The first thing we noticed when we opened the box was what beautiful pieces of engineering these winch safety pieces are from Factor 55. Best of all, they are made in the USA. Of course looks alone are not enough, but it’s a good start. We will be putting them through their paces in the Sierra’s on a week long trip next month and will post a full review in September.
Pro – Link Thimble- Machined in the USA from lightweight billet 6061 aluminum. It attaches to a 3/4″ screw pin shackle and then onto an existing winch cable and synthetic rope eyes. The cable or rope eye is captured into the body of the Pro – Link by a removable oversized 5/8″ double titanium shear pin. It is compatible with both Hawse and Roller fairleads and is rated to 16,000 pounds maximum load capacity.
Flatlink E (Expert)- This unit 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 winching system. It stows neatly against either Roller or Hawse type Fairleads and is used with a 3/4″ shackle and is compatible with steel cables or synthetic ropes up to 3/8″ in diameter.
Check out these and other Factor 55 products at factor55.com.