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Opinions on homemade receiver shackle bracket

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by jarheadk5, Jul 1, 2001.

  1. jarheadk5

    jarheadk5 1/2 ton status

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    I recently "appropriated" a couple of big-a$$ shackles/clevises, and the pins fit almost perfectly in my receiver bracket that had my hitch ball on it. It's one of the brackets that has almost no lift/drop, so the pull forces will be almost inline with the receiver, not above or below. Is this a good idea? Seems much better than $40 for almost the same thing, just pre-made.
    BTW, I know about putting the loop right into the receiver and pinning it. I don't like doing that.

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    Absolutly, that is the same thing I have been doing for years. The only difference is mine is a fixed mount. It doesn't look as nice and it rattles more, no biggie to me. The limiting factor on yours and the one you buy is still the hitch pin. Just keep that in mind.

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    That's what I've done forever with no problems the only thing I change is that I've got a nice, burly Grade 8 bolt I use as a hitch pin for that purpose, and a standard pin for towing.

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  4. jarheadk5

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    You're talking about the pin that holds the bracket (removable part) into the receiver (bolted-to-truck part), right?

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    Right - it's a 5/8"X3.5" bolt - nearly indestructible.

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    Fine idea. The 73 I just bought has a reciever hitch and I was trying to decide what to do for a rear tow point. That sounds like the ticket. I just don't have faith in those pins. I am sure there is nothing wrong with them but they just don't give me a warm fuzzy.

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    I've got the Warn bracket, others use a clevis and a trailer hitch, same thing either way.

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