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Unread 02-01-2014, 08:34 PM   #91
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A complete soft top install takes....3-4-5 hours? That will definitely be a next weekend project (whenever it arrives) but I'm actually excited now. Thanks to all who recommended I take the plunge and just do it. Worst case...I find me another, paint it, and voila. I did however fiiiinally finished my winch install. It's been a hood ornament for a few weeks now. All electrical is hooked up and heck it even works. The video is processing now, I'll upload that once it's complete.

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Unread 02-01-2014, 08:35 PM   #92
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Yeah well see. If I dont find one by the time I leave Im screwed because theres no for sale anywhere up there.
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Unread 02-01-2014, 08:41 PM   #93
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Yeah well see. If I dont find one by the time I leave Im screwed because theres no for sale anywhere up there.
If it's a few months before you get back, everyone will probably be wanting to get the soft tops out and more will start showing up on CL. I'm sure you will. Again, so sorry. I didn't realize you'd be back anytime soon.
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Unread 02-01-2014, 09:51 PM   #94
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If it's a few months before you get back, everyone will probably be wanting to get the soft tops out and more will start showing up on CL. I'm sure you will. Again, so sorry. I didn't realize you'd be back anytime soon.
It's ok. I'm just starting to get worried. I've talked to guys I used to work with that are there and they said the soft tops don't survive long up there and I'm driving there so it's 4500 miles in a soft top I'd rather not do lol.

Anywho, what's up next for you on the TJ? Ever look into the Jeep club?

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Unread 02-02-2014, 07:42 AM   #95
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Finally completed hooking up the winch.

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Unread 02-02-2014, 07:44 AM   #96
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[QUOTE=AmnSyd;19975809]Anywho, what's up next for you on the TJ? Ever look into the Jeep club?

I did look into the club and actually signed up to be notified of meets. Thanks again for the tip! On my next list of basic projects is rhino lining the tub...I'll wait until it gets warmer for that though. Installing my soft top next weekend (sore subject I know), replacing all my sports bar padding, replacing my paddle handles on my steel doors (not looking forward to that), and looking into some new wheels.

How about you?
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Unread 02-02-2014, 01:43 PM   #97
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Let me know how the door handles go. Both if mine are rusted and need to be replaced but I'm kind of afraid to jack it up. Because doors are pretty important in VA haha

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Unread 02-02-2014, 07:29 PM   #98
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Finally completed hooking up the winch.

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Have you tried the winch of road? I am considering a Badlands winch for my CJ-7.
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Unread 02-03-2014, 02:42 PM   #99
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Have you tried the winch of road? I am considering a Badlands winch for my CJ-7.
It's not been used for anything yet...except to make my video lol. I just hooked it up over the weekend 2 days ago. I actually realized I had not recovery straps of any kind (as I'm passing many stuck vehicles on the road from all our snow) and wishing I could help them. I ordered a tree strap but need to look into others too. Not very familiar with it all and what gets used when and for what purpose.
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Unread 02-03-2014, 03:14 PM   #100
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It's not been used for anything yet...except to make my video lol. I just hooked it up over the weekend 2 days ago. I actually realized I had not recovery straps of any kind (as I'm passing many stuck vehicles on the road from all our snow) and wishing I could help them. I ordered a tree strap but need to look into others too. Not very familiar with it all and what gets used when and for what purpose.
A tree saver is good to have, and a nice snatch 'em strap (no hooks on it) is a must too.

The tree saver is an anchor point for the winch line, or to secure your Jeep to as you winch someone else...I do this when the other vehicle is bigger, or stuck really bad. That way I can just leave the Jeep in neutral, and not have to stand on the brakes.

A snatch 'em is used when you just want to jerk someone out. And "jerk" is what you do. You don't gun and and go like hell, but you do let the strap use it's "rubber band" effect and help pull the vehicle out. I'll usually give this a shot before going to the winch....unless a whole lot of mud is involved, then I just winch.

Attach you winch hook to one of you D-rings and snug it up. It won't clank around, while driving around.
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Unread 02-04-2014, 09:30 AM   #101
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A tree saver is good to have, and a nice snatch 'em strap (no hooks on it) is a must too.

The tree saver is an anchor point for the winch line, or to secure your Jeep to as you winch someone else...I do this when the other vehicle is bigger, or stuck really bad. That way I can just leave the Jeep in neutral, and not have to stand on the brakes.

A snatch 'em is used when you just want to jerk someone out. And "jerk" is what you do. You don't gun and and go like hell, but you do let the strap use it's "rubber band" effect and help pull the vehicle out. I'll usually give this a shot before going to the winch....unless a whole lot of mud is involved, then I just winch.

Attach you winch hook to one of you D-rings and snug it up. It won't clank around, while driving around.
A few questions.
1. The tree strap I picked does not have hooks on either end. Are you saying snatch'em strap also does not have hooks at either end?

2. Which type of strap would have hooks at both ends and when would you use those?

3. For the recovery strap...I'm assuming is also the 'snatch'em' strap...gets attached to watch on both vehicles? The tow hitch on mine? What location on the vehicle you are recovering?

4. My winch manual said it need 500lbs of force when reeling the cable back in. How would you reel it in and apply that much tension at the same time? Is that what hooking it to my D-ring would help with?

5. Hooking the clevis hook to my D-ring: To snug it up (the cable), that won't bend my D-ring mount sideways?

Thanks for all your help!
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Unread 02-04-2014, 09:53 AM   #102
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A few questions.
1. The tree strap I picked does not have hooks on either end. Are you saying snatch'em strap also does not have hooks at either end?

2. Which type of strap would have hooks at both ends and when would you use those?

3. For the recovery strap...I'm assuming is also the 'snatch'em' strap...gets attached to watch on both vehicles? The tow hitch on mine? What location on the vehicle you are recovering?

4. My winch manual said it need 500lbs of force when reeling the cable back in. How would you reel it in and apply that much tension at the same time? Is that what hooking it to my D-ring would help with?

5. Hooking the clevis hook to my D-ring: To snug it up (the cable), that won't bend my D-ring mount sideways?

Thanks for all your help!
1. Nothing should have hooks on the ends. You want straps with loops on the ends so you can use a D-ring to attach. Hooks will unhook hook when there is not tension on the line and come back to hurt someone.

2. no strap

3. The snatch strap gets attached to recovery points on each vehicle such as front tow hooks, rear recovery points or receiver tow point.

4. Winch lines need tension on them to properly work. After most use theirs on the trail, it is just wound back up with no tension. I usually will find a small 10% grade hill with a tree atop it. back my jeep down the hill the approximate distance which the winch line was used, then unspool and hook my winch to the tree, then winch up it. This will add the tension back into the winch line and have you ready for the next pull while it allows you to wind the line correctly around the drum.

5. It doesnt have to be super tight. I dont even do the clevis to the winch line any more. I just reel in the winch to where the attachment point it sitting just inside the fairlead "mouth".
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Unread 02-04-2014, 02:14 PM   #103
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1. Nothing should have hooks on the ends. You want straps with loops on the ends so you can use a D-ring to attach. Hooks will unhook hook when there is not tension on the line and come back to hurt someone. Agree

2. no strap No strap I would buy, but "tow ropes" come with them

3. The snatch strap gets attached to recovery points on each vehicle such as front tow hooks, rear recovery points or receiver tow point. Yep

4. Winch lines need tension on them to properly work. After most use theirs on the trail, it is just wound back up with no tension. I usually will find a small 10% grade hill with a tree atop it. back my jeep down the hill the approximate distance which the winch line was used, then unspool and hook my winch to the tree, then winch up it. This will add the tension back into the winch line and have you ready for the next pull while it allows you to wind the line correctly around the drum. Once I've returned home from wheeling, and have used my winch, I find an empty lot with a good anchor point, and pull out my line, then I winch it in under load. If you can't find a slight grade you can use someone to apply a little brake pressure and steer the Jeep..my 12 year old's love doing this.

5. It doesnt have to be super tight. I dont even do the clevis to the winch line any more. I just reel in the winch to where the attachment point it sitting just inside the fairlead "mouth". It never bent mine, you just snug it. Switching to a thimble is a good way to avoid that all together.
I added my responses in bold above....I pretty much agree with everthing dayriesw said.
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I don't usually get 4 pages into a tj build but I really like seeing a lady have the jeep sickness! I will be following this for sure
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Unread 02-04-2014, 03:45 PM   #105
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I added my responses in bold above....I pretty much agree with everthing dayriesw said.
You all rock, thanks for all the info.

Still unsure what both of you mean on question 4. Am I pulling the line all the way out, attatching it to something heavy and winching it in for the tension?

5. Thimble? help! lol
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