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I am going wheeling for my first time this weekend some I'm loading up on my recovery gear. I'd read around here and it seems a lot of people suggest these D-Ring shackles. http://nissteclifts.com/index.php?p...tegory_id=189&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=72

But this ARB video specifically advises against these and just using a hitch pin because the receivers can be as dangerous as a ball

https://youtu.be/-Ire31FrEAI?t=47s

What should I use? I want to be safe but I don't have any experience one way or another. Also, this would be the snatch strap I want to use, right? Our trucks are about 5,000 pounds and you want a strap rated at 3x the weight?

[ame]http://www.amazon.com/ARB-ARB705-2-3-Recovery-Strap/dp/B004P9DQLC[/ame]
 

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IMO there is nothing wrong with clevis (D-ring) shackles. As long as you get the ones with the proper weight rating you're good to go. I can't watch the youtube video right now, but I'm guessing they say there's a risk of them breaking; well...so can a hitch pin lol

The main thing to worry about with recovery is using the least amount of connection points possible because it means less things can go wrong. Meaning if you can go without using a clevis shackle or a hitch pin then do so. To get some ideas of how to go about using the least amount of connection points possible watch these videos. He explains some really good techniques and how to do them properly.

4x4 Recovery Gear Explained:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZPdzWsNotY

Winching Techniques:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXxLh8shMu8
 

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IMO there is nothing wrong with clevis (D-ring) shackles. As long as you get the ones with the proper weight rating you're good to go. I can't watch the youtube video right now, but I'm guessing they say there's a risk of them breaking; well...so can a hitch pin lol

The main thing to worry about with recovery is using the least amount of connection points possible because it means less things can go wrong. Meaning if you can go without using a clevis shackle or a hitch pin then do so. To get some ideas of how to go about using the least amount of connection points possible watch these videos. He explains some really good techniques and how to do them properly.

4x4 Recovery Gear Explained:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZPdzWsNotY

Winching Techniques:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXxLh8shMu8
I'll watch these, thanks.

Basically he warns that the shackle with a receiver can break and become a projectile like a ball hitch. I think the idea is a hitch pin will cause a lot less potential damage if it breaks since it's much smaller. Also, it kind of makes sense because the hitch pin is what's taking the stress during recovery either way so the shackle is a bit unnecessary I believe. Could be wrong though.

As far as recovery points go, I only have the tow hook in the front and my hitch in the back. Are these good for recovery?

[ame]http://www.amazon.com/Draw-Tite-75107-Max-Frame-Receiver/dp/B0016I696O[/ame]
 

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I would probably find some frame stiffeners to be safe, I am going to get some installed before I even tow, just because I'm captain overkill

Darin
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I'll watch these, thanks.

Basically he warns that the shackle with a receiver can break and become a projectile like a ball hitch. I think the idea is a hitch pin will cause a lot less potential damage if it breaks since it's much smaller. Also, it kind of makes sense because the hitch pin is what's taking the stress during recovery either way so the shackle is a bit unnecessary I believe. Could be wrong though.

As far as recovery points go, I only have the tow hook in the front and my hitch in the back. Are these good for recovery?

http://www.amazon.com/Draw-Tite-75107-Max-Frame-Receiver/dp/B0016I696O
I have a locking hitch pin so it's kind of a pain to unlock it, take out the pin, take out the receiver, put the pin back in and lock it again. Then repeat once the recovery is done. Lol that's why I just go ahead and use the shackle. Haven't had one fail yet, but before a recovery I always make sure everyone is clear so if something does fail no one gets hurt. I understand the video you posted saying to use caution with them, but I don't believe they should be avoided all together because they are very useful.

As for your recovery points that should be all good. First time out it's most important to have one front and rear at least, which you have.
 

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I would probably find some frame stiffeners to be safe, I am going to get some installed before I even tow, just because I'm captain overkill

Darin
01 Xterra SE 4x4
COMING SOON:
Intake mod, timing belt, hoses, belts
Wish list:
PML, EFan conversion, shocks, 32" tires, and eventually UCA'S
These are ideal but not completely necessary for a light recovery. I plan to get some in the future, but have had no issues recovering and getting recovered without the stiffeners so far.

For towing, yes, definitely get them. But not something to stress over the first time out. Eventually and as recoveries get more severe, they are definitely a good investment.
 

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These are ideal but not completely necessary for a light recovery. I plan to get some in the future, but have had no issues recovering and getting recovered without the stiffeners so far.

For towing, yes, definitely get them. But not something to stress over the first time out. Eventually and as recoveries get more severe, they are definitely a good investment.
That is why I want them immediately...they are a great investment and will make life easier when I start getting deeper into wheeling...but I even thought about making my own...but I don't have a welder...

Darin
01 Xterra SE 4x4
COMING SOON:
Intake mod, timing belt, hoses, belts
Wish list:
PML, EFan conversion, shocks, 32" tires, and eventually UCA'S
 
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