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ive been meaning to get a hitch just to put in my reciever... *stupid question alert* what size hitch/ball should I get?

Well the most common ball size for trailers is 2.5/16th".. I leave that on my truck at all times so I don't have to go and swap to a 2" ball that is inside my truck. At all times I have a 2 2.5/16th hitches one standard and one inverted (flipped around to position the trailer a little higher) and 1 2" ball. I am going o get an adjustable hitch with both balls on it to make my life easier

I plan to just leave the shackle in most of the time now if I get it.
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Glad you're out and no damage.

Did you figure out why the lights and brakes were going retarded?? There should be a DTC.

Anyway... worst case in your situation would have been that you couldn't find someone to pull you out until the next day .... and you had to leave the truck overnight.... and the temperature dropped about 10* while you were away.... and when you returned the next day, you found your truck solidly frozen in!

Long story... it was a buddy's CJ about 20 years ago.
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2" strap wont cut it .... I see them snap all the time..

A good 4" is the best for pickups.. I also like the 30ft's the best. it snaps better and lets the puller get to hard ground.
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2" strap wont cut it .... I see them snap all the time..

A good 4" is the best for pickups.. I also like the 30ft's the best. it snaps better and lets the puller get to hard ground.
Good advice here, I believe. I carry two 4" X 30' straps along with all my other stuff.
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Glad to see you are having fun and learning lessons you won't forget any time soon. At least no one was hurt and no real damage done.

Are you getting a front mount receiver for the winch? Don't forget power cables to go with it, I don't see them in the list. With the removable winch plate you need a way to disconnect the power cables. If you are going to mount the winch in the rear receiver you will need to run long power cables. Make sure the size the cables for load, don't forget to consider the length too. If you run power cables all the way to the rear, they may need to be larger than the manufacturer's recommendations.

Get a couple of sleeves to slide over the synthetic rope if they do not come with the winch. You will need them to protect the winch rope.

What is the rating on the 2" tow strap? it may not be enough for your truck or another truck you may need to help some day.

Have fun and be safe.
Im only going to be using it in the rear. Once I save up another grand ill be getting an iron cross bumper with another Recon winch.

I need to order power cables but im not sure whats best to go with 25" long 6 gauge quick connect?
EDIT: Maybe I should get some 0 or 2 gauge wire and make a quick connect cable myself? probably be cheaper

Where can I get a good sleeve for the rope?

My mistake about the 2" tow strap its 2"x20' it says its rated at 20000 pounds
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Glad you're out and no damage.

Did you figure out why the lights and brakes were going retarded?? There should be a DTC.

Anyway... worst case in your situation would have been that you couldn't find someone to pull you out until the next day .... and you had to leave the truck overnight.... and the temperature dropped about 10* while you were away.... and when you returned the next day, you found your truck solidly frozen in!

Long story... it was a buddy's CJ about 20 years ago.
I got no codes or anything, once I was out of the ice/water/mud everything returned to normal, everything seems good now.

Funny I was actually worried about the water freezing around everything since it was pretty cold.

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2" strap wont cut it .... I see them snap all the time..

A good 4" is the best for pickups.. I also like the 30ft's the best. it snaps better and lets the puller get to hard ground.
Its actually 2"x20' rated at 20k pounds. Still no good?
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I have a 2"x20' for my car... 3"x30' for my 4x4.

Definitely cancel the 2"x20' order.
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Yeah I have a couple 3''x30's. You need something a little bigger for a full size truck, the 2" ones are more for jeeps and lighter vehicles. Make sure you get recovery straps too-they stretch unlike tow straps.
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I have a 2"x20' for my car... 3"x30' for my 4x4.

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Yeah I have a couple 3''x30's. You need something a little bigger for a full size truck, the 2" ones are more for jeeps and lighter vehicles. Make sure you get recovery straps too-they stretch unlike tow straps.
hmm alright, ill probably just keep it. I have a few friends that have jeeps, so maybe if they are ever stuck ill just use it for them. It was only $15 anyway and it helped me just make my order eligible for the 16% autoanything discount.
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A good strap will cost you more than $15, but it will save you from a really bad day.

Example of a 3"x30' recovery strap... I just grabbed the first decent one that popped up on Google... I'm sure you can find them a little cheaper if you search.... $67.73 on Amazon...

http://www.amazon.ca/Smittybilt-CC33.../dp/B001CF4UXU
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Im only going to be using it in the rear. Once I save up another grand ill be getting an iron cross bumper with another Recon winch.

I need to order power cables but im not sure whats best to go with 25" long 6 gauge quick connect?
EDIT: Maybe I should get some 0 or 2 gauge wire and make a quick connect cable myself? probably be cheaper

Where can I get a good sleeve for the rope?

My mistake about the 2" tow strap its 2"x20' it says its rated at 20000 pounds
Should I cancel that and get a wider one?



Its actually 2"x20' rated at 20k pounds. Still no good?
You should likely get 0 gauge and make a quick connect for it. I have bought them on Amazon. If the cable is too small it will cause you to burn up an otherwise good winch. In extreme cases it can burn insulation off the cable and start a fire. I bought 0 gauge cable on Ebay for a reasonable price.

You can find the sleeves in Amazon too.

Cancel the strap if it is not too late. You need at least a 3", 30K strap.
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