Smart off roaders have known for years that the most secure way to use your recovery winch is replace the hook with a common screw pin shackle. Unless you are competing, the added seconds required to use a shackle versus a hook during a vehicle recovery is not worth the safety risk associated with standard winch hooks.
Factor 55 products are designed and manufactured using state of the art technologies. All of our products are designed using SolidWorks CAD systems and stress analyzed using COSMOS Finite Element Simulation software. The FEA results allow us to optimize a design concept by adding or removing material or changing material properties where necessary.
FEA or Finite Element Analysis, is a mathematical method of determining stresses in materials before actually building a physical prototype. This allows our engineers to optimize our product designs for the greatest strength to weight considerations. In other words, we can remove material where it is not needed and add material to any weak zones of a particular design concept. This method of design takes away the guess work on determining how thick or what material something should be made of.