so i have 2 d rings in the front and 2 d rings in the back of my jeep. and they keep loosing up every few days and i actually lost on on the road the other day. i am looking for a way to make them keep from backing out. but still be able to take them off without cutting them if i ever do need to take them off. any ideas would be appriciated. and im trying to avoid anything that looks like junk like duct taping them on. (even though i do love my duct tape)
I don't have them now, but did on my old XJ.... I had problems with the bolt type shackles, either loosening and falling off as you're describing, or the slightest bit of corrosion making them a bear to unscrew... so I switched to clevis pin type, which instead of a threaded bolt is basically a pin similar to a hitch pin. you can either use the type with a cotter pin holding it in place or the ones I used had a spring-loaded ball (like the retainer ball on most socket wrenches) which keeps it from falling out on its own.
bonus to these is that when you WANT to remove them, they pull out real easily, even with gloves on and don't need pliers or anything to unstick frozen threads.
[FONT="Comic Sans MS"][COLOR="Blue"]Sean B. - Schenectady, NY - 95 YJ, 350/700r4/NP241, JB Shorty SYE, 8.8 rear, 2" BDS, 1" homebrew shackles, Daystar 1" BL, TJ flares, 35x12.50 General Grabber AT2 on 15x10 Bart D-Truckers, Polyshield polycarbonate windshield, HD over/under crossover steering
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Leave them off. Every time you need to use it you need to unhook it, unscrew it, put the strap in then repeat the process. Plus they rattle.
i have never noticed the rattle, but that could be because the back of my jeep is filled with rattling tools lol. and i have a big hook on the end of my pull strap so i dont have to pull them off when i hook up to them
I use a crescent wrench on them to tighten the pin up very snug. never lost them yet, and not likely to be stolen unless they have a bigger wrench than mine.. I keep a spare in the box and use that to secure any straps etc to the mounted ones.