Vanagon – soft shackles on tow points?

It might be a good idea, it might not. 1/4″ Spectra soft shackle to be used on the rear tow points of my bumper. On this example I have yet to trim the tails, I need to give the shackle a good pull first. one nice thing is that they pack into small spaces unlike a steel shackle. Note: 1/4″ Spectra has breaking strength of 6,000 lbs. tests have shown a soft shackle doesn’t decrease strength (infact, it can be 175% of single line strength). But, 5/16″ Spectra tests at 9,000 lbs, might be better to use 5/16″.


Here is link to instructions to tie this particular style. 


  1. #1 by oldfussbudget on July 31, 2015 - 9:53 am

    Nice! Make sure you get rid of any hard or rough edges on the eye, radius and polish the edges. Chafe is your concern with these. A sacrificial cover aka chafing gear might be useful, leather is traditional.

    • #2 by albell on July 31, 2015 - 2:19 pm

      For sure. The hole in the tow point has a chamfer, it’s not to bad a lead with the shackle. The soft shackle wouldn’t be on there all the time, just as needed.



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