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Recovery Gear

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James J. Weber | Writer
Posted November 30, 2006

There's A Piece Of Recovery Equipment With Your Name On It

As with anything we do in life, we must be prepared for unexpected emergencies when off-roading. While you or members of your group may be prepared for whatever comes your way, sometimes others out on the trail are not. In the event that either you or someone else requires extrication, winching, or recovery efforts, a few of these items featured herein may just be what the doctor ordered. Not only will they prove to be beneficial to the efforts, but having the right tool for the right situation will save time, require less manual labor, and minimize the strain on vehicles and other equipment.

With price ranges to fit virtually every budget, we hope you'll be able to find at least one item that you can add to your recovery kit. Remember: It's better to have the tool and not use it than to not have the tool and need it.

When it's getting dark and you're still stuck with no chance of getting out before nightfall, you'd better have a set of these 8-inch Baja Designs HID lights at your disposal. Each light and its ballast is prewired and rubber-mounted to a portable or permanently mounted TIG-welded 4130 chrome-moly frame. The frame mounts to your vehicle using easy-to-mount billet clamps, or the weld-on tabs and Heim-joint strut rods can be utilized. The light systems are available in a multitude of configurations ranging from three to six lights.

Having the correct recovery gear is important, but just as important is knowing where your equipment is and having the ability to access it fast. Stewart's Race Works fabricates a secure mounting platform for the ever-popular Sears Craftsman vehicle jack. A self-latching, spring-loaded, quick-release mechanism locks the jack into the chassis to minimize any unwanted movement of the device, yet releases it quickly when every second counts. The kit also includes a mount to secure the jack handle. For added stability in adverse terrains, the mount's flat base increases the jack's footprint and prevents the jack from sinking in sand or silt. Best of all, the mount only weighs 7 pounds.

Pro Comp's newest line of batteries has been designed to support auxiliary equipment such as winches and lights. Given the uneven terrain encountered while off-roading, Pro Comp's batteries have been designed with high-tech proprietary grids made of high-purity lead-tin alloy. When combined with the advanced spiral-wound cell design, these durable, corrosion-resistant grids deliver superior performance. Each battery contains two sets of terminals. The centered top terminal location enables installation in normal and reverse-terminal applications, while the side terminals can be used for attaching auxiliary equipment. Each battery contains 770 CCA and over 100 minutes of reserve capacity for even the hardest of recovery situations.

Sources

Ramsey Winch
Tulsa, OH 74116
918-438-2760
www.ramsey.com
Pro Comp
Compton, CA 90220
866-232-0665
www.procomptires.com
Hi-Lift Jack Company
Bloomfield, IN 47424
812-384-4441
Pull-Pal
Carbondale, CO 81623
970-963-4507
Warn Industries
Clackamas, OR 97015
800-543-9276
www.warn.com
Baja Designs
San Marcos, CA 92069
760-560-2252
www.bajadesigns.com
ARB USA
Renton, WA 98057
866-293-9078
Rovers North
800-403-7591
Lowrance Electronics
800/324-1356
www.lowrance.com
Master-Pull Recovery Equipment
Ferndale, WA 98248
Dept. 4WDSU
Staun Products
949.645.7733
www.staunproducts.com
Forrest Tool Company
http://forresttoolco.com/
Stewart's Race Works
www.stewartsraceworks.com
FabFours
www.fabfours.com
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