I don't leave it in. It hurts my ability to go though some ditches and or steep hills.make sure to get the locking pin... i just got a regular pin and it got stolen... =(
If you check Harbour Freight they have a class lll receiver with a heavy duty hook on the end. $8.95 and you just hang the strap right on the hook without all the hassle of a D ring.:lol:
If you have a near straight pull, yes this is okay. If you have a pull to the side, your are putting all that stress on the strap eye on a corner of metal.I don't leave it in. It hurts my ability to go though some ditches and or steep hills.
And now days, I usually just put the Pin through the strap inside the hitch. I don't even use the receiver much any more.
I would do the pin through the strap thing too. It's unlikely to bend because it's as thick as a shackle pin and it's stainless steel(I think).If you bend the pin during a recovery, it will be almost impossible to remove it from the hitch.
I would rather use a bow shackle than a hook always. Especially if the hook doesn't have that thin metal backing to hold the strap on so it can't bounce off if there gets slack. I haven't seen any receiver hooks that had this. If you want to get the hook, try and find one that is solid not hollow inside.$40 bucks seems kinds high for what it is, but I want a good hook up. I checked Tractor Supply and Off Road Wharehouse online but couldnt find that they sold them online.
Does it make a difference if I use a Hook or the D-Ring ??? Because the hook is alot cheaper.
Thanks for everybodys help on this.
I'm trying to get ready for a run next saturday and want to be have the right stuff. But kinda low on funds after just ordering sliders, LCA skids and a air compressor.
Trust me, I have used it like this in extreme conditions and it did not bend.If you bend the pin during a recovery, it will be almost impossible to remove it from the hitch.
Couple of points here, my hitch metal is double laminated metal and hard for me to believe it is going to bend.If you have a near straight pull, yes this is okay. If you have a pull to the side, your are putting all that stress on the strap eye on a corner of metal.