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Old 03-12-2015, 05:02 PM
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ARB winch recovery gear kit

Thinking about it. A little pricey. Anyone have any thoughts? The Rugged ridge kit is a third of the price.... but anybody reading any of my previous posts knows I have a little bit of a hate on for that company.... I know I should just get the ARB kit especially because of the weakest link argument. I suppose after shelling out premium dollars on a Warn M8000, the choice is obvious.
Thoughts anyone especially ARB winch accessory owners?

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I have one.
Sure looks cool.

Only thing I ever use out of it is the short green pull strap.

Purple snatch strap is way too long.
Never needed the winch pulley, shackles, gloves, tire patch kit or air gauge.

Oh wait, I do use the ARB tire deflator, it's fast and won't lose the valve stem in the snow.

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Old 03-12-2015, 05:14 PM
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I have one.
Sure looks cool.

Only thing I ever use out of it is the short green pull strap.

Purple snatch strap is way too long.
Never needed the winch pulley, shackles, gloves, tire patch kit or air gauge.

Oh wait, I do use the ARB tire deflator, it's fast and won't lose the valve stem in the snow.
Lol. It does look cool!

I was thinking I might never use any of it. Probably cheaper to just buy a tree saver....
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I just bought the ARB Premium recovery kit and it is freaking awesome! I have a couple older 10k lb slings and was just going to make up my own kit until I started pricing it out some longer quality slings. I did a search on ebay and got the ARB Premium kit delivered for $300, thats about $100 below retail. Even if you paid full retail price it is still a good deal for what you get.
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Old 03-14-2015, 07:41 AM   #5
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Check out the TJM kit. Only $200.
Kit Includes:

1 - 22,000 lbs 10"x3" Tree Saver
1 - 13,200 lbs 65"x2" Winch Extension Strap
1 - 24,300 lbs 30'x3" Snatch Strap
1 - 17,600 lbs Snatch Block
2 - 3/4" 4.75 ton Shackles
2 - 5/8" 3.25 ton Shackles
Heavy duty leather gloves
Recovery blanket
TJM OX Heavy Duty Canvas bag. This bag is incredibly strong and can be opened up flat to provide easy access to all compartments and gear. Sturdy Canvass straps with metal strap locks keeps all the heavy items packed securly away.

TJM OX RECOVERY KIT HEAVY DUTY
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Old 03-14-2015, 11:16 AM
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Check out the TJM kit. Only $200.
Kit Includes:

1 - 22,000 lbs 10"x3" Tree Saver
1 - 13,200 lbs 65"x2" Winch Extension Strap
1 - 24,300 lbs 30'x3" Snatch Strap
1 - 17,600 lbs Snatch Block
2 - 3/4" 4.75 ton Shackles
2 - 5/8" 3.25 ton Shackles
Heavy duty leather gloves
Recovery blanket
TJM OX Heavy Duty Canvas bag. This bag is incredibly strong and can be opened up flat to provide easy access to all compartments and gear. Sturdy Canvass straps with metal strap locks keeps all the heavy items packed securly away.

TJM OX RECOVERY KIT HEAVY DUTY
Looks good. How's the quality compared to ARB?
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I run some arb stuff (compressor, 30ft snatch strap, deflator) and it's all high quality. When I replace my tree saver, I'll replace it with an arb. You won't be unhappy with the arb kit.
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Looks like a great kit. I am assuming it is a a 10 foot not inch tree saver and a 65 foot not inch extension. I also assume the blanket is for wire? And looks like Sierra has offered group buys in the past. Maybe we can get a coupon code for the WF?
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Looks like a great kit. I am assuming it is a a 10 foot not inch tree saver and a 65 foot not inch extension. I also assume the blanket is for wire? And looks like Sierra has offered group buys in the past. Maybe we can get a coupon code for the WF?
Yeah, it "looks" good...... but for a hundred bucks more, I think ARB is the choice to make.....
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It's a huge generalization, and I don't mean to offend, but if you shelled out for high quality winch, get the arb. I've got a mix of different equipment, and I wish I just got the arb kit. The quality and attention to detail is top notch.
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Yeah, it "looks" good...... but for a hundred bucks more, I think ARB is the choice to make.....
Not sure that I am looking at what you are, the similar ARB is 2x at around 400?
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Because ARB is worth it if you spent more than $XXX for your winch?

Figure out what you need, and buy quality gear. If you are in an area where you do not need a 65 ft long winch extension, then a kit that includes it will be a waste of about $75-100.

Lots of companies make quality recovery gear, and lots make cheap crap. A good recovery strap, snatch block, tree protector, and a couple of quality D rings and some gloves will work for most situations.

Honestly, the Jeep branded kit you find on ebay for $50-60 is a great starting point.

Warn recovery strap
Warn 2 D rings
Warn gloves
bag (appears to be the same Warn bag as in the Warn 25300 kit)

If you have a winch then pick up a tree saver, and get a snatch block, and a line dampener/weight if using steel cable.

With a high quality block like a Warn or ARB, you should be well set up for around $150-160. and you can get all Warn stuff if having matching gear is important to you.
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I heard the Warn kit is just the Rugged ridge kit... which is the Mopar kit....
Is this true?
I agree with buying what you need. The ARB winch recovery kit, not the premium one, is more than sufficient. I think it's $220?...I know in Canada it's $300 without the bag and $360 with. The mopar one is $220 in Canada and the Rugged ridge one is $130.
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I guess my trouble is that I kind of think of the straps as wear items. Especially the tree saver. I get new stuff every couple years. So I have trouble spending huge dollars on anything but snatch block. Am I wrong? Tree saver takes a bit of abuse, especially if you are in the west with rocks to attach to.
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I guess my trouble is that I kind of think of the straps as wear items. Especially the tree saver. I get new stuff every couple years. So I have trouble spending huge dollars on anything but snatch block. Am I wrong? Tree saver takes a bit of abuse, especially if you are in the west with rocks to attach to.
I hear ya. Chains are better on rocks. As far as wearing out, the cheaper ones might, but the ARB's should last a long time...
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I saw that the warn kit comes with a chain. I have a bunch of chain around the ranch here, but I don't know how to use chain safely for a tree saver with hooks on the ends. So I drop $20 on a tree saver every other year. And I have broken so many snatch straps I have lost count. The one I have right now is tied with 2 knots!!!
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I saw that the warn kit comes with a chain. I have a bunch of chain around the ranch here, but I don't know how to use chain safely for a tree saver with hooks on the ends. So I drop $20 on a tree saver every other year. And I have broken so many snatch straps I have lost count. The one I have right now is tied with 2 knots!!!
Be careful with those straps. There are lots of videos online showing chain and strap use. I am definitely not an expert since I rarely use my winch. I just think the quality would certainly help.
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Looks good. How's the quality compared to ARB?
I would say the same.



I found pictures of the kit.

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Bought the kit and never used it. Bought earlier this year & Ended up not needing it and since I sold the 4 Runner I don't need it anymore. Asking $175 and will split shipping.


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Kit Includes:

1 - 22,000 lbs 10'x3" Tree Saver
1 - 13,200 lbs 65'x2" Winch Extension Strap
1 - 24,300 lbs 30'x3" Snatch Strap
1 - 17,600 lbs Snatch Block
2 - 3/4" 4.75 ton Shackles
2 - 5/8" 3.25 ton Shackles
Heavy duty leather gloves
Recovery blanket
TJM OX Heavy Duty Canvas bag. This bag is incredibly strong and can be opened up flat to provide easy access to all compartments and gear. Sturdy Canvass straps with metal strap locks keeps all the heavy items packed securly away.

Here are pictures:
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Looks good. Definitely nothing like the Rugged Ridge crap. Seems almost ARB like? Impressed. I would like to examine it further... Don't really like buying things like this online unless it's proven or I can examine it myself.
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Get a canvas bag and add what you want. I have a big Klien bag and have all my gear in it. Straps, cable come-along, Synthetic line come-along rated at 4K. D-rings, gloves, rope, cable extensions, and a few other things at the bottom.
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I heard the Warn kit is just the Rugged ridge kit... which is the Mopar kit....
Is this true?

Any proof/documentation on this? Or just something you heard on the internet/at a meet or something? Would be interested in reading more.

Have you ever handled either?

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I agree with buying what you need. The ARB winch recovery kit, not the premium one, is more than sufficient. I think it's $220?...I know in Canada it's $300 without the bag and $360 with. The mopar one is $220 in Canada and the Rugged ridge one is $130.
The cheaper ARB kit has a snatch block, recovery strap, tree strap, and 2 d rings, with a small bag. the snatch block looks great, but nothing I wanted to spend ~$250 on, especially with the bag size. If it were in the larger bag I would have considered more closely.

The Mopar/Warn kit (may be different in Canada) goes for $50 on Ebay, or $200 on Quadratec. That is the Warn Premium recovery strap ($60), Warn winching gloves ($20), and a couple of D rings.

IMO, a good place to start putting a kit together without spending a ton on some pretty good accessories. Yeah, I will always have at least 2 other pairs of gloves in the vehicle, along with another strap. But performance/cost is hard to beat.

I am not saying it is better than the ARB (or TJM/OX, etc), just saying that if one knows what they need/want, there are often better ways to get a recovery kit setup without buying one from a mfg.
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I heard it on this forum somewhere. The kits look very similar.
I agree on building your own. I would like to handle the items instead of buying online with only a pic.
The ARB seems the most substantial looking plus has a great Rep. Problem is the price in Canada for that basic kit you mentioned is $367
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Just wanted to update - I got the Mopar "trail rated" kit, linked on ebay above ($50), or Quadratec ($200). The strap is exactly what I expected, and very closee to my existing snatch strap, I would venture to say it is not a bad price on the strap alone, though not a deal. But it is pretty nice quality. Certainly nicer than the Rugged Ridge/Smitty straps I have laid hands on.

the D rings are standard D rings, same you would pay $15 for anywhere else.

The gloves are a winner. I would wear an L, rather than the XL that it ships with, and I would consider ordering these separately, at the retail pricing.

Bag is easily big enough to keep the tow strap, a 2"x6' tree strap, ARB7000 snatch block, both D rings (and an extra I had), gloves,and a folding shovel. Enough space to probably fit my other recovery strap as well. With that said, it is the first item I would replace. I dont trust the small straps, and would like a little more space to grow.
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ARB straps are the nicest I've ever seen.
Sewn leather eye loops, very heavy duty extra thick 4" wide webbing.

Every other pull strap I've seen is 3" wide and thinner webbing with plastic or vinyl loops.
Doesn't inspire confidence when pulling a stuck vehicle.
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ARB straps are the nicest I've ever seen.
Sewn leather eye loops, very heavy duty extra thick 4" wide webbing.

Every other pull strap I've seen is 3" wide and thinner webbing with plastic or vinyl loops.
Doesn't inspire confidence when pulling a stuck vehicle.
I agree. I couldn't afford the full kit, so I ordered pieces. I would rather have a partial kit of ARB than a full one of Rugged ridge... Or the other garbage ones out there.
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I heard it on this forum somewhere. The kits look very similar.
I agree on building your own. I would like to handle the items instead of buying online with only a pic.
The ARB seems the most substantial looking plus has a great Rep. Problem is the price in Canada for that basic kit you mentioned is $367
I think I found where the differences in what we were discussing lie. It seems like you were referring to this Jeep branded kit:


Which does look like a Rugged Ridge kit:




I was referring to this Warn/Mopar kit:



As you can see, a much more basic kit (at a significantly lower cost) that lets you add things like a tree protector, winch line extension, damper (if needed), etc..

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