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Oberst Hajj 06-25-2013 10:01 AM

What to look for in a D-Ring Shackle?
 
So at first glance, these things appear to be something you just go out and buy. But are they one of those things that after owning them for a while you realize that you should have gotten this or that instead?

I've seen two different basic types:

Secured by a pin
http://www.4wd.com/aux_incl/images.a...fB&w=400&h=400

Secured by threads
http://www.4wd.com/aux_incl/images.a...fB&w=400&h=400

I would think the threaded type would be better? Also, how easy is if for someone to just walk up and steal these off your bumpers?

Also, several companies offer them in color or some other coating. Does those coatings hold up to use or will it wear off after the first use or two?

Jared66 06-25-2013 10:29 AM

The most important thing to look at is load rating. You want the rating to be well over the weight of your vehicle. I usually go almost double the weight to be safe. The threaded type or the Saftey pin type both work good. The threaded type a quicker to use. The Saftey pin type are good f your leaving them on. They are both easily stolen on less you get some one to tack weld them on. . If they are paired. The more you use them the less painted they will be.

redbilly 06-25-2013 10:33 AM

I have a few d-ring shackles on my Jeep. I have 4 black coated, Smittybilt shackles (2 front, 2 rear) they each have red Daystar isolators on them. After one exposure to the rain, they are rusting! In addition, I keep four zinc coated Warn d-rings in my recovery bag. They have not seen the light of day and I would probably switch out the Smitty's in an actual recovery situation if possible.

The Warn's are more expensive and keeping them in a recovery bag prevents theft as well. Though I have parked some sketchy places and not had a d-ring taken. If someone wants something bad enough though, they will find a way to take it!

I would shy away from a cotter pin style attachment. The threads seem more secure to me.

My advice is buy extras and be over prepared!

Jared66 06-25-2013 10:55 AM

Also. You dot need to buy smitty built or warn shackles. Go to lordco, napa. Any hardware kind of store. And for a couple bucks you can pick them up. Just cuz it's stamped warn doesn't mean that they didn't get them from the hardware store too.

derf 06-25-2013 12:12 PM

I never leave my shackles on the Jeep. I keep them in my trail bag that has all of my gear. No sense leaving them on the Jeep. They rattle, can work themselves loose or get stolen. The pin type tend to be quicker to use. I end up using the screw in type because that's what's at the local Tractor Supply. Just remember when using the screw in type to not tighten the pin all the way. Get it to where it stops and back it of a half to a full turn. That's enough to hold the rated load safely. The benefit to backing it out is that after you put a load on it, you don't get it wedged so tight you can't unscrew it. If it's backed off slightly it doesn't wedge it self and you can still remove it afterwords.

Oberst Hajj 06-25-2013 12:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by derf (Post 3897691)
Just remember when using the screw in type to not tighten the pin all the way. Get it to where it stops and back it of a half to a full turn. That's enough to hold the rated load safely. The benefit to backing it out is that after you put a load on it, you don't get it wedged so tight you can't unscrew it. If it's backed off slightly it doesn't wedge it self and you can still remove it afterwords.

Thanks for that tip.

Lithium Lotus 06-25-2013 01:22 PM

I have smittybilt rings and they worked fine when I had to tow my friends YJ with a blown engine up a stepped ledge trails and back down an off-camber hill.

I also use one d-ring to attach my winch hook to on my front bumper and draw the line tight so that it doesn't get stolen.

bc3_Jeep 06-25-2013 03:05 PM

Avoid anything stamped "CHINA"...... my company came across several issues with lifting/towing equipment from china not meeting the "ratings" that were specific to the gear.


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