I am interested to know what every uses in the thimble end of your synthetic winch rope. Same hook as you had on your steel cable line? Shackle? Or what?
I want to get a big hook big enough to catch both ends of a tree strap to save time and keep from having to use a d ring. Currently running the regular warn hook.
I scooped it up on the cheap
Shackles arent made to be used directly at the end of a thimble.
Shackle through a hd thimble.
I agree on most thimbles, the hd thimble's like this:
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I see no issues just running a shackle too since they have the anti-crush plate welded in the center.
My rope has one and I just run a shackle on it, been pulled, yanked, and abused with no issues. Saves time imo so your not lookong for a shackle and takes the hool out of the recovery.