that for a long time, its an isuzu double cab, stock standard.

    im not planning to go to the deapest darkest parts of the world, i just like to do a few trails here in western cape.

    i love the idea of getting a decent long strap with some elasticity to dampen the jolt of a pull, but your also at the mercy of the person pulling and his right foot.

    then again, someone trying to do a snatch with a normal rope can do loads of damage too.

    basically im asking to help me decide on a decent, long tow strap or go for the snatch strap.

    or.... is it a good idea to have both, is it worth the money?

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    Default Re: recovery kit advice please

    you would also need so decent recovery points to attach those ropes. From what I can recall the Go Bigs were lacking in the rear wrt recovery points

    personally:
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    Snatch rope is better from what I have read. But again like a gun, if in the wrong hands and safety is not considered then both are dangerous weapons. If you use a Snatch strap or Snatch rope, read up on how to use and procedures pls. Lots of U tube videos of recoveries gone wrong.
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    Hi Dan
    Go into your local Camp & Climb in the 4x4 section there is everything you will need. They also sell a recovery kit.
    Remember to check the weight of your vehicle and check the rated capacity of the recovery equipment.
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    Start with basics like a good spade plus a tire deflate and inflate setup (deflater and compressor) also a tire repair kit.

    Rated shackles, snatch strap, tow strap, rated recovery point on the vehicle, bigger vehicle jack (4t+) or HiLift Jack

    There are lot of videos on YouTube that covers this diverse subject.
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    As said start with the basics, get rated recovery points, get trained, get a good starter kit.

    Most 4x4 shops have a very good starter kits, in one bag with almost everything you need.

    Once you have that, you can go to the people that make lifting staps and you can get longer lengths any length you need. And rated shackles and very cheap prices.

    I have several of these basic kits in many of my 4x4ís.

    many second hand shops have unused kits for sale, for cheap
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    Quote Originally Posted by K-9 View Post
    As said start with the basics, get rated recovery points, get trained, get a good starter kit.
    Before you buy - GET TRAINED.
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    Default Re: recovery kit advice please

    thanks for the comments so far.

    im leaning toward the camp and climb starter kit for around R1600

    how do i go about getting rated recovery points? does this mean installing aftermarket bumpers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan2 View Post
    thanks for the comments so far.

    im leaning toward the camp and climb starter kit for around R1600

    how do i go about getting rated recovery points? does this mean installing aftermarket bumpers?
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    https://www.ironman4x4.co.za/product/isuzu-d-max-2012-rated-recovery-points/

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    Thing is yes you can get aftermarket bumpers with recovery points on, but how are these bumpers fixed onto the vehicle, if not done properly the bumpers can just get ripped off,
    snatch recovery should be last option the amount of load they can put onto vehicle is tremendous,

    one thing lagging is a place that sells good soft shackles and soft shackle pullys and the ones that do sell them the prices are well another story
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    Stay away from D-shackles. They might not break but they will definately bent. Then its a mission to remove it. Rather get rated bow shackles. Take note, the bow shackles' pins are much bigger in diameter.
    As @DCPolokwane said, Securetech. Their straps roll up quite small whereas serious snatch ropes are very bulky and perhaps would be rather suitable for a dedicated off road recovery spesialist. Get a snatch strap and a pull strap. You don't have to snatch with a snatch strap but its more flexible.
    Consider adding a bridle to your kit. It split the recovery effort, force to both sides/chassis beams of the vehicle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clivemd View Post
    Thing is yes you can get aftermarket bumpers with recovery points on, but how are these bumpers fixed onto the vehicle, if not done properly the bumpers can just get ripped off,
    snatch recovery should be last option the amount of load they can put onto vehicle is tremendous,

    one thing lagging is a place that sells good soft shackles and soft shackle pullys and the ones that do sell them the prices are well another story
    I ordered a rope with 2 x soft shackles from these guys.

    https://www.ropesforafrica.co.za/pro...caAjvkEALw_wcB

    I have not used it other than to pull out a few rose bushes, but it was quite effective as i could run the vehicle up to speed a little and then let the rope yank out the bushes. Soft shackles were pretty handy as well. Not sure I am brave enough to do recovery, but I have one of those pin type tow hitches so am pretty happy to be the yanker, but not too sure about being the yankee. I would probably only use it on a vehicle with someone that knows what they are doing.

    I got it mainly in case I needed to yank the boat up the beach a bit but have not needed it for that yet.

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    I used to rig masts and towers. Used bow and D shackles. With weights we had to lift I've yet to see any of them bend. My recovery kit includes a tirfor shackles slings and snatch blocks. Never been a place where I couldn't pull myself out in far off places including recovery of our truck trailer.
    If you are capable of bending the likes then I'd stay away from you that can be lethal.

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    Here is my updated recovery gear - after overlanding for 119`000km from a transafrica to south america.

    No, there is no winch anymore on my next generation travel rig. Thats is how it will looks like:

    - spade
    - tiny compressor
    - Airjack
    (...)

    Article
    https://vanlife.4x4tripping.com/2022/01/What-4WD-recovery-gear-do-you-need-self-recovery-kit.html

    That would have be enough for such trips, at least in the past.

    Yes, no ground anchor anymore - probably I have to turn back 1-2 times in the next 10 years. But - it is a very lightweight setup - who helps not "to dig" into those mudholes.

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