Starting off this list is the Smittybilt tow hitch shackle for a 2 inch Receiver. This is a brand you can trust because they have been around since 1956. Building Jeep accessories for longer than most anyone else in the off road world. The Smittybilt Receiver Hitch D-Ring is a quick and solid recovery point. This thing will pop into any 2″ receiver. It has a 4.75 ton weight rating and comes in a durable black powder coat finish. Even though this is a few dollars higher in price opposed to the other black ones on the list, but I still put it at number one for the trusted brand name. Cant go wrong with a blacked out d ring hitch from Smittybilt! 
I would spend a little (ok a lot) extra for the Factor55 bling Hitchlink merely for its weight difference from something like the Warn. Southeast Overland in Seneca has both tow and snatch straps. Steve can tell you exactly what you should get based on what you tell him are your needs. He teaches recovery courses for the off road world as well as running his shop.
This is an amazing product, would recommend to anyone that wants to make their truck look like a beast, works great with all size tow straps, can get some serious work done, fits perfect with a traditional 2 inch hitch, 5/8s pin fits perfect, i recommend buying a locking pin with your purchase of this hook, Solid forged steel, all soild one piece, sturdy clamp, This hook is HUGE no joke, 25lbs!!! Could barely lift it off my porch, Great customer service, they reply to emails within hours. Overall very happy with my Bulldog Big Dog Tow Hook! 468278
The ball hitch on the back of many pickups and SUVs is for towing a trailer. It is not for rescuing an off-road vehicle that’s stuck. That's the job of a shackle hitch receiver. Here we'll explain what a shackle hitch is and why you should have one in your 4×4 or truck. Then once you're educated we'll review the Heavy Duty Shackle Hitch Receiver from Rhino USA. Individual sections will cover:
He's talking about the towing rating of the truck. The hitch is what it is. If you have the Toyota tow package (at least on my 2008) you got a class IV hitch, which is rated to 10,000 lbs towing, 1,000 tongue weight. That's because the truck is rated to tow 6,500 lbs. So they couldn't use a class III hitch, which is rated to 6,000 lbs, 600 tongue weight.
If you want a shackle hitch that can pull impressive weight loads with ease, then this should be one of your top options. With an towing weight capacity of 4-3/4 tons, many people simply won’t even need to pull this much weight. However, being prepared for the worst is better than no preparation at all. This is one of the reasons why many people will get a top-quality truck hitch like this one which boasts a considerably high towing weight capacity.
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.
This heavy-duty trailer hitch accessory features a 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" shank, allowing it to fit hardworking class 5 trailer hitches, including any CURT Commercial Duty class 5 hitch. The entire unit is tested and rated for a straight-line pull of up to 13,000 lbs., making it a useful tool for vehicle recovery or tough jobs off-road and out in the field (weight ratings limited by lowest-rated towing component).
They put a nice little hole in here so you can stick a piece of metal or steel through there, a long piece, that way you can get some leverage and get it tightened down all the way. That's going to make it for an easier removal as well. Ours is loosely installed today so I can simply just do it by hand, simply just twist it counterclockwise until it disengages. Then you'll be able to pull it all the way out. That's going to do it for today's review of part number BDW20181. This is the Bulldog Big Dog Shackle. .
Love the Bulldog winch 3/4" ×1-1/4 shackle. Its very strong, works & looks great, on my Scrambler 1K. I've had the bulldog for over a year now and it has not let me down. I had a difificult time finding a shackle of this size and quality here in Canada. Until I came across etailer.com. I would definitely recommend this shackle for any atv/utv with a 1-1/4 hitch. I need to get 2 more for the RzR & Ace and for me it's a no brainer where I'll be ordering again from etrailer.com made easy. Thanks 547879
Shackle hitches are used together with either a recovery strap, tow strap or snap strap or a winch cable. Its job is to provide a solid connection point so you can rescue a stuck vehicle. That could be one that's bogged down in mud, trapped in a ditch or perhaps stuck on a rock. With a winch and snatch block, (a type of pulley,) you can even do a self-recovery, pulling yourself free.
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.
Traction might be a problem at times, but we can guarantee you that towing capacity won’t be! With a whopping 10,000 pounds of towing capacity in this shackle hitch receiver, you’ll have plenty of power to pull your vehicle out of even the hairiest of situations. This D-ring shackle hitch has the hitch pin hole positioned so that we get the maximum about of strength out of every ounce of steel we’re using.
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A Class 1 or Class 2 receiver has a 1-1/4” opening and is typically only used on cars for towing small trailers or supporting a bike rack. Class 3 and Class 4 receivers have a 2” opening. You'll find these on larger SUV's (the body-on-frame type, not crossovers,) and pickup trucks. A Class 3 receiver can handle up to 6,000 lbs (depending on design,) while a Class 4 can go up to 10,000 lbs. (Again, that's design-dependent.)

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