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Shackles - 3/4 - 7 ton WLL, a minumim ultimate strength of 35 tons, and a maximum proof load of 17.5 tons.

Think that should be more than enough

Brackets, I need (2) 9" X 2 3/4 " pieces of 1/2" steel w/ 45 degree angles on one end, so the edges are not sharp.

Anyone who can cut em I'll pay for ship.... Let me know how that sounds!

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Made out of 1/2 inch steel.
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www.git-r-done.org/newrecoverybrackets.pdf

This is the Link to the measurements of my new brackets, these will work with Ford Rangers 1992 - 1996/7 all the holes need to be drilled, and depends on what size recovery hooks you get.

Let me know what y'all think
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Can you make them less than 9" long?? That's a huge lever when you put a load on it.
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yeah, basically I made them that long so I can cut them to length, I will be putting 3 bolts in 7 inches of them only 3 inches will overhang max, so it won't be such a lever
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Right, from the sounds of it your shackle is going to fail before the rope. Depending on how it fails that could turn it into a weight at the end of the big rubber band your synthetic rope is going to become!
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THe synthetic rope doesn't stretch like cable or straps so there is no rubber band effect if it breaks. It literally drops straight to the ground with no recoil when it breaks. As far as the shackle is concerned, it's breaking strength is MUCH higher than the 6.5T number pressed into the side of the shackle. 6.5T is the working load limit and does not represent the breaking point of the shackle. Plus, the winch is the weakest link and it will stop pulling long before the breaking strength of the shackles or the rope unless damaged.
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I dunno man, everything stetches some amount. And then there's energy stored up in the vehicle or anchor point (tree, etc). Last time I used my truck as an anchor point I had the brake set and it parked in gear w/ 4Lo selected and the engine off.. it still moved a bit as I put load on the line. When I released the load it settled back, that's stored energy too..
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I understand what you're saying, but when my rope broke, I could stand in one spot and pick up both ends of the rope. Sure, the truck rocked back and I'm sure the tree sprung back a bit, but not nearly enough to make a projectile of a shackle.

Also don't forget that unless the rope or shackle are damaged, the winch is the weak point and will stall before anything breaks.
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Like I said, I concede to your experience.. ..I'll just be doing it from over there!
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I don't think my brackets, nor shackles will fail... I got 10TTL Shackles, thoes have a 1 inch hole... Max force is 50 TON, the brackets are made of solid hardened alloy steel, 1" X 2" thick. Its quite a hefty bracket. I drilled my 1 inch hole as well as angled the corners for looks and so people don't get hurt when hooking on to a hook, it also lets the hook spin freely foward and downward with equal clearance. I picked up 4 10,000lbs rated bolts, 1/2 inch hardened alloy steel bolts to attach to the frame. These will hold my brackets on. Basically If you rip the bracket off, you ripped the front end of my frame off...

Here are some pics of the shackles, and mounts, the mounts don't have the 1/2 inch holes in for the mounting points yet, since it was dark when I was ready to "test" fit them, so I will be getting that in the morning, as well as securing them.

PICS!!... 14 to be exact... yes I went pic happy...








These Shackles are only Rated at 3 1/4 T, but I have new ones on the way, Just wanted em for looks, and backups just incase








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Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyy Overkill!!!

Your frame will rip apart before those will.
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Yep, this is the point... and plus I wanted 3/4 but my steel place had no 3/4 in stock :(, so I just took 1 inch and now I know they will never be the items to break, it will be something bigger and more expensive... IE: FRAME
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Pics of Recovery Hooks!!

Finshed Recovery Hooks, I do believe they look good!!













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those bolts will shear off before anything else fails.
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did you use wave or lock washers or nylon bolts to keep it from loosening?
it does not look like you have one and you should have a flat washer behind the bolt on the outside also
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I did run short on washers, but no worries, I will probally be getting more, the hole is exact size so it really shouldn't matter though. The bolts are rated at 10,000 lbs each or so told, sideways force, so I don't think much of anything could fail, but if the impossible does happen, I'll be shocked. I will probally be getting Zinc Washers for the inside, also I used Nylon Stop Nuts as well as 1 lock washer on each bolt to ensure they stay tight and don't fall off :), I have extra threads so I may just thread another bolt on there, with 2 bolts It would be very unlikely to ever fall off...
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