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Flat Towing YJ by front shackles is it possible?

#1 User is offline   captnrich 

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 12:29 PM

I saw "towing shackles" I think on Ebay. They are designed to replace your existing shackles and have a third hole to allow the connection af a tow bar. they are triangle shaped so the the "towing hole" is slightly forward of the frame mount and the spring eye. Any ever use them? Is it a good idea to drag a YJ by its shackles?
I have boomerang shackles and I was thinking that I could attach the tow bar to the center hole in much the same way. Any ideas?
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Posted 10 September 2010 - 10:02 PM

Better to be safe than sorry. I would tow the jeep on a 5k trailer with air brakes.

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 07:57 PM

hmmm....seems you're forgetting about the paper thin shackle mount that is welded to the frame. i have ripped those off on multiple yj's out on the trail. just cuz the shackle is upgraded, don't overlook the "weakest link".

not a good idea in my opinion.
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Posted 14 September 2010 - 10:52 AM

View PostBig Papa, on Sep 11 2010, 08:57 PM, said:

hmmm....seems you're forgetting about the paper thin shackle mount that is welded to the frame. i have ripped those off on multiple yj's out on the trail. just cuz the shackle is upgraded, don't overlook the "weakest link".

not a good idea in my opinion.

Ahh.... That's why I asked!
I am having some custom tow bar / recovery points welded up. I just thought the shackle idea was interesting.
Thanks,
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Posted 14 September 2010 - 02:53 PM

That's what I did, Rich. I have 1" thick clevis tabs thru-welded in my bumper with 1" diameter holes in them. I had a local shop make me new mounts for the tow bar to go over the tabs, then I slide 1" roundbar through the hole and secure w/ pins.

-dave

PS - Try to devise a set-up that only you can use. Otherwise, it gets borrowed more than it gets used... :lol:

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Posted 14 September 2010 - 02:56 PM

View PostLrdJeffson, on Sep 14 2010, 03:53 PM, said:

PS - Try to devise a set-up that only you can use. Otherwise, it gets borrowed more than it gets used... :lol:

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 11:51 AM

Thanks, guys. Build a one off system....I like it.
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Posted 15 September 2010 - 12:01 PM

View Postcaptnrich, on Sep 15 2010, 12:51 PM, said:

Thanks, guys. Build a one off system....I like it.

When i get my tow-bar back, I can snap some pics and send your way...

-dave

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 12:53 PM

View PostLrdJeffson, on Sep 15 2010, 01:01 PM, said:

When i get my tow-bar back, I can snap some pics and send your way...

-dave

Or you could ask the guy who has it take pics and send them :banghead:
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Posted 16 September 2010 - 08:47 AM

One thing a lot of people don't know about when flat towing is many states including Florida that the brakes on towed vehicle need to be connected to towing vehicle.
http://www.readybrak...state_laws.html
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