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Old 03-14-2018, 10:37 AM   #1
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Default Mishimoto FMIC and front tow hook, 2008 STi

Hi,
a few days ago I installed a mishimoto FMIC on my 2008 STi hatch.
I got the complete kit incl. intake.
Now the problem is, that I can't install the front tow hook on it's original position. It's not possible to reach the hole to mount the tow hook.
Do you know any solution, is there anything wrong with the FMIC or with my installation?
The intercooler i got is def. made for the 2008 hatchback sti.
Mishimoto service couldn't help me: "Thanks for the response. Unfortunately, the installation of some front mount intercoolers will block the tow hook threads."

Any ideas?








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Old 03-14-2018, 12:02 PM   #2
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"Thanks for the response. Unfortunately, the installation of some front mount intercoolers will block the tow hook threads."
I think that pretty much says it all.
You don't really need a front tow hook anyway.

Why do you think you really need it?
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Old 03-14-2018, 02:50 PM   #3
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Judging by the roll-cage and high-temp ducting, he needs it for racing regulations.

Some motorsport regulations will allow a tow hook through the hood since that's that's how the wrecker will be lifting the car anyhow (with a crane). Find a good reinforced place to attach it and attach it.
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Old 03-14-2018, 02:50 PM   #4
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Old 03-16-2018, 08:26 AM   #5
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Because racecar... ACTUALLY!

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Why do you think you really need it?
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Old 03-16-2018, 11:15 AM   #6
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If that is really hat it is, then it makes sense.
A roll cage does not a racecar make.

I've seen DDs w/rollcages and racing seats before. They do it because it looks cool to them
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That cage appears to be a double-cross FIA-spec. R4 cage. Doubt he spent that kind of money to look cool, but who knows?

Given the high temp. ducting, I'm still gonna guess he tracks it. You rarely see wanna-be's slapping SCCA stickers (and other req'd markings) on their cars when that would take up precious 'HOONIGAN' real-estate space.

The red arrow and tow point is FIA/BSA req'd and this usually trickles into other nearby countries (such as Germany).

Anyhow, why are you hassling the guy? He doesn't need to justify his need to install a tow hook...
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Anyhow, why are you hassling the guy? He doesn't need to justify his need to install a tow hook...
I'm not hassling him. I asked a simple question. People think they need something when they really don't, like a tow hook. Not necessary for most people.

Everyone else is making assumptions on what the OP uses his car for.

We have yet to see the OP come back and say anything.
Why is it always so wrong, in your viewpoint, to ask a simple question?
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You can't do a basic track days at most places without a tow hook or attachments.
My take is
1) Many Suby owners are enthusiasts and do enthusiasts things with there cars that might require tow hooks
2) How do I know what he does or does not need
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flip the FMIC upside down/ reinstall. the cones at the end should be elevated and possibly clear the tow hook hole. given the mounting tabs allow that.
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Weld up a new one?

Cut new hole.
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2) How do I know what he does or does not need
We don't, until they come back and say so.
I'm not presuming he is doing one or the other, it was a question to determine if it is something he needs to be concerned with, or not.
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Old 03-23-2018, 04:46 AM   #13
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Hello again, pretty much action going on here
I use it for trackdays and hillclimb, thats why i installed a full rollcage and all the ducts, etc.
At trackdays in Germany and different racing-events you must have installed a front + rear tow hook. Thats the only reason, not because of the "racecar-look".

But thanks for your useful replys, i think welding a new one is the easiest way.
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