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Replacement Safety Chain Recommendation for Horse Trailer with Chains that are Too Short

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I have a 2010 Ford 150 truck with towing package. I can not get the 2 horse trailer chains to attach to the hitch. J hooks wont go on the loop under the tail gate. Chains are too short. If part # 49135 will sustain 10,000 lbs, it will work I think. Do I clip the J hook with spring onto the Hidden Hitch? What are the measurements on that part? Metal is 1 inch and hole is 2 inch x 1. Am I right that the screw locking mechanism should seat below the hitch loop?

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I went out to the warehouse and pulled safety chain quick link # 49135 to measure for you. With the nut fully opened the opening is just over 1/2 an inch (0.52 inches). If you can fit the opening over you current safety chains they should work well as these have a 10k capacity each.

A better solution would be to replace your current safety chains with something like the part # 49150 as this is a 44 inch safety chain kit with a 16k capacity.

Or for a 35 inch chain part # 1483-535-04.

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