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tow hooks?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Marshall, Jan 21, 2003.

  1. Marshall

    Marshall 1/2 ton status

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    Does anyone have a picture of how there tow hooks are mounted. i think mine might be mounted backwards.Please let me know how you have mounted yours.
     
  2. K5Kell

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    Backwards? Does that mean that the open end faces out? if so just spin them around, shouldnt be to hard to fix.
    -Kell-
     
  3. GM Man

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    You have to mount them backwards on a Chevy/GMC, cause they make so much h.p. that you have to slow them down some way. /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    The open end should be towards the rear if that helps.
     
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    Open ends towards the rear as you said, with the actual hooks facing inward toward the center of the frame as I recall.
     
  6. Marshall

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    so the tip of the hooks faces inward......i have em on opposite of that. the tip faces toward the outside of the truck.
     
  7. dremu

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    Look at page 6 of the brochure for the 1976 Chevy Suburban on

    Brochures Pages

    (direct link: 76 Burb page 6 )

    I know it's a Burb, but my '74 Blazer was just like this 'fore I changed bumpers.

    This is the old-style J-shaped hook, but you can see at the bottom (passenger side) that the hook points back.

    Now your truck looks newer -- anybody know when they changed? 73-80 and 81-91? I know my '90 Burb has the newer style hooks, that are weirdly S-shaped.

    Page 6 of the 1986 Jimmy brochure has a crappy picture here
    86 Jimmy p6 where you can see the vertical slots in the fender skirt on the front, which have the tow hooks, and they also point backwards (hook going towards the rear.)

    I remember when I put the nose guard on the Burb, those hooks are a bear to line up cuz they twist around so funny.

    HTH.

    -- A
     
  8. nofeartruckin00

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    best pic I have of how the tow hooks face inwards

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Marshall

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    jeeez.....mine are on wrong thanks for the hel guys. I will switch em around tommorow /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif.

    Thanks, Marshall

    350/TBI/3.73 Gov-Lock/208/31"S
     
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    what are yall mounting the tow hooks to i got a set from autozone and i cant find a place to mount them except sidewards
     
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    </font><blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr />
    what are yall mounting the tow hooks to

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    Umm, the factory holes?

    The '81 ups (at least) mount the hooks with two large bolts that are offset on the frame. Aftermarket hooks probably require you to drill holes.
     
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    The factory holes go all the way back to 1975. My 1975 didn't have the hooks, so I took some off a 1978, and they fit perfectly. You should have the holes if you can find the factory hooks. I see them on Ebay all the time.

    Good luck.

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    I don't think the older factory hooks interchange. 'Course I could be wrong, since I don't own a '75, but I recall hearing the way they mount being different.

    On the '78 hooks, were the bolts "vertical", or was the portion of the hook that mounts to the frame "bent" at a 45* angle, so the bolt holes were staggered?

    Could have been I've just seen aftermarket hooks and thought they were old style ones too.
     
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    Re: tow hooks? Two styles

    Which I'll *guess* are 1973ish-1980, and 1981+.

    At the very least, the 1987+ models use the goofy S-shaped thing Dorian talked about, and the pre-1980 models use the straight J-shaped ones. (My '74 had them factory, btw.)
     
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    Re: tow hooks? Two styles

    mine only go on one hole. they mount to the body mount support i believe. but only one bolt holds them in- and whenever i pull someone out they bend up into my bumper, and frankly i'm scared they are going to break off or bend up to far anyone have a close up of where to mount them?

    note- mine are HOOKS [​IMG]
     
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    Re: tow hooks? Two styles

    they need to be mounted w/ at least 2 bolts, fix it before you hurt someone
     
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    Re: tow hooks? Two styles

    i know, but there ain't nowhere to put two bolts in. trust me i've looked. and my drill won't drill through the sideplates of my pushbar, which is plenty strong, if it did they'd be mounted horizontally on it in an instant. Most of the time i'll just wrap the chain around the pushbar, or use the extra hitch ball storing holes on my receiver.
     
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    could someone post pics of their factory tow hooks or aftermarket that works right
     
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    [ front hooks looks.
    Thats not a pic of how they mount, but how they look. And for the back of the truck over my receiver i put two of the hooks pic'd above on the bumper on that extremely thick piece of metal that a ball mount would go onto. Ill try to get a pic of it up, and if you want me to a pic of how my factory front hooks mount up.
     
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