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Old 01-01-2014, 03:32 PM   #1
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Factory 55 prolink?

who is using one? They look nice and probably are functional but seem spendy. I think about the cheapest you can get one for is around $135. Anybody find them cheaper? thanks

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Old 01-01-2014, 03:46 PM   #2
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I have one, I like it and would never go back to a hook again, if only for aesthetic reasons.

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Old 01-01-2014, 05:00 PM   #3
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The new foldable one seems highly functional, and again still highly expensive.
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Old 01-01-2014, 05:09 PM   #4
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Have a loaded one, and love it. I Wouldn't go back to a hook. Looks better, and is much more secure.
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I just bought a winch and didn't give a second thought to getting one, previous experience w past vehicles I've ran synthetic line and a hook and never had a single issue. I can't justify the cost, rig a recovery correct and you don't have any worries... That being said, I've only ever used warn winches and hooks. Line has been a amsteel blue (the winch I just bought I got warn line I figured I'd try).
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Old 01-01-2014, 05:30 PM   #6
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I was looking at these too but that new Warn Premium hook looks nice.
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just got the pro-link loaded for Christmas. love it, haven't had to use the winch with the thimble yet, but I'd argue it's probably safer. yeah you need d-rings for everything now... but it's better than having the hook...
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Old 01-01-2014, 05:49 PM   #8
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Other than being able to suck it up against the fairlead when not in use, what would be the difference between using the prolink and just using the thimble already on a synthetic rope?
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Old 01-01-2014, 06:01 PM   #9
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Just changed over from the hook and Daystar polyurethane hook stop to the ProLink.
It looks real sharp. Can't wait to use it. I did put some electrical tape around the D shackle pin to try and avoid scraping off the anodized finish inside the receiver hole when I do use it.
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Old 01-01-2014, 06:19 PM   #10
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I can't justify the expense. It's basically a winch stop, that's it. Since it doesn't replace the factory loop, it can't add any strength. Looks is about it, no real convenience since you could have always used a D shackle or hook in the factory loop. I ordered a removable hook from tuff stuff on ebay for $35 and will be using that. Much better than the factory hooks with a strong spring retainer and I can always remove it to use a D shackle if I want to.
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Other than being able to suck it up against the fairlead when not in use, what would be the difference between using the prolink and just using the thimble already on a synthetic rope?
You still use the thimble. Just not the hook. You'll use a D shackle.
It's just a fancier cleaner look and D shackles are higher rated load than a hook.
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You still use the thimble. Just not the hook. You'll use a D shackle.
It's just a fancier cleaner look and D shackles are higher rated load than a hook.
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Old 01-01-2014, 07:14 PM   #13
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You still use the thimble. Just not the hook. You'll use a D shackle.
It's just a fancier cleaner look and D shackles are higher rated load than a hook.
I guess you missed my question. Why not use the thimble itself with a shackle instead of adding the prolink? Looks like a cool expensive way to suck the line up to the failead.
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I guess you missed my question. Why not use the thimble itself with a shackle instead of adding the prolink? Looks like a cool expensive way to suck the line up to the failead.
No reason you couldn't. You'll just have to attach the Shackle to something on the bumper so the thimble doesn't slip back through the fairlead. If you have synthetic rope you don't want the thimble or shackle to put any burrs on the inside of the hawse fairlead by snugging the shackle up against it. That would damage your expensive rope.
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No reason you couldn't. You'll just have to attach the Shackle to something on the bumper so the thimble doesn't slip back through the fairlead. If you have synthetic rope you don't want the thimble or shackle to put any burrs on the inside of the hawse fairlead by snugging the shackle up against it. That would damage your expensive rope.
You are running the hook that I ordered but haven't received yet. Actually I think mine is a Chinese knock off of the real ones, and is black but looks like yours. How do you like it?
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I just ordered a "winch stopper" bump stop off of ebay for $14 shipped. Should keep the hawse fairlead from being nicked up and allow me to snug the hook against it. If I had a roller fairlead, I'd probably go for the 6" round one, Cabella's has it. Don't need one quite that big for a hawse though, 2.5" should be the right size.
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I don't get it and I don't care how "sharp " it looks . I don't put anything on my Jeep to make it look like anything .I put things on my Jeep to improve it's performance . The pro link sticks out to far and I would bash it on rocks . The pic. above looks like he has nothing to worry about because he never goes wheeling .You can tell by where his licence plate is located
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I don't get it and I don't care how "sharp " it looks . I don't put anything on my Jeep to make it look like anything .I put things on my Jeep to improve it's performance . The pro link sticks out to far and I would bash it on rocks . The pic. above looks like he has nothing to worry about because he never goes wheeling .You can tell by where his licence plate is located
If you look at the pictures in his garage, it looks as though he goes wheeling some (maybe not to the extreme that you do). Not sure why the need to call another Jeeper out? Anyhow, I like the factor 55 and the new link was created for the very reason you just stated...because the old one sticks out too far for some people. Fact is, this is a luxury...It's not a necessity but its a cool feature if you have the extra $ to spend.
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I don't get it and I don't care how "sharp " it looks . I don't put anything on my Jeep to make it look like anything .I put things on my Jeep to improve it's performance . The pro link sticks out to far and I would bash it on rocks . The pic. above looks like he has nothing to worry about because he never goes wheeling .You can tell by where his licence plate is located
The black Wrangler in the pic is not mine. It was pulled off the internet to serve as a visual example for the question asked by X50ARM. Mine is the silver jeep with the red prolink and bent up license plate a few posts above.
Furthermore if you can bash the prolink on a rock with such certainty, you may want to reevaluate your driving skills or get a new spotter.
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Have it. Love it....safety drove the decision for me...have seen a hook slip on a rover (not a nice thing to see...). Person was a guru too...happens.

Anyway, it is a beutiful piece of machining and I leave the d in the truck to avoid people borrowing it...

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I've see this sentiment before but I don't get it. Why can't you use a D shackle without the prolink?

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Have it. Love it....safety drove the decision for me...have seen a hook slip on a rover (not a nice thing to see...). Person was a guru too...happens.

Anyway, it is a beutiful piece of machining and I leave the d in the truck to avoid people borrowing it...

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Old 01-02-2014, 12:25 PM   #23
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I've see this sentiment before but I don't get it. Why can't you use a D shackle without the prolink?
You can use a D shackle instead of a hook thought the thimble.
I believe it all comes down to how do you want the shackle or hook to be secured when it's not in use. It's not advisable to cinch the hook or shackle against the fairlead hawse or rollers with out some type of soft surface in between. Even small sharp nicks in the hawse can damage synthetic rope very quickly upon use and can also damage cable after repeated uses if the rollers are nicked up.
The reason I changed over from the Daystar isolator and hook, is that you needed to remove the hook to take the isolator off and I didn't want to secure the hook to the bumper D shackle because it scrapes the paint off and starts to rust.
So long story short, I liked the look, I can put the shackle on quickly and start winching, I had the extra $$ to spend on an item that I do believe will "enhance performance".
This was my previous set up:
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I do agree they look good, and for some that may be enough, I have no problem with that. I just didn't see the real use benefit. I ordered a rubber winch stop for $14 that seems to cover the real benefit of the prolink.

I did think of one small benefit of the prolink no one mentioned, it completely hides the synthetic rope which should protect it from any UV damage if you also use a cover. With my setup, the small amount of rope that runs around the thimble can be exposed to sunlight all day, which in theory could cause that section to degrade and fail over time.

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You can use a D shackle instead of a hook thought the thimble.
I believe it all comes down to how do you want the shackle or hook to be secured when it's not in use. It's not advisable to cinch the hook or shackle against the fairlead hawse or rollers with out some type of soft surface in between. Even small sharp nicks in the hawse can damage synthetic rope very quickly upon use and can also damage cable after repeated uses if the rollers are nicked up.
The reason I changed over from the Daystar isolator and hook, is that you needed to remove the hook to take the isolator off and I didn't want to secure the hook to the bumper D shackle because it scrapes the paint off and starts to rust.
So long story short, I liked the look, I can put the shackle on quickly and start winching, I had the extra $$ to spend on an item that I do believe will "enhance performance".
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Yep the $14 rubber isolator will do the job. It really just comes down to a personal preference and what your spending limit is.
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I was looking at these too but that new Warn Premium hook looks nice.
Just saw those, they are nice. Also nice D shackles to match. With built in beverage opener! Lol.

Interesting to note the premium Warn D shackle uses a 7/8" screw pin, so it won't work with the prolink's 3/4" hole.
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Sorry, I should not have bashed any one. By the way, I don't use a spotter and I am a crappy driver! I still see no need for it and it sticks out to far.
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It's a thing. Not essential, but a helpful piece. It isn't a necessity, but I'm happy I have mine.
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Sorry, I should not have bashed any one. By the way, I don't use a spotter and I am a crappy driver! I still see no need for it and it sticks out to far.
Then u have to do like this guy and go up the rocks backwards so you don't scrape up your ProLink. Wayne's World 5 mi canyon Utah the other day. The guy has an insane TJ with 40" MTRs, pro rock 60s, King coil overs. He probably does not need a ProLink.
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Sorry, I should not have bashed any one. By the way, I don't use a spotter and I am a crappy driver! I still see no need for it and it sticks out to far.
everyone's entitled to their opinion. I love mine... far as sticking out too far, do you spend anytime on the trail? too far? my stinger sticks out about 20 times further than that!

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