First use of the Factor 55 Rope Retention Pulley, approximately 11,500 pounds, rolling, up a slight grade for 30 feet, using a Warn 16.5 ti-S winch. Ambient temperature was 55° F. The temperature of the Rope Retention Pulley, in the sun, was 86° F before starting and 86° F after; there was no measurable temperature increase during this test pull. Total winching time was about two minutes, the video was edited for easier viewing.
The founder and man at the helm of Factor 55 is an engineer with an aerospace background who creates and tests everything right here in the USA, at Boise, Idaho. Factor 55 continues to design and manufacture what are arguably the best Closed System Winching™ and recovery products available. Cutting-corners, and making stuff cheaper or offshore is not an option.
Filling the Pack Mule’s two hitch receivers on the front Buckstop Truckware bumper are two Factor 55 HitchLink 2.0 recovery shackle mounts to facility vehicle recoveries. Key features include:
– Using a receiver as a recovery or tow point
– Lightweight precision CNC machined 6,000 series aluminum
– Weighs only 1.9 pounds. Steel versions weigh up to 8 pounds
– Rated at 9,500 pounds
– Ultimate failure at 51,000 pounds
– Fits standard 2-inch receivers
– Fits common ¾” screw pin shackles/D-Rings
– Anodized or powder coated for oxidation protection
Oscar The Pack Mule retains the factory Ram 2.5” receiver in the rear, so for the first time I am able to use Factor 55’s HitchLink 2.5 product in the back. Additional features of the HitchLink 2.5 include:
– Will accept both ¾” and 7/8” shackles
– Can be oriented inside the receiver, vertical or horizontal, depending on need
– Eliminates a receiver sleeve to downsize and downgrade a receiver to 2”
– Rated at 18,000 pounds, with Ultimate Failure at 69,000 pounds
The FlatLink MultiMount ($200) was introduced at the 2017 SEMA Show, but it took me one year to add this fantastic winch line shackle mount to the end the Pack Mule’s Warn synthetic rope. With few exceptions, the hooks supplied with otherwise top-quality winches have been substandard since the introduction of recreational self-recovery winches. According to Factor 55, many are only rated for a working load of 4,000 pounds and will fail around 16-18,000 pounds, though some let go as early as 11,000 pounds. Yikes! (The EPIC Hook on my Warn M16.5ti-S was rated for 18k.)
All of Factor 55’s shackle mounts correct the common hook deficiency, while also facilitating Closed System Winching™ techniques for additional safety. My MultiMount was ordered with the optional Rope Guard ($50), which protects the synthetic rope from impacts, abrasions, and UV exposure. Features unique to the FlatLink MultiMount include:
– Designed for difficult off-camber vehicle recovery scenarios, where two different winch pull directions are often necessary
– Oval Hole opening connects to the pin ends of 7/8” and 1” screw-pin shackles
– Two additional shackle pin-mounting holes provide secure shackle attachment points for multiple pull directions. The center hole provides a secure conventional center pull shackle mount point eliminating shackle side-loading forces at the MultiMount interface
– Winching with a bridle arrangement is possible by using the two outer shackle pin mounting holes in combination with common bridle rigging
– The MultiMount may be folded flat against fairlead surfaces when stowed, resulting in minimal impact to vehicle approach angles
– Maximum Load: 16,000 pounds
– Ultimate Strength: 40,000 pounds
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Factor 55’s FlatLink MultiMount (winch line shackle mount) was added to the Warn 16.5 ti-S winch, housed inside the aluminum Buckstop front bumper, on our 2017 Ram/Cummins Hallmark Camper project truck.