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The Flatlink E replaces the conventional winch hook with a stronger shackle/D-Ring mount, and folds neatly into the fairlead when not in use. Features include a precision shackle mounting hole and a folding design giving you a lower profile, and allowing for a better approach angle than ProLink. FlatLink doesn’t require splicing and is compatible with steel or synthetic ropes. It attaches with a super-strong aerospace-grade double-shear titanium pin and snap ring, which is easily installed in minutes. The EPDM rubber guards protect alloy fairleads, prevents rattling, and is securely attached to the FlatLink with four barbed tips.
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, 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.
@bjwarta "Can you fit the bow end of the 3/4 Warn Epic shackle through this?"I was disappointed to find it will not. The ends where the pin screws in will not fit through the flat link E. I bought this with the idea it would :-( At least its easier to slip the soft shack through :-YMMV
Can you fit the bow end of the 3/4 Warn Epic shackle through this? As the profile of that shackle isn't a standard shape.
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