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Which Tow Rope and How Long?

Discussion in 'General 4Runner Talk' started by r32, Oct 25, 2021.

  1. Oct 25, 2021 at 7:09 AM
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    r32

    r32 [OP] New Member

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    Wondering which tow ropes you guys use and what length(s) do you carry? Looking to buy a tow rope in case I need to pull someone out or get pulled out myself.
     
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  2. Oct 25, 2021 at 7:27 AM
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    Moon Landing

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  3. Oct 25, 2021 at 7:41 AM
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    DRH

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    I would agree with Moon Landing, 30 Ft. gives you the option of doubling it up and short roping at 15 Ft. A 20 Ft. rope doubled up would be a little short and might not be enough stretch for something that is really stuck when used at full length.
     
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  4. Oct 25, 2021 at 8:00 AM
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  5. Oct 25, 2021 at 8:32 AM
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    I have an original 3"x30' Snatch-Em strap that I bought in the late '70's for my old FJ-40.
    It's packed in the original mesh bag, packed in a zippered HF bag.
     
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  6. Oct 26, 2021 at 9:56 AM
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    kmeeg

    kmeeg Less code less bugs, same story for a 4Runner.

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    I need to get a kinetic rope in future.
    But for now using this cheap recovery tow strap. I made sure I pull smoothly. Used few times and so far not bad for 15 bucks spent at Home depot.

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    After use I just clean the best I can and put it back in my recovery box.
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  7. Oct 26, 2021 at 7:37 PM
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    Trail Runnah

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    I have one of these in my 4Runner too. I'm typically a cheap SOB, but recovery equipment is one place not to cheap out on. The safety of yourself and your vehicle can depend on it.

    I don't own any of it yet, but I was at a off-roading class last week, and I was looking at some recovery gear from Treaty Oak off road. I was very impressed with the quality of it, and everything is rated, and instructor told me that they will send you the test sheet with all the specifications and ASTM information on it. That's big for me, it shows that they stand behind their product, and that they've definitely tested it correctly.
     
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  8. Oct 27, 2021 at 11:37 AM
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    PhantomTweak

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    None. Bone Stock. EXCEPT: Brushguard, tow hitch, both welded to the frame. It's good to have friends and a fully equipped garage!
    My last job was on a big a$$ balloon. Has a radar slung under it. It's near the border and can look down to see the drug smuggler planes trying to sneak in under the ground based radar systems. Kinda pointless with the open borders we have now, really.

    Anywho, they used ropes that ships use, the big ships not the little boats you trailer in to the lake, to tie it to the tether, and so forth. I "borrowed" one that was being disposed of due to age. A 1" diameter, IIRC. That's what I use. It has hard eyes at both ends, so it hooks to stuff nicely. Over 10,000 lbs load rating, but I know from experience it'll take a lot more.
    I've used it a number of time to pull people out of the sand, and one out of a deep irrigation ditch. Couple of lovely young ladies that took a wrong turn, and wound up nose down in the ditch, before they knew what hit them. Or they had hit, whichever. Hooked up to their rear frame area, put it in 4L, and just PULLED. Popped right out.

    The rope has a lot of stretch, which makes it nice for snatching people out of sand traps. But if you apply the force slowly, once it's stretched as far as it goes, it's solid as a strap. Really nice.

    That's what I use...
    Pat☺
     
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