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Is Your Winch Bumper Ready For Use With A Synthetic Winch Rope? – Checking Your Fairlead Mount Opening

Improper Fairlead Mount Opening

So you’ve already made the switch to synthetic winch rope or plan on making the switch to synthetic. Or, you have used your new synthetic winch rope and it failed almost immediately? How about you see abrasion on the rope and you have no clue how it happened? Chances are the fairlead mount opening on your winch bumper is the incorrect size for use with synthetic winch rope.  The fairlead mount is where your Hawse Fairlead mounts to and your synthetic winch rope passes through from the winch drum. During the winching operation, your winch rope will pass through your winch fairlead opening.  While the Hawse Fairlead acts a guide for your winch rope, it is rare to get a perfectly straight pull all the time. So the rope must come in contact with a smooth surface on angled pulls to avoid abrasion which damages the synthetic winch rope. If the first thing the rope comes in contact with is the mount opening before the fairlead surface, you have a huge issue.  The single most important feature of your winch bumper is the fairlead mount opening size when making the switch to synthetic.  Many winch bumper manufactures overlook this detail.  The correct winch fairlead mount minimum opening for synthetic winch rope is 1.75″.  We typically see openings of 1″ to 1.25″, this is simply too small for using rope and must be addressed. Don’t risk breaking or damaging your new winch rope by overlooking this!

ST Fairlead scribe line
Safety Thimble Fairlead with scribe line


How TRE Fairleads are Designed for Checking Your Fairlead Mount Opening

Fairlead Scribe Line
Scribe Line showing the correct radius needed in winch mount

Our Hawse Fairleads are precision machined with a scribe line on the back. This provides both a visual and physical indication of whether your bumper’s fairlead mount opening is correct.  We also ensure our fairlead design has the correct entry radius for the winch rope on the opening. This provides for the least amount of abrasion and friction during an angled pull. To take advantage of this feature, you test fit our fairlead to your bumper then check the backside of the opening. You must be able to just see the entire scribe line around the opening, OR by by feeling for the scribe line. If you happen to find that your opening is too small, you will need to enlarge it by cutting some material away.

How to Fix the Fairlead Mount Opening to the Correct Size

We have found it easiest to use a cut-off wheel to remove the majority of the required material. Be sure to wear your PPE. If you are uncomfortable performing this step, please seek help from a competent shop or someone familiar with using these tools. You must remove equal parts from the mount top side and bottom side. For example: If your current opening is 1”, then you will remove ⅜” material from the top inner edge, and ⅜” material from the bottom inner edge to get your 1.75”. Then use a dremel or similar rotary tool to remove any remaining material in the rounded ends. Make sure you do not leave any sharp edges! Test fit your TRE Hawse Fairlead again until you are satisfied that the scribe line is visible. You may also paint any raw surfaces if you so choose. All TRE Hawse Fairleads are manufactured from 6061-T6 aluminum, Mil-Spec Type III Hard-Anodized, and 100% Made in USA!




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Replacement Winch Rope for Warn Zeon Winches

safety thimble fairlead

If you are looking to replace your worn out cable or synthetic winch line on your Warn Zeon Winch, then look no further. Tactical Recovery Equipment offers a Replacement Winch Rope for Warn Zeon Winches. All TRE Replacement Synthetic Winch Ropes are made of Heavy-Duty, 12 strand UHMWPE synthetic rope. Each 3/8″ Synthetic Rope has a breaking strength of 20,000 lbs. The Replacement Winch Rope for Warn Zeon Winches are available in 85 ft. ,100 ft. & 125 ft. lengths, depending on which Zeon model you have. Each synthetic rope comes with 8 ft. of black durable Polyester sheathing to protect your synthetic rope against abrasion on a rock, or sharp tree. The Replacement Winch Rope for Warn Zeon Winches has two options for the winch termination, the standard tube thimble or a Safety Thimble.

*When ordering please write in the notes that it is for a zeon winch, and we will create the loop that will be needed for installation.

Optional Safety Thimble

The “Original” Safety Thimble II was the first “Winch Thimble”, designed and used in the off-road industry. The Safety Thimble II has been in existence since 2004 and is the safest winch termination for all synthetic winch lines. Not only does TRE offer 10 Synthetic Winch Rope colors but also 5 different colored Safety Thimble II. Each Replacement Winch Rope for Warn Zeon Winches ropes comes pre-assembled, along with all the hardware needed for an easy installation. Continue reading Replacement Winch Rope for Warn Zeon Winches

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How to Choose the Correct Size Kinetic Recovery Rope – Tactical Recovery Equipment

Mega Recovery Rope = 1.5" Kinetic Recovery Rope

Choosing the correct size Kinetic Recovery Rope all depends on the vehicles weight. Kinetic Recovery Ropes, sometimes called snatch straps are the perfect recovery tool to use when pulling a vehicle out of deep mud, sand, snow or silt. Kinetic Energy Recovery Ropes have the ability to elongate under load by 30%, much like a rubber band, which allows it to use it’s own kinetic energy to help dislodge a stuck vehicle. Kinetic Recovery Ropes are safer than chains, cables and standard tow straps and and are also stronger. There are a variety of diameters and lengths depending on the weight of the vehicle that is being recovered. Kinetic Recovery Ropes from Tactical Recovery Equipment are made from Heavy Duty double braided Nylon that is coated in a Urethane Polymer coating that helps protect the rope against abrasion, water and UV rays.  Each kinetic recovery rope comes with heavy duty eye loops at each end allowing multiple ways to make connections no matter what type of vehicle you are trying to recover.

How to Choose the Correct Size Kinetic Recovery Rope:

3/4" Kinetic Energy Recovery Rope - 18,000 lbs.Choosing the correct size Kinetic Recovery Rope makes a big impact on your recovery. The strength of kinetic ropes are determined by the diameter of the rope. There are many different diameters to choose from 1/2 Inch all the way up to 2 Inch. When choosing the size of your Kinetic Recovery Rope, the breaking strength should be approximately 3 times the weight of the vehicle you are pulling. For example if the Jeep or truck you are recovering weighs 4,000 lbs., you would multiply that by 3.0 (4,000 lbs x 3.0 = 12,000 lbs.) which means you would need a rope with a minimum breaking point of 12,000 lbs., which would be our 3/4″ Kinetic Recovery Rope that is rated at 18,000 lbs. Since most of the time you are choosing recovery gear to help recovery your own vehicle is is best to choose a diameter or strength that corresponds with the weight of your own vehicle.

Features of our Kinetic Recovery Ropes: 

  • Made from Heavy Duty double braided Nylon.
  • Urethane Polymer Coating to protect against abrasion, water and UV.
  • Heavy Duty eye loops on each end to make connections easy.
  • Available in many diameters and strengths.
  • Ultimate transfer of the pulling vehicle’s kinetic energy by elongating up to 30%
  • Absorbs jounce upon take off unlike cables, chains, or standard tow straps


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Kinetic Recovery Ropes – Heavy Duty Snatch Ropes


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TRE Recovery Gear in Use at Winter 4×4 Jamboree 2018


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Winter 4×4 Jamboree 2018

An off-road event like no other, the winter 4×4 Jamboree gets bigger and better each year. This Winter 4×4 Jamboree 2018 marked the fourth year that Tactical Recovery Equipment has attended while being a silver sponsor and vendor. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect with a warm 65 degrees on Thursday and Friday. The Weather then turned into rain and snow on Saturday but that made it better for the mud puddles!

On day two of the three day event TRE product was captured in the moment of recovery after a rollover. The roll over accident took place on Milts Mile. A green jku was too high on the mountain of an obstacle and made too sharp of a turn.  The jku rolled 5 times and into a two door wrangler. Thankfully no injuries occured to anyone in either jeep.

The red wrangler was then removed by winching him out with “The Original Safety Thimble II” and a TRE Soft Shackle. After recovering the red wrangler the next mission was to roll over the green JKU, with the help from Honey Badger by Scorpion Motorsports. Due to the angle and weight of the jku, two snatch blocks were used, one being the 2 lb aluminum TRE snatch block (connected with TRE soft shackles) to double the pulling strength to flip the jeep over. The recovery was a success and everyone walked away injury free. Both jeeps were able to drive out and finish the trail.

TRE would like to thank the event staff for putting on another amazing Winter 4×4 Jamboree, and the continued support from our customers. See you next year!

TRE Products Used During Recovery:

  • Snatch Block – Lightweight while being heavy duty,
  • Soft Shackle – Lightweight, safe, and can be used for multiple situations
  • The Original Safety Thimble II – The safest thimble option due to minimal connection points

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Rock/Tree Strap – More than Just a Tree Strap | Tactical Recovery Equipment

Rock/Tree Strap

TRE’s Rock/Tree Strap made by Tactical Recovery Equipment can be used in a variety of ways for off-road recovery. Our Rock/Tree Strap is made with 12 strand SK-75 Dyneema synthetic rope, that is fully sheathed in a durable orange nylon. The orange nylon sheath allows the use of this strap to be rubbed on rough surfaces such as rocks or trees. Each Rock/Tree Strap has a breaking strength of 23,500 pounds. Each Rock/Tree strap has a closed eye loop on each end of the rope. Each eye loop is used for a  connection point while using soft shackles or D-Rings. TRE’s Rock/Tree Strap comes in the lengths of 10 ft and 20ft. Now don’t let the name “Rock/Tree” strap fool you, TRE Rock/Tree strap can also be used for straight line pulls, and as a winch extension. Continue reading Rock/Tree Strap – More than Just a Tree Strap | Tactical Recovery Equipment

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Replacement Synthetic Winch Rope for Warn 8274-50

TRE Replacement Synthetic Winch Rope for Warn 8274-50

Tactical Recovery Equipment offers a synthetic replacement winch rope for Warn 8274-50 winches. The Warn 8274-50 winch was originally sold with 5/16 wire cable.  We recommend for synthetic winch rope to upgraded to a 3/8 x 100 ft. synthetic winch rope. This upgrade give your winch ro[e a breaking strength of 20,000 lbs. which is more than double the strength of the original 5/16 cable, allowing you a significant safety factor while winching.   All TRE Replacement Synthetic Winch Ropes are made of true Sk75 Dyneema 12 strand synthetic rope with a breaking strength of 20,000 pounds. Our Replacement Synthetic Winch Rope for Warn 8274-50 comes with two options for a connection point; Safety Thimble II or a standard black steel eyelet. Each synthetic rope comes with 8 ft. nylon sheathing as well as our newly designed replacement drum attachment. TRE offers 10 different colors of synthetic rope, as well as each rope comes pre-assembled and ready for installation. Continue reading Replacement Synthetic Winch Rope for Warn 8274-50

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Replacement Winch Rope for Smittybilt Winches

TRE Replacement Winch Rope for Smittybilt Winches

TRE Replacement Winch Rope for Smittybilt Winches are available for all models of Smittybilt winches. Our winch rope is made of true Sk-75 12 strand synthetic rope with 20,000 pounds of breaking strength, Each Replacement Winch Rope for Smittybilt Winches can be purchased with a Safety Thimble II or standard steel eyelet and also comes with 8 ft. nylon sheath and a replacement drum attachment. Replacement Winch Rope for Smittybilt Winches is available in 11 colors as well as the appropriate length depending on your Smittybilt winch model. Replacement Winch Rope  are a direct replacement rope that comes pre-assembled and ready to install. Continue reading Replacement Winch Rope for Smittybilt Winches

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Winch Rope Extensions – Increase the Length of your Winch Rope

Winch Rope Extensions

In the world of off road adventures some times we all need that little extra length for a helping hand. We believe that’s why its always best to have a Winch Rope Extension in your recovery bag because at some point you may need it when you run out of rope on your winch line, which will leave you stranded.  Some of you may ask “Well why another rope?” and the reality of it is because every rope serves a different purpose. The Winch Rope Extensions are another safe way to winch yourself, or possibly someone else out, it can be used with a snatch block, and many other options of recovery. Winch Rope Extensions are made with Dyneema SK75 12 strand rope, which has a breaking strength of 21,000 pounds. Each Winch Rope Extension has soft eye splices at each end that’s protected with nylon chafe guard, as well as 6ft of the rope is protected by Nylon Chafe Guard to help protect against abrasion. Tactical Recovery Equipment Winch Rope Extensions come in 3 different lengths which are; 25ft, 50ft, and 100ft. It also comes in 4 different colors as well; black, red, blue, and orange Continue reading Winch Rope Extensions – Increase the Length of your Winch Rope

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