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#1 Old 02-03-2013, 11:59 AM
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Tow eye vs. tow hook?

Looking at getting one of these for my hitch, but not sure which to get:

http://www.etrailer.com/comparison.a...45&pc2=TR63044


The hook would be easy - because it has such a long twist on it, I could quickly put a recovery strap on it without worrying (too much) about it slipping off.

The eye...I'm not sure what the benefit is. I would need a strap and a D-ring, which would make it more secure = safer. Is there any other added benefit to this thing?

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I think this is the best of both worlds. It's what most people run.

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Already got one! Thanks though.

I'm adding two of these through my rear bumper:

https://www.comp4x4.com/images/D/hea...ld-thru-01.jpg

I felt like switching it up a bit when I get them welded. Figured a tow hook or eye would be a good idea when I don't have a trailer hitch in there.

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Between the too, I'd get the hook...it is faster/easier to get a strap over it, etc.

I have D shackles, hooks, etc...and I prefer the hooks 90% of the time.

The D Shackles are more secure if the pull is off angle and/or the terrain will potentially knock/pull the strap from a hook, say by going slack and then picking up again, etc.

If you can only have one, the receiver shackle set ups shown work well in all scenarios, but it is a bit slower to undo the shackle, insert the loop, screw the bolt back in, etc.

A factor that is not an issue in some places, and is in others, is theft.

The hook in the receiver can use a locking pin, but the D Shackle in the receiver can't, so, a determined passer-by can unscrew the shackle bolt and take the shackle itself.

I use both, so I have two shackles and a hook out back.


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Between the too, I'd get the hook...it is faster/easier to get a strap over it, etc.

I have D shackles, hooks, etc...and I prefer the hooks 90% of the time.

The D Shackles are more secure if the pull is off angle and/or the terrain will potentially knock/pull the strap from a hook, say by going slack and then picking up again, etc.

If you can only have one, the receiver shackle set ups shown work well in all scenarios, but it is a bit slower to undo the shackle, insert the loop, screw the bolt back in, etc.

A factor that is not an issue in some places, and is in others, is theft.

The hook in the receiver can use a locking pin, but the D Shackle in the receiver can't, so, a determined passer-by can unscrew the shackle bolt and take the shackle itself.

I use both, so I have two shackles and a hook out back.


I never thought about the angled pull. Thanks for the heads up.

And honestly, every time I get back into my truck, the first thing I do is check to see if my shackle is still there. Theft isn't really a huge issue, but still...

Thanks, TJTJ. As always, you're the man!

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[x] BFG Rugged Terrains
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[ ] Xoskel lightbar & PIAA lights, Mean Green alternator
[ ] Full armor - skid plates & sliders, hidden winch
[ ] IAB, Bilsteins, HD TRAs
[ ] Low-profile snorkel, CB installation

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