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It's a pelican hook doubling as a makeshift Highfield lever. The bending moment that has warped the whole lashup is caused by the fact that the toggle has been has been negated by the slip lock ring that keeps the lever closed. Instead of being free to swivel and line up the turnbuckle and wire with the load path, it is trapped at the level of the ring - the bending force now runs through the middle of the turnbuckle. If a toggle isn't free to flex, it might as well not be there.
I agree the wire looks pretty suspect as well - oxidation around the throat of the swage.
At a minimum, take it apart, polish the parts thoroughly until shiny bright and check them under high magnification for any sort of cracks - VERY fine cracks are just as bad as big nasty looking ones. If it all passes, open up the turnbuckle far enough to pin the toggle to that chainplate - that will allow the rigging to flex properly. Leave the pelican hook and the shackle out entirely.
I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
Last edited by SloopJonB; 01-24-2012 at 05:00 AM.