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Old 04-17-2012, 10:38 AM   #13906
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Nice find on AmSteel rope by the foot!

I was accustomed to buying it in defined lengths at www.blitzkrueg.com, but their website seems to be down at the moment...

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Old 04-17-2012, 11:21 AM   #13907
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I love the idea of solo riding, but the more I hear stories like this the more I think I'm gonna need one of CJ's new toys...

A Warn 1500lb winch!
Funny you should say that, I was thinking the same thing at the time. I own an XT17 too.

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Old 04-17-2012, 11:43 AM   #13908
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I love the idea of solo riding, but the more I hear stories like this the more I think I'm gonna need one of CJ's new toys... A Warn 1500lb winch!


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Funny you should say that, I was thinking the same thing at the time. I own an XT17 too.

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I BET you were! Don't know about you, but I'd be kicking myself up and down that wet, muddy trail for leaving it sitting on a nice, dry shelf in my garage.
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:34 PM   #13909
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I BET you were! Don't know about you, but I'd be kicking myself up and down that wet, muddy trail for leaving it sitting on a nice, dry shelf in my garage.
Thing is, it's a heavy SOB to carry on the bike all the time. I packed it on the sled all winter and it got the crap beat out of it by the accessories bag. First (and only) time I had to use it, the power cable wouldn't stay connected and the freespool lever broke off. Needless to say, I was not too impressed and it has been sitting in a corner ever since.
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Old 04-17-2012, 06:48 PM   #13910
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Only thing with amsteel is the folks I know who "know" say it's very knot unfriendly and quite slippery for prusiks, too.

I like Westmarine for ropes, they sometimes have some great deals.

This is a SCREAMING deal on 5mm or 6mm knot-friendlier polyester over dyneema:

http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...3130&langId=-1

Features:
  • Braided Dyneema SK-75 core
  • Hard-wearing 16-plait polyester cover
  • Low stretch and minimum weight
  • Easily handled without kinking or twisting
  • Colors - Blue, Black or Lime

Applications:
  • Mainsheets, Jib and Spinnaker Sheets
  • Main, Jib and Spinnaker Halyards
  • Spinnaker Pole Up/Downhauls
  • Bowsprit Control Lines
  • Vang and Kicker
  • Downhauls, Outhauls, Control Lines
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  • Ties and Lashings

DiameterAvg Breaking LoadWeight/100 Feet
1/16" (1.5mm)276 Lbs0.10 Lbs
5/32" (4mm)1,301 Lbs0.67 Lbs
3/16" (5mm)2,181 Lbs1.28 Lbs
1/4" (6mm)3,321 Lbs1.68 Lbs
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:20 PM   #13911
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I just came into one of those winches, but I also have--and will continue to carry- my recovery kit.

160 feet of 4mm Dyneema/polyester rope, on sale at $.24/foot (sorry-sold out....I bought it all ). Rated ~1300 lb, so probably 1000 lb with the loops. Four compact pulleys, A handful of locking biners, some 1000lb dyneema prusik loops, and I've got a 9:1 (ish--friction losses) recovery kit with some reach. 4mm is small to hold on to, but I have an extra biner for that. A coupla on-sale spectra slings complete the set. I have some REAL reach with less advantage. I ride alone a lot and wheels-up over an edge or in a ditch could really truly suck.

The spot thread about the guy in Washington convinced me.

It's light, fits easily in a crampon bag, and goes with the bike.

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Alleycatdad,

Do you have a pic of your recovery kit? In use?

Back in December I ended up on a steep, loose and rocky hill at night fall in the mountain jungle of Cambodia. Parked the bike for the night and set up camp on the top. Went back the next morning to ride it out and the damn battery was dead. Luckily I had a long length of rope with me and my partner was able to pull me up with his XR 650 as I was pushing the bike. A few times I dropped the 950 in the rocks and he was still just a getting it.Needles to say once on top there was no way of bump starting the beast and my partner first had to ride to the next flowing river to get me some water the could be filtered about 4k then out of the mountain to a town where he was able to round me up a battery another 130k round trip.



Well while he was gone I figured I would push my bike over into the shade and set up camp off the trail. Turning the bike around I found a drop off hidden under the tall grass and lost the front end into it. I was able to hook 2 ratchet straps together and some rope tied to the nearest tree and slowly ratchet it out of the hole by myself. All the while balancing it from falling over.



Well after I finally got it out of the hole I did the only thing I could do to a 950 with a dead battery...Used it to support the other end of my hammock since there was only 1 tree around!
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:48 PM   #13912
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I would like to see your kit too. Just placed my order for that rope. Thanks for the info!
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:03 PM   #13913
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Another winch alternative

At 4 lbs. this come along will easily fit in a bag or case. You can order with additional chain. Add some heavy duty tie downs and your golden.
http://www.aceindustries.com/p-68-14...ome-along.aspx

Load is 1 plus 1/4 rating so 750lbs should do it for an Adventure.

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Old 04-18-2012, 12:15 AM   #13914
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Old 04-18-2012, 12:43 AM   #13915
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For winching you can buy these handy special type ratchet straps called "strapulli". ATV and snowmobile riders use these.



Short clip (Swedish) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2gGzMDczm0
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Old 04-18-2012, 01:39 AM   #13916
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i think that these solutions are better than installing a winchy on the subframe (not too strong for that)


or



you´ll need to be stronger, maybe, but both are lighter and don´t need battery supply
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:01 AM   #13917
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Or, you can go THIS way...




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Old 04-18-2012, 09:58 AM   #13918
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Need I say it...?
Nah, this time it was intentional. I threw it in the dirt and not the other way around.
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Old 04-18-2012, 12:31 PM   #13919
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I thought these kind of pics could been found on GSpot.. Stuck behind 4" rotten wood stick.. Cmoon.. more speed.

Nice pictures though!
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Old 04-18-2012, 02:26 PM   #13920
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I thought these kind of pics could been found on GSpot.. Stuck behind 4" rotten wood stick.. Cmoon.. more speed.

Nice pictures though!
Actually, the point of that pic was to show the stupid little log I was hung up on. I could have just rode it through but the logs changed direction in the middle and that was a recipe for disaster. Figured it would be safest to just push the bike across (safe, perhaps, but it didn't work - just got hung up)

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