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Old 02-27-2010, 03:50 PM   #1
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Anyone have pictures of their tow hook installed? I wasn't exactly sure how to go about doing it and any help would be appreciated. I tried to mount it on the factory tow hook but it doesn't appear the two bolts will clear the gap on the inside of it.

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Old 03-01-2010, 09:33 AM   #2
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bump for an answer!
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Old 03-01-2010, 10:15 AM   #3
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iirc those hooks are generic, or meant for honda's. you'll have to fabricate an adapter or redrill.
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Old 03-01-2010, 11:05 AM   #4
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Does the factory hook have to be removed/can it be removed? Anyone who has a picture of their install would be helpful
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Old 03-01-2010, 11:22 PM   #5
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bump for the night crew...
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:18 PM   #6
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ok, the factory tow hook is welded to the bracket that is used to bolt it on to the frame of your car. you have 2 options....

1. remove the old tow hook, cut the welds on the "hook" portion, drill new holes for your benen tow hook, and mount it all up.

2. remove the old tow hook and fab up a new right angle bracket.

if i were you i would TRY option 1 because i dont imagine you having the proper tools to make your own bracket out of steal. I believe the hook is only welded in a few places so maybe it wont be that bad. Or maybe you can find a local shop to make a bracket for you? Its important that its built well though because if you think about it, its all about the bracket's construction and connection to the car that enable you to tow the car rather than just have it rip off the tow hook.
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Old 04-15-2010, 09:30 PM   #7
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all you have to do is go to your local harware store and get a couple of 2 1/2" or 3" bolts and nuts. The ones supplied are not long enough.
here are a few pics of mine:
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Old 05-10-2010, 02:51 PM   #8
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Is this a strictly dress-up part?
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Old 05-10-2010, 03:09 PM   #9
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i think it is, unless you drive a rally car that needs to be towed out of **** all of the time.
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Old 05-11-2010, 04:28 PM   #10
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Well, I ask because Im building a hillclimb car. A two bolt installation seems much quicker than pulling out the welder.
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Old 05-11-2010, 04:37 PM   #11
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you can also think of it as a bumper protection when you are back into a garage parking space. Especially if the car is lowered.
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Old 05-11-2010, 04:50 PM   #12
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I left the stock tow hook in place and mounted the bennen onto the "hook" portion of the stock one. I had to use longer bolts than the ones from the bennen kit and also i had to use the drill to enlarge the stock "hook" portion so both of the bennen bolts go thru properly.
The tow hook installed like this is strong enough to be used, not only show piece.
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Old 05-11-2010, 04:53 PM   #13
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^^^ pics for clarity?
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Old 05-12-2010, 03:35 AM   #15
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^^ thats ****ing retarded. all force applied to that tow hook is directly transfered to 2 bolts sandwiched into another tow hook. that is NOT how the unit is designed to be used.
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trust me, it's enough to pull out the car from anywhere or to pull it up on tow truck
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maybe one or two times until those bolts break .


do things right or don't do them. you half asse'd that (surprisingly easy!) install to save 5-10 minutes. please don't encourage others to take short cuts.
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it's not half-assed ... i'm not trying to get into a debate with you over this, but this IS the way how you install these tow hooks ... just search for installed pictures of tow hooks from any manufacturer and you will see that they're using the stock factory tow hook as mounting location

the bolts i used are subaru suspension related bolts... if there's anything to break, it will be the hook itself...
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That's how those hooks were designed to be installed. Here's how they come right out of the box...

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I've NEVER seen them mounted that way. Maybe I've been living in a cave, but every single proper tow hook I've seen bolts directly to the frame. If thats the way its supposed to be, IMO its poor engineering for a functional tow hook.
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I've NEVER seen them mounted that way. Maybe I've been living in a cave, but every single proper tow hook I've seen bolts directly to the frame. If thats the way its supposed to be, IMO its poor engineering for a functional tow hook.

If you look at every Honda running around with these they are installed the same way in the rear. Not much to attach it to, so they make it just bolt onto the hook

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^^ no I'm definitely in the wrong for calling the guy an idiot, but maybe I should be pointing that comment at Benen. 2 bolts to support a 2800+lb car seems pretty weak.
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since your running the benen towhook that were meant for hondas (applies to any blingy towhook for that matter) grab some wheel studs and use wheel locks instead of the bolts supplied for better security. i get tons of people buying new towhooks because theirs gets jacked
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fredtga you installed it wrong. 1 bolt should be within the stock tow hook circle and the other outside. the stock tow hook should be sandwiched between two bolts.
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I tried it like you say in the first place, but no matter how tight were the bolts when i applied pressure from the top, the hook would move downwards.
The two bolts as pictured would not go thru the stock tow hook opening so i took off the stock hook, drilled a recess into it and mounted everything as you see in the pics.
This way, the bennen hook stays sturdy and unmovable. I like it this way and so far so good... anyway, hopefully i won't have to use it...
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