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Unread 01-07-2007, 03:27 PM   #1
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Tow strap rating

Hey guys I go wheeling a lot with my friend and his f150, We currently have on 33,000lb tow strap that we use alot to oull each other out, Well I'm in the market for another tow strap because sometimes ours just isnt long enough... I was wondering what would be the preferred lb rating I should look for in a tow strap, is 18,000lb enough or should I get a stronger one?

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Unread 01-09-2007, 07:00 PM   #2
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18000 is too small. That's a 2" nylon. You need more capacity for snatching an F150 out of the mud. The kinetic energy of a moving Jeep is a lot more than you would think. I'd stick with the 4" strap size you have. 3" might be ok. No metal ends, no matter what.

And, don't be tempted to use a long steel cable from somebody's old winch. really bad things can happen.

If you have a big budget, try synthetic rope with looped ends, like Amsteel.
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Unread 01-09-2007, 07:18 PM   #3
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Most of the time it is my jeep that is stuck, maybe a ratio of jeep stuck to f150 stuck is probably 15:1, But price is a real concern right now and the point of buying this would be to loop the two together so we have a longer reach, some of the mud holes we get stuck in are too long a reach for our one tow strap
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Unread 01-09-2007, 07:46 PM   #4
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Yea, if you loop them together, there is a chance they won't come un-looped after a strong pull. And, you are taking a bit of a chance by putting a d-shackle between them. I think I'd go with the d shackle if I was using a 4" strap but I wouldn't want any metal hanging anywhere on a 2" strap.

Syntheic rope is safe but expensive as hell. I paid 340 for 125 foot Amsteel Blue 1/2"

Yikes! What was I thinking?


Here's a link to a pretty good strap place:

http://www.starrrproducts.com/
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