What is an off road recovery shackle?
An off road recovery shackle is used in a recovery situation to attach recovery straps, winch cables or ropes as well as bridles and lanyards to professionally fitted recovery points. (They should not be used on home made recovery points).
How to use an off road recovery shackle
Load the ring end. Always use the ring end of the shackle for recovery straps and cables while attaching the shackle to the winch cable or hook from the pin end to keep the shackle evenly loaded for the safest recovery once tension is applied. It is always better to divide the load between two shackles while doing a recovery.
Types of off road recovery shackle
Off road recovery shackles comes in all shapes in sizes. Be sure to get a rated shackle with the correct rating for your needs. Rather get a bigger one, than having an off road recovery shackle fail. An off road recovery shackle is normally rated by the breaking force in tons. Get a recovery shackle with 2 to 3 times the weight rating of your vehicle, for example if your vehicle weighs 1 ton, get a 2 to 3 ton off road recovery shackle. Liberway has an excellent off road recovery shackle available on Amazon with a maximum break strength of 28.5 tons (57,000 lbs). I would suggest from personal experience to use a D-shackle as they are stronger and less prone to disformation.
Safety when using an off road recovery shackle
As you will see on the rest of my site I am very persistent on safety. Every piece of equipment you use and every recovery you do has a safety risk. Always use your personal protective equipment, and always keep in mind that any piece of equipment can fail at anytime. An off road recovery shackle should not fail if you use the correctly rated shackle, and if there is no wear or damages on the shackle. Damaged or worn equipment should always be replaced or repaired if possible within regulation. Get a higher rating off road recovery shackle than you actually need, and you shouldn’t have any problems.
When off roading you simply cannot go without an off road recovery shackle, you will need it to use your snatch tow rope, a recovery strap, or when someone else uses a winch to recover you. It is a great piece of equipment as long as you use it right. Be safe.