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Re: Front/rear tow hooks - where & how
On the rear mounts it really depends on what you have for a bumper. The frame rails in the rear are like the front, so you could do a simular thing out back. I bolted mine to the underside of the frame, but my hooks have a retaining clip to hold the tow strap in place. It's just a bent peice of springy steel that keeps the strap from falling. With the hooks upside down you have gravity working against you.
On the front mounts, I'd just add that when you drill out your hooks, try to use the existing holes where your bumber mounts. The more you swiss cheese your frame the weaker it gets. You may have to buy longer bolts, but they're available in any good parts store. Oh yeah, do yourself a favor and use grade 8 hardware. Your new tow hooks may be rated at 12,000 lbs, but they're only as good as the bolts holding them in place.