When it comes to vehicle recovery, it’s an excellent idea to not only have good, sturdy pull points on your aftermarket bumper, but also some good recovery equipment that is rated to handle loads far beyond what your Nissan pickup truck or Jeep will ever put on them. Basic recovery equipment should start with a shackle (also known as a D-ring) and a recovery strap. Winches, winch anchors, shovels, ramps, etc are also a good idea, but you should at least have a good strap and D-ring in your truck at all times. And, of course, a good custom steel bumper that will provide a point of connection for vehicle retrieval.
There are multiple sizes of shackles from tiny 1/4-inch shackles to ones that have pins larger than 2 inches in diameter. Most D-rings we deal with in the light truck and off-road world of Toyota Trucks and Chevy pickups have 1/2-inch, 5/8-inch, or 3/4-inch steel pins. There are a few different styles of pin retention, including cotter pins and C-clips, but you’ll see threaded screw-type pins most commonly used in vehicle recovery. A standard 3/4-inch shackle should have a WLL (working load limit) above 4 tons.
Most steel alloy shackles (D-rings) you find at 4x4 shops and auto parts stores should be made with a higher grade steel alloy and should handle whatever passenger vehicle extraction you’re dealing with, as long as you’re using the right-sized shackle for the job. Before pulling on a D-ring, make sure the screw pin is fully secured in place. If it is not, you can warp the shackle, making it unsafe to use in the future.
A good recovery strap for that brand new 2017 Ford Super Duty Truck should have its capacity ratings directly on the strap. This particular strap pictured has a rated capacity of 30,000 pounds. Make sure that your recovery strap has a limit well beyond the loads that your vehicle will ever put on it. Most off-road vehicles like that 2017 Chevy Heavy Duty Truck should be using 2, 3 or 4-inch straps. Your vehicle recovery strap should be kept as clean as possible because sand and sediments can get into the nylon strap and slowly weaken the material as it abrades. UV light can also hurt nylon straps over time, so keep your recovery strap in a bag or under a seat out of the sun to keep it as new as possible.
If your recovery equipment for that Dodge pickup or GMC Truck starts to look worn, don’t risk using damaged stuff. A strap and new shackle will run you less than $100, and that’s cheap insurance to ensure a safe extraction.