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Old 12-04-2012, 08:51 AM   #1
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D shackle saved my A$$

FWIW. I had the jeep for about a week when I was sitting at a red light. I had been stopped for about 30 sec when BOOM. Rear ended. No tire screech at all. The girl just hit me. 327 mile on the odometer. I get out of my Jeep (not very happy at this point). She had already backed up off of my bumper. First I see her grill. Destroyed. I look at the back of the Jeep. Nothing. Fortunately I had a D shackle in the receiver hitch. Stuck out just enough to keep her car from impacting the bumper or spare at all. Not even a brush mark.
Something to consider as cheap insurance.
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Wow! That D shackle took that rear end collision like a boss! I wonder what kind of puny car she was driving. How far out does the D shackle stick out? I might have to get one just for that reason when I order.

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Old 12-04-2012, 09:07 AM   #3
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Wow! That D shackle took that rear end collision like a boss! I wonder what kind of puny car she was driving. How far out does the D shackle stick out? I might have to get one just for that reason when I order.

Glad you and the Jeep are ok
It only sticks out about 3.5 " from the receiver. About 3/4 as far out as the spare. I think it was a saturn. Fortunately the car sat low enough to miss the spare and hit the shackle.
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A similar situation happened when I had my Liberty. Car slammed into my receiver hitch which took the force. Other car's hood crumpled and all I had was a scratch on the bumper.

I'll have to look into the D Shackle for my wrangler hitch. Also have to see if its legal in CT to have it installed all the time.
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Funny you should mention she drove a Saturn. My first car was a 1997 Saturn and someone with a truck backed into me, and while he didn't have a scratch....I needed a new hood lol.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:34 AM   #6
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:35 AM   #7
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Exactly why I leave my trailer hitch in mine. It will get to the radiator before DMG to me occurs.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:56 AM   #8
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Shame her insurance will have to buy you a new bumper with hitch, given the damage done to your hitch mount. What a shame.

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Old 12-04-2012, 10:06 AM   #9
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It's funny, and I haven't researched it to verify it, but I was told the other day that you can get a ticket here in Iowa if you have trailer mount in the receiver and you aren't towing anything. I don't know how they would treat a D-shackle, however. I will have to look into it.
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I had the opposite happen...

I had started to pull out from a gas station near a Wal-Mart in my Libby. Traffic was moving a bit too swift, so I started to back up just as the car behind me was creeping up while thinking I was going to "go for it". Luckily, we were both going slow, and the spare tire took all of the (slight) impact.

But at times, I have thought about leaving my hitch in case I get rear-ended.
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:12 AM   #11
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If another vehicle slams into your hitch mount, you're more likely to get frame damage than if your bumper takes the blow. It's a catch 22 I suppose but I would rather need new bumpers than to need frame straightened at a shop.
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It's funny, and I haven't researched it to verify it, but I was told the other day that you can get a ticket here in Iowa if you have trailer mount in the receiver and you aren't towing anything. I don't know how they would treat a D-shackle, however. I will have to look into it.
In MA it's illegal to have a trailer hitch installed, but anything else is fair game. I keep my adjustable drop hitch installed all the time but remove the ball (so it doesn't get stolen.) If I leave the ball on during an inspection the guy will make me remove the ball, but the drop bracket is OK.

If hitch mount bike carriers and luggage carriers are fine, I'd assume the D-Ring is no problem either.
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:14 AM   #13
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Most jurisdictions have a law against having anything projecting from the receiver if you aren't towing. You'll have to read the fine print of your state regs and see what they say. You'd hate to have her come back and make YOU pay for damages because of an illegal modification.
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If another vehicle slams into your hitch mount, you're more likely to get frame damage than if your bumper takes the blow. It's a catch 22 I suppose but I would rather need new bumpers than to need frame straightened at a shop.
The frame and hitch are really strong so if it hits just a receiver hitch enough to bend the frame it would do the same but take out spare tire, mount, maybe a taillight, back glass or rear body panel and exhaust so u never know.
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:09 PM   #15
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How is your frame? Your D shackle transmitted the energy to your tow bracket to your frame. Make sure the bolts are ok too.

Was she texting when she hit you? It amazes me how much this is happening these days.
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How is your frame? Your D shackle transmitted the energy to your tow bracket to your frame. Make sure the bolts are ok too.

Was she texting when she hit you? It amazes me how much this is happening these days.
This was not a high speed crash of any sort. I was able to take the pin out and remove the shackle. No damage to any parts. I am not trying to say that this would have totally saved the Jeep in a big impact. The shackle absolutely saved the bumper and spare tire/mount some damage.
She could have been texting. I'm not sure. She was very apologetic and seemed very distracted. Like this was not the worst thing that happened to her that day. I felt bad for her. I didnt even take her ins. info. just her name and #.
I think that something like the shackle or even one of the hitch mounted steps can prevent damage in some lower speed impacts.
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A similar situation happened when I had my Liberty. Car slammed into my receiver hitch which took the force. Other car's hood crumpled and all I had was a scratch on the bumper.

I'll have to look into the D Shackle for my wrangler hitch. Also have to see if its legal in CT to have it installed all the time.
How the hell could it not be legal to install a d shackle on you vehicle, and how would they know if you were on your way or coming from an offroad situation (where having a loose 20 pounds hitch could've a safety concern)!
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I look at the back of the Jeep. Nothing. Fortunately I had a D shackle in the receiver hitch. Stuck out just enough to keep her car from impacting the bumper or spare at all. Not even a brush mark.
Something to consider as cheap insurance.
Bummer. That stupid receiver just stopped you from getting a new steel bumper! Just kidding... kinda. I personally would be enthralled if someone would crush my plastic rear right now in a 5mph crash so that their insurance company would hand me a nice $500 check towards my new bumper.
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Bummer. That stupid receiver just stopped you from getting a new steel bumper! Just kidding... kinda. I personally would be enthralled if someone would crush my plastic rear right now in a 5mph crash so that their insurance company would hand me a nice $500 check towards my new bumper.
When you put it that way!!! now I wish it wasnt there.
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Bummer. That stupid receiver just stopped you from getting a new steel bumper! Just kidding... kinda. I personally would be enthralled if someone would crush my plastic rear right now in a 5mph crash so that their insurance company would hand me a nice $500 check towards my new bumper.
Glad you are ok

That's about how I got my front bumper as well as the reason my receiver stays in on all my towing vehicles. If the impact is enough to bend the frame via energy transfer through the receiver, there is going to be more damage than just that to the vehicle.

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In MA it's illegal to have a trailer hitch installed
It is? I passed inspection with mine a few weeks ago. But I also got rear ended with mine in 2 years ago. The girl that hit me had $4300 in damage and I just bent the hitch pin.
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The frame and hitch are really strong so if it hits just a receiver hitch enough to bend the frame it would do the same but take out spare tire, mount, maybe a taillight, back glass or rear body panel and exhaust so u never know.
I've been rear ended and had my frame bent because of my hitch and I disagree with you. The bumper assembly will distribute energy from the crash over a wider area and tear up less of the frame. But to each their own....
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:08 PM   #24
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My wife hit a pickup with the ball mount still in the receiver. Thank goodness he left it in his truck! If our insurance would have had to pay for the accident we would have been cancelled. Yep, it's illegal in most states and the guy was ticketed for improper equipment and his insurance had to pay for her car. Our insurance claimed without the ball mount there she would have just missed hitting it.

Leave them in your receiver hitch guys, my wife is a bad driver and I don't want the claim on my insurance. Oh, if you do take a hit, replace the hitch bolts. They are made to shear in case of an impact, they stand a good chance of being cracked.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:37 PM   #25
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I'm going with Smittybuilt bumpers front and rear and can't wait to test them out on the street...bring on the bad drivers I got sumphin for dat a$$
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Or get one of these instead of a ball
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Fortunately in Delaware you can have whatever you want sticking out of your Receiver hitch.

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