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    Soft Shackles?

    Thoughts and/or experiences using these as a substitute for steel shackles? Seems like there are some pretty strong ones available out there but I worry that the attachment point on my bumper (where a steel shackle would go) might cut them under load...

    I suppose a soft shackle could also eliminate one more potential "projectile" from the winch line.

    And I like that they are lightweight and easy to pack. Any thoughts about these? I have no experience with them...

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    I dunno...boneless vs. traditional? I’d market them as flaccid shackles.

    I use shackles at work for rigging and I’d be afraid to use fiber in most applications. I use straps when I have to only out of necessity, but otherwise wire rope, chain and steel shackles are proven winners.

    The shackle should always be rated higher than the wire rope anyway. The last point of failure so to speak.


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    McMaster Carr is a good source for durable shackles. Grainger or any local cable/sling manufacturers are good too.
    At least in my area. I dunno about Alaska?


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    One good use is to attach your winch line near your front axle to suck down your front suspension when climbing a steep wall so you don’t bounce off...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brute View Post
    One good use is to attach your winch line near your front axle to suck down your front suspension when climbing a steep wall so you don’t bounce off...
    Now that’s not something I’ve ever done.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RCVRY View Post
    Now that’s not something I’ve ever done.


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    But I would try, in Brute’s Jeep!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brute View Post
    One good use is to attach your winch line near your front axle to suck down your front suspension when climbing a steep wall so you don’t bounce off...
    Sounds like there is more to this story.


    As far as the soft shackles, I have started using them sometimes. You do have to watch for sharp edges. The shackle mounts on some bumpers have a radius cut, some are square, so pay attention. The square ones will cut.

    Also, don't be the guy who buys the ATV sized ones. They are cute, for ATVs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdofmemi View Post
    Sounds like there is more to this story.


    As far as the soft shackles, I have started using them sometimes. You do have to watch for sharp edges. The shackle mounts on some bumpers have a radius cut, some are square, so pay attention. The square ones will cut.

    Also, don't be the guy who buys the ATV sized ones. They are cute, for ATVs.
    LOL “cute”


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    They work awesome. Been using them for a couple years.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jdofmemi View Post
    Sounds like there is more to this story.


    As far as the soft shackles, I have started using them sometimes. You do have to watch for sharp edges. The shackle mounts on some bumpers have a radius cut, some are square, so pay attention. The square ones will cut.

    Also, don't be the guy who buys the ATV sized ones. They are cute, for ATVs.
    I’ll be sure to pass along to Marco “cute shackles”


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