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Are hitch hook/shackles ok to use on the trail?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by jakeslim, Mar 6, 2004.

  1. jakeslim

    jakeslim 1/2 ton status

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    I need to install some tow points and am wondering if my tow hitch(rear) is ok to use with those shackle or hooks that just "plug" in.? /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
     
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    Yep, great reason to have hitches fron and rear is the attatchment ability
     
  3. Jonny-K5

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    do what i do and just keep the retaining pin and clip in your hitch instead of buying one of those shackles. works great for a yank strap. stick it in the reciever and put the pin thru. the plug in shackle might work better if your using a winch with a snatch block.
     
  4. jakeslim

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    cool, that takes care of the rear..now for the front. I guess i need to drill and bolt some hefty hooks on the frame.
     
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    As long as its a class 3 or larger its fine. I would get a insert and a clevis and not just through the strap in with the pin......Straps dont like it too much.
     
  6. bigjbear

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    Too bad that won't work w/ some bigger straps. Also since the reciever isn't full the pin see more stress and is likely to bend. Have fungetting that out. Better to get the shackle and be prepared.

    Make sure you use a quality reciever hitch that is properly mounted.
     
  7. jakeslim

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    [ QUOTE ]
    Make sure you use a quality reciever hitch that is properly mounted.

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    yeah, i will check to see all welds are good and strong. I can just see my hitch going thru the air now.. /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
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    Make sure you use a quality reciever hitch that is properly mounted.

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    yeah, i will check to see all welds are good and strong. I can just see my hitch going thru the air now.. /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

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    That is BOLTS, not welds right?
     
  9. jakeslim

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    hmmm...let me check in the morning and confirm....
     

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