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Old 12-03-2008, 02:00 PM   #1
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Anchoring the jeep

I just got done pulling a Ford 150 out of a snow bank. I tried to do it with my winch but it just pulled my TJ along the snow covered road. Ended up putting a tow strap on and pulling the truck out as I backed up.

Anybody know good techniques for anchoring the jeep on a slippery street when trying to winch someone out?

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Old 12-03-2008, 02:51 PM   #2
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put the strap on your rear recovery point and anchor it to a tree or something.

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Old 12-03-2008, 05:33 PM   #3
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I pulled a car up and out of a ditch by using a 4" x 4" block in front of the front tire.
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Old 12-03-2008, 05:40 PM   #4
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always try to recover by using a strap first.....if you must use the winch then wedge your front bumper against something or strap your rearend to something......obviously the truck outweighed you so the winch winched you and not the truck
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Old 12-04-2008, 08:26 AM   #5
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Yeah - looks like I'll need to get a longer strap to anchor me. I thought putting the jeep at (near) right angles to the pull would do it - but no luck.
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Old 12-04-2008, 09:27 AM   #6
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Be VERY careful when you strap your Jeep to something to pull someone out using your winch... You can stretch/damage your frame if you attach the rear end to something, and then pull from the front. Ideally, you would attach the front of your Jeep to something behind you to keep you from moving (tree, big rock, etc.) so that all of the forces were acting on the same point, and not pulling at your Jeep from opposite ends.

That being said, it usually is easier/faster to just use a strap to recover someone so I always try to use that first.
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You want ones with teeth on the bottom that dig into the snow, dirt, asphalt, etc. I have a couple that I found in a parking lot a couple of hours after the power and light truck drove away and left them. They are oak with what looks like a nasty steel cheese grater bottom.
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put the strap on your rear recovery point and anchor it to a tree or something.
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or use a kinetik recovery strap.
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Ended up putting a tow strap on and pulling the truck out as I backed up.
Be careful doing that too. When you pull backing up it puts the weight of your Jeep and the stress of the pull on the front axle... which is the weaker of the two you have. I've seen a number of guys break gears recovering vehicles this way.
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2x ^ there was a thread about it like half a year ago.. guy snapped the spidergears.
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X 2 Triple88 shows that your snatch block can be used for multiple applications. I've used mine for vehicle recovery and hoisting elk onto a meat pole, but the diagram that he provided taught me another application. Thanks Triple88.
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Old 12-04-2008, 11:34 PM   #13
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Yes sir, i'm surprised i do not see people using snatch blocks often. Most of them rely on speed instead of slow controlled power on the right spots.

Using a snatch block will double your winch power.

In the picture i drew, not only it doubles the power of the winch but it also splits the load between the rig and the tree instead of all of it being on the rig. This makes it much safer than strapping the back end of the rig to a tree and pulling the frame apart from both sides.


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