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Replacement S-Hooks for Trailer Safety Chains

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Hi Re: trailer safety chains I have a 2013 Tacoma with an 18foot RPod trailer. The little clasps on the S hooks are gone. Can I simply get Clevis hooks as replacement? But then Id need to cut the existing S hooks off- how? My bolt cutter wont work. The chains are too long. Will cutting them decrease their safety? Many tx. You folks are the best!

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We can offer you replacement S-hooks with keepers for your trailer's safety chains. You'll just need to find a suitable saw (or helper who can bend the S hook open) to remove the old ones. We have S-hooks in 7/16-inch size # C81820, 17/32-inch # C81830 and 3/8-inch # C81810.

You can certainly use a clevis hook like # 6495-301-04 or a Quick Link such as # BX229-0512 if you prefer these over the S-hooks.

Cutting your chains down to the correct length will not reduce their capacity so long as you do not apply high heat that could affect the metal's strength.

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