Thanks for answering this Ricky. I was confused about the difference between the TRE Safety Thimble II and the Factor 55 Prolink. Knowing what I know now I'm definitely going to order the TRE Safety Thimble II for my rig. That not only seems like the better option, but it's also more affordable as well.I apologize for not answering the direct question....absolutely you can use it on your existing rope! The method used to attach most of the standard eye thimbles is called a Brummel eye splice. I install many of our Safety Thimble's in place of these for our customers and simply undo or cut out the Brummel splice. I should mention one Huge mistake I see commonly made when using a hook or other "bolt-on" thimble with a standard eye thimble. People don't pay attention to what that steel eye thimble is doing to the fairlead surface when it travels in and out of the fairlead. This damages the smooth surface of your fairlead where your expensive synthetic rope travels. Essentially damaging the rope or abrading it enough to cause possible failure. For those that always store the rope end accessory on a d-ring or hook away from the fairlead...this isn't as big an issue but something to consider. You will never have this problem with the Safety Thimble 2!
Looks like this is it, but it says currently unavailable:Great info, thanks! For some reason the 4lowparts site is blocked at work, and I can't seem to find a price on the mobile site for the TRE winch rope package that includes the synthetic rope, fairlead, and thimble.
Can anyone help me out?
There is only one Safety Thimble and it is the one that I invented and developed that Ricky at TRE sells and has sole license to. The rest of them are knock-offs, work arounds, blatant copies without being copies, etc.Okay, so I looked into this and it appears there is two different installation methods here depending on which safety thimble you have.
The Factor 55 safety thimble has a backend that accepts the factory eyelet / ring on the end of most winch ropes. Therefore you the install is easy just like show above in the video @Serbonze posted.
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However, if you have a TRE safety thimble (and correct me if I am wrong @Garza) you aren't so fortunate when it comes to a simple install (okay, maybe it's not that hard, but if you're like me and don't know much about tying knots then it would suck). It looks like the TRE safety thimble won't accept the factory eyelet / ring on most winch ropes so you have to remove it similar to these instructions in the attached PDF.
Again, someone correct me if I am wrong but this appears to be what I've uncovered.
I didn't know you invented the Safety Thimble, how cool!There is only one Safety Thimble and it is the one that I invented and developed that Ricky at TRE sells and has sole license to. The rest of them are knock-offs, work arounds, blatant copies without being copies, etc.
The problem with most stuff nowadays is folks want to jump into the market when they see something selling but they only have enough knowledge to make something look good and not enough understanding of the issues to make it work good.
Any company that tries to take your money by violating the number one rule of rigging by adding more links in the recovery chain really needs to be viewed with a very critical eye as to how much they care about you, your rig, and your safety.
My mantra is knowledge does not equal understanding. This is very evident when it comes to rigging with synthetic lines because the same rules do apply, just a lot more stringently.I didn't know you invented the Safety Thimble, how cool!
I'm glad this all came to light because before I knew about the TRE safety thimble I was planning on purchasing one of those Factor 55 ones, very glad I didn't now.
The TRE fairlead and Safety Thimble II arrive today. I'm going to install them, take some pictures, and write a review as well.