Driving people/zilco harness question

Nudibranch

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Can anyone tell me how to adjust the length on the ZGB integrated traces? Mine have no buckles at all, and no slots. Just a dee end. I could attach a quick release shackle easily enough but that doesnt allow any adjustment of trace length. I've scoured the internet and all I can find from Zilco is that the trace length is adjusted "behind the horse". Well yes, but how? I can't find a coupling or attachment with any adjustment! I have a standard curly swingletree on a 4 wheeler and it would be pure fluke if the traces are the right length when I eventually hitch up.
Please someone point me in the right direction and save me banging my head against a brick wall. I'm sure it's something glaringly obvious I am not seeing here but....
 

Nudibranch

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It is quite odd, it's just a plain D. It must have been made to request or something as it looks to be finished the same as the rest of the harness, I.e. to Zilco stitch pattern/finish. I wonder if the harness has been used for pulling something other than a carriage. But it's giving me a right headache! None of the alternative couplings will work with it. I might have to replace the breastplate section with an SL or something with adjustable traces if I can't find a way round it. Grrr!
 

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Get a saddler to punch some holes or slots in the ends and put them directly on the pigtails (what else are they called? 😁)
Just 're read your post, so the traces and the breastplate are one complete item?
 

Littlewills

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You can buy the end pieces with the D rings separately, so I'd buy those and have a saddler, someone like PLAS maybe adjust the end of the traces and put a buckle on
 

Nudibranch

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Thanks all...some good suggestions. I'm thinking diy might be the way forward. OH is very handy and I have a some bits of saddlery kit about. Tda, yes it's a complete piece of harness. Probably great if you're trying to working with a four in hand but a pain in the neck for a single without the right ends!
 
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