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CavemanCharlie

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Posted: 04/30/19 05:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

rrupert wrote:

I had this problem on my 2012 F150 until I learned to put them on correctly. Point the hook end up and pull it through the loop from front to back, or towards you. Works slick as a whistle. Taking off is just as easy.


Ya, this is what I do on my 2011 F150 as well

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Looking forward to not using the shackles on my new F150. The F150 uses plate steel for the safety chain loops. My Explorer used tightly curved, very thick, round stock for the chain loops.


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RonRN18 wrote:

I am having issues with connecting and disconnecting the safety chain hooks to the hitch mount of my 2016 F150 truck. It is very difficult to get just the proper angle to get them hooked. The gauge of the steel of the hitch mount holes, the size of the holes and the thickness of the hooks makes this very difficult. Has anyone else had a similar issue? Is there some type of fix that is safe to make connecting and disconnecting the safety chains easier?


I put a couple of steel links in ours. They are a little longer, and easier to hook up.
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D.E.Bishop wrote:

cavie wrote:

buy 2 Threaded carabiners/link extensions from you local Hardware store


X2. I installed the threaded chain links and applied some red loctite to the threads. Seems that folks like them and some are too cheap to pay $5 or so in the store. Now it's real easy to hook and unhook the safety catch hooks on my safety cables.


I saw these at the local home improvement store, but none that seemed to have the weight / strength capacity of the chain itself. I'm willing to bet some folks are attaching these type of chain links and instantly reducing the strength of their chain.


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