Mud in my Veins
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Memphis, TN
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Re: Tow Hooks
I'd mount them to the sides of the frame horns. Most people mount to the bottoms, but I figure if you roll over a log or a Yugo, you'll hook on. Mount them at an angle so the hook extends as low as possible so you don't damage the bumper when the chain goes tight, and use 1/4" thick backup plates to keep the bolts from ripping through the frame.
BUT the better solution is to mount shackles to the bottoms of the frame horns. No hooking, no slipping off, and they can be removed or replaced whenever you need to.
83 Custom w/95 4.9L EFI, 78 NP435, 83 NP208, 83 D44IFS 3.07, 87 Ford 8.8ABS 3.08, Michelin LTX AT 31x10.50R15