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Where to buy tie down rings locally?

I'm looking for D-rings to bolt to the steel frame rails of my Harbor Freight trailer, and haven't had luck so far at the home centers and a few hardware stores. All I've found is light duty for loads up to a couple hundred pounds or heavy duty for loads up to like 6000 pounds. I'm just hauling 1 bike so somewhere like 800-1000 pounds I'd feel good about. I had an eyebolt give way on me a few years ago, so enough capacity for peace of mind is key. Any resources in the western burbs or store chains that carry a good selection? Thanks

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they sell the rings too

and honestly your bike only weighs a couple hundred pounds, divide that by the 4 rings youre using and bam youre good to go

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I hear you on the bike being only 300 lbs and having 2 points up front securing most of the weight (no good rear tie points) makes it not a big static load, but these rings with 200 pound limits don't inspire confidence, they don't fit the job. Call it overkill, but better safe than sorry.

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I don't know about locally. But, etrailer.com has damn near everything trailer related

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I don't know about locally. But, etrailer.com has damn near everything trailer related

Have you tried Lowes or Home Depot?
Yep, http://www.etrailer.com has everything you'll need. Also remember that the load ratings are for a "static" load, not a moving/dynamic load. When a bike is trying to move around, the weight/moment creates a torque greater that the weight itself.

I had a 3/8" eyebolt open up on my old trailer when I hit a bump once. Luckily, I had 4 ratchet straps on the bike, or it would have left the trailer.

If you're going to use eyebolts, get the ones that are welded shut.


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I don't know about locally. But, etrailer.com has damn near everything trailer related

Have you tried Lowes or Home Depot?
I ended up buying the D-rings I found at Lowes. 400 pound safe working load

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Yep, http://www.etrailer.com has everything you'll need. Also remember that the load ratings are for a "static" load, not a moving/dynamic load. When a bike is trying to move around, the weight/moment creates a torque greater that the weight itself.

I had a 3/8" eyebolt open up on my old trailer when I hit a bump once. Luckily, I had 4 ratchet straps on the bike, or it would have left the trailer.

If you're going to use eyebolts, get the ones that are welded shut.
The dynamic load is what I had in mind when wanting some safety margin. I had the exact experience you did with the eye bolt opening up. The D-rings I ended up with are 400 pound safe working load and 1200 pound break strength, and appear to be fused shut (I hesitate to call it a weld). I feel reasonably comfortable with this setup but I only have 2 tie downs on the front end, not a good place on the back to steady any weight since there's no subframe.

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Thats a prOn site to old guys like me

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Thats a prOn site to old guys like me
I have spent, and will continue to spend, too much money with them

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