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Tow Hooks.. where?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by TXsizeK5, Oct 20, 2001.

  1. TXsizeK5

    TXsizeK5 1/2 ton status

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    I want to bolt tow hooks to the front... i just dont know where.. i looked and it doesn't look like there are holes in the frame for that... do i have to bust out the drill??
    Oh and can anyone recomend some heavy duty hooks 15k lb's + , company or website? Thanks

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

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    Have you looked at useing the factory tow hooks they did mount to the outside of the frame.
    Eric

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  3. bigjbear

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    If you want to use the stock ones look for some for a 73-80, drill the holes and bolt them on. The 81 &amp; arn't as strong. The new F-350s have stout tow loops as well. If you have a heavy equiptment salavage near by look for something off a dump truck or a mixer.

    Jim '80 GMC & '73 Blazer
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  4. DesertDueler

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    I just bought a set of factory hooks for the burb since they were missing when i got them. If your didnt come with them then all you have to do is get longer bolts and bolt the to the frame. It uses the holes where the bumper attaches to. The bad part is they are expensive. They were $80 my cost on them, they retail for 115.

    86Jimmy 4"&35"MTRs,87 burb 4"&35"MT,69Firebird w/525 hp,and 70GTO live in PHX,AZ<a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/modifierperformance>My vehicles</a>
     
  5. White Knight

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    Tractor Suppy Company sells them, big meaty ones....might have to drill a hole or two however.

    Still a Very pissed-off
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  6. CaptCrunch

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    Factory tow hooks are WEAK as heck... i strongly DO MOT recommend using them.

    White Knoght... got any contact info for Tractor Supply Company?

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    I use the factory tows hools because they will bend before they break. Most aftermarket ones snap when they break, Very Dangerous. As for factory tow hooks I have not had a problem yet. I always use both hooks to pull someone out or to pull myself out.

    86Jimmy 4"&35"MTRs,87 burb 4"&35"MT,69Firebird w/525 hp,and 70GTO live in PHX,AZ<a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/modifierperformance>My vehicles</a>
     
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    I have to agree with Mikey. Stock tow hooks suck.

    Tim
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  9. CaptCrunch

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    I have seen about a 50/50 break to bend ration on times when factory hooks are used, but that is just what I have seen. Also I dunno how it is in the west and sw, but the mud comps and most trail outing here outlaw factory tow hooks. They can't even be on the truck!!! and to be truthful I agree 100%. I have seen to near death experiences because of tow hooks... one broke and knocked the hat off a 8 year old boy in the spectator area. Less then a month later I was out on a weekend and watched in terror as one snapped on a group of guys about 100yds away in the pit. A pickup was trying to tuck loose another fullsize, the one pulling had a metal grating across the back window to protect the window from stuff... well the hook snapped and fired right back and through the cage, shattered the window and nailed the driver in the back of the head. Incredabily the guy survived but was severly handicapped from what I heard.

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  10. txbartman

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    My truck didn't have any tow hooks. I also don't have a stock bumper so I had to find a place to mount them. I picked up several 10,000 lb black hook from 4WPW for $3.95 each. I went to Home Depot and got some grade 8 1/2" bolts and a GOOD drill bit. I mounted mine to the INSIDE of the front frame rails. I mounted on the inside to keep them from interfering with my steering and springs. I drilled holes through the part of the frame where the front spring hangers are. Right between the factory rivets for the spring hangers. That way I am bolting to a LOT of steel.

    For the rear, I am mounting mine to the sides of the supports for my hitch platform which is welded to the frame. Wanna talk about some strong mounting points. I know sluggo45acp mounted his rear ones on the insides of his frame rails and then cut holes in his factory bumpers to get to them.

    I can take some pictures if you want.

    Brian
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