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Recovery Equipment

Discussion in 'General 4Runner Talk' started by 2A4R, May 27, 2020.

  1. May 27, 2020 at 7:55 PM
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    2A4R

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    IMG_20200527_202244__01.jpg IMG_20200527_202316.jpg Just got some recovery gear in! (I love gear!) I had a few regular tow straps, but figured I'd get some proper off-road recovery equipment. So to start out with:

    -ARB 17,600lb 30' Snatch Strap
    -Rhino USA 8' Tree Saver (since I don't have a winch yet it'll be used as a bridal strap between my two front recovery points)
    -Rhino USA Shackle Hitch Receiver
    -Rhino USA Shackle 2pack
    -Warn Winch Line Damper
    EDIT: Forgot to include my Hi-lift and base

    I feel like this is a decent start to get me out of most messes. I'd love a recovery board as well, but gotta save up for that!

    What do you guys use for off-road recovery gear?
    I know there's a thread (link below) for items always kept in your rig, but I'd like to keep this conversation to off-road recovery.


    https://www.4runners.com/threads/what-do-you-carry-in-your-4r-all-the-time-and-why.12777/
     
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  2. May 27, 2020 at 8:24 PM
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    Thatbassguy

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    Nice! I have the same snatch strap.

    My recovery gear-
    -snatch strap
    -short tow strap
    -(3) snatch blocks
    -shackles (4 or 5)
    -soft shackle
    -tow hitch shackle
    -Maxsa escaper buddy traction boards
    -Hi-lift jack
    -Hi-lift off road kit (ORK)
    -Hi-lift base
    -chain
    -Hi-lift Lift-mate
    -winch
    -Toyota awesomeness!

    I'm sure I forgot something. Aside from tools and the other random crap that's always in the 4runner.
     
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  3. May 27, 2020 at 10:02 PM
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    Assholes call travel "overlanding"
    For the traction boards, if you want to save some coin and get ease of storage consider the Gotreds. $125 ish for 2 and the bag. I love mine. The downside is you have to tell people how awesome you are because they can't just see your maxtraxs hanging out, and you can't build a sweet bridge or use them as a backboard like Clay Croft and his gaggle of mercs.

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  4. May 28, 2020 at 5:38 AM
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    What brand/size are your snatch blocks? I'd like to have one or some in case I run into someone with a winch that doesn't have them?
    Also, what [non winch related] applications do you use your soft shackles for?
     
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  5. May 28, 2020 at 5:41 AM
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    2A4R

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    Have you used the boards? How do they hold up...I'll have to look into those!

    THat was hilarious by the way!
     
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  6. May 28, 2020 at 6:55 AM
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    Those look interesting. I'm curious how well they work.

    I keep my Maxsas in the cargo area most of the time, so I always have to find excuses to make people look in the back of the 4runner:D

    I bought them off of Amazon. I can't figure out how to share the link on my new phone, but here's what they look like:

    Screenshot_20200528-084439(1).jpg

    I have only used the soft shackle once, with the winch. I used it to wrap around the frame of my Mom's boyfriend's Volkswagen/Tiki bar contraption. There wasn't really a proper recovery point.

    I could imagine using it to wrap around anything you don't want to scratch, with a small diameter.
     
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  7. May 28, 2020 at 7:56 AM
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    Assholes call travel "overlanding"
    Thanks. Work great in snow, I assume mud would be similar.
     
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  8. Feb 20, 2021 at 5:01 PM
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    I bought a Hi-lift Jack and a lift-mate, and have a question. On all the photos I see on the internet, they show the lift mate usually part way on the tire. I don't like that, as it looks like a risk of popping a bead. Is there any reason you can think of why I would not just hook the lift-mate as low as I can on the wheel as shown in my photo. It seems perfect, since it doesn't hit the tire at all. But maybe the wheel being lifted in this manner would put too much strain on something?
    20210220_135639.jpg
     
  9. Feb 20, 2021 at 5:26 PM
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    Depends. Are you jacking against a flat or a fully pressurized tire for instance. None of my business I know - but just be slow, calculated and all around careful when using a widow maker.
     
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    Looks like OP strapped down to the shipping hooks. I wouldn’t suggest doing a recovery from there, could make a very bad day. Those are meant to strap down the vehicle while being transported. The actual recovery points go on the frame.
     
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    He talked me into them! I love them. They’re not the best you can buy but they get the job done for sure! I like the fact they fold up and have carrying bag. They take up very little room in the back. I’ve used them playing around to test them and they did a good job. Haven’t been truly “stuck” yet to really test them but i would recommend them too
     
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    Foldable shovel! With this, GoTreads and good tires unless you’re just trying to get stuck you’ll get out of most anything.
     
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    I think it's safer to attach the hooks above the center of the hub. I could see the tire wanting to spin when hooked low like that, which could really cause trouble.
     
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    It depends. Probably both. I could have a flat on the roadside and still don't want to deal with the OEM jack, or I could be stuck in a slippery rut under near full pressure. But, if I were in a rut, I'd probably be grabbing the wheel at a higher point, and so the flat rubber face would be partially on the rubber.

    PS: thanks for the advice. I watched a couple videos to see the danger. One thing that surprised me; if you click the pawl to the down position while not under a load, the whole mechanism slides right down.
     
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    I’ve never used the hi lift tire attachment, however, I would connect at the top of the wheel for safety concerns as the jack will shift when lift.
     
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    And you wouldn’t necessarily be using the wheel hooks to change a flat tire.
    Unless you needed to raise the vehicle a few inches to get the stock jack under the axle or lower A arm.
     
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    Yeah, but when I saw that little pistol jack that comes OEM, I decided to buy one of those standing jacks to back it up anyway. So, I'd lift with the highlift, throw the jack under, then remove hi-lift and take off the tire.

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    Maybe for your driveway or garage but, not on a drive to the store or pleasure outing.
    At least I wouldn’t.
     
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    If you go out on the trails with others often, splitting up the recovery gear between the people you go out with can help off set the expense and ensure you all have a variety of different recovery options should you need them.
     
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    Photo is of the dumb thing I did getting stuck in a dry lake bed. I was yanked out attached to a shipping hook. I didn’t expect a good result, but it held with no damage. I guess you can be stuck worse, but a pretty good test. Traction boards would have come in handy before I sank to my axles.
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    Ouch! That is going to take some time to clean up.
     
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    It took many, many hours to get it clean. Learned my lesson- that lake bed mud is no joke. Some great Toyota owners (and an F-250) came to the rescue. Luckily no real damage.
     
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    I like overlanding and exploring, but avoid mud whenever I can. I am too old to want to clean that much up. Glad you got help and came out of it with no significant damage.
     
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