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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-09-2001, 01:41 PM
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Tow Hooks

On my 95' Bronco I would like to install tow hooks. I dont care whether they are on the front or back, does anyone have any ideas on an easy way to do this?

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Re: Tow Hooks

http://www.off-road.com/ford/bigbroncos/tech/recovery/. Try that.


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Re: Tow Hooks

For the rear, just use a receiver mounted shackle. $30

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THE article said not to use a ball, how is that dangerous?

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Re: Tow Hooks

Because if it breaks off and you're using a strap or rope, it will fly very quickly into one of the trucks and hit hard, unless there's a person standing in its path. I've seen them used many times but I won't use one on my truck, i take the ball off and put a shackle on, MUCH safer. And most bumpers aren't up to the challenge either, I've never seen one come off but man they can get bent all to he||, but I've seen several web sites and magazines show pics off them coming off completely. be safe

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I use the ball on mine all the time. I just think if it is stout enough to pull my boat trailer~5000lbs, then it should be able to hold the strap, hell the truck pulled the boat about 100 miles with nothing wrong, so in mind set that would've put more pressure than pulling someone out... guess I am wrong, anyway I am going to be building me a ranchhand wanna be back bumper pretty soon-dang ag teacher has us welding pads still after 4 months[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/mad.gif[/img]-so don't know how long it will be.

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Re: Tow Hooks

Lemme put it to ya this way. Those balls are designed to pull 5 maybe 10 thousand pounds of ROLLING load. I have snapped 30K pound straps before pulling people out, so that should tell ya that a lot of energy can be stored in a tow strap behind a big truck. I'm not sure how much safer this is, but I don't have a problem with just sticking a strap up into a 2" receiver tube and running the pin through the loop if we don't have an insert handy. My strap is about 2" wide at the loop, so it pulls evenly across the whole pin, so it seems fairly safe to me, but I don't ever let anybody get between two trucks playing tug-of-war anyway.

You'll probably get away with using the ball, I have many times, but a clevis insert is about $30 and potentially much safer... a trailer ball at 50 mph would do more than $30 damage to whatever it hits, guaranteed!


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Actualy for the insert ot owuld be around 120 for me because I don't have a hidden hitch, so right now I am using what I got, but I already have the actual clevis- friend in military, works on hummers... hmmmm put two and two together, anyway he stole me one and it looks very stout. So as soon as I get a hidden hitch I will do that but considering I already blew 500 bucks on the bronco, so I don't wanna spend another 120, do I hear Christmas?[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/laugh.gif[/img]
I understand the facts aobut the 30 bucks and the ball damage.

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