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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-05-2002, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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The local 4wd club now requires front and rear tow points along with a fire extinguisher.

What do you guys suggest for a rear tow hook on the back of my truck? How should I mount them? On the side of the frame rail?

Should I go to a junkyard and see if I can find some 73-87 tow hooks or should I buy some 88up fullsize tow hooks? Does anyone happen to know the part number for the tow hooks? The local dealership is a bunch of blockheads and I'm willing to bet they'll only be able to find it if I go there with the part number. The last time I bought 88up tow hooks they were a steal at $18.
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I've got the hooks off my truck. If you want them I can work out a deal.

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Re: tow hooks

for the rear one couldnt you just have a cleavace?(spelling) or a ball in the bumper?
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Drey, way too many people have been killed and injured from using hitch balls as tow points. they'll break off and going flying.
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Heh heh, yeah I imagine you COULD do something like that drey...
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<font color=green>You sure you wanna use a hitch ball as a tow point, Drey? I sure wouldn't. I've seen 'em break and it's never pretty. Here's an example for you that I found on the web...

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oh man i would get pissed if that happend to me, i would be overwelmed with anger if a ball hitch flew through my windshild, good thing it didnt go thorugh and hit the driver, personally as i see it from this picture, they should of pulled him out from the rear, i see the front passengerside tire acted like a plow and was pushing mud untill it just was too much, ive done this with my 4 wheeler and a winch, acted like a plow, really put a strain on the winch, but that really sucks.
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Well, I have a clevis. The only problem is that about all I trust my bumper for is hauling around a garden trailer. I wouldn't use it to haul a regular trailer. It's pretty mangled in the middle. It used to have a bumper-mounted 2" receiver on it and a lady drove her cherokee into the back of my Dad's truck and peeled the middle of the bumper down.

Trailer balls aren't safe for anything like that. They have a very high tensile strength but break easy. It's the main reason GM's hooks are the best ever made. They're forged, good for 5 tons, and bend before they break.
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Eh, that's why we have to have frame-mounted recovery points now. Too many control arms and bumpers gone AWOL. It's the same reason that we've got to have fire extinguishers now. Last year a truck caught on fire and it took a couple hours for several people to put out. One guy recently lost his entire truck to a fire in his garage.

$20 for tow hooks and $30 for an automotive extinguisher. Not a bad idea. Not sure where I'm going to mount the rear hooks though since I don't have a receiver.
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How much?
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