Last on the list is the Trailhead multi mount trailer hitch d ring. Very similar to the other Shackles on the list. Has multi point positioning to spin the d ring horizontal and vertical. This one  is rated up to a hefty 11,000 lbs just like the rest. Included is a set of D-Shackle side isolator rings that eliminate shackle rattle when the unit is mounted to your vehicle’s hitch. A little bit from each of the others on the list, this is still a solid option. 
That's going to allow for easy and quick connect and disconnect of the recovery strap . Now, this is going to be great for ATVs and UTVs that have an 1-1/4" hitch on it. It is going to require a 1/2" hitch pin and clip or lock to get it secured into the hitch. That item is sold separately. You can find those right here at etrailer.com. A few measurements to go over with you real quick.
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These might be the best off-road recovery straps you can buy. ARB makes some of the best products on the 4×4 market, including the well-known ARB Deflator and Inflator along with a handful of other products.  If you are looking for the best product out there, hands down this is going to be your best option. Because the ARB is made of 100% nylon means it has the most elasticity of these other brands.

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There are plenty of great parts to choose from when you buy from 4wheelparts.com. You find recovery hitches from a wide range of brands, including Warn, Rugged Ridge and Factor 55. To get a sense of which hitches work best for your Jeep, you simply need to input the pertinent information into 4 Wheel Parts.com's search bar to automatically see the results.
I ended up buying the Vault Cargo Management Hitch Shackle, the reviews on Amazon were better than the Smittybilt and it was essentially the same price. It has an extra hole so it can be mounted so the shackle is vertical as well. The finish on the product is excellent and that seemed to be a big complaint on the Smittybilt. The link has a short blog post I did with a few pics of the Vault Cargo Hitch.

Just a few measurements we're going to go over real quick starting with the overall length, from very back to the front with the shackle extended out. That's going to give us a measurement of about 11 and a half inches. If we measured just the mount portion without the shackle, that's going to give us a measurement of about 8 inches. Really simple installation. This portion right here is going to be the portion that slides into your 2 and a half inch by 2 and a half inch trailer hitch receiver. You're going to push it in until you get your pin holes lined up with one another in whatever configuration that you want to use this.


Considering a hitch pin is meant to be loaded in shear vs the bolt in tensile plus the larger minimum diameter of the pin...I'd go with the pin. The actual block depends on what brand you buy. I think my Smittybuilt is a solid chunk of (Chinese) steel that I really doubt is going to fail before something else. The shackle on the other hand, you'd be better off not getting the Smittybuilt Chinese version.

You can see the large opening space that we have here. I'll take a measurement of that here in a moment. On the shackle itself it's going to give you the diameter which again is 1-1/2" and then on this side it's going to say WLL, that's working load limit, of 17 tons. This is CNC machined when it comes to the solid steel mount. You can see here on the back side solid steel construction. It has a really nice nickel plating on it so it's going to stand up really well against rust and corrosion too. You're going to notice that it's going to have a 5/8" pin hole here on the side as well as here on the top.
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Both run all the way through the shank. That's designed so you can use it whether it's in the vertical or horizontal mounting position. You can install it inside your trailer hitch receiver just like this or you can flip it to this position here and still install it inside the same hitch. You can use it in either the horizontal or vertical position.	The shackle is removable. This portion right here is just like a large screw.

Also the bolt through a hitch receiver is in double shear, so unless you are driving a M35 and pulling out an M1A1 it's unlikely that you will stress a hitch pin or bolt to failure yanking out Hiluxes and Wranglers. The only disadvantage IMO to using the loop-and-pin method is convenience, stuffing the strap in can be a pain and sharp edges do need to be smoothed to keep abrasion minimized. But it's a perfectly legitimate and safe way to connect to a recovery point and does eliminate additional connections, which is good.


The Grip recovery strap is made of polyester, which is typically material that would be used in a tow strap. But, it is not uncommon to see recovery straps made of polyester as well or a combination of Polyester and other materials. Grips recovery strap is weather resistant like most recovery straps out there and is designed to stand the test of any weather condition you can throw at it.
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We get it. Your gear takes a serious beating, and you demand the best from your equipment. Anything less is going to leave you frustrated & potentially stranded. That’s why you chose this D-ring hitch receiver from Vault Cargo Management. We powder coated it to ensure that when you need to use it, it’s in great shape & ready to roll. Simply loop your tow strap through the D-ring shackle, slap it into the shackle hitch receiver, and you’re ready to roll.
Searching high and low for that d ring hitch for your truck or jeep? You found the right mini guide to help you narrow down the four best d ring receiver hitch. After a day of navigating the off road trail and getting stuck, maybe you’re looking for another pull point for your winch. Or just want to look cool while you are cruising through the parking lot with your mall crawler Jeep build. Regardless the reason for your tow hitch shackle, we can help you figure out which one will fit you best. Most of these tow hitch shackles are very similar in looks, tow capacity and price. Some come with d ring isolators and others come in different colors. What is cool is these things pop in under five minutes. At the end of the day you can have one under 40 bucks! 
Most people who are looking for a hitch will typically get one of three different types of hitches: shackle hitches, ball mount hitches, or receiver mount hitches. People who simply want to have the highest weight capacity will normally purchase a shackle hitch since they have impressive towing weight capacities. However, if you would prefer the design of a ball mount hitch or receiver mount hitch, they are all viable options which are equally as easy to use once they are installed.
Pulling double duty is RBP newest hitch shackles. These unique designed hitch receiver includes a shackle built right in, so you can pull and tow without having to remove your hitch cover! These will fit any 2 inch receiver and look great as well. Add a 3/4 inch d-ring for added towing! The RBP hitch shackle is rated for 9,500 lb's of towing capacity, and are made from high quality, heavy duty steel construction. The RBP hitch shackles connect to cables, tow straps, chains and other things to pull your buddy out of the mud.

This hitch works by mounting it directly to the frame of the vehicle behind you, allowing the two vehicles to work almost as if they were one. However, keep in mind that you should not tow heavy-duty weights or vehicles with this vehicle. Since there is not a clear weight capacity with this hitch, it is best used for loads that are lighter than the vehicle you already use.
I think it would be fine for a lite recovery, I've had to use that method winching a guy out of a snow bank(he had no recovery points). I don't see how much more different it is than using a receiver slug set up with a shackle. But I guess it depends on the quality of the pin. I too have seen it demonstrated as what to do instead of using the ball.

You can see here at the end of our shang it's going to have pen holes all around it. That way you can use this in any position inside your hitch, whether it's vertically or horizontal. The diameter of those pin holes is going to measure 5/8ths of an inch. You hitch pin and clip or hitch lock is going to be sold separately. We carry those on our website if you need to check those out.
Searching for the best truck hitches for towing requires that you carefully consider the price of the model, the towing weight capacity, the type of hitch, and the durability of the materials used in the hitch. If all of these things blend together in a fashion which results in the best possible towing hitch for your personal needs, there is no reason you should hold back on your decision. However, always be sure to purchase something only if you can afford it.
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The hitch pin is 5/8" in diameter and so has an area of about 0.30 sq-inches. Grade 5 fasteners under 1" have a minimum proof of 85 ksi and grade 8 120 ksi. So a 5/8" grade 5 rod (or bolt with minor diameter of 0.625", so make sure to use a shouldered bolt long enough that the unthreaded part spans both receiver holes) will minimally tolerate about 25,500 lbf and grade 8 about 36,000 lbf without deformation.
Both run all the way through the shank. That's designed so you can use it whether it's in the vertical or horizontal mounting position. You can install it inside your trailer hitch receiver just like this or you can flip it to this position here and still install it inside the same hitch. You can use it in either the horizontal or vertical position. The shackle is removable. This portion right here is just like a large screw.
We're going to take a measurement of the overall length, basically measuring from very back to very front. We're looking at about 8". If we take a measurement from the center of the hitch pin holes to the back of the shank . so measuring from this one right here to the back of the shank, that's going to give us a measurement. It's going to be 13/16 of an inch.
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Partially this is so that I can snug everything down and prevent the pin/bolt from vibrating and rotating. With a lock washer the bolt is nice and tight, no movement or rotation to wear anything. I also feel better that the bolt has washers and shoulders for a little more resistance to deflecting or the receiver trying to spread or twist. I just don't like that hitch pins can move around so much.
Leaf-spring mounting kit includes 3-1/4" tall front hangers, 3-5/8" tall center hangers, 3-1/4" tall rear hangers and necessary hardware. Equalizers are 5-3/4" long. Components and side holes (8) 2-1/4" Long shackle straps (14) 3" Long x 9/16" diameter shackle bolts (14) 9/16" Diameter locknuts Designed for use on trailers with tandem, 2,000-lb to 7,000-lb axles

We're going to take a measurement of the overall length, basically measuring from very back to very front. We're looking at about 8". If we take a measurement from the center of the hitch pin holes to the back of the shank . so measuring from this one right here to the back of the shank, that's going to give us a measurement. It's going to be 13/16 of an inch.
Thoughts: I posted some pics so you can see the workmanship as well as the fit on my Tacoma. This is not tubed metal; it's casted and is solid (weighs about 9lbs). D-Ring fits perfectly within the block... no wiggle yet can freely spin. No paint chips either. Cannot wait to write a follow-up after my first use and am confident this will be a vital piece of my recovery kit for a long time.

This hitch-mounted cargo carrier comes with a lockable lid and weather-resistant cargo bag. It folds flat and tilts up against your vehicle when not in use. The walls offer vertical load support, for easy storage and access to the rear of your vehicle Lockable lid minimizes the need for cargo nets or tie-downs Deters theft when used with a padlock (sold separately) with a 3/8" diameter shackle

Searching for the best truck hitches for towing requires that you carefully consider the price of the model, the towing weight capacity, the type of hitch, and the durability of the materials used in the hitch. If all of these things blend together in a fashion which results in the best possible towing hitch for your personal needs, there is no reason you should hold back on your decision. However, always be sure to purchase something only if you can afford it.
I hate empty receiver hitches, but I also hate having my shin or knee taken out by a hitch.  So a while back I bought a shackle hitch for my lifted and locked Jeep Cherokee from Harbor Freight.  Wimpiest little thing I ever saw, it was almost embarrassing to have it mounted on my Jeep.  Then, enter Rhino USA as a TT sponsor.  I always at least check out the products from new sponsors here, so I went to their website to see what they had to offer.  Their shackle hitch immediately caught my eye, it was massive.  16 ton capacity!  I could pull a house with that thing if my Cherokee were capable of doing so.  Ordered one up and when I got it I was even more impressed seeing it in person.  Very nice black finish, the hitch itself looks to be bombproof, and the shackle is the heaviest duty one I have seen short of the stuff they use in the oil field.  My receiver is not empty, and I'm not embarrassed either.
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