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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-05-2001, 10:27 PM
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Tow Hooks

Where is a good place to mount tow hooks on the front and rear of my Bronc.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 01-05-2001, 10:55 PM
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Re: Tow Hooks

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On the frame. It's crazy that Ford didn't put any tow hooks on our trucks. but yeah, put them on the frame, and drill huge holes for some huge bolts. The last thing that you want to do is be on the trail with a welded tow hook, and have it pop off, decapitating the nearest small animal, or hurting someone in the process.

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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.

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Re: Tow Hooks

the front has a sub frame, sooooooo, be wary.....
and here is the tech article on this:http://www.off-road.com/ford/bigbroncos/tech/recovery/

it doesn't really address the potential sub-frame problems


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Re: Subframe

Broncos don't have subframes. They are cab-on-chassis vehicles and always have been. The frame is a standard full-length ladder with no boxing except immediately in front of the engine crossmember. Even 66-77 Broncos, Bronco II's, and Explorers are built this way, so I don't know where you got that. Front-wheel drive vehicles often have front subframes.

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Re: Subframe

Steve83: Just some quick info. The 66-77 Bronco DID have a full boxed frame They did not have a C-channel type.

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Re: box frame

Yeah, I was mainly referring to the subframe issue on 78-96's. I've rebuilt a 75.

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Re: Subframe

yes steve..
sorry guys, I was referring to the "accordion section" of the 90's (92 and up to 96) Broncos.. some here at the base call this a "sub-frame".
here is the section that describes the front tow hook idea from the aforementioned link:
http://www.off-road.com/ford/bigbroncos/tech/recovery/

"Front End
Broncos built from '78 to '91 had frame horns with nice, flat sections which make perfect mounting points for hooks as shown in the picture above.
'92 to '96 Broncos had an "accordion" section on the frame horns to absorb energy during a crash. While this is great for passenger safety, it makes recovery point mounting a little more challenging. ..etc..."

Btw, I have a Setina police/military push bar on my 96..it is srs compatible..costs only about $125.00..comes in aluminum or steel and is powder coated black..I mounted fishing rod holders on the angle horizontal X brace..police and military mount lights, sirens, etc here and it is good for a step to get into the engine bay..or wax the hood...it does well so far..have pushed 3 trucks and an escort so far.
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Re: Tow Hooks

I have a 94 with the "Accordian" front frame. It looks like I have to remove the bumper in order to bolt the tow hooks on. Is this correct? Is there an easier way? Thanks

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Re: Tow Hooks

You probably do have to pull it, but it's only held on by 4 little screws, I think with 10mm heads. There is one at each point on the back where the mounting brackets meet each upper and lower lip. There are also 4 larger nuts facing forward that hold the bracets on the frame, but I think pulling the screws will give you access inside the frame.

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