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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-02-1999, 07:18 PM
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Tow Hooks

Hey all. Where does everyone have tow hooks mounted? I need to put some on my truck and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions.I dont wanna buy a $160 receiver hitch for the rear...too expensive. any suggestions for the rear? Thanks.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 10-02-1999, 08:40 PM
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Re: Tow Hooks

I have 2 tow hooks on the front of my 86. They are bolted to the underneath of the frame just behind the bumper. The tow hook bolt holes line up perfectly through the factory holes for the front sway bar. I had to drill out the holes a bit bigger, and take a grinder to one of the "lips" on the edge of the say bar bracket. Not too much trouble. Total time was about an hour, including having to free the original rusted sway bar bolts.

post #3 of (permalink) Old 10-02-1999, 09:58 PM
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Re: Tow Hooks

Hey that's a great idea for the front tow hooks. I just lifted my 89 XLT 6"s and the front sway bar seems to be at a critical angle. Explorer said that's the way it's supposed to be. I guess placing the hooks there will lower the sway bar at least one inch.

As for the rear I have a heavy duty 8" drop bumper. It's for a pickup so I had to make my own brackets to mount it to my Bronco. It's super strong so all I did was drill a couple of holes on the bottom of it and placed the hooks. The bumper has a tongue weight of 1k lbs so I figure its strong enough.

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 10-02-1999, 10:11 PM
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Re: Tow Hooks

im not sure that i wanna remove my sway bar though, its a daily driver, and here in houston there are many crazy drivers who have made me do emergency maneuvers in my Bronco....so i kinda wanna retain the sway bar.

post #5 of (permalink) Old 10-03-1999, 12:22 AM
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Re: Tow Hooks

You dont have to get ride of the sway bar, just mount the hooks along with the sway bar. (Sandwich the hooks between the bar mount and frame, or vise versa)

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Re: Tow Hooks

I didn't remove the sway bar, just mounted the tow hooks through the same bolt holes.

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