One of the most impressive features of the Safety Thimble II is the shape of the “eyelet” in the thimble. This purposely designed eyelet was originally designed for use with 3/4″ Bow Shackles (usually misnamed as D-Rings, but can also be referred as an Anchor Shackle). The eyelet on the Safety Thimble II uniquely allows a 3/4″ Bow Shackle to be inserted into the thimble using either the “pin” end or the the “loop” end. Why is this significant? Because this allows the use of only one Bow Shackle to be used in a recovery. Winch Thimbles designed with just a round eyelet requires the user to use 2 Bow Shackles to make a connection. As everyone is aware, using less connection points reduces the amount of breaking points during winching. Less breaking points means less chance of a catastrophe happening while you are winching under a load.
Here is how you would have to connect a winch thimble that uses a round eyelet. It even looks ridiculous doesn’t it? To not embarrass our competitors we used our thimble as an example.
Here is how you would correctly connect to one Bow Shackle that is attached to a bumper with a Safety Thimble II.
Hopefully this illustrates one of the highly thought our designs that was incorporated in the “Original” winch thimble, the Safety Thimble II. So if you have a thimble designed with just a circular hole for an eyelet, make sure you always carry 2 Bow Shackles ( D-Rings) or your thimble will be useless to you when you really need it. If your thimble has the correct eyelet, but does not say “Safety Thimble II” on it , then you purchased a product that has purposely copied ours, as we are the “Original” 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. For over 14 years, its well thought out design has made it unbeatable in Safety, not only for the user but also for your winching equipment such as the synthetic winch rope and Hawse Fairlead. In fact it is designed so well, that many competitors are now starting to copy it into their poorly designed products. Safety Thimbles are 100% made in the USA.
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
TRE Replacement Winch Rope for Smittybilt Winches are available for all models of Smittybilt winches. Our winch rope is made of true Sk-75 Dyneema 12 strand synthetic rope with 18,500 pounds of breaking strength, Each TRE 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. TRE Replacement Winch Rope for Smittybilt Winches is available in 10 colors as well as the appropriate length depending on your Smittybilt winch model. TRE Replacement Winch Rope are a direct replacement rope that comes pre-assembled and ready to install. Continue reading TRE Replacement Winch Rope for Smittybilt Winches
ATV Winch Rope with Safety Thimble is available at Tactical Recovery Equipment in many different colors. Our ATV Rope is designed to be used on common winches used on ATV’s and UTV’s ranging in capacities of 2000 lb. to 5ooo lbs. We use Heavy Duty , light-weight synthetic rope. Our ATV Winch rope is rated at 7900 lbs which more than enough to winch your ATV or UTV out of difficult situations. Each ATV Winch Rope comes with a Safety Thimble I already pre-assembled and is the perfect option for safely protecting yourself from injury as well as protecting your ATV winch rope. Continue reading ATV Winch Rope with Safety Thimble – Tactical Recovery Equipment
Blue Winch Rope is available from TRE in both 1/4″ ( ATV/UTV Winches) and 3/8″ ( Most Off Road Recovery Winches) and are available in different lengths depending on your winches needs. All of our Winch Rope comes pre-assembled with a winch Safety Thimble, Black Nylon Sheath and New Drum Attachment. If your looking to replace your steel winch cable or worn out synthetic winch rope, then this is the package for you. Continue reading Blue Winch Rope – Safety Thimble Package | Tactical Recovery Equipment
What better way to update or replace your winch recovery needs on your Jeep or off road vehicle and save money at the same time. TRE is offering a Winch Rope Package consisting of a Safety Thimble 2 along with 85′ of synthetic winch rope, a TRE designed and manufactured standard fairlead, and all the hardware you need to complete installation including a newly designed winch drum attachment. Continue reading Winch Rope Package
The Safety Thimble is designed to prevent the thimble from getting pulled into the fairlead where most accidents happen in winching, often due to winch “run-on” from electric winches. The Thimble, unlike hooks and and standard steel thimbles, does not scratch your fairlead which causes damage to synthetic winch ropes. It is also the lightest and most versatile recovery option to be used with synthetic winchline. It is made of 6061 Aluminum and CNC precision machined making it the lightest and most versatile recovery option to be used with your winch. It was designed to be used with synthetic winch ropes and replaces the need for standard eye hooks. The Safety Thimble is designed and manufactured 100% in the USA. Continue reading Safety Thimble 2