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Safety Thimble Fairlead – Hawse Fairlead

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TRE (Tactical Recovery Equipment)  has designed fairleads to go along with their products, specifically the Safety Thimble 2 and the Safety Thimble 3. TRE currently offers several different designs of Aluminum Hawse fairleads so that you can choose the one that fits your needs depending on the equipment that you currently have installed.

The Safety Thimble Fairlead  is designed for use with the Safety Thimble 2. It allows the Safety Thimble 2 to be placed in an upright position on the fairlead. By having the Safety Thimble in an upright position, this keeps the Safety Thimble from being the front-most part  of your jeep or off road vehicle. This is especially good for rock crawlers. Now you do not have to worry about hitting your Safety Thimble on a rock or ledge that you are about to climb.

TRE Hawse Fairlead Features:

  • Precision machined from 6061 Aluminum.
  • Anodized using a 2 step Electrolytic process during anodizing to help resist fading. Currently they are only anodized in Black, since black is the only color found to resist fading the most.
  • The curvature of the fairlead openings are designed to cause the least resistance to abrasion to your synthetic winch rope, even while under load.
  • Includes all Stainless Steel hardware needed for installation
  • Made in the USA

The fairlead replaces standard Hawse Fairleads and roller fairleads and fits all standard winch mounts.

The TRE Aluminum Hawse Fairleads are designed to help protect your Safety Thimble as well as your synthetic winch rope.

*Designed for use with ONLY the Original Safety Thimble 2

* For use with synthetic winch rope only (Steel cable will damage fairleads)

Safety Thimble Fairlead 5

Safety Thimble Fairlead 5
Safety Thimble Fairlead 5

The TRE Safety Thimble Fairlead 5 allows you to place your Safety Thimble  in an upright position at the top of the fairlead when not in use. This keeps the Safety Thimble from being the front-most part  of your jeep or off road vehicle. This is especially good for rock crawlers. Now you do not have to worry about hitting your Safety Thimble on a rock or ledge that you are about to climb. These are available in anodized Black or Bright Dip (clear).

Safety Thimble Fairlead 4

Safety Thimble Fairlead 4
Safety Thimble Fairlead 4

The TRE Safety Fairlead 4 is the same as the Safety Fairlead 5 but is 1″ shorter for vehicles that have a light bar mounted over their fairlead mount. Some of these light mounts get in the way of using the Fairlead 5.

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The “Original” Safety Thimble by TRE

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The “Original” Safety Thimble for Synthetic Winch Rope by TRE (Tactical Recovery Equipment)

The “Original” 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 is designed with several features to reduce the risks during the inherently dangerous activity of 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 and also prevents damage to rollers and the smooth radii of Hawse Fairleads  It is designed to work with synthetic winch rope. The Safety Thimble forces the user to use safer connections than a shackle can afford when performing recovery operations. The Winch Safety Thimble is designed to allow the least number of connections due to the fact that an anchor shackle will fit the thimble either by the pin or the body of the shackle.

 Features of the Safety Thimble

  • The Safety Thimble is precision machined CNC  6061 Aluminum Heavy Duty Thimble.
  •  Anodized black with an Electrolytic Two Step Process to help resist fading.
  • The diameter and shape of the eye on the Safety Thimble is designed to adhere to minimum radius requirements to achieve rated breaking strength of the synthetic lines.
  • The design of the eye has a deep groove that allows protection against abrasion on synthetic winchline.
  • The Flat Base design fits securely against the fairlead and will not damage the fairlead. This is important because a scratched fairlead causes abrasion on synthetic ropes that can cause them to break.
  • Made in the USA! The Safety Thimble is 100% designed, manufactured, packaged and shipped in the USA.

Safety Thimble Sizes

The 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 the smaller winches. They are designed to be used with a 1/2″ shackle.

Safety Thimble 2 : This is the most commonly used Safety Thimble. It is designed for 5/16 to 3/8  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. Designed for use with a 3/4″ anchor shackle.

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



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Safety Thimble now licensed for sale by TRE (Tactical Recovery Equipment)

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Safety Thimble ” The Original” now available by TRE

TRE (Tactical Recovery Equipment), a company that designs, manufactures and sells off-road recovery products has been granted an exclusive license to manufacture Safety Thimbles originally designed by Blaine Johnson. The “Original” Safety Thimble

TRE Logo
TRE Logo

was first introduced many years ago to combat the issue of hooks, steel thimbles and often hands from being sucked into the winch through the fairlead causing damage to the operator and to the winch and fairlead.

The Safety Thimble product line will continue to be manufactured in 3 different sizes, with the Safety Thimble 2 being the most common application for Offroad and Jeep owners. The products were designed to be used with synthetic winch rope such as Amsteel Blue, Dyneema, Spectra and Spydura brands. The safety thimble is safe to use with all fairleads and winches and will not cause damage to your fairlead, unlike hooks and standard steel thimbles.

TRE will be offering the Safety Thimble product line along with other recovery products such as snatch blocks, shackles, winchline and other new products. All TRE designed products along with the Safety Thimbles are manufactured in the USA.

4LowParts is please to be an authorized dealer of all TRE products. Please see our Recovery section on our website to check out TRE products that we are currently carrying.