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Old 06-17-2016, 05:44 PM   #1
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Easier Connections for Safety Chains

I've found the stock 5/16" Clevis Hooks to be a real PITA when connecting to the hitch on my F150, mainly because they're quite thick (basically the same thickness as the slot in the thickest part) and the F150 uses angled slots with alot of metal around the edge. So, I added these Curt Threaded Links:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

One issue solved, but the stock Clevis Hooks also had a very weak gate that was easily bent or broken. I've had to bend the gates back into place several times with a pair of pliers, and replace or tighten the screws. So, While I was at it, replaced the stock hooks with some slightly skinnier Curt 1/4" Hooks with a stronger spring and riveted gate:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Now I won't be able to gripe about dinging up my knuckles when trying to remove the safety chains.
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Old 06-17-2016, 06:42 PM   #2
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So you hook to the rings on the hitch? I always unscrew the ring things and attach the chains-hooking might be less work
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The links also work well if one finds their chains a bit short when changing TV's.
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So you hook to the rings on the hitch? I always unscrew the ring things and attach the chains-hooking might be less work
Yes, it's much easier to leave the threaded links in place and just hook on and off. Although it's not necessary, I tightened the threaded links with a wrench so they are basically permanent. This gives me a nice hanging loop for the hooks, instead of the narrow diagonal slots I have to get down on the ground to see.

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The links also work well if one finds their chains a bit short when changing TV's.
Good point. In my case, the chains were now a bit too long, since the threaded links hang a bit lower than the slots. I just installed the new hooks one link shorter.
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I will have to try that- I hate attaching the threaded loops
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Just make sure you get the correct capacity attaching rings and clevis hooks, they do vary.
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Just make sure you get the correct capacity attaching rings and clevis hooks, they do vary.
Yes, some clevis hooks are more decorative than functional. Look at grade and capacity.
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The chain and clevis hooks on our 21' with the longer stinger of the Reese hitch was just a bit short. I added a stainless link between the clevis and the chain. Now it is perfect. The clevis hooks easily to the Silverado receiver.
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The chain and clevis hooks on our 21' with the longer stinger of the Reese hitch was just a bit short. I added a stainless link between the clevis and the chain. Now it is perfect. The clevis hooks easily to the Silverado receiver.
Yeah, Chevy's design for the safety chain holes is better than Ford's IMHO. Vertical slots and they are also wider.
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