I have never had success removing those retainer rings in a manner I could reuse them, they are used to hold the the hook in during the install process before the nuts are put on. I just use needle nose pliers, grab one of the tabs and twist, the ring will snap off.
that will be a fun run, NoVA Jeepers is a well organized group from what I experienced at the GTD event yesterday. That was a great event with some really good looking Jeeps and I won some cool ass NoVA Jeepers corn hole boards in the raffle.
Thought I had this sold through FB but buyer was a no show. Still have the lift, local pick up only, don’t want to mess with shipping. With everything seemingly on back order this may be a good deal for someone.