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Icon2 UPDATE

Look what showed up today.... probably NOT 56k friendly

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I got the 18" long receiver tube so I can cut it up for a future front receiver.
The metal is 1/4" thick... I was worried the HF stuff would be 3/16" or less.
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The D shackle is 5/8" diameter & the bolt is 3/4" diameter. Much heavier than I was expecting (1/2").
The bolt IS removable too. It's a little snug, but it's nothing a junk screwdriver through the hole (for extra leverage) can't fix.

The tabs are parallel to each other, but they look to be a couple degrees off the back part of the tube.
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Not bad for HF.
Now, if I can just get around to getting all this stuff cut & welded....
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nice.
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get some shackles that are worth a damn please, some that say WLL on the side for starters.. those just scream weak, no offense but when one comes shooting through your back window your gonna wish you had spent a little more money..

edited, its WLL not WTT my bad.

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HOLY GOD I wouldnt touch that damn shackle if my life depended on it... whats that pin 1/2" if your lucky!!! and not solid steel just plated UM NO.. return that puppy now...

personally i would use the hook either but thats me...
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get some shackles that are worth a damn please, some that say WTT on the side for starters.. those just scream weak, no offense but when one comes shooting through your back window your gonna wish you had spent a little more money..
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HOLY GOD I wouldnt touch that damn shackle if my life depended on it... whats that pin 1/2" if your lucky!!! and not solid steel just plated UM NO.. return that puppy now...

personally i would use the hook either but thats me...
EXACTLY!!! I said this on page 1 many moons ago.

7/8" bad *** $30 ea shackle inserts from etrailer FTW!...the entire insert itsself is solid steel..heavy bastard.

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hell i paid like 11 for mine, I'm getting 2 more next weekend for $25 total..


I thought about getting the receiver tube at HF as well, but it looks really thin.. Idk its just a personal opinion, but I want my frame to rip off before the receiver or clevis lets go :*shrugs*


I'm not trying to rag on ya, or be "the *****" here..

here's a quick google search for ya.

http://www.shrockworks.com/3-4-Clevi...-pr-16149.html
http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/w...2797_200322797

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here is my Shackle, this is my SMALL by my standards 7/8" pin. I have one just like it thats 1". ok construction on this. 2" tube 2 SOLID plates machined down to slide 2" in. then machined down so there is NO wobble room between the shackle. then welded blunt and also as you can see Puddle welded from the inside out threw 4 holes drilled in the 2" tube (4 puddle holes on the 1", 2 on the 7/8")


Gonna take ALOT of force to even come to braking these


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HOLY GOD I wouldnt touch that damn shackle if my life depended on it... whats that pin 1/2" if your lucky!!! and not solid steel just plated UM NO.. return that puppy now...

personally i would use the hook either but thats me...
The pin/bolt is 3/4" diameter, the shackle is 5/8" diameter.

I understand you guys use ultra super heavy duty stuff, but you guys are 99.99% more likely to NEED something that HD than I'll ever encounter.
I don't off-road or anything like that, I just want something to hook a strap to in case I get stuck in a bit of snow or some mud in the yard.
I'll NEVER be axle deep in a swamp or up to the doors in muck.

There's more chance in me winning $500mil the lottery than ever actually use the shackle or hook.
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and you will NEVER be recovering someone else?

how much did you pay for those d-shackles?
the ones i posted are hardly "ultra super heavy duty stuff" they make them for cranes too and they are much bigger

Its $16 for something better..
to each his own, I'm gonna stop trying.
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hell i paid like 11 for mine, I'm getting 2 more next weekend for $25 total..


I thought about getting the receiver tube at HF as well, but it looks really thin.. Idk its just a personal opinion, but I want my frame to rip off before the receiver or clevis lets go :*shrugs*


I'm not trying to rag on ya, or be "the *****" here..

here's a quick google search for ya.

http://www.shrockworks.com/3-4-Clevi...-pr-16149.html
http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/w...2797_200322797
I was leery about the receiver tube too, but luckily it's 1/4" thick.

Worst case use for me would be if I get a small trailer to haul a mower or if I slide off the driveway & can't get out of the yard in 4wd & need a little tug.
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and you will NEVER be recovering someone else?

how much did you pay for those d-shackles?
the ones i posted are hardly "ultra super heavy duty stuff" they make them for cranes too and they are much bigger

Its $16 for something better..
to each his own, I'm gonna stop trying.
No recovery help for anyone else.... unless I need to pull our lawn mower out of the yard.
I can't afford to get sued if something goes wrong.

The shackle was like $10.
I know it won't handle heavy use, but the closest I get to off-roading is when I have to drive in the grass because somebody has the driveway blocked.

I do appreciate all the info & opinions from everyone... good or bad.
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1/4" where its over lapped?
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My dad and me used to pull full size trucks and even one tons and all kinds of other stuff, trees, stumps, barns, ect, with his logging chains. After about 30 years of use one of em finally stretched, yes, stretched. We were using the backhoe to haul some piping in the field. I would trust one of those chains over any strap. I've got one of em in the cab of my truck. Not sure what they are made of or how they are made, but they ain't like normal chain.
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they're good for pulling, hauling, lifting etc.. but when it comes to YANKING to recover someone.. (you know getting a running start...) you do NOT want a chain..
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It's 1/4" thick walls, 1/2" thick on the front edge where it's doubled over.

I figured it would be 3/16" thick walls, but it was the same size as the 12" long one at Tractor Supply (even took my tape measure with me).
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i trust my hook way more...

i dont like how urs is a tube, then a hook welded on.

my whole hook is well, tthe hook lol

if my hook breaks, well my truck must be ballsy.
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they're good for pulling, hauling, lifting etc.. but when it comes to YANKING to recover someone.. (you know getting a running start...) you do NOT want a chain..
i see the difference now

but doesn't yanking on someone diamond their frame? I know when a wrecker pulls a truck (rig) out of the ditch while only hooked to one hook on the truck, he diamonds it. It's up to the driver to catch him doing it and stop him. When yall do "recover" someone by yanking on them, do you hitch up to them in the middle or on one of their points? Cause you need to do it on both if they have hooks, and the middle if not.

btw, I'm not trying to start a pissing contest like earlier in the thread

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if i can go to the middle like a receiver i do.. if not then w/e, its not my truck

But I've pulled and been pulled from every corner of my truck.
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ive allways been scared about messing up my frame.
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So you mean I shouldn't do this anymore? :P



So here's a question, I live in Albuquerque about to move to Denver. If I have a recovery line for lets say getting normal vehicles unstuck from snow and ice or w/e. How would I hook them up seeing as they don't have a hitch with the proper shackles or hooks?

What do you guys suggest carrying around for "emergencies"? Tow rope/strap, logging chain, tree saver, recovery rope/strap and a ****** rope/strap all along with my winch?

I keep seeing these lines with loops and no hooks and I'm confused as to how the hell do you hook those up?
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thats a crazy picture....up a car with nor visible tow point. not a truck, a car.

ad X2^

how do you hook
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Slightly off topic, but I was watching American Choppers last night & Paul Sr had a bobcat stuck in the mud.
He drove up to it with a backhoe & hooked up a chain.
He slid into his pond with the backhoe & had to come back later with a bulldozer to pull out the backhoe & bobcat...with the same chain.
That must have been one [email protected]$$ chain.
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So you mean I shouldn't do this anymore? :P


So here's a question, I live in Albuquerque about to move to Denver. If I have a recovery line for lets say getting normal vehicles unstuck from snow and ice or w/e. How would I hook them up seeing as they don't have a hitch with the proper shackles or hooks?

What do you guys suggest carrying around for "emergencies"? Tow rope/strap, logging chain, tree saver, recovery rope/strap and a ****** rope/strap all along with my winch?

I keep seeing these lines with loops and no hooks and I'm confused as to how the hell do you hook those up?
It looks like they wrapped a strap around the roll cage, then connected the 2 ends with a d-shackle and hooked the winch cable to that..
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