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Old 12-16-2009, 05:21 PM   #1
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i was curious if anyone had a set of nukabe or benen tow hooks (front and back) laying around that i could possibly look at and get dimensions off of. im thinking of having the machine shop where i work make me some up out of this scrap metal. lance said he may have a cad file for it, but if not i need some dimensions. im sure they are the same, but if it matters its for a 02-03.

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Old 12-16-2009, 05:40 PM   #2
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just design and make your own. Take a scrap piece and hold it up under the car and mark how long you want it and make it yourself.
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Old 12-16-2009, 06:23 PM   #3
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Take a scrap piece
Or use a ruler and at least try to be accurate...


Doctor huh?
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Old 12-16-2009, 07:29 PM   #4
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haha, or cardboard. I am just good enough I only need to do it once. If he is making 1 for his car If he is making 1000 of these to sell then things would be different.

1. use a scrap piece draw on it with a pencil (20 minutes)
2. use the plasma cutter to cut out out (10 mintes)
-2.5 Test fit
3. grind it all smooth (20 mintues)
4. weld the flange on the end (15 minutes)
5. Drill a couple bolt holes (10 minutes)
-5.5 Test fit
6. paint it. (30 minutes including dry time)
7. BAM! it's done! Install it (10 minutes)

It shouldn't take more than 3 hours I am guessing
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Old 12-16-2009, 07:47 PM   #5
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haha, or cardboard. I am just good enough I only need to do it once. If he is making 1 for his car If he is making 1000 of these to sell then things would be different.

1. use a scrap piece draw on it with a pencil (20 minutes)
2. use the plasma cutter to cut out out (10 mintes)
-2.5 Test fit
3. grind it all smooth (20 mintues)
4. weld the flange on the end (15 minutes)
5. Drill a couple bolt holes (10 minutes)
-5.5 Test fit
6. paint it. (30 minutes including dry time)
7. BAM! it's done! Install it (10 minutes)

It shouldn't take more than 3 hours I am guessing
After all that your "tow hook" will look something like this...

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Old 12-16-2009, 11:34 PM   #6
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probably. As you know I don't have a tow hook
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:44 PM   #7
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i know, it wouldnt be very hard to make my own. it would just be nice to give the machine shop guys something to go off of

ill talk to them some more tomorrow
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:59 PM   #8
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I think making your own design would be better rather than copying other peoples. Just my .02
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Old 12-17-2009, 01:03 PM   #9
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Like someone did mine
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Old 12-17-2009, 01:05 PM   #10
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no one copied yours. dude get over it, yours were welded like crap

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Old 12-17-2009, 02:56 PM   #11
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No, and **** you dude. They did copy mine and so what they where welded like crap.
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Old 12-17-2009, 03:21 PM   #12
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I agree with Brody in making one your own so you can say you are the only one who has that!

but once a tow hook is designed and its a very well designed hook funtionally and cosmetically you stick with it cause it works. but either way man it's going on your car so you have to like it!

and I have a rear hook from 801sti and it's perfect except for the fact that the bracket was backwards but it's strong enough that it doesn't need to be bolted to the one side. great tow hook in my opinion!

my front tow hook on the other hand is not perfectly made, it was kind of chopy on the rounded parts (so pretty much you can tell it was home made), this is the one I bought from not-ewrx, whether it was his own design or whatever it works and does its job, however even after I painted it, it still looks like crap. but I didn't like the small ones they make for front tow hooks so I bought it, it was a good price I think and like I said it does what it's supposed to do.

and on the note of stealing or copying your design (not-ewrx) did you have a patent on it? I kind of doubt it and if you stopped making them anyway why does it matter if someone improved on what you designed and sold some?! let it go or prove that you designed it before anyone else and put a patent on it.
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Old 12-17-2009, 03:37 PM   #13
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I don't and no I don't but put yourself in my shoes. I put hard work into coming up with it just for someone to come along and steal my design. I don't care anymore, I'm not going to be making anymore, but it's still messed that he stole my idea.
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Old 12-17-2009, 05:07 PM   #14
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ok anywho, back on topic. im going to make up my own like everyone said...that way they can be where i want them and how i want them.

buuut...i was wondering if anyone had any good ideas of what i could engrave around the eye hole? ideas for front and back....they can be the same or different, either or, but just want some ideas
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Old 12-17-2009, 05:13 PM   #15
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^^are you talking about how to drill the hole through the front part of the hooks so the tow strap can be hooked onto?
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Old 12-17-2009, 05:15 PM   #16
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I don't really know whats the easiest.......but I would think just the plasma cutter that you would already be using for the rest of the hook, or some sort of large round metal bit, haha but like I said I don't work with things like that so I'm probably way off. haha
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Old 12-17-2009, 05:17 PM   #17
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I don't really know whats the easiest.......but I would think just the plasma cutter that you would already be using for the rest of the hook, or some sort of large round metal bit, haha but like I said I don't work with things like that so I'm probably way off. haha
no, thats not what im talking about.
the holes and everything will be way easy. im talking about the lettering around the eye hole. like how "Nukabe" has it around the eye. i want ideas of what could be engraved there
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Old 12-17-2009, 05:20 PM   #18
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i propose to make it like this
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Old 12-17-2009, 05:20 PM   #19
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lol oh yeah see I knew I was way off!!!!
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omg hawkman hahahahaha
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Old 12-17-2009, 05:24 PM   #21
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That's awsome hawkman!!

I would just put Jncominco2, or maybe like a name of sorts you have used for a long time. but I'm not the best at creating nifty little sayings either.
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Old 12-17-2009, 05:26 PM   #23
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That's awsome hawkman!!

I would just put Jncominco2, or maybe like a name of sorts you have used for a long time. but I'm not the best at creating nifty little sayings either.
well, i have used the username Jncominco2 foreeeeever
the machinists might think im weird for putting that though haha
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haha eh who cares if you were to possibly make more to sell or anything like that at least you could stamp them with your name and then people would know who made it and where to go to get one, or like a company name kinda thing. haha

but personally I would most likely put Mush04 or just Mush on mine if I did something like that.
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put sti or wrx or subaru or AWD or TOW or pull on me
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