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    Thanks for this great warning! you probably changed the post hookup double check for a lot of people ! Thanks Jim

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    Re: Had a little WHOOPS!

    Quote Originally Posted by Morturf View Post
    Thanks for this great warning! you probably changed the post hookup double check for a lot of people ! Thanks Jim
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    Quote Originally Posted by lqqk_out View Post
    I'm guessing you're not using quick links on the safety chains? Very lucky you did not injury yourself or even someone else.
    Thanks. I guess I'll have to invest in a couple of these.

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    Re: Had a little WHOOPS!

    Ratster
    While those quick links work great for most bikes, my hitch is attched to the swing arm and it would rattle those unscrewed just a few miles down the Road .I prefer the links with the spring wire .

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    Ratster
    While those quick links work great for most bikes, my hitch is attched to the swing arm and it would rattle those unscrewed just a few miles down the Road .I prefer the links with the spring wire .
    True. That's why it makes a difference how you put them on. When placing a quick link on your bike, make sure when you are closing the threaded sleeve, the threaded part of the link is on the bottom, facing the road. Positioned on the road side, not literally facing the road.
    If the threaded part of the link is facing up, the sleeve can rattle loose on a motorcycle.

    This one is upside down and will rattle loose.

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    Install this way.

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    Can you please share what the weight rating is of the snap gate carabiners you are using?
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    Re: Had a little WHOOPS!

    Glad that no one got hurt and things worked out as well as they did!!


    With the hitch on my Victory, I was having a heck of a time keeping the S hooks of the safety chains connected to the hitch (unlike the hitch on my Wing). Luckily I could hear one dragging and was able to stop and reconnect it/them before anything happened. I was at a camp out during that trip and a fellow there gave me these rubber 'hook keepers' that he uses from U-Haul, but even then they would come unhooked.
    When I got back into Canada from that trip, I bought a quick link and used that to get me home. Then I saw that Princess Auto had some spring clip safety chains on sale, so I bought 2 pairs of them (1 for my cargo trailer and 1 set for my Sentry) installed them and haven't had any problems since


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