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post #1 of 16 Old 11-14-2006, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Recovery Gear Kit

Now that I have my JK 4 door, being a novice 4wheeler, I think it would be a good idea to carry a basic recovery kit since I do not have a winch. From what I have read it seems that a 3"x30' recovery strap, a 3"x10' tree protector strap, and a Hi-Lift jack would be the minimum. As for the jack, which size, 48" or 60" would be better? Any other recommendations? Thanks.

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post #2 of 16 Old 11-14-2006, 10:44 PM
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I don't mean to sound like a smart a** but you'll need D-Rings to attach the straps. Why the tree protector if you don't have a winch?
Some good things to carry are: First aid kit, extra water, some non-perishable food, hand tools and the knowledge of how to use them, duct tape, bailing wire, extra fuses, vehicle specific repair manual, a charged up cell phone...ect...ect.

But the most important thing to bring is your common since, and if you do have trouble take your time and think through your options before a minor situation turns bad. You would not believe some of the s*** people get themselves into by not thinking.
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I don't mean to sound like a smart a** but you'll need D-Rings to attach the straps. Why the tree protector if you don't have a winch?
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I'd assume his thought was he would use the High Lift as the extractor, hence the need for the tree strap. Though you were right that he does need to throw some D-rings in the kit.

Personally, while you'll get some guys that will disagree with this suggestion, but if you don't have a winch then at the minimum you need a come-a-long, and a good quality chain to use with it, as you don't have the infinite adjustment by using straps, and they stretch. Come-a-longs don't have a lot of cable on them so you want to take advantage of what it does come with.

Honestly, I think you should keep a come-a-long with you even after you get a winch as it's a cheap back-up if the winch gives out.

I'd also suggest a multi-tool. I.E. shovel, pic, axe, etc., and learn how to make a deadman anchor for when you don't have a tree / rock close by.

Just my .02
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in all the times i have wheeled, which would be maybe 3 or 4... i think the basics for a newbie would be a strap or two, and a couple shackles... a hi-lift, not needed but could be useful. if you have a winch, a strap and a couple shackles you are pretty solid.

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The 48" Hi-Lift jack and the D-Rings would be great. Also Walmart and Northern Tool have come - alongs for $20.00, although Northern Tool has a better selection if you want to get a stronger one. Northern Tool also has 20' pieces of 3/8th chain with grab hooks in a plastic box for $30.00. Read this thread too.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f27/come-alongs-336658/

Be careful who you listen to! In spite of the good advice already offered in this thread it seems that there are also people who would rather get stuck and walk than carry a come - along.

$70.00 Jack
$20.00 come - along
$60.00 for two chains but one might do
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$150.00 total - you can do alot with this combo

And think about getting a strap so someone else can pull you out.

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Two other tools to consider is a shovel and a axe. Both of which I have found to be extremely useful when wheeling in the early summer in my neck of the woods, just as much as the winch. Using a a Hi-lift as a winch sucks but can be done, a 3-ton comealong is a really good idea, thanks. Nothing worst than getting stuck when the only way out is the way you came in and the winch is on the front of the Jeep, a comealong would be a handy $30 investment.

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I'd assume his thought was he would use the High Lift as the extractor, hence the need for the tree strap. Though you were right that he does need to throw some D-rings in the kit.

Personally, while you'll get some guys that will disagree with this suggestion, but if you don't have a winch then at the minimum you need a come-a-long, and a good quality chain to use with it, as you don't have the infinite adjustment by using straps, and they stretch. Come-a-longs don't have a lot of cable on them so you want to take advantage of what it does come with.

Honestly, I think you should keep a come-a-long with you even after you get a winch as it's a cheap back-up if the winch gives out.

I'd also suggest a multi-tool. I.E. shovel, pic, axe, etc., and learn how to make a deadman anchor for when you don't have a tree / rock close by.

Just my .02

How do you make a deadman anchor?
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How do you make a deadman anchor?
Dig a hole and bury your spare with a strap attached to it. Of course dig your spare back up because you'll likely tear up a tire on the next obstacle.

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Dig a hole and bury your spare with a strap attached to it. Of course dig your spare back up because you'll likely tear up a tire on the next obstacle.
whoever thought of that was a genious! thats cool

i have a winch and i carry the following in the back of my rig:
air tank
shovel
1st aid kit
towels
2 come alongs
2 chains
2 tow straps
basic tool kit
duct tape
flares / roadside emergency kit
hat / gloves
2 flashlights
cell phone

plus, i go with a guy with a hydro winch, gps, and a cell.

i figure were pretty well off

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Two other tools to consider is a shovel and a axe. Both of which I have found to be extremely useful when wheeling in the early summer in my neck of the woods, just as much as the winch. Using a a Hi-lift as a winch sucks but can be done, a 3-ton comealong is a really good idea, thanks. Nothing worst than getting stuck when the only way out is the way you came in and the winch is on the front of the Jeep, a comealong would be a handy $30 investment.

I'll agree with that... though it's not ultimately how we got the log out of there, it would have worked eventually



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Nice picture...

I see you have the the adjustment handtool for your new ecofriendly woodJack
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I'll agree with that... though it's not ultimately how we got the log out of there, it would have worked eventually
Awesome picture!!!

Too bad you didn't have a high-lift handy - it might have saved you alot of banging around with a hatchet! Any damage to the tub from that log?

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Too bad you didn't have a high-lift handy - it might have saved you alot of banging around with a hatchet! Any damage to the tub from that log?
We did have a hilift. But the ground was very muddy, and though it doesn't look like it, I was pointed down a short steep hill... we didn't feel good about using a hilift in that situation. It did tweak the rear edge of the rocker, and crunched some of the metal right in front of the wheelwell. We ended up just letting the air out and yanking it out.



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I would pass on the Hi Lift, get a good 12 ton bottle jack, a lot safer, for 99.99% of the situations this will serve you fine, safer and easier to store, for that matter you could probably get by with you stock jack 99% of the time.

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I would pass on the Hi Lift, get a good 12 ton bottle jack, a lot safer, for 99.99% of the situations this will serve you fine, safer and easier to store, for that matter you could probably get by with you stock jack 99% of the time.
+1 on this. Along with the bottle jack you will need a good piece of wood to place under the bottle jack. Maybe 1'x1'x2''. Harbor Freight has some cheapies.

Bottle Jack is also a lot easier to use.

And HF also offers an electric impact wrench. I have had mine for 2+ years, love it. Just plug it in cig lighter, or directly to the battery. I think it was 25 bucks on sale.
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