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Unread 07-31-2013, 01:40 PM   #16
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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.
i tried my small one and it didnt do too much. maybe i should do like u did and get a really big one. my tool department is pretty small right now with me being in college. and the fact that spending all summer under my jeep doing tons of stuff to it has caused my ok tool collection to become a "half my crap is broken" collection lol

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Unread 07-31-2013, 01:41 PM   #17
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potential death missle? i have a 6000 pound strap and the hook is rated at least twice that. and the hook sets to the d ring. which is also rated at way more than 6000 lb
They are generally weaker than shackles, unless you have one BFhook...

But the risk if there is any shock loading or bounce / snap, the hook can "unhook" and SNAP.

No hooks!!!
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Unread 07-31-2013, 01:43 PM   #18
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i tried my small one and it didnt do too much. maybe i should do like u did and get a really big one. my tool department is pretty small right now with me being in college. and the fact that spending all summer under my jeep doing tons of stuff to it has caused my ok tool collection to become a "half my crap is broken" collection lol
I have a 12" wrench, roll the shackle till the body is against the bumper as you tighten it and then reef on the pin with the wrench!
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Unread 07-31-2013, 01:44 PM   #19
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They are generally weaker than shackles, unless you have one BFhook...

But the risk if there is any shock loading or bounce / snap, the hook can "unhook" and SNAP.

No hooks!!!
u make a really good point. i have used it several times. cause yes i do have a pretty dang big hook lol. but in the future ill make sure to take a look at the way i set things up to make sure i dont send a hook flying. i can see how one false setup could do some serious damage.
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Unread 07-31-2013, 01:55 PM   #20
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I have a 12" wrench, roll the shackle till the body is against the bumper as you tighten it and then reef on the pin with the wrench!
This is the way I would be doing them. Uber tight on the road, then loosen them on the trail in case they are needed.

I got sick of people messing with mine, so I keep them inside for the most part.
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Unread 07-31-2013, 02:00 PM   #21
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You guys are forgetting, their main purpose is to look cool. Taking them off kind of defeats that goal, no?
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Unread 07-31-2013, 03:22 PM   #22
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potential death missle? i have a 6000 pound strap and the hook is rated at least twice that. and the hook sets to the d ring. which is also rated at way more than 6000 lb
If you yank a mud-stuck 3500# truck, you're load can climb very high, very quick.

You should always have some dead weight on the line anyway...
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Unread 07-31-2013, 03:37 PM   #23
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I just tighten mine up with a wrench, no issues as of yet...just make sure you keep a wrench handy in the Jeep, otherwise you may run into some problems trying to use them on the trail.
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Unread 07-31-2013, 04:15 PM   #24
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I do what NHfireYJ does, just tighten them down tight with a wrench and no problem. Recovery straps with a hook are not considered as safe as those with a loop through a D-ring, don't ask me why. Many jeep clubs will not allow straps with hooks on their organized trips.
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Unread 07-31-2013, 04:42 PM   #25
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I have these, tow hooks from a chevy/gmc truck. The holes line right up with the existing hook mounting holes on a YJ. Just need to drill them out larger because they are threaded. ez on, ez off for tow straps.

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Unread 07-31-2013, 05:35 PM   #26
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I do what NHfireYJ does, just tighten them down tight with a wrench and no problem. Recovery straps with a hook are not considered as safe as those with a loop through a D-ring, don't ask me why. Many jeep clubs will not allow straps with hooks on their organized trips.
X2 the one in Edmonton won't let you ride if you have a strap with a hook. No hooks! They are missiles waiting to fly.
Original question. I just reefed mine on by hand and they haven't budged. But if they did, I'd use wire or end up tacking a small chain on both pieces then to the mount. Only if I got bored though. It happens lots lol.

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Unread 07-31-2013, 07:12 PM   #27
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X2 the one in Edmonton won't let you ride if you have a strap with a hook. No hooks! They are missiles waiting to fly.
Original question. I just reefed mine on by hand and they haven't budged. But if they did, I'd use wire or end up tacking a small chain on both pieces then to the mount. Only if I got bored though. It happens lots lol.

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Here is a great video to show why tow hook straps are bad. Go about a third of the way and you will see them go through the back window and end up between the passenger and the driver.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAY0...e_gdata_player

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Unread 08-01-2013, 08:00 AM   #28
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I like the twist tie idea, but after the first time I lost a D-ring, I bought another and just used spray paint. Its not as permanent as locktight and accomplishes the same goal. Spray the bolt threads and the receiver threads then install. when the paint dries, it doesn't loosen.

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Unread 08-01-2013, 09:23 AM   #29
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Why dont you just wrap the threads in electrical tape or possibly some teflon tape? That should help provide enough friction on the threads so that it will not back out. I used electrical tape on the non threaded part to keep them from rattling and it worked like a charm.
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Unread 08-01-2013, 10:56 AM   #30
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I guess I keep mine on because it looks cool. But I keep the bolt eyes toward the inside of the Jeep and put a bungie cord between them, with the bungie hooks in the holes in the bolts. Keeps them from rattling and unscrewing.
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