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Instead of a tow ball, shackle instead.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by jw1983, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. Jan 21, 2012 at 9:42 PM
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    I had this idea today and I wanted to run it by you all. I have the tow package for my Tacoma. Now, my friend was telling me to get a tow ball so I can tow things. Well, I didn't think that I would use it that much, if at all. Now I was wondering about attaching a shackle to the tow package instead. I was wondering is that possible? It's just a thought and I wouldn't have a single clue in how to put a shackle to it. Any advice would be great, thanks!
     
  2. Jan 21, 2012 at 9:45 PM
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    Yes you can get a shackle. Some companies and members on here make them.
     
  4. Jan 21, 2012 at 9:50 PM
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    There's some threads and pictures of shackles on the hitch. Need to do that myself since it makes it very easy for somebody to pull you out of a snowbank if you get off the road in a storm.
    Happened to me and a truck behind me stopped and got out a chain. That's when I realized there's not a lot to hook onto without a hitch.
     
  6. Jan 21, 2012 at 9:52 PM
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    Is there a place that I could get them? Or do I have to make one?
     
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    :thumbsup: I got mine from 4wheelparts during a sale for I think only 15 bucks. Not bad at all.
     
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    Lol. I would have searched only if I knew what it was called. I didn't even know it existed until this very thread I created lol.
     
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    I believe Beefed Taco makes them. You can find him in the "vendors" section.
    I just took the ball out of a regular receiver and threw it in the toolbox with an ARB shackle.
     
  13. Jan 21, 2012 at 10:00 PM
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    Is an ARB shackle different than any other shackle?

    I don't know if I want an all black one or a black with a red shackle? I don't do the whole chrome look.
     
  14. Jan 21, 2012 at 10:01 PM
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    Nah, ARB makes nice stuff but a shackle is a shackle. (as long as they're made the same and rated the same etc)
     
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    ^^I like that one

    what kind of paint would you use to paint a shackle? Is there a paint code, brand that you people can think of that would be pretty close to Barcelona Red?
     
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    The arb ones are rated for higher weight than equal sized ones I could find at local tractor supply stores. They arent any different than another of the same weight rating.
     
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    Any paint will just wear down.
     
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    This, just go powder coated black.
     
  20. Jan 21, 2012 at 10:19 PM
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    Click my Sig Pic for my build thread. Too many to list here.
    I have a Reese one I think. Got it at Autozone IIRC. But still wouldnt be a bad Idea to pick up a Tow ball and keep it in the truck in case you need to tow something. I keep mine behind the rear seat. And a locking pin is a good investment if you want to keep your shackle installed and not get stolen. I just took off the clevis portion since that is only screwed in.
     
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