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Re: 4x4 Limits

Postby WaterBoy1 » Jul 22 2013, 9:23pm

LOL you must be an engineer ^

To take basically what I said x 10

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Re: 4x4 Limits

Postby iggs » Jul 22 2013, 9:33pm

WaterBoy1 wrote:LOL you must be an engineer ^

To take basically what I said x 10

:lol:


Ha ha, no I'm not. But I have worked in the climbing industry for a very long time at some points with some fantastically talented engineers. The basic principals are similar.


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Re: 4x4 Limits

Postby robfriedenberger » Jul 23 2013, 4:43pm

Thank you Ian

Good write up, thats the scaryst thing when i do any pulling with my tuck is when things snap how its going to break and where is safe, its almost like hunting you just got to be really careful and make sure when things do go flying that worst case isnt a bad one.
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Re: 4x4 Limits

Postby esox07 » Jul 23 2013, 4:50pm

To add to the tow chain debate, there is tow chains that are made a certain way, with a certain type of steel that is designed to simply drop if/when it breaks under pressure. I don't know the specifics but I do know they make these chains.
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Re: 4x4 Limits

Postby tmckenn2 » Jul 23 2013, 6:04pm

Knew you were into climbing by how you described it. A fall on q purely static rope when climbing can break your back but a dynamic rope won't.

One thing about pulling tanks out is they use a cable and have a weight on it. Furthermore everyone who is involved is in a giant enclosed steel vehicle. There have been too many cases of chains, toe balls, shackles used to combine two straps, and hooks going through back windows and killing the driver.

The rule has always been no metal on the tow straps. And use a snatch strap when tugging.
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Re: 4x4 Limits

Postby LGSONE » Jul 23 2013, 6:26pm

Boy did this post bring back memories. Went wheeling alone, bad idea. Had to hump out of the sticks for nearly 5 miles with my girlfriend. That was one pissed off young lady. And then finding someone to get me out... All in all it cost nearly 500 bucks to get out and nearly a girlfriend. And X 10 on the chain, watched one break years ago, went thru the back window and windshield, missed the driver by inches. Pretty humbling to see happen. It was like a rocket and not much was stopping it.


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Re: 4x4 Limits

Postby RS2289 » Jul 27 2013, 4:48am

And this is I put a winch on my truck...

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Re: 4x4 Limits

Postby slammer10 » Jul 29 2013, 3:53pm

I will agree 10 fold on NOT using a chain for recovery method. Use the correct tool for the job. Snatch straps are the best thing for pulling out stuck vehicles, period. Wheel safe and always have a buddy with to help out if need be.
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Re: 4x4 Limits

Postby Glen4X4 » Aug 01 2013, 6:30am

I vote to carry tow straps with you, lighter and easier to store, and they can hold up better than a chain if you buy one that's rated for double the weight of your truck. I personally don't take this long of a truck off road out in the trails because most off road trails get tight width wise and turning wise. If you're unsure of the path up ahead, walk it first to make sure you're not going to suddenly get into something that you're going to have difficulties getting out of. Never go out alone, if you're planning to do this regularly you should invest in a winch for your truck. You can benefit on off road trails by disconnecting the sway bars, it allows the rear axle to articulate and get better traction, as for the front it just allows the IFS to be fully independent and go opposite directions to allow for a little better traction at times. But you should reconnect when hitting the pavement because the truck can become unsafe.
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