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Post  rc62burke on Fri Apr 24, 2009 7:02 pm

Hi All
just thought I would start some discussion on the topic of 4wd recovery from precarious predicaments,
All iv'e ever had was a hi-lift jack, a shovel & a bit of hard yakka to go with my 1990 hi-lux ute.
I just purchased an exhaust jack ($198.00 @ opposite lock Townsville), I wanted something that I could move from the ute to the family car 100 series standard cruiser.
I did a test lift on the hi-lux this afternoon, so Im prepared when the need arises.
I lifted from the cross member under the cab, front wheels 250mm min of ground, I lifted @ other points also,
Im impressed !!! magic piece of equipment.
Lee
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Post  Qld Sandy on Fri Apr 24, 2009 8:40 pm

I don't use or need recovery gear. I park the Toyota where it won't get scratched or licked by cows, stay away from boggy ground and use the quad to get to the difficult parts. I get faaarrrrrr less punctures and stakes and get to places that the Toyota would struggle in with difflocks etc. Makes sense to me if the landowner allows it. The cattle on one property take little notice of a quad because they are mustered on horseback, unlike most properties now. Cheers.
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Post  MS on Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:27 pm

Hi
Exhaust jacks are good but make sure you use a bit of carpet or something to protect the bladder from sharp edges under the vehicle.
These units work great in sand.
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Post  Guest on Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:42 pm

Hi all,
I carry the usual gear... snatch um strap...bow shackles....exhaust jack... I have a rear diff lock and towing points on my vehicle....BUT I have to say that the best add on peice of equipment is the dual battery, the second one being a deep cycle so I can run my fridge whilst out for the day. Its that great feeling on a stinker of a day coming back and having an ice cold beer waiting for you. I love to just sit down and take everything in whilst having that ale when I get back to the truck....

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Post  Narrawa on Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:39 pm

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The misses & a cattle prod.
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Post  Jigalong on Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:44 am

My mates car and a snatch strap.
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Post  Nightjar on Sat Apr 25, 2009 9:48 am

Hi all,
9000lb winch and lots of luck.
Recent trip the winch towed both my patrol and caravan out of two bogs. Was nearly 300km's from Kalgoorlie so it would have been a long wait for help.

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Post  Guest on Sat Apr 25, 2009 1:17 pm

It's got the works so she's only limited by my ability. Full recovery gear in the back

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Post  rc62burke on Sun Apr 26, 2009 10:38 am

Hi All
My brother a proffesional roo shooter, has made up what he calls a "winch in a box", this winch is mounted on a steel plate & is independant of the vehicle & thus can be located to pull from any point around the vehicle (rear, side, front, rear of trailer etc) can be used to recover a rolled vehicle also.
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Post  MS on Sun Apr 26, 2009 5:52 pm

Hi
If your looking for something easy and cheap , friends of mine say work very well.
Try these ...Maxtrax https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPNa_3E65yY
I'm getting a set
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Post  Greg on Sun Apr 26, 2009 7:52 pm

Goodday All
Lee that winch of your brothers is a bloody good idea, as you know if you get stuck you are never at the best angle for a tow. I hunt by myself & I don't use any recovery gear. I am just very careful where I drive & if I cannot pick up a pig I have a trolley that I use to drag it back to where I can pick it up.
PS. I got myself a snatchem strap but they are useless by yourself.
Cheers Greg

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Post  goldchaser on Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:35 pm

Goldnomad wrote:It's got the works so she's only limited by my ability. Full recovery gear in the back

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Thats a bloody nice hj61 goldnomad!
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Post  Guest on Mon Apr 27, 2009 8:27 am

Hi Goldchaser,

I wish mate. She's an HJ60 with a 2H and aftermarket turbo. Would have like a 12HT but couldn't find one with all the fruit on it.
She's a great rig alright.
I'll be selling it soon as we're not going to W.A. now due to my health. We bought a Suzuki Vitara so my wife could drive around the goldfield as well (she won't drive a manual). Bloody brilliant little 4WD. Perfect for the Triangle.

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Post  rc62burke on Mon Apr 27, 2009 2:44 pm

Qld Sandy wrote:I don't use or need recovery gear. I park the Toyota where it won't get scratched or licked by cows, stay away from boggy ground and use the quad to get to the difficult parts. I get faaarrrrrr less punctures and stakes and get to places that the Toyota would struggle in with difflocks etc. Makes sense to me if the landowner allows it. The cattle on one property take little notice of a quad because they are mustered on horseback, unlike most properties now. Cheers.

Hi Sandy
Im a little reluctant to get to adventerous with the cruiser as i could not afford the repair bills, I leave the real rough stuff to the hi-lux work ute - old, scratched & dented.
I fully agree with you about the quad it would be great to own one, would cover alot of ground scouting around still with a good view of the ground.
If I ever find some gold to fund one I will get one (the minister for finance & recreation wont let me spend any more money) haha.
cheers
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Post  Guest on Sun May 31, 2009 8:57 pm

rc62burke wrote:Hi All
My brother a proffesional roo shooter, has made up what he calls a "winch in a box", this winch is mounted on a steel plate & is independant of the vehicle & thus can be located to pull from any point around the vehicle (rear, side, front, rear of trailer etc) can be used to recover a rolled vehicle also.
Lee

G'day Lee,
How does he anchor the winch? Can it bolt onto different parts of the vehicle or do you have to anchor it to the ground or chain to a tree?

Just curious.

Cheers Ric.

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Post  rc62burke on Sun May 31, 2009 10:28 pm

Goldsubaru wrote:
rc62burke wrote:Hi All
My brother a proffesional roo shooter, has made up what he calls a "winch in a box", this winch is mounted on a steel plate & is independant of the vehicle & thus can be located to pull from any point around the vehicle (rear, side, front, rear of trailer etc) can be used to recover a rolled vehicle also.
Lee

G'day Lee,
How does he anchor the winch? Can it bolt onto different parts of the vehicle or do you have to anchor it to the ground or chain to a tree?

Just curious.

Cheers Ric.
Attaching the winch
2 holes in the mounting plate to attach 2 D shackles this is where you attach the eyelets of a sling which is attached to a solid tow point on the vehicle, then you run the cable to your anchor point fixed or portable type, hope this helps, I will take some photos & try to post here
cheers Lee
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Post  Guest on Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:13 am

Thanks Lee, I follow now.
Very clever idea cheers

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Post  bushranger on Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:36 pm

Hi, The exhaust jack does not work so well in muddy ground,
as the weight of the ute is taken up the bag tends to be
pushed sideways. Great in sand, be careful of sharp objects,
I was using mine once to jack up the ute, it slipped in the mud
broke off the front mud flap and ripped a hole in the bag.
Cheers Greg.

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Post  Nebuchadnezzar on Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:27 am

Hand winch - saved me several times. Used it across rivers & in lakes (bury spare for anchor if need be). Would consider front mounted battery winch but got turned off when I saw one totally melt the battery out of a vehicle.
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Post  Nightjar on Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:08 pm

"I saw one totally melt the battery out of a vehicle." clown

Obviously this act was extreme, no way will a correctly mounted winch, correctly used in any situation cause damage like this?
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Post  rabs on Sat Jul 25, 2009 11:03 am

Hey Guys, I like my trusty Hi Lift jack, has saved me on numerous occasions, Although a good 4x4 with decent tyres and a bit of commonsense is also invaluable

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