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Old 07-31-2020, 05:09 PM #1
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hitch shackle vs soft shackle

Forgive me if my search search skills are letting me down. I'm just curious about the pro's/con's of using a hitch shackle like the SmittyBuilt (which seems it would be dependent on the hitch pin strength) vs a soft shackle attached to the the rear recovery loop. Don't have much experience with either but want to investigate before investing either way. Thoughts? Thanks.
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Forgive me if my search search skills are letting me down. I'm just curious about the pro's/con's of using a hitch shackle like the SmittyBuilt (which seems it would be dependent on the hitch pin strength) vs a soft shackle attached to the the rear recovery loop. Don't have much experience with either but want to investigate before investing either way. Thoughts? Thanks.
Well, I would first say I would go with the hitch via the hitch pin and all the better with a bow shackle attachment. I would not trust the "rear recovery loop" which is really just to secure the vehicle during transport.
The subject of recovery and the pros and cons of a soft shackle and all the other apparatus can not be understated.
I think this You Tube review done by Seek Adventure is not only informative but fun to watch. Give it a view.
4x4 Soft Shackles vs Bow (Steel) Shackles - YouTube
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I use the SmittyBuilt rear hitch shackle and it's pretty strong. It would take quite a bit to shear the hitch pin. I would trust that more than the tie down point.
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something I've wondered, what's to stop you from just sliding your hitch pin through the tow strap loop?
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something I've wondered, what's to stop you from just sliding your hitch pin through the tow strap loop?
Nothing... I have seen that done before in a pinch.
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Been doing more research and reading. Thanks very much for the video link. As with everything probably lots of "right" answers but for me I think I'm going with the factor 55 hitch and hard shackle. Thanks
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