Safety Thimbles - The Original Winch Safety Thimble

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Winch Safety Thimble 

The “Original” Winch Safety Thimble, since 2004. Designed to prevent the winch thimble from getting pulled into the fairlead where most accidents happen in winching, often due to winch “run-on” from electric winches. The Winch Safety Thimble is designed with several features to reduce the risks during the inherently dangerous activity of vehicle self-recovery with a winch. Unlike hooks and standard steel thimbles, the flat base lands flat on the face of the fairlead to prevent pulling through the fairlead opening, and also prevents damage to rollers and the smooth radii of Hawse Fairleads  It is designed to work with Synthetic Winch Rope. Our Winch Safety Thimble enables the user to make minimal safer connections when performing vehicle recovery operations. The Safety Thimble is also designed to allow the least number of connections due to the fact that a standard 3/4″ bow shackle “D-ring) will fit the thimble either by the pin or the body of the shackle.

Using the Safety Thimble
Using the Safety Thimble

Our Winch Safety Thimble comes in 3 different sizes depending on the size of the synthetic winch rope or application you are using:

  • Safety Thimble 1 : This is a smaller version for 3/16″ to 1/4″ synthetic ropes. These are perfect for ATV and side by sides that use small winches. Designed to be used with a 1/2″ anchor shackle.
  • Safety Thimble 2 :This is the most commonly used Safety Thimble. Designed for 5/16″ and 7/16″ synthetic ropes used on most Jeeps and off road vehicle winches. Designed for use with a 3/4″ anchor shackle.
  • Safety Thimble 3 : This is the same size as the Safety Thimble 2, but allows for the use of 1/2″ synthetic winch rope found on larger winches. Designed for use with a 3/4″ anchor shackle.

NOTE: Winch Safety Thimbles are designed to be used with soft shackles or steel shackles for rigging.  Hooks can not be used.