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Stock tow hook positions

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by walt88, Feb 25, 2001.

  1. walt88

    walt88 1/2 ton status

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    I have an 88 K5, are there tow hooks i can bolt to the frame with the stock bumper. I think i have seen them somewhere.

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  2. Boondock

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    I have an 86, wanted to know the same thing. I could have used some tow hooks this weekend when i sunk up to the gills in black, smelly mud. blast! please let me know if you get any help about where to mount them.

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  3. ChevyCaGal

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    Me too. I have an 86....

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    they were a stock option they bolt to the frame under the bumper Ill take pics tommorow I think I have an extre set .

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  5. bigjbear

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    There are two different styles ( three if you count the M1008 & M1009 as stock) of stock tow hooks. The old style-a big "J" shaped hook, and the new style-this one has some strange bends in it. I have been told they are both rated at 10000 lbs, but the newer style seems to bend when realy pulled on. BTW the M1008/9 uses square tubing and clevises. To mount the old style just drill two holes in the frame at about a 30 deg angle and add two 1/2" grade 8 bolts. If you need more help just look at the truck you are steeling them from or I can take a pic if you want.

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    Not sure what year they changed, probably around '80, but the mid 70's won't bolt onto an '83. They look similar, but the bolt spacing is different. My '83 has one "J" shaped hook, and our '89 Sub has two of the more curved ones. Anybody else have a problem breaking the lower bolt on their's?

    Pete

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  7. HarryH3

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    I just went to a junkyard and found a truck that still had the factory hooks that matched the hole spacing on my truck. I got the J-style and bolted them on with some mongo-sized grade 8 bolts, backed by large washers to help spread the load on the frame.

    The newer style hooks certainly don't look as strong as the older J-style hooks.

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    DO NOT SIDE PULL. you WILL bend the frame if you pull from the side. Pull in line with the frame only with those style.

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  9. bigjbear

    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    pcorssmit, the hooks changed when the front bumpers changed. I am not 100% but I think the bumpers changed when the front clip changed. That was in '81.


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