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I want to get a recovery strap and an extra tow hook to use with my hitch when I do get stuck. Is there any benefit or preference to choose one type over another. I like the Explorer Pro Comp straps but hear KEEPER straps are great too. I like the fact that the Keeper will stretch under tight pulling to give some recoil. I like the Pro Comp because it has the looped ends. But...wouldn't these looped ends tear apart or something with a good yank. Just something to think about. As for the tow hook, I keep running across several that don't hook into the 2" receiver hole of hitches but "clip" on???? How do these clip on? Would it be better to get one that slides into the hitch or clips? Thanks for any info.
 

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I have had both the Keeper and the Pro-Comp straps.

I thrashed an inexpensive Keeper strap on a frame/bumper connection on another truck that didn't have hooks. The Keeper also had sewn end loops, but were not protected in any way. (Their more expensive ones may have them though). Also the Keeper strap was more of a nylon type, plastic feeling material that did stretch.

I replaced it with a 3"x30' Pro-Comp strap. Much heavier duty and heavy leather wrapped loops. I really like its quality and would buy one again. The Pro-Comp strap is more cloth like and looks like it will hold up well.

As for hooks fo rhte reciever, forget a hook, go with a reciever shackle. Its a 2"x2" block that has a shackle through it. Much more secure and almost as easy to use (only need to be sure you have a screwdriver/plier around to tighten/loosen the shackle center pin). Needs to be kept just more than fingertight if you keep in on the truck 100% like I do as it will vibrate loose over time.

Don't get anyhting that clips on. It should either go into the reciever with the standard reciever pin or bolt directly to the frame or heavy duty aftermarket bumper (i.e. Reunel)
 

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I got my strap years ago from a crane company. The crane company had replaced the straps they used for rigging/lifting with new ones and since the owner of the company was in my 4X4 culb at the time, he brought the old ones home and informed the club members that some straps were available. My strap is 4" wide maybe 20-25 feet long, with loops at each end. I'm not worried about it ever breaking from wheeling use. I was in the right place at the right time to get such a tough strap.
 

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I have the Explorer Pro Comp Recovery Strap and its pretty heavy duty! The looped ends are re-enforced with thick leather and the construction is strong. This strap will last me a very long time...
 

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What's the benefit or consequence of going or not going wider on a strap? Pro Comp has 2", 3", and 4" straps x 30 ft.
 

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The basic rule of thumb for quality straps is that you multiply the width by 10,000 to get the strap rating. A 2" strap is 20,000lb, a 3" is 30,000lb, etc.
 

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Pro comps are better quality. It's the only ones that seem to last. As far as strenth, get the strongest because if it breaks, you're f***ed.
 

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i have two of the canyon crawler straps that are 3x 30 I uses one for the snow and mud and the other for sand and rocks they last longer to if make sure that that you get the sand and mud and dirt out of the strap. I have a warn reciver clevis and it has saved my ride and numours other rides. deffently worth the 32$.
 

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I WAS LUCKY AND GOT SOME STEEL CABLE FROM A HOTEL MY CO. WAS WORKING ON. IT WAS MADE FOR HOISTING THE INTERIOR ELEVATOR OF THE HOTEL. I HAVE ONE LENGTH THATS 25+ FT. AND ANOTHER THATS @15+ FT. I ALSO HAD TO BUY TWO 2TON COME ALONGS FOR A REAL NASTY MUD STUCK I GOT MYSELF INTO. DOWNSIDE IS THERE NOT VERY COMPACT AS THE STRAPS. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHERE TO GET THE HORSE SHOE W/ SCREW IN PIN LIKE JASONB HAS. SOMEONE LET ME KNOW. JAYCREW4
 

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I saw on the internet somebody had some snatch straps up to 72,000lbs but they were $125.00 i think, the others that were 50,000lbs were around 80 dollars from what i can remember and the ends were sewn with leather end protectors. Ill look around for them, and post somthing if I find anything.
 

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Just some food for thought for attaching the strap if you have a 2" and yes a 3" will fit just jamm it into the reciever and put the reciever pin through the eye in the strap this way you dont need to buy one of those pricey shackle recievers from warn
 

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I bought a donut that slides into my 2" reciever hitch, it works well for hooking up straps. Here is a similar version without the 2" square hookup.
 

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Ive found that the best strap to use is the caller id. That way when my drunk a#s buddies get stuck they cant reach me at 4 in the morning on a work day. I learned the hard way several time, you know the phone rings in the middle of the night and you snatch it up thinking something is wrong with like a family member or something, you know the feeling I'm talking about, but its just your buddies stuck cause they were too skint to negotiate a hill, or a mud hole that has a dozer stuck in it but at the time they thought it was a yellow volkswagon stuck in the mud and co-navigator Jim Beam said go for it Mark will come pull ya out. Then after navigator Jim Beam gets out of their heads and walks home they realize that volkswagon they are stuck next to is actually a dozer stuck past the catipillar trax. Thats why I use the caller id recovery strap...... Hope this helps you decide on what strap to get.............hahahaha
 

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White Z got stuck and i went in to help..lol but then i got stuck haha it sucked ..so then i had to call another friend to pull me out and because of my ruts no other truck could get in there so he had to call a tow truck with 2 15,000lb winches...but hey i tried ya know
 

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i use the straps we use in construction. they are 25,000 lb straps have woven loops ends, and are only about 40 i have yet to break one.
 
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