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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 01-15-2019, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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Let's See Your 'Recovery Gear'

In the event you get stuck, or need mechanical assistance to get over an obstacle, what gear do you carry on-board your Teryx while on a ride?

As you can see from my pics, my recovery gear has never been used. And honestly, I hope I don't ever need to use it. The reason we carry recovery gear is just precautionary. Since my wife and I are older, having emergency gear along on our rides could actually be the difference between a 'life & death' scenario!

The other reason is of course, to help other folks we might come across on a ride who may be in need of recovery.

Here is what I have assembled as 'recovery gear' that we carry along on our T2:

1] Winch W/50' cable, 5000lb.
2] Synthethic extension rope, 50' 7000lb.
3] Tree saver strap, 8' 4000lb (2).
4] Tow strap, 30' 8000lb.
5] 1/2" shackle (2)
6] 3/4" shackle (2)
7] Snatch block, 4000lb (2).
8] Leather gloves (forgot them in the pic).








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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 01-15-2019, 03:54 PM
 
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that's the same items that i carry and for the same reason
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I add a small shovel and some ratchet straps, zip ties, tire plugs. Want to get a small air compressor.

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I add a small shovel and some ratchet straps, zip ties, tire plugs. Want to get a small air compressor.

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I have that stuff also. I guess I didn't at first think of it as 'recovery gear'..., but it surely is. Should have added all that stuff in my pic.

I have a break-down snow shovel and digging shovel. Like you, I have a compressor, co2 filler, and tire plugs.
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I feel like you are all over thinking this...

Proper maintenance and this should be enough.... well that and a spot gps locator
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Only kidding, we don’t do mud, and usually ride with another large quad or buggy so a strap is all you really need in the desert, well that tire plugs and cold beer for payment to the tow-er
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In the event you get stuck, or need mechanical assistance to get over an obstacle, what gear do you carry on-board your Teryx while on a ride?

As you can see from my pics, my recovery gear has never been used. And honestly, I hope I don't ever need to use it. The reason we carry recovery gear is just precautionary. Since my wife and I are older, having emergency gear along on our rides could actually be the difference between a 'life & death' scenario!

The other reason is of course, to help other folks we might come across on a ride who may be in need of recovery.

Here is what I have assembled as 'recovery gear' that we carry along on our T2:

1] Winch W/50' cable, 5000lb.
2] Synthethic extension rope, 50' 7000lb.
3] Tree saver strap, 8' 4000lb (2).
4] Tow strap, 30' 8000lb.
5] 1/2" shackle (2)
6] 3/4" shackle (2)
7] Snatch block, 4000lb (2).
8] Leather gloves (forgot them in the pic).








O Boy, where I ride one need all of the above and below plus
compressor, first aid kit, ax, fire starter, emergency food and water, emergency blanket, canned tire inflator, folding shovel, chain saw plus gas and oil, assortment of tools, tie straps, Garmin GPS , Backroads map book, (redundant with Atlogis software and free Canada Topo maps on Smartphone) tape, oil, funnel, some fuses, wire and tester, and so on. In our remote areas you are on your own if things get sour. I got hung up in spring solidly on rock and spend hours getting off with only a handsaw/machete on hand, from now on chain saw goes with me. Never mind I also carry shot gun or 22 depending where I am going, I got attacked by a black bear 5 years ago on my ATV 50 miles from major road. I learned my lesson to respect our remote woods, but then it's gods country (mostly) so add mosquito netting, spray , rain-gear and more. Want me to carry on with stuff I forgot ? LOL added: head light, hunting knife, water filter, Leatherman multi tool, towels , outhouse paper, and don't forget to let somebody now where you are going...........
Bad Mojo recommends Jump starter that's for sure required, I carry a NOCO 40 with USB outlet and USB cables in case my dashboard outlets die, there is also a small collapsible fishing rod and some lures on board all the time. BTW i use waterproof, labeled, plastic ammunition boxes to store the gear that fits. they are cheap, dust and waterproof and fit neatly in the storage boxes behind the seats. In spring there will be also a spare tire and lug wrench as upgrade to 14 inch rims and 27" Blackwater evolutions because of 8ply ... Now what did I forget?

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Wow. I’ve never been attacked by bears but I won’t even go to IHOP without my gun. That’s a good list.


Some day I would love to do a week long utv excursion. All that would come in handy
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Wow. Iíve never been attacked by bears but I wonít even go to IHOP without my gun. Thatís a good list.


Some day I would love to do a week long utv excursion. All that would come in handy
I am game , out there all the time but pretty long trip from vegas
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Other than all the excellent suggestions above, I carry a Lithium Ion jump pack. Jump starts, cell phone charger, and emergency light all in the same package.
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I pretty much carry the same basic items but added a junk yard scissor jack to my recovery items.
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O Boy, where I ride one need all of the above and below plus
compressor, first aid kit, ax, fire starter, emergency food and water, emergency blanket, canned tire inflator, folding shovel, chain saw plus gas and oil, assortment of tools, tie straps, Garmin GPS , Backroads map book, (redundant with Atlogis software and free Canada Topo maps on Smartphone) tape, oil, funnel, some fuses, wire and tester, and so on. In our remote areas you are on your own if things get sour. I got hung up in spring solidly on rock and spend hours getting off with only a handsaw/machete on hand, from now on chain saw goes with me. Never mind I also carry shot gun or 22 depending where I am going, I got attacked by a black bear 5 years ago on my ATV 50 miles from major road. I learned my lesson to respect our remote woods, but then it's gods country (mostly) so add mosquito netting, spray , rain-gear and more. Want me to carry on with stuff I forgot ? LOL added: head light, hunting knife, water filter, Leatherman multi tool, towels , outhouse paper, and don't forget to let somebody now where you are going...........
Bad Mojo recommends Jump starter that's for sure required, I carry a NOCO 40 with USB outlet and USB cables in case my dashboard outlets die, there is also a small collapsible fishing rod and some lures on board all the time. BTW i use waterproof, labeled, plastic ammunition boxes to store the gear that fits. they are cheap, dust and waterproof and fit neatly in the storage boxes behind the seats. In spring there will be also a spare tire and lug wrench as upgrade to 14 inch rims and 27" Blackwater evolutions because of 8ply ... Now what did I forget?


WOW!! Thatís a heck of a list. Thought I was bad. All my biddies have started calling me PawPaw because I carry so much.


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Same here Barefoot, but these are the same people that constantly borrow stuff on the trail and get bailed out by me, still have to get replacements for some items I "donated" long time ago........
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I just picked up my 2018 Teryx 4 LE and am looking at the Viper Winch. Any thoughts?

Thanks for the post. I need to get my recovery gear in order!!!
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We carry most of the same stuff as wolf plus some. No chainsaw or fishing gear, but hatchet and sharp pruning saw. A few other less recovery related things that we carry in addition:

TP (in a zip lock bag)
Baby wipes
Sanitizer
Battery powered impact (have whatever you put the lug nuts on with or better on board!)
Sun screen
Multimeter
Tarp
1/2" Breaker bar
Pry bar
2.5# hammer
Spanner wrenches for shocks
Knipex pliers wrench (more awesome than you ever thought pliers could be)
Spare belt
Ratchet/tow/tree straps (all 3)
Jack (out of an older ford, they look like a bottle jack, but all mechanical so they work in all positions and 2 stage so they lift high)
A couple small pieces of pressure treated 4x4 post for blocks under the jack
Jumper cables
Old super soaker (to spray out mud packed radiator, not necessary since I put a mud guard on, but it's still in there)
Safety/bailing wire
Hose clamps
Enough tools to build the machine from a pile of parts...

Then there are a few other things that may be a bit overboard like spare axles (one for each side up front, one rear since they're the same on both sides), axle nuts, cotter pins, CV boot, wheel bearings, knuckles, trailer wheel bearings...
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wow that a big list, where do you store all of that?
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Lol, ya it's a little crazy, but it pretty much all fits in the bed. Axles are wrapped in industrial garbage bags and zip tied to the back of the back seats. A few little things like the USB power bank, TP, paper backup maps, etc are in the glove box. Most of the rest goes in a plano sportsman's tote we got from Walmart years ago with a 2.5gal gas can next to it on one side and gallon of coolant on the other. I hate driving with big bulky boots on, but if I needed to hoof it somewhere in the woods I'd hate to be without them, so I keep a pair of loggers wrapped in plastic grocery bags tucked in the front corners of the bed too. I'm sure I'm missing some stuff, but I'm not sure people would believe there's more in there. Lol, I'm not sure I do!
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We carry most of the same stuff as wolf plus some. No chainsaw or fishing gear, but hatchet and sharp pruning saw. A few other less recovery related things that we carry in addition:

TP (in a zip lock bag)
Baby wipes
Sanitizer
Battery powered impact (have whatever you put the lug nuts on with or better on board!)
Sun screen
Multimeter
Tarp
1/2" Breaker bar
Pry bar
2.5# hammer
Spanner wrenches for shocks
Knipex pliers wrench (more awesome than you ever thought pliers could be)
Spare belt
Ratchet/tow/tree straps (all 3)
Jack (out of an older ford, they look like a bottle jack, but all mechanical so they work in all positions and 2 stage so they lift high)
A couple small pieces of pressure treated 4x4 post for blocks under the jack
Jumper cables
Old super soaker (to spray out mud packed radiator, not necessary since I put a mud guard on, but it's still in there)
Safety/bailing wire
Hose clamps
Enough tools to build the machine from a pile of parts...

Then there are a few other things that may be a bit overboard like spare axles (one for each side up front, one rear since they're the same on both sides), axle nuts, cotter pins, CV boot, wheel bearings, knuckles, trailer wheel bearings...
I carry a scissor jack to. thinking for the longest time about a rear winch but dont have the dough yet. now I am looking at a 48 inch ratchet jack and dump the scissor jack. a ratchet jack can be used to winch you out backwards and will save me the expense of a second winch
what u think? like Hi-Lift Jack HL425 42-Inch Hi-Lift Red All Cast Jack

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If I couldn't pony up for a rear winch I'd go for a good come along. A high lift jack like I think you're talking about can be rigged up to do a lot of things, but I personally see a come along being a lot easier to use and in the terrain I typically ride in, with lots of trees typically close enough to pull against, at least as useful. In a way I almost like the come along better than a rear winch because it can be used for so many other things and to pull from directions that a winch can't. That being said, I plan do to a rear winch myself because if I need it I want things to go as quickly and smoothly as possible. I ride with my wife and daughter almost 100% of the time and part of us all enjoying the trip is minimizing the stress of recovering from the inevitable stuck, so the extra cash is worth it to me. In the spirit of being over prepared though, I'm also borrowing a big come along from a buddy this summer when we go out to Colorado for a week of riding.

As for the scissor jack, I've used many of them over the years and I strongly prefer the telescoping Ford one that I carry. It's under 8" collapsed and about 18" at full lift and takes up half the space of a scissor. I took a 1/4" hex to 1/2" square drive adapter and ground it down to fit the slot meant for the crank handle on the jack so that I can use my impact to run it, which makes it super quick and convenient. Probably a little rough on the jack, but it's meant for vehicles so much heavier than ours that I really don't see it being a problem unless I was using it every day.
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I carry a Pull-Pal for those times when trees are not around.....AKA Swamps/Tundra/Muskeg
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Everyone should have a fire extinguisher with them or on the machine in plain site. All are very good lists each ride has it's unique situations.
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I didnt use my winch much - then the last trip I got stuck 4 times.....only once was a tree straight on - so I needed a snatch block - on one of those occasions i needed another 10 feet of rope and a tree saver.......i got one of these......has extra 50' of line good to extend the pull or if you snap your line- soft and hard shackles (I have become a big fan of the soft shackle) - snatch block heavy enough for a sxs....works well:
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If I couldn't pony up for a rear winch I'd go for a good come along. A high lift jack like I think you're talking about can be rigged up to do a lot of things, but I personally see a come along being a lot easier to use and in the terrain I typically ride in, with lots of trees typically close enough to pull against, at least as useful. In a way I almost like the come along better than a rear winch because it can be used for so many other things and to pull from directions that a winch can't. That being said, I plan do to a rear winch myself because if I need it I want things to go as quickly and smoothly as possible. I ride with my wife and daughter almost 100% of the time and part of us all enjoying the trip is minimizing the stress of recovering from the inevitable stuck, so the extra cash is worth it to me. In the spirit of being over prepared though, I'm also borrowing a big come along from a buddy this summer when we go out to Colorado for a week of riding.

As for the scissor jack, I've used many of them over the years and I strongly prefer the telescoping Ford one that I carry. It's under 8" collapsed and about 18" at full lift and takes up half the space of a scissor. I took a 1/4" hex to 1/2" square drive adapter and ground it down to fit the slot meant for the crank handle on the jack so that I can use my impact to run it, which makes it super quick and convenient. Probably a little rough on the jack, but it's meant for vehicles so much heavier than ours that I really don't see it being a problem unless I was using it every day.
THANKS FOR HELPING MY THOUGHT PROCESS ALONG. i agree with you. i FINALLY DECIDE TO BUY A COME A LONG WITH 25ft STRAP INSTEAD OF WIRE AND SOME ADDITIONAL CHAIN. GOT IT YESTERDAY
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For what I consider actually recovery gear (to get you unstuck...).

Superwinch Tera45 with synthetic rope
20' tow strap (loops on the ends.....no metal hooks)
3' tree saver
assortment of clevis'
good attachment points front and rear

The assortment of gear depends on where you ride and if you ride alone. It's rare I run a trail that is not heavily wooded or has some sort of anchor point for a winch, and any true trail ride is with at least one other rig. The only time I go out alone is cruising around the local farm fields and stay away from any potential stuck. Guess something could still happen but you are never more than maybe a mile from a house and always have cell reception.

One thing I did add to the list that I don't usually see mentioned is making sure you have good and easily accessible attachment/towing points front and rear. This comes after years and years of off-road driving......nothing more annoying then having a guy get slightly hung up and instead of taking a minute or two to slap a strap on and pull him, it takes 30 minutes to dig under the vehicle crawl through the mud to find some place on the frame solid enough to hook to. On mine the winch is mounted up on the bumper vs. the low mounted plate so you don't have to dig through the mud or snow to get to it, added a 2" receiver on the front with a clevis mount, and have a clevis mount on the rear (in factory hitch for now, but plan on adding another a little higher up).

Also prefer using a strap most of the time unless the situation requires a winch. Usually quicker to hook a strap up to another rig and you can often get more force to pull the stuck rig out with a little slack in the strap and letting is load up (that's why you need a good stretchy snatch strap). I've had my T4 buried a couple times and tried using the winch hooked to a midsize Ranger 570. The little Ranger didn't have enough weight and would just get pulled towards the T4. Both times hooked up the strap and one or two moderate yanks had the T4 out. As mentioned there are situations where you need the winch, which is typically because you can't easily get another rig hooked up. A good example is getting stuck half-way up a long rocky hillclimb.
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The anchor points are a big reason i chose the SATV bumpers! The front and rear winch mounts too. I do ride on my own some but it is always in woods so between my strap and winch rope, i can typically reach a tree.


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