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Unread 9th January 2018, 07:12 AM
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Looks good! You can do a similar thing on the front to keep bugs & grass seeds out of the radiator
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Won’t keep the wedge tail mossies from the top end out. Then again, they probably wouldn’t fit through the hole anyway
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Picked up a handwinch from gumtree today, 1.6T, $140 cable is in excellent condition, despite the look of the winch itself. reasonable price I thought apparently he's only used it to move a tree. once.
Hopefully I'll never use it, apart from perhaps moving a tree too.


All seems to work Ok once you figure it out.
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Looks good! You can do a similar thing on the front to keep bugs & grass seeds out of the radiator
Tried that, mounted on the inside of the grill. Drove about 5k's and temperature guage went right up. Too tight a screen - or I've got cooling issues. took it off and temperature dropped almost immediately to normal, so I'm guessing it restricts too much airflow.

I've been toying with the though of somehow mounting some forward of the grill - sort of psuedo protection for the front end - it's security screen, so reasonably solid stuff. Would look really funky if I could figure it out.
The wife and kids would be horrified I'm sure.
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In addition to a decent hand winch, you need a load distribution strap, rated shackles, snatch strap and tree hugger strap. A tow strap can act as a winch cable extender.

Tow, tree hugger and load distribution straps do not stretch. A snatch strap is designed to stretch.

Shackles must always be attached to the vehicle, NEVER to straps of any kind.

Never attach any recovery gear to a towball. Always remove the tow tongue and pass the retention bolt through the strap eyelet. ALWAYS re-insert the tow bar bolt retaining clip.

People are killed and seriously injured by incorrect vehicle recovery techniques and/or gear.

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In addition to a decent hand winch, you need a load distribution strap,
Haven't got one of these yet, was thinking of a tow rope (2.4T) doubled up?
This is to go on the tiedown loops? (still not sure about using those for recovery)
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Have 2 2T for front, was going to get a 3.2 for the towbar - which is old school fixed type, so I'll have to remove the ball and shackle through the hole if I need rear recovery.
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Have a 5T, which I believe is about right for the Subarus.
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Haven't got one of these yet, again was thinking of like the above tow rope doubled up..
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A tow strap can act as a winch cable extender.
I've got some of these! (tow ropes)

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Tow, tree hugger and load distribution straps do not stretch. A snatch strap is designed to stretch.
Ahh. So the tow rope idea might be doable?!

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Cables under extreme tension, heavy weights, funny angles, using trees as hitching points, what could go wrong?
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Tried that, mounted on the inside of the grill. Drove about 5k's and temperature guage went right up. Too tight a screen - or I've got cooling issues. took it off and temperature dropped almost immediately to normal, so I'm guessing it restricts too much airflow.

I've been toying with the though of somehow mounting some forward of the grill - sort of psuedo protection for the front end - it's security screen, so reasonably solid stuff. Would look really funky if I could figure it out.
The wife and kids would be horrified I'm sure.
i've used very coarse budget gutter guard for catching bugs with some success.

Gets the big ones (locusts etc) at least

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Ben, have you carefully read the thread I referred you to?

Tree huggers have padding so they don't damage the tree. This is different from the abrasion protection a tow strap needs. A load distribution strap is fairly short, and designed to fit through the bow shackles that you attach to the front tie down/recovery points.

A load distribution strap spreads the force applied so that our relatively light monocoque construction vehicles don't get bent out of shape by having eccentric forces applied to them. When recovering from the rear, the tow bar spreads the load.

There is a lot of other info in that thread. It's worth reading.
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Ben, have you carefully read the thread I referred you to?
In the process thereof. :P

I see that the load distribution strap is fairly short, that's why I was thinking of doubling/looping up a tow strap (thus halving the length) as I haven't got a specialised strap..
Ditto the Tree Hugger - one thing we aren't short of in our house is beach towels which I was thinking of using to pad the strap.

Having read through a bit of the thread, I think my snatch strap is too highly rated. it has an SWL of 5T (5000KG) and BS of 10T.
It's not that easy getting smaller ones!
I probably need to upgrade my shackles too. 2T rating probably not enough, even when using distribution strap.
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I have detailed the precise rating of the gear we need to use. So has Nachaluva, among others.

Can't remember exactly where ATM, as have a headache and pretty ordinary back pain. Ah, I give the figures in that thread in the first post. Just re-read it.

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