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Old May 10th, 2012, 12:37 AM
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New recovery thimble

Just got a new recovery piece to replace the hook on my winch! It's machined from a solid piece of billet 6061 aluminum with a titanium pin and it takes a shackle. The company calls it a ProLink. Can't wait to give it a pull. They are here in Boise. I met Mike and his wife down at his shop. All of it made in the USA which I like.

Anyway...really cool product and a nice guy producing.

http://www.Factor55.com
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Old May 10th, 2012, 08:13 AM
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I was using one of those this past weekend, pretty good piece of kit.
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Old May 10th, 2012, 08:17 AM
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Looks nice. Also like the cardboard under the truck
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Old May 10th, 2012, 09:00 AM
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Looks Good! thanks for the link. is that a Rockware Bumper?
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Old May 10th, 2012, 01:28 PM
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That does look nice and sounds quite functional.
If those are chukar in your avatar, that was a good day of hunting! Those birds drive me nuts.
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Old May 10th, 2012, 01:47 PM
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Interesting read there. He does not state the strength in his description. I would love to see breaking test results.

I've always thought a self locking hook is the easiest to use and are substantially stronger than the same rope size. A 3/8" safety hook has lots of room for the sling eyes.
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Old May 10th, 2012, 01:54 PM
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We'll have one in use at the Overland Expo, along with some other not yet released recover products...
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Interesting read there. He does not state the strength in his description. I would love to see breaking test results.

I've always thought a self locking hook is the easiest to use and are substantially stronger than the same rope size. A 3/8" safety hook has lots of room for the sling eyes.
I was using a self locking hook for a long time. The problem I ran ito was the difficulty of gettting it open when it had been in mud and muck, so I switched to a really big hook with the guard on it. I have seen the thimble on other trucks, I think Firemanshort has one.
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Old May 11th, 2012, 10:02 AM
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I was using a self locking hook for a long time. The problem I ran ito was the difficulty of gettting it open when it had been in mud and muck, so I switched to a really big hook with the guard on it. I have seen the thimble on other trucks, I think Firemanshort has one.
There are good and bad brands in this respect for the self locking hooks.
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Old May 11th, 2012, 10:20 AM
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I think mine was a Pewag. It would ice up in the winter sometimes.
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I just switched to a MasterPull thimble... Haven't used it yet, but like it more than the hook, since I always use a D ring anyways.
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FWIW, the other purpose of the thimble is to prevent the thing from being pulled through the hawse or roller.
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Old May 11th, 2012, 10:51 AM
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Not to hijack, but what synthetic winch line are people partial to these days? I need to replace the ancient cable line on my Warn 10K.
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There's been quite a bit of ribbing going on on D-web about this piece, truth be told I think it's a clean execution, from an aesthetic POV. I don't winch so I am no expert on practicality or necessity, but its clean.
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Not to hijack, but what synthetic winch line are people partial to these days? I need to replace the ancient cable line on my Warn 10K.
Most everyone is selling Amsteel blue these days. I'm running 5/16" and haven't had an issue. Even pulled put an entrenched heavy 101 without breakage this past weekend. Order through Lucky8 as always.
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I just switched to a MasterPull thimble... Haven't used it yet, but like it more than the hook, since I always use a D ring anyways.
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Old May 11th, 2012, 12:23 PM
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FWIW, the other purpose of the thimble is to prevent the thing from being pulled through the hawse or roller.
A properly sized hook will not fit through a fairlead...

On line, please try and use somethings with a factor of safety of 2:1 at least.... I won't start into all the reasons for this, but it is a very sound basis.
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Not to hijack, but what synthetic winch line are people partial to these days? I need to replace the ancient cable line on my Warn 10K.
contact Justin at Lucky8llc...he has a new winch line coming out...
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High quality Technora line seems to be regarded highly nowadays.
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Really get whatever line is the cheapest as long as the strength rating is suitable. I've not seen any advantage of one brand over another.
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