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Old 06-07-2006, 01:42 PM
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Default Another tow hook option

Thought these tow hook/straps were a pretty good idea,I've seen plenty of homemade versions but for $25 I'd just buy one of these. They can be tucked up or taped up until you need them too.

http://www.safequipracingproducts.com/racecaracc.htm
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Old 06-07-2006, 02:05 PM
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Hi Cory,

Interesting. I have been trying to figure out a front tow hook for my SC. This may work out the best. Where would it mounted to - I have the stock bumper with a Fiberglass valance and front oil cooler- maybe the front bumper shock??

Looking for the path of least resistance - and work!

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Old 06-07-2006, 05:55 PM
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I used one of the bolts on the front A-arm mount and some zip ties to keep it out of the way.
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Old 06-07-2006, 06:19 PM
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Hi Mark,

I think I will try it. Did yoy go with the hard ring or "bump draft" soft loop?

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Old 06-08-2006, 12:41 AM
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I actually used a through-the-tire strap from my trailer ties downs. They only cost 5 bucks.
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Old 06-08-2006, 07:12 PM
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Earl - I did the same as Mark on my SC. You can run it over the top of the bumper between the bumber and the hood. I attached it to the stock tow / tiedown. I've never had to use it and it has always passed tech.
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Old 06-08-2006, 08:32 PM
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Even better - I alreadu have a few of these axle straps - no$$$$$

Just a 2 quick questions,

Any need to get a longer bolt for the front a arm ( I assume you had to use awasher over the axle strap)?

What did you zip tie to ? assume to stop it from floping at speed?

Thanks - sorry for dumb questions.

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Old 06-19-2006, 11:22 AM
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Thanks Guys -

I put the axle strap/ tow hook on thsi weekend. Worked great ! I cut off the metal end and used velcro to hold is in place - Cost no$$! Appreciate it mdbickel and Mark!!

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Earl and others,

I'm starting to look at front tow hook options for my lowered 78 930 which has a stock bumper and a fiberglass valence.

I'm intersted in the nylon strap idea. But I'd rather not have it hanging out until needed. Were you able to conceal it in some fashion? Do you have a picture of how you mounted it?

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I would be afraid the tire wrap would break and the thing would come loose
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Bob,

My sc is lowered with a stock bumper and fiberglass valence, too. This works great. As Mark said, mount the strap under the A-arm mount. You can feed it between the smile and the bumper. My car is a track only car so i just use velcro to hold it down to the bumper - otherwise it will flap around.

I would think you could mount but secure under the car and only run under the smile for track events. But I never tried it.

Sorry I do not have a picture, can get one if you really need it. But it pretty straight foward. take alook under the front at the smile and bumper - you can put your finger between the smile and bumper - not tools. Then just look how close the front a-arm mount is.

I used a axle tow stap rated for 10000 lbs. Probably better then the factory tow hook point. Not something I am worried about.

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Old 12-01-2006, 04:39 PM
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Reviving an old thread.

Earl, how did you attach to the factory tow hook point? Did you use a strap that had a metal end with an eye like the one above and thread the existing bolt through it? You say you cut off the metal end, does that mean that you just cut a hole in the strap itself and fed the bolt through the strap?
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Sean,

1. Attached under the A-arm ( where the Tie- down hook is). Not the front tow hook.
2 Used a axle strap - mine had two metal ends( triangles). I removed one end and attached the other metal end to the a-arm as described above.
3. The strap is routed from the a-arm over the front bumper under smile. I have it velcroed to the front bumper. I am sure you can use some tie straps to keep is secure under the front end to hide it when not on the track.

Hope this helps.
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Old 12-04-2006, 11:46 AM
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One thing to keep in mind if you run at Limerock - the tow truck doesn't use a hook or clevis on the end of a tow cable, they actually throw (if you happen to be in water) you a 3/4" ROPE and tell you to tie it!

Just makes the experience of standing in one of the Limerock ponds that much more "country"...
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