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Quick Shackle Fix

I dont like to tighten down my shackles more than hand tight cause when I am in need of them I dont want to have to look for a damn wrench to loosen them. The problem I have with hand tight is they come loose and if I dont check them they end up almost falling off.

So I bought some 1/4 wire lock pins and pinned them down to prevent them from turning

I know its kind of lame but it works



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how about a way to keep people from jacking them? i like the look of them on, but I've had enough stolen off my rig so I just leave them in my bag

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good idea. I use black zip ties. Just cut them loose with a pocket knife.

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Great idea Joe. I hate having to retrieve a wrench every time I have to take them off to pull somebody.


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The only reason a shackle will loosen is if it is a mismatched pin and threaded ear and if that's the case you should throw it away. A shackle will never unscrew under load unless of course it's a mismatched pin in the threaded ear. Just thought id add what Iv learn at rigging seminares. What you have is a nice tool to help unscrew the pin easier, they can be stubborn and a simple hit with anothe shackel or what have you to the ear or bell of the shackle helps loosen them up as well if one does not have your fance pole pin. That is a pole pin right? Lol
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The only reason a shackle will loosen is if it is a mismatched pin and threaded ear and if that's the case you should throw it away. A shackle will never unscrew under load unless of course it's a mismatched pin in the threaded ear.
Hanging from a bumper isn't "under load" so yeah it will loosen up as it rattles down the road. Good fix!
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That is what I was thinking. I just leave a long carriage bolt the right size for the hole in my pin in the glovebox.

I keep it tight just to keep someone from "walking off" with my $35 shackles..

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I painted mine with a rattle can that is a close match to my Red Rock and that seems to keep them pretty tight I have never had a problem with it losening. The paint in the thread seems to almost stick together a little bit to keep it nice and tight... But I can losen it and tighten it by hand...

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If my shackles where loosening from driving down the road I would take it as a hint that the threads in the ear are trashed and it belongs lost not to be used. I know this is popular with the shackles made in china.
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My Warn shackles NEVER come loose, but, I do leave them in the truck when not in use. People can take them and I don't need the clanks. Plus, people know that the truck is wheeled, don't need the shackles to prove it. I kid I kid!

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If my shackles where loosening from driving down the road I would take it as a hint that the threads in the ear are trashed and it belongs lost not to be used. I know this is popular with the shackles made in china.
I used to run a rigging shop. Do yourselves all a favor, get a domestic shackle.

We imported TONS of wire rope, shackles, turnbuckles, etc.... I saw way too many instances of bad metallurgy, incorrect sizing, bad design, etc...

You're pulling and your $30,000 + rig is on the other end? Use Domestic.

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I used to run a rigging shop. Do yourselves all a favor, get a domestic shackle.

We imported TONS of wire rope, shackles, turnbuckles, etc.... I saw way too many instances of bad metallurgy, incorrect sizing, bad design, etc...

You're pulling and your $30,000 + rig is on the other end? Use Domestic.

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Is there stamping on the location? I have to look at mine, got them from Tractor supply, 6 1/2 ton 3/4"s

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If my shackles where loosening from driving down the road I would take it as a hint that the threads in the ear are trashed and it belongs lost not to be used. I know this is popular with the shackles made in china.
Nope, not always, if it isn't dogged down it can rattle loose over time. Shackles work loose on a lot of applications. Many marine applications are taped, tied or wired for this very reason.

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I used to run a rigging shop. Do yourselves all a favor, get a domestic shackle.

We imported TONS of wire rope, shackles, turnbuckles, etc.... I saw way too many instances of bad metallurgy, incorrect sizing, bad design, etc...

You're pulling and your $30,000 + rig is on the other end? Use Domestic.

My $.02
on that note be advised there is now a chinese shackle maker called "made in usa" ensure you are using a true domestic shackle and if you dont mind spending a little extra buy alloy. for all of my load handling the company now has to have their name or trademark forged on the shackle. now you can mouse a shackle with mousing wire but that is not practicle for our application, tighten your shackles hand tight then back them off a quarter turn and use a ziptie to mouse them into place.

Also save yourself some coin on shackles and such call your local rigging shop and buy them. you are not paying the mark up of the offroad companies after they bought them from a rigger. if anyone wants to know more pm me and i will point you in a good direction for rigging supplies.

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