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  • Eliminate the conventional winch hook and replace it with a safer and stronger FlatLink shackle thimble and D-ring. The FlatLink shackle mount is the Industry's first folding shackle mount for recovery winches. With less than 1.75 inches of thickness, the Flatlink will work with all roller fairlead license plate mounting brackets.Conventional winch hooks can cut and fray recovery straps and often allow strap ends to escape during momentary slack cycles of a typical winching recovery. Screw pin shackles do not allow strap loops to escape due to the secure screw pin attachment. The FlatLink does not require splicing and is compatible with steel cables or synthetic ropes up to 3/8 inches in diameter. The cable eye is retained in the FlatLink by a 5/8 inch diameter grade 5 steel double shear pin and internal snap ring. It is installed easily in minutes. The EPDM Rubber Guards protect alloy fairleads and are securely attached to the FlatLink with 4 barbed tips. The FlatLink stows neatly against either roller or Hawse type fairleads and is designed to be used with common 3/4 inch shackles. MADE IN THE USA, the FlatLink is constructed of 6000 series billet aluminum and is anodized/powder coated in 5 different colors.MADE IN USAU.S. Utility Patent No. 9,388,025Foreign Patents Pending

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    FACTOR 55 FlatLink - Black

    Eliminate the conventional winch hook and replace it with a safer and stronger FlatLink shackle thimble and D-ring. The FlatLink shackle mount is the Industry's first folding shackle mount for recovery winches. With less than 1.75 inches of thickness,...

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  • Eliminate the conventional winch hook and replace it with a safer and stronger FlatLink shackle thimble and D-ring. The FlatLink shackle mount is the Industry's first folding shackle mount for recovery winches. With less than 1.75 inches of thickness, the Flatlink will work with all roller fairlead license plate mounting brackets.Conventional winch hooks can cut and fray recovery straps and often allow strap ends to escape during momentary slack cycles of a typical winching recovery. Screw pin shackles do not allow strap loops to escape due to the secure screw pin attachment. The FlatLink does not require splicing and is compatible with steel cables or synthetic ropes up to 3/8 inches in diameter. The cable eye is retained in the FlatLink by a 5/8 inch diameter grade 5 steel double shear pin and internal snap ring. It is installed easily in minutes. The EPDM Rubber Guards protect alloy fairleads and are securely attached to the FlatLink with 4 barbed tips. The FlatLink stows neatly against either roller or Hawse type fairleads and is designed to be used with common 3/4 inch shackles. MADE IN THE USA, the FlatLink is constructed of 6000 series billet aluminum and is anodized/powder coated in 5 different colors.MADE IN USAU.S. Utility Patent No. 9,388,025Foreign Patents Pending

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    FACTOR 55 FlatLink - Blue

    Eliminate the conventional winch hook and replace it with a safer and stronger FlatLink shackle thimble and D-ring. The FlatLink shackle mount is the Industry's first folding shackle mount for recovery winches. With less than 1.75 inches of thickness,...

    $140.00
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  • Eliminate the conventional winch hook and replace it with a safer and stronger FlatLink shackle thimble and D-ring. The FlatLink shackle mount is the Industry's first folding shackle mount for recovery winches. With less than 1.75 inches of thickness, the Flatlink will work with all roller fairlead license plate mounting brackets.Conventional winch hooks can cut and fray recovery straps and often allow strap ends to escape during momentary slack cycles of a typical winching recovery. Screw pin shackles do not allow strap loops to escape due to the secure screw pin attachment. The FlatLink does not require splicing and is compatible with steel cables or synthetic ropes up to 3/8 inches in diameter. The cable eye is retained in the FlatLink by a 5/8 inch diameter grade 5 steel double shear pin and internal snap ring. It is installed easily in minutes. The EPDM Rubber Guards protect alloy fairleads and are securely attached to the FlatLink with 4 barbed tips. The FlatLink stows neatly against either roller or Hawse type fairleads and is designed to be used with common 3/4 inch shackles. MADE IN THE USA, the FlatLink is constructed of 6000 series billet aluminum and is anodized/powder coated in 5 different colors.MADE IN USAU.S. Utility Patent No. 9,388,025Foreign Patents Pending

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    FACTOR 55 FlatLink - Gray

    Eliminate the conventional winch hook and replace it with a safer and stronger FlatLink shackle thimble and D-ring. The FlatLink shackle mount is the Industry's first folding shackle mount for recovery winches. With less than 1.75 inches of thickness,...

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  • Eliminate the conventional winch hook and replace it with a safer and stronger FlatLink shackle thimble and D-ring. The FlatLink shackle mount is the Industry's first folding shackle mount for recovery winches. With less than 1.75 inches of thickness, the Flatlink will work with all roller fairlead license plate mounting brackets.Conventional winch hooks can cut and fray recovery straps and often allow strap ends to escape during momentary slack cycles of a typical winching recovery. Screw pin shackles do not allow strap loops to escape due to the secure screw pin attachment. The FlatLink does not require splicing and is compatible with steel cables or synthetic ropes up to 3/8 inches in diameter. The cable eye is retained in the FlatLink by a 5/8 inch diameter grade 5 steel double shear pin and internal snap ring. It is installed easily in minutes. The EPDM Rubber Guards protect alloy fairleads and are securely attached to the FlatLink with 4 barbed tips. The FlatLink stows neatly against either roller or Hawse type fairleads and is designed to be used with common 3/4 inch shackles. MADE IN THE USA, the FlatLink is constructed of 6000 series billet aluminum and is anodized/powder coated in 5 different colors.MADE IN USAU.S. Utility Patent No. 9,388,025Foreign Patents Pending

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    FACTOR 55 FlatLink - Red

    Eliminate the conventional winch hook and replace it with a safer and stronger FlatLink shackle thimble and D-ring. The FlatLink shackle mount is the Industry's first folding shackle mount for recovery winches. With less than 1.75 inches of thickness,...

    $140.00
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  • Eliminate the conventional winch hook and replace it with a safer and stronger FlatLink shackle thimble and D-ring. The FlatLink shackle mount is the Industry's first folding shackle mount for recovery winches. With less than 1.75 inches of thickness, the Flatlink will work with all roller fairlead license plate mounting brackets.Conventional winch hooks can cut and fray recovery straps and often allow strap ends to escape during momentary slack cycles of a typical winching recovery. Screw pin shackles do not allow strap loops to escape due to the secure screw pin attachment. The FlatLink does not require splicing and is compatible with steel cables or synthetic ropes up to 3/8 inches in diameter. The cable eye is retained in the FlatLink by a 5/8 inch diameter grade 5 steel double shear pin and internal snap ring. It is installed easily in minutes. The EPDM Rubber Guards protect alloy fairleads and are securely attached to the FlatLink with 4 barbed tips. The FlatLink stows neatly against either roller or Hawse type fairleads and is designed to be used with common 3/4 inch shackles. MADE IN THE USA, the FlatLink is constructed of 6000 series billet aluminum and is anodized/powder coated in 5 different colors.MADE IN USAU.S. Utility Patent No. 9,388,025Foreign Patents Pending

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    FACTOR 55 FlatLink - Silver

    Eliminate the conventional winch hook and replace it with a safer and stronger FlatLink shackle thimble and D-ring. The FlatLink shackle mount is the Industry's first folding shackle mount for recovery winches. With less than 1.75 inches of thickness,...

    $140.00
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  • The FlatLink E (Expert) is a variation of our popular foldable standard FlatLink winch shackle mount. The FlatLink E provides a means to eliminate the conventional winch hook and replace it with a safer and more secure screw pin shackle resulting in a CLOSED SYSTEM WINCHING operation. The large pear shaped shackle mounting hole allows for attachment to either the pin or bow end of common screw pin shackles, as well as common OEM recovery points. This makes the new FlatLink E more versatile than the current FlatLink design, but it also adds the possibility of a dangerous shackle side loading condition (See Picture), especially during momentary slack conditions. A shackle side loading condition is not possible with our standard FlatLink shackle mount due to the shackle pin mounting constraint. For the recreational off roader we highly recommend the safer standard FlatLink product, not the FlatLink E. This way the winch operator does not have to monitor whether the shackle may have shifted and rotated in the recovery tackle. The FlatLink E is only available in the Military Specification Anodizing (Mil-A-8625 F Type III) hard anodized gray finish.Conventional winch hooks can cut and fray recovery straps and often allow strap ends to escape during momentary slack cycles of a typical winching recovery. Screw pin shackles do not allow strap loops to escape due to their secure screw pin attachment. The FlatLink E does not require splicing and is compatible with steel cables or synthetic ropes up to 3/8 inches in diameter. The cable eye is retained in the FlatLink E by a 5/8 inch diameter 6Al4V Titanium double shear pin and internal snap ring. Installation takes only minutes. The EPDM Rubber Guards protect alloy fairleads and are securely attached to the FlatLink E with 4 barbed tips each. The FlatLink E stows neatly against either roller or Hawse type fairleads and is designed to be used with common 3/4 inch shackles.MADE IN THE USAU.S. Utility Patent No. 9,388,025MADE IN THE USAPrecision machined from 6000 series billet aluminumCompatible with all roller fairlead license plate mounting bracketsWhen folded flat – less than 1.75 inches of thicknessWeight – 26 ouncesMax load rating : 16,000 poundsUltimate failure : greater than 40,000 poundsFits steel cables and synthetic winch ropes to 3/8 inch diametersEPDM Rubber Guard protects alloy fairleads and cushions line stowage.Simple snap ring removal for shear pin.Fits common 3/4 shackles/D-RingsEliminates hook rattle and fairlead damage

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    FACTOR 55 FlatLink E (Expert)

    The FlatLink E (Expert) is a variation of our popular foldable standard FlatLink winch shackle mount. The FlatLink E provides a means to eliminate the conventional winch hook and replace it with a safer and more secure screw pin shackle resulting in a...

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  • Use your receiver as a recovery tow point.Lightweight precision CNC machined 6000 series aluminumWeighs only 1.9 pounds. Steel versions weigh up to 8 poundsRated at 9500 poundsUltimate failure at 51,000 poundsFits standard 2 inch receiversFits common ¾ screw pin shackles/D-RingsAnodized or powder coated for oxidation protection

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    FACTOR 55 HitchLink 2.0

    Use your receiver as a recovery tow point.Lightweight precision CNC machined 6000 series aluminumWeighs only 1.9 pounds. Steel versions weigh up to 8 poundsRated at 9500 poundsUltimate failure at 51,000 poundsFits standard 2 inch receiversFits common ¾...

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  • For Class V hitch receivers.NOW AVAILABLE IN HIGH VIS SAFETY YELLOWNO NEED TO SLEEVE Class V hitch receivers to weaker Class III and Class IV.Finally a hitch receiver shackle mount designed for Class V receivers. Available in Military Specification Anodizing (Mil-A-8625 F Type III) hard anodized gray finish and high visibility safety yellowThe HitchLink 2.5 will accept both ¾ and 7/8 shackles. It can be oriented inside the hitch receiver allowing the shackle tab to be parallel to the bumper or vertical depending on its desired need. It also eliminates the need to use a receiver sleeve to downsize your receiver to a 2” adapter. Rated at 18,000 lbs. Ultimate Failure at 69,000 lbs.MADE IN THE USA Use your receiver as a recovery tow point.Lightweight precision CNC machined 6000 series aluminumWeighs only 3.6 lbs poundsRated at 18000 poundsUltimate failure at 69,000 poundsFits standard Class V 2.5 inch receiversFits common ¾” (7/8” pin) and 7/8” (1” pin) screw pin shackles/D-ringsAvailable in the Military Specification Anodizing (Mil-A-8625 F Type III) GrayCross drilled hitch pin attachment (vertical or horizontal shackle pin axis)MADE IN USAWARNING:Never exceed factory receiver hitch pull ratingAlways use a quality steel alloy 5/8” hitch pinAlways pull in line with the hitch, do not bind or side load the shackle

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    FACTOR 55 HitchLink 2.5

    For Class V hitch receivers.NOW AVAILABLE IN HIGH VIS SAFETY YELLOWNO NEED TO SLEEVE Class V hitch receivers to weaker Class III and Class IV.Finally a hitch receiver shackle mount designed for Class V receivers. Available in Military Specification...

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  • Loaded ProLink includes Titanium Pin and Rubber GuardReplace conventional winch hooks with the new safer, stronger, and smarter Factor 55 ProLink shackle mount. Factor 55 introduces the new ProLink shackle mount for winch cables and synthetic ropes. Engineered and machined in the USA from lightweight billet 6061 aluminum, the ProLink provides a safe means to easily attach a standard 3/4" screw pin shackle to existing winch cable and rope eyes The cable or rope eye is captured into the body of the ProLink by a removable oversized 5/8" double shear pin. The front of the ProLink provides the precision shackle mounting hole and massive 1.2" thick mounting tab. The ProLink is compatible with both Hawse and Roller fairleads and snugs neatly against both versions.FAQ:Hook or Screw Pin Shackle - which is better?Smart off roaders have known for years that the most secure way to use your recovery winch is replace the hook with a common screw pin shackle. Unless you are competing, the added seconds required to use a shackle versus a hook during a vehicle recovery is not worth the safety risk associated with standard winch hooks. What is wrong with the hook?The technical name for a standard winch hook is " Clevis Slip Hook". This describes two things. First, clevis refers to the method of cable attachment - the cable eye is attached to the hook by a clevis pin and cotter pin. Second, "slip" refers to the size of the chain link that can be slipped through the hook opening. Most winches are equipped with 3/8 clevis slip hooks. This means that the hook is designed specifically to work with chains that have 3/8 thick chain links. Unless you are using chains in your recovery, this is not the right piece of hardware to have on the end of your winch cable. At Factor 55 we are still puzzled as to why winch manufacturers continue to sell winches equipped with hooks designed for chain links when off roaders have been using synthetic recovery straps for over two decades now. In addition, most 3/8 clevis slip hooks have a safe working load limit of 4000-7000 pounds. The average 8K winch exceeds the working load limit of these weak hooks regularly. Of course the safety factor built into the hook is 3-4X, but it is still not wise to exceed any working load limit of any hardware. In contrary, the standard ¾ screw pin shackle has a working load limit (WLL) of 9500 pounds, and a safety factor of 5-6X. Most screw pin shackles have an ultimate breaking strength of 50,000 to 60,000 pounds. The cross section of the standard hook is airfoil shaped to prevent chain links from slipping, and not ideal for synthetic strap fibers. This shape causes high fiber stresses that reduce the rating of the recovery strap. Hooks equipped with safety latches pose other hazards as well. Many safety latches are simply bent sheet metal parts with sharp edges and springs. This is not a concern with chains, but a potential cutting hazard for recovery straps. The safety latches cannot bear any loads as well. The hook opening of the standard winch hook is too small to safely attach two ends of a common recovery strap so most off roaders use a screw pin shackle to hold the strap anyways. Standard winch hooks do not stow neatly against either Hawse or roller fairleads. They were not designed to do this. That is why it is common to see winch cables extended and hooks attached to bumpers, tow hooks, undercarriage parts etc.. It is not recommended to leave the winch cable or synthetic rope pulling at a right angle to your fairlead simply to attach the hook to something convenient – this can permanently weaken the fibers right at the fairlead surface. Anytime a hook is used, there is a chance that whatever you put into the hook opening can escape. This is especially important in vehicle recovery where the winch cable is cycling in a loaded and unloaded condition regularly as the towing vehicle or towed vehicle lurches forward. In contrary, the standard screw pin shackle is a completely contained link where strap ends have no way of escaping even during tight/loose cycles. Is the ProLink compatible with steel and synthetic winch cables?Yes!Is the ProLink compatible with hawse and roller winch fairleads?Yes!Does anodizing fade/scratch?Anodizing is the most durable way to ensure a long life for your ProLink's finish. However, like all off road parts, these are sure to take a beating. Black, silver, and gunmetal seem to hold up the longest in the sun. Red, blue, and orange, by nature of anodizing, will fade sooner than other colors. The last ProLink in Rebel Orange is a custom color. Reach out to us for custom color options.Screw pin shackles are up to 5X stronger than conventional winch hooks Conventional hooks are too small to safely fit both ends of a recovery strap Recover straps cannot slip out of a shackle like they can with hooks Hook safety latches are not rated for loads and can tear recovery straps Conventional hook surfaces add higher stresses to recovery strap fibers, resulting in decreased strap ratings Shackles can be quickly removed and stowed away until needed for winching. Hooks do not cinch neatly against fairleads and are prone to rattling and loosening Conventional winch hooks are designed for chains – not commonly used recovery straps Engineered, Tested, and Made in USA — Patent Pending Stress analyzed using COSMOS FEA and destructively tested for confirmation Billet construction — precision machined from 6061-T6 Kaiser Aluminum round bar 16,000 pound max load rating Fits all steel cables and synthetic ropes up to 3/8" in diameter Fits eyes equipped with standard or tube thimbles to 3/8 inch diameters 1.2 inch shackle tab thickness virtually eliminates "shackle rattle" Massive 5/8 inch diameter carbon steel double shear pin - 6Al-4V Titanium upgradeable Optional EPDM "Rubber Guard" protects alloy Hawse fairleads — rubber barb attachment Can be installed and removed in minutes — simple snap ring removal Cinches neatly against all types of fairleads — Hawse or Roller Beautifully anodized and zinc plated in the USA

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    FACTOR 55 ProLink

    Loaded ProLink includes Titanium Pin and Rubber GuardReplace conventional winch hooks with the new safer, stronger, and smarter Factor 55 ProLink shackle mount. Factor 55 introduces the new ProLink shackle mount for winch cables and synthetic ropes...

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  • Shackle/D-ring mount for UTV and ATV winch linesThe ProLink XTV allows UTV and ATV winch owners to replace the conventional winch hook with a safer and stronger shackle/D-Ring. Winch hooks can cut and fray recovery straps and often allow strap ends to escape during typical loose/tight cycles of a winching recovery. Screw pin shackles do not allow strap loops to escape due to the secure screw pin attachment. The ProLink XTV does not require splicing and is compatible with steel cables or synthetic ropes up to 5/16 inches. The cable eye is retained in the ProLink XTV by a 7/16 inch diameter titanium double shear pin and internal snap ring. It is easily installed in minutes. The EPDM Rubber Guard protects alloy fairleads and is securely attached to the ProLink XTV with 4 barbed tipsThe ProLink XTV stows neatly against either roller or Hawse type fairleads and is designed to be used with common standard ½ – 5/8 inch shackles. MADE IN THE USA, the ProLink XTV is constructed of 6000 series billet aluminum and 6Al-4V titanium and is anodized/powder coated in 5 different colors. The ProLink has a max load rating of 6000 pounds and an ultimate failure of 22,000 pounds.U.S. Utility Patent No. 9,388,025Foreign Patents PendingPrecision machined from 6000 series aluminum and 6Al-4V titaniumWeight – 8.3 ouncesMax load rating : 6000 poundsUltimate failure : 22,000 poundsFits steel cables and synthetic winch ropes to 5/16 inch diametersEPDM Rubber Guard protects alloy fairleads and cushions line stowageSimple snap ring removal for shear pinFits common ½ and 5/8 shackles/D-RingsStops hook rattle and fairlead damage

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    FACTOR 55 ProLink XTV

    Shackle/D-ring mount for UTV and ATV winch linesThe ProLink XTV allows UTV and ATV winch owners to replace the conventional winch hook with a safer and stronger shackle/D-Ring. Winch hooks can cut and fray recovery straps and often allow strap ends to...

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  • The Factor 55 ProLink XXL is the largest and strongest ProLink winch shackle mount in production. The ProLink XXL provides winch owners with a means to replace the conventional winch hook with a safer and stronger screw pin shackle/D-ring. Originally designed for military 24,000 pound winch applications, the ProLink XXL is now available to the general public. Like all models in the ProLink family, the XXL is engineered and made in the USA from 6000 series billet aluminum and is equipped with a 6Al-4V titanium double shear pin. In this case the shear pin diameter is .750 inches. The base of the XXL is protected by the barbed high durometer EPDM rubber guard. With a working load limit of 24,000 pounds and an ultimate failure of over 63,000 pounds, the Prolink XXL is definitely up to the task. The XXL is compatible with steel cables and synthetic ropes up to 1/2 inch in diameter. The XXL is also compatible with common 3/4 inch shackles as well as larger 7/8 inch shackles. Like other ProLink products, the XXL is available in 5 anodized/powder coated colors - black, silver, gray, red, and blue.U.S. Utility Patent No. 9,388,025 Foreign Patents PendingMADE IN USA6000 series billet Kaiser Aluminum.750 inch diameter Titanium double shear pin5 inches tall and 4 inches in diameter.Working Load Limit of 24,000 poundsUltimate failure of greater than 63,000 poundsFits all steel cables and synthetic ropes up to 1/2 inch diameterEPDM "Rubber Guard" protects alloy Hawse fairleadsSimple snap ring shear pin retainment

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    FACTOR 55 ProLink XXL

    The Factor 55 ProLink XXL is the largest and strongest ProLink winch shackle mount in production. The ProLink XXL provides winch owners with a means to replace the conventional winch hook with a safer and stronger screw pin shackle/D-ring. Originally...

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