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6spdx 01-29-2011 05:47 PM

new to 4x4. need some help.
 
hope im posting this in the right spot but here we go..

just bought my first jeep this year. its been my dream to get one ever since i was 12 years old. its a 2005 wrangler x.

i want to take it on the beach asap. i know i need certain things such as rope, shovel, fishing pole etc..

bought a rope, did some research about hooks vs loops. the one i purchased is a 5500 lbs loop ended. anyone got any feedback on the purchase? should i return it and get something else? im not going to go crazy offroading, but beach and pulling the occaisonal car out of the snow.

also, where should i attach it to my jeep and where on their car?(i understand every car is differenet)

anything else i should know about driving on the beach? again, never done it before, nor have i been a passenger for the trip. so i know absoluetly nothing about it.

thanks.
Greg.

bobjenkins 01-29-2011 05:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 6spdx
hope im posting this in the right spot but here we go..

just bought my first jeep this year. its been my dream to get one ever since i was 12 years old. its a 2005 wrangler x.

i want to take it on the beach asap. i know i need certain things such as rope, shovel, fishing pole etc..

bought a rope, did some research about hooks vs loops. the one i purchased is a 5500 lbs loop ended. anyone got any feedback on the purchase? should i return it and get something else? im not going to go crazy offroading, but beach and pulling the occaisonal car out of the snow.

also, where should i attach it to my jeep and where on their car?(i understand every car is differenet)

anything else i should know about driving on the beach? again, never done it before, nor have i been a passenger for the trip. so i know absoluetly nothing about it.

thanks.
Greg.

5500 is pretty weak for a recovery strap. Make sure there's no metal hooks on the end encase it breaks you don't want that flying around . Don't hook it anywhere where its not bolted to the frame . There are some recovery hooks on the front of some jeeps .

When driving on beach try not to ever stop on very deep sand . Drive in 4hi. Four Lo has a lot of torque and can grt you stuck deeper . Go with a friend encase you in into trouble :)

sevenservices 01-29-2011 05:53 PM

Welcome!

If you want to avoid any liability if something goes wrong, when you pull someone have them hook up their side of the roap. ;)

Aside from that, welcome to the forum! Have fun!

Jerry Bransford 01-29-2011 06:01 PM

Yep, a 20,000 lb. strap is the usual strength for a Jeep-worthy strap, that 5500 lb. strap is meant for things like ATVs. Definitely make sure to use only straps with sewn loops and never with steel hooks. 5.5K lbs. may seem adequate but it's not... especially since some recovery situations require you "jerk" the other Jeep out of its stuck situation. The proper recovery straps are called "snatch straps" and are somewhat stretchy to absorb the shock when that type of recovery technique is required.

Straps are connected onto frame mounted tow hooks that you must bolt onto your Jeep using Grade 5 or Grade 8 (like shown below with six little tick marks on the bolt head) bolts. Most any 4x4 shop will have suitable tow hooks. For the front, the hooks are bolted on top of the bumper. Their mounting bolts replace the top bolts that hold the bumper in place which pass through the bumper to the frame below.

For the rear, tow hooks also attach to the frame like shown below. One mounting bolt hole exists, only one more must be drilled. The rear tow hook bolts only pass through one side of the frame and the nuts and bolts go inside after being inserted into the frame from the bottom through a slot that is already present. Do NOT drill the bolt holes though both sides of the frame for the rear tow hooks and put the nuts outside of the frame. Doing so will squeeze the frame together and start the two sides slowly collapsing inward towards each other. Nuts and washers inside the frame for the rear. :)

http://www.stu-offroad.com/guards/gas/hook1.jpg

6spdx 01-29-2011 06:26 PM

thanks
 
thanks guys, much appreciated. especially the picture. im more of a visual learner.

TexasT 01-29-2011 07:20 PM

Beaches have a habit of having junk float onto them and some of that junk is boards with nails. Get a good tire plug kit and an air compressor so you can handle flats. I also air down my tires to 10 psi for a bigger footprint on the sand. You'll need the compressor to air back up for the ride home or find a gas station close by. Get the salt and sand off as soon as possible too. I agree with the strap strength too...you need a minimum of 20,000 lbs.

6spdx 01-29-2011 07:35 PM

so i was just going to return my strap.
 
and i was reading it again. it says for loads up to 5669 lbs. then in smaller print says breaking strength of 17,000 lbs.

so is this alright? or should i just return it anyway.


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