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D.E.Bishop

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Posted: 04/28/19 11:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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.


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Sorry, it took so long for my first post, I gave up and reposted.

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Posted: 04/29/19 03:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have large threaded caribeaners on my chains. no problems now.


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I use shackles on my Ford Explorer factory hitch. The factory chain loops are too thick for my TT safety chain hooks. Change angle, top or bottom, doesn’t matter. I had to hammer them on leaving the dealer and hammer them off at home. If you look at the hitches on pickups while at stop lights, you’ll see many with shackles or chain loops left attached.


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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.


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(I also had a problem with my F150. As someone suggested, I laid on the ground and looked at the best way to hook up to the hitch. After doing that and showing my wife how they fit, we both can hook them up without looking.


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I got these for my F350 due to the same issue. These are also available at some of the "big-box" hardware stores, Tractor Supply, etc. https://www.bulletproofhitches.com/products/5-8-channel-shackle-for-safety-chains?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=Google%20Shopping&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-IOOxpL24QIVR77ACh2s2AMmEAQYAiABEgKEJ_D_BwE


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What are the carbiners you guys are using rated for?

I have never seen any that come even close to what I would need.

Larger hooks did it for me on my dually.



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I agree. I wouldn’t trust any caribiners no matter their rating. Larger hooks are the simplest and safest way to go!


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I think what they are really talking about are threaded links. I googled threaded links and got quick links and caribiner. All correct I guess.

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