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Old 12-29-2010, 08:56 PM   #1
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Tow Straps

I am wondering what kind of tow straps people use...Do people prefer the ones with a metal hook? I feel like that has a possibility of slipping off the tow hook on the front/back of the car. Or do people prefer the soft looped ends? Just looking for insight before i spend money on the strap and probably get suckered into buying other stuff

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Old 12-29-2010, 09:01 PM   #2
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Most offroad clubs in my area will not allow metal hooks on straps with their group offroading. Dangerous if they break is their reasoning. I keep hooks in my recovery kit but they are not attacked to my straps. I have a 4" 30' - 11K working strap with looped ends.

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Old 12-29-2010, 09:04 PM   #3
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I carry a tow strap and a recovery strap. No metal hooks on either.
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Old 12-29-2010, 09:06 PM   #4
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Do you know that there is a difference between a tow strap and a recovery strap? Tow straps usually have hooks and have no stretch making them better for towing and not recovery. Recovery straps rarely have hooks and can stretch, making them better for yanking people out of the ditch...
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Old 12-29-2010, 09:13 PM   #5
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I have a tow strap with metal hooks, for towing..

I have a recovery strap that has looped ends and is ARB made and tested for 17,600lbs

There is a difference and don't go for the cheap stuff! You need it to work, when you need it! Not break!
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yea i know, but can u do the same with one? "having said that" -Larry david, can i get someone out of a ditch with a tow strap and tow them, or the other way around, can i tow someone with a revovery strap? and it seems as if looped ends are the way to go
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You could recover someone with a tow strap, but you should never tow with a recovery strap.

I carry both because I want the proper one used if I'm the one needing the recovery!
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This may seem like a silly question, but if you have recovery straps with loop ends (like I do), but also have a fixed D ring (such as the one found on the RR XHD front bumper), how do you hook up the two vehicals. I wrap the strap through my fixed D rings, but also have a spare D ring to attach to the recovery vehical. Obviously if the recovery vehical has tow hooks instead of D rings this is not an issue. I just wonder how a recovery could be done if both vehicals have fixed D rings and the only recovery strap has looped ends.
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This may seem like a silly question, but if you have recovery straps with loop ends (like I do), but also have a fixed D ring (such as the one found on the RR XHD front bumper), how do you hook up the two vehicals. I wrap the strap through my fixed D rings, but also have a spare D ring to attach to the recovery vehical. Obviously if the recovery vehical has tow hooks instead of D rings this is not an issue. I just wonder how a recovery could be done if both vehicals have fixed D rings and the only recovery strap has looped ends.
Just use shackles on both ends of your recovery strap as well. I dont know if its all straps or just certain ones, but i have seen on some straps that my uncle has, if you "choke" the strap it greatly reduces its load limit. So it is better to use a shackle on both ends to keep the load limit higher
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Old 12-30-2010, 01:41 PM   #10
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If you have non-open bumper rings then you'll need extra 3/4" D-rings to access that closed loop, or


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This may seem like a silly question, but if you have recovery straps with loop ends (like I do), but also have a fixed D ring (such as the one found on the RR XHD front bumper), how do you hook up the two vehicals. I wrap the strap through my fixed D rings, but also have a spare D ring to attach to the recovery vehical. Obviously if the recovery vehical has tow hooks instead of D rings this is not an issue. I just wonder how a recovery could be done if both vehicals have fixed D rings and the only recovery strap has looped ends.
Get a "TOW" strap with a "cinch", thats to be used with a "TOW" strap and not a Recovery (snatch) strap

You can recover with a tow strap-easy gentle-straight pull, or recover with a recovery (SNATCH) strap-with slack and momentum !!

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Get a "TOW" strap with a "cinch", that's to be used with a "TOW" strap and not a Recovery (snatch) strap

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What do you mean by a "cinch"?
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It's a billet "dogbone" that lets you adjust the towstrap length, without using knots and maintains the tow strap strength !!


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What do you mean by a "cinch"?
Google "tow strap-CINCH"

There is lots of info !, mine has the exact aluminum BILLET "dogbone" and it's easy to use, but

Never use with a recovery strap !



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Google "tow strap-CINCH"

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Thanks for clarifying that. I've used something similar, but nowhere near these load limits. For lighter loads, I use a "figure 9" from Nite-ize.

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