Stake Pocket D-Ring Mounts
***All orders will be shipped out 3-12 business days from payment. All orders are made to order. Tracking information is automatically sent when labels are printed***
***LAMAR TRAILER OWNERS*** Their stake pockets are known to be longer, wider and shallower than the conventional stake pocket. We offer tie downs sized appropriately, to specifically fit them. They can be found here:
***Diamond C trailer owners with HDT and LPX lines of trailers*** your specific stake pocket tie downs can be found here:
All orders placed after 6/19/2022 will be of the revised versions, featuring the formed tops.
After numerous revisions since the first sets were made, all to reduce material handling, prep and welding time, while maintaining their strength, the latest revision of our wildly popular stake pocket d-ring mounts is now released. Revised models feature a formed “cap” plate, over the previous 2-piece welded-on-cap plate, to utilize the strength of the 1/4” steel being formed, over solely a fillet weld. The formed cap is welded inside and out to the formed sides of the pocket itself to reinforce the cap from deflection. This revised version also allows the tie downs to sit inward towards the deck of the trailer, leaving the outer rub rails of the trailer to be uninterrupted, providing a cleaner overall look when in use. For stake pockets that do not allow the offset side of the tie down to sit over the deck, it can simply be reversed to point outward, allowing them to be used where the back of the tie down needs to be flush. New sleeker design also takes up less space in a toolbox and is easier to store than the previous, bulkier design.
We don't follow the myth of “more weld is better”, however we stand behind utilizing the mechanical properties of the material to it's fullest extent, before needing to add a weld. From the pull testing that we had performed, it proved that the failure point would be the ring first, then the tear-out of the pin holes themselves, before a failure of the cap structure itself would occur. Granted, the pull testing results that resulted in a deformation or tearing of the plate structure of our tie downs, was a result of an unbalanced load being placed on the tie downs themselves. This can be seen in the photos, the load shifted between the hook and chain links of the load tester, resulting in an uneven load. This was caused by an inadequate test saddle failing prematurely and resorting to using the chain and Crosby rings. Whereas being used in a stake pocket, the hitch pin is placed in an evenly loaded, double shear situation. Either way, the plate structure strength surpassed the load limit of the forged steel rings being used, which in our books, is successful for what it's being advertised as with no smoke and mirrors.
In reality, when sized properly to the load, the stake pocket(that is a downhill MIG welded fillet joint, found on 99% of the trailers on the market) will tear off the side of the trailer before the strength of these tie downs is compromised.
So many times you’ve either seen it or done it, the hook on your ratchet strap doesn’t fit through the stake pocket hole on your trailer or flatbed. So what do you do? You run your strap on the outside of the pocket or rub rail and hook it to the bottom of the stake pocket, leaving your straps out in the open. The point of the rub rail on trailers, is just what the name implies, a rub rail! So in the event that your trailer comes into contact with another object, it will rub along the smooth rail and not get snagged on the stake pocket. So why would you put your straps on the outside of said rub rail?! Well, now you don’t have to!
Another unpleasant event is when the ratchet strap is hooked to the outside of the pocket, the webbing of the strap rubs on the top edge of the steel stake pocket. While not a big deal for a stationary piece of cargo, for a wheeled object or something with a suspension, it can move round a bit while traveling down the road. Every time it moves, that nylon strap webbing is rubbing back and forth on that steel edge, it’s only a matter of time before there’s a strap failure.
Even for those using chains more often than straps, what would you rather feed and pull chain through, a vertically placed, sharp edged rectangular pocket or a hinged ring, that is at or above the trailer deck surface? The answer’s pretty clear!
Being that they’re retained with a hitch pin, means that they can be moved about to different stake pockets as the cargo changes sizes and shapes, instead of being welded in a fixed location(that never seems to be, where it needs to be!)
While there are many different styles out there, this is our twist on the stake pocket d-ring mounts! Sure, there’s inferior versions of these available out there, with thinner materials and booger welds, but we set out to build the highest quality d-ring mounts available. Because let’s face it, you spend your hard earned money on your toys and equipment, so why cheap out on the strap mount that’s either welded overseas or in a plant with very poor quality control?!
These are made from USA-made 1/4” formed steel with forged d-rings. All the plates are CNC plasma cut, CNC formed and hand welded in-house to a specific size to fit the conventional 3.5" x 1.5" stake pocket. The hole clearance from the bottom of the top plate to the top of the top hole is 3.25” and 4.375” to the top of the bottom hole, allowing them to fit both 3” and 4” tall stake pockets. Be sure to measure your stake pockets to verify this size will fit.
Need a custom size? We’d be glad to make you a custom sized set! (Depending on sizing, pricing may vary.)
Ring sizes are offered in 3 sizes as follows:
The 1/2” rings that are used have a 4,000lb working load limit and a 12,000lb minimum break strength.
The 5/8” rings that are used have a 6,000lb working load limit and an 18,000lb minimum break strength.
The 3/4” rings that are used have a 9,000lb working load limit and a 26,500 minimum break strength.
For those that only have 3” deep stake pockets, we also have a shorty version, that only has one pin hole, that is 3.25” below the top plate. They offer the same features, in a shorter package, that also store in less space when not in use. We recommend the shorty version, unless you absolutely need the universal length, as they're smaller, lighter and easier to package(both shipping-wise and when stored in your toolbox).
An anti-theft option for them has also been asked for, so now all stake pockets from here on out(June 2020), will have a hole on the bottom edge to accept a Masterlock. While we feel the lock isn’t the end all, be all for theft, as cordless grinders are readily available nowadays, it’s simply more of a deterrent than anything. Whether you choose to utilize the hole or not, is totally up to you, but we’d rather see the option be available for you(The locks pictured are a $15/pair from Lowe’s, cheap insurance)
These all come with a 1/2"” hitch pin(and hairpin clip) to retain the mount in the stake pocket.
These have been proof tested as well. The 1/2” ring version withstood a 15,000lb pull test, at which the actual test fixture failed first. The 5/8” ring version withstood 17,580lbs before the second test rig failed And a second test withstood 18,500lbs, before the pocket hole tore out(which is believed to be from the test fixture shifting and causing the load to become imbalanced)
Thrifty Garage on YouTube did a comparison review of a handful of different stake pocket d-rings. We’ve since started sandblasting before powder coating, to alleviate the chipping of the coating. Here’s his video:
*****It’s up to you the consumer to do your homework and choose the proper ring size for the load you are restraining and your local/state/federal DOT guidelines!! You are using these at your own risk.*****
***SOLD AS PAIRS—-QUANTITY OF 1 EQUALS 2 MOUNTS***
Effective 3/12/2020, all tie downs will no longer be painted, but will now be powder coated in-house.
All powder coated orders are bubble wrapped to protect the coating and raw steel rings are shrink wrapped together. Boxes are taped around all 6 sides. Some scratches may be present upon delivery, as USPS is sometimes known to handle with the least amount of care.