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Old December 3rd, 2014, 02:35 PM
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Saftey Thimbles

I went to look at ordering a Viking thimble and it only has them available for atvs now. Smittybuilt used to have one and I can't find theirs either. Seems the only ones available are one brand and well over $100. As I recall the Vikings were $60 and the smittys were less.

Did they have issues? Typically the market works the opposite way and the more reasonably priced products flourish. Any thoughts, reviews or words of wisdom on what happened to the Viking thimbles or safety thimbles in general...
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Old December 3rd, 2014, 02:43 PM
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IF you google safety thimbles, rather than saftey thimbles, you might find a few more choices.

http://www.quadratec.com/products/92135_9000.htm
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Old December 3rd, 2014, 03:22 PM
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Safety Thimbles are lame. I had one. It stuck out like a bloody turd in a bowl of milk.
Ok not that bad, but it did stick out and was kind of a pain to use if you had to do a lot of pulling and repositioning.
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The factor55 stuff is nice for sure, probably overkill but I like it. Not a true safety thimble but allows you to use without splicing.
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Old December 3rd, 2014, 03:40 PM
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Well I always assumed the idea of a safety thimble was getting rid of the metal eyelet and avoiding more failable links in a recovery. With the factor55 you still need the metal eyelet, then you remove the pin in the thimble and insert the metal eye, then put the pin through it. The line doesn't run around the thimble like standard safety thimbles.
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As far as I know, the little metal loop that is on the end of most lines is actually called a "thimble" and the term goes back before four-wheelers started using them. I don't think the term "Safety Thimble" was in use until recently...

Come to think of it, does anyone actually have a trademark on the term "Safety Thimble"? Was it Viking that did it first or was it Factor 55?

From the link at http://www.vikingoffroad.com/viking-...mble-isolator/

Product Description

Please NOTE: The Safety Thimble is no longer in production and sold by Viking Offroad, however the Safety Thimble Isolator is still available through Viking Offroad.
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Old December 3rd, 2014, 04:21 PM
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I think Factor55 is only a few years old, so I'm guessing Viking or the like did it first
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As far as I know, the little metal loop that is on the end of most lines is actually called a "thimble" and the term goes back before four-wheelers started using them. I don't think the term "Safety Thimble" was in use until recently...

Come to think of it, does anyone actually have a trademark on the term "Safety Thimble"? Was it Viking that did it first or was it Factor 55?

From the link at http://www.vikingoffroad.com/viking-...mble-isolator/

Product Description

Please NOTE: The Safety Thimble is no longer in production and sold by Viking Offroad, however the Safety Thimble Isolator is still available through Viking Offroad.
Yes, a thimble on a thimble...
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I was sure that when I ordered a couple of things from Viking a few years ago those thimbles were in the $60 range. For $60 or if it came on the rope it was probably worth trying but $99 is a bit steep and $140 for the factor is only fair if it includes some of the crack too.

No matter how fancy they make it look it's still only about $30 worth of aluminum.
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Hi guys. If you have any questions feel free to message me and or ask. Our part can be used with or without the tube thimble which is the metal that creates the eyelet at the end of the line. The biggest difference is our products are removable and require no splicing as well as protecting the end of your line form abrasion and UV. We dont think of the ProLink and FlatLink as thimbles but more of winch shackle mounts that provide a way to create Closed System Winching. Plus it comes in fancy colors and who doesnt like that.
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I have the Factor 55 Flatlink...It's installed but I haven't winched with it yet. Yeah and no one listen to Jeff...he never goes anywhere without color coordinating his Bling!
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Oh, but think of the COLORS. You can get then to match your valve caps on your tires. Or to match you Vneck Tshirt. Or you sand ladders. Hell, Im surprised Shayne doesn't have a sand glow one on each of his 12 CT trucks.

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I checked... They can't do sandglow in anodizing.. So I just bought a white truck, then I can use any colour...

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And the CT trucks didn't have them, so it wouldn't be original..
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Hi guys. If you have any questions feel free to message me and or ask. Our part can be used with or without the tube thimble which is the metal that creates the eyelet at the end of the line. The biggest difference is our products are removable and require no splicing as well as protecting the end of your line form abrasion and UV. We dont think of the ProLink and FlatLink as thimbles but more of winch shackle mounts that provide a way to create Closed System Winching. Plus it comes in fancy colors and who doesnt like that.

Since I have your prolink, hawse fairlead, and receiver mount; do I unlock some sort of secret billet snatch block or something?
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I have the Tough Stuff safety thimble on my winch lines. I have had one for close to ten years now. Pretty sure they were making the Viking branded one for that company. Sub $50 and a true winch thimble by Zacks definition in that it must be spliced in which I found fun to do.


http://www.toughstuffproducts.com/je...y_thimble.html

http://www.directpartsales.com/produ...UGH-STUFF.html
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[QUOTE="Uncle Douglas;586833"]I have the Tough Stuff safety thimble on my winch lines. I have had one for close to ten years now. Pretty sure they were making the Viking branded one for that company. Sub $50 and a true winch thimble by Zacks definition in that it must be spliced in which I found fun to do.

Thanks Doug, exactly what I wanted.
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If you plan on splicing yourself, the company we get our ropes from Marlow, has great instructional videos online
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If you plan on splicing yourself, the company we get our ropes from Marlow, has great instructional videos online
Not a problem, I am fiddler from way back! The boats got new lines every season and each strand of the jackets had to line up or you started over.
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