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Tow Hooks up Front

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by TXsizeK5, Sep 3, 2001.

  1. TXsizeK5

    TXsizeK5 1/2 ton status

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    Hey guys, I'm here again w/ some more newbie questions =P
    As for tow hooks, you can put two in the front right? You just bolt them onto the frame?? Can you do this on a stock 87? And how hard is it, what tools are needed? Just like a wrench? thanks

    6in 87' K5 w/ 35" BFG muds.

    What I need: 4.57 gears, limited slip front, auto locker in the rear, KN filter, Force2 Catback, rear springs, SSR's
     
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    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    I have them factory tow hooks BRAND SPANKING NEW with the bolts and hardware to complete the kit.

    It cost me $80 new from GM. I can ship them to your door for $75.

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  3. TXsizeK5

    TXsizeK5 1/2 ton status

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    Nah it's alright man, 4wpw sells em for 13 dollars a peice (kit to install too)


    6in 87' K5 w/ 35" BFG muds.

    What I need: 4.57 gears, limited slip front, auto locker in the rear, KN filter, Force2 Catback, rear springs, SSR's
     
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    Tow hooks are easy to install. On my 85 I think there was one hole already there from the factory, so mount the hook with the one hole and drill the other hole using the hook as a guide. If you use grade 8 hardware it'll be on there forever trust me.
     
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    The ones from 4wp are just generic ones. To use them you will have to drill holes in the frame. They might not fit if they are too long, so check them before you buy. The ones Wes has on the other hand are the factory peices and bolt on with no drilling.

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    Ok, I understand, but keep in mind, mine are the factory hooks, shaped like a "J" instead of those little black or chrome hooks you can find at any parts store.

    Good luck! [​IMG]

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  7. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    I've seen the factory hooks fail with very little load on em, they just 'straighten out' [​IMG]

    Rene

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  8. hmmmm.....

    my '79(rip) had the towhooks, which i took off before what was left was hauled away...

    my '83 had no towhooks, and no mounting holes for such....

    i DO know that i wouldn't buy those 13 dollar hooks for a fullsize beast like a k-5... you get buried in the mud, and there's going to be TREMENDOUS forces involved pulling you out...really.

    i'd go with the stockers, or some d-ring setup, and stay the hell away from it when you're pulling....
     
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    Yeah... what could i put up front? woudl it be possible to mount a hitch up front? My friends tow hook cut a few straps cuz they kept slipping down to the hook, my friend ties the straps to his leaf springs... thats not a good idea is it???!!

    6in 87' K5 w/ 35" BFG muds.

    What I need: 4.57 gears, limited slip front, auto locker in the rear, KN filter, Force2 Catback, rear springs, SSR's
     
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    I use the 'D' ring shackles, mounted to a custom bumper. They work great!
    A receiver hitch up front would work...

    Straps around leaf springs are a bad idea, but if you're desperate you do what you have to.

    Rene

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    I haven't had a problem with my $13 tow hooks. I did us two grade 8 bolts to attach each though. As far as them breaking, I hit a minivan that made a left infront of me at 25 MPH and my drivers side tow hook took the main force of the impact. The frame bent, but my tow hook was fine after a coat of spray paint.
     
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    Ok, now it's time for me to put in my 2 cents (tax included). =P
    The factory tow hooks for the S-10 Blazers are rock solid, IMHO. Anybody looking for good hooks I would suggest these. They can usually be purchased at any boneyard for about $20. I have pulled BIG trucks, tractors, trees, household appliances (LOL), big rocks, etc. and have NEVER had any problems with them. Just my opinion....

    Good luck!
    Aaron

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    1991 S10 Blazer, 6 in. suspension, 3 in. body lift, mt's.
     
  13. i've got the $12 hooks on mine. the hooks have stood up fine. my frame, however, is bend and cracked at the ends from numerous yanks out of the mud. i'll be adding a front receiver when i get the chance.

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    I would recomend to your friend to not pull or be pulled by the leaf springs.

    See Ya,
    Keith

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    I bought two tow hooks from autozone for 9.95 each. I had to drill two 1/2" holes per hook to get them to fit in my 87. So far so good, many pulls. Had the same problem of sawing tow straps. I also hung a chain from the hooks, it looks bad ass, and if you adjust the droop right, you will hear the chain drag on rocks that are as high as your differential as a warning.

    K-5- because size DOES matter!
     

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