Topic: Most durable tow hook method?

So when we built the Benz in 2012, a purpose designed strap with a steel loop was affixed to the front frame rail,dangling below the bumper. Worked OK until the fabric frayed last race.

What are you guys using for this when there ain't a factory loop there? I was thinking to weld a loop of tow chain to the frame rail. Is there a better cheap solution?

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Re: Most durable tow hook method?

Replace the strap?

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Re: Most durable tow hook method?

Guildenstern wrote:

Replace the strap?

Car is parked outside in the desert 24/7; trying to not use fabric where the circumstances call for metal smile

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Re: Most durable tow hook method?

I'd find a good place to bolt on the chain with a hook, then run the the chain up to the bumper and hold it to the car with a few zip ties. When it gets towed the zip ties will break, and you should probably replace them every race because Zona sun...

That guy

Re: Most durable tow hook method?

DirtyDuc wrote:

I'd find a good place to bolt on the chain with a hook, then run the the chain up to the bumper and hold it to the car with a few zip ties. When it gets towed the zip ties will break, and you should probably replace them every race because Zona sun...

Good idea. Looking back, I seem to have insinuated that the strap wears out every 6 years. Big deal, I wouldn't be unhappy with that. However (humble brag) the strap has never been used until 2018. I bet it woulda ripped off in just the same fashion years ago, if used.

#888-Hong Kong Cavaliers Benz S500: formerly known as OMG Racing #140...
Judges Choice and Regional Award winner! Chuckwalla '12, Buttonwillow '13, BFE GP '15, Miller '14 & '15, Sonoma '13,'14,'15,'17, '18. Inde '16,'17,'18. Other foolishness: Finisher of the inaugural Lemons Rally, in the black Jag.... and IOE in the Super Snipe back in '12.

6 (edited by Guildenstern 2019-01-08 04:35 PM)

Re: Most durable tow hook method?

As someone who seems to see 2-3 tow ins a race I can't fathom 6 years with one tow.

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7 (edited by jbl 2019-01-08 08:22 PM)

Re: Most durable tow hook method?

Guildenstern wrote:

As someone who seems to see 2-3 tow ins a race I can't fathom 6 years with one tow.

I remember our car getting towed in while we were cooking up some sausage and pepper sandwiches.  We joked with the tow guys that we'd give them one next time around.

They got sandwiches. 

They were still hot.

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Re: Most durable tow hook method?

jbl wrote:
Guildenstern wrote:

As someone who seems to see 2-3 tow ins a race I can't fathom 6 years with one tow.

I remember our car getting towed in while we were cooking up some sausage and pepper sandwiches.  We joked with the tow guys that we'd give them one next time around.

They got sandwiches. 

They were still hot.

Stop objectifying the safety crew like that!  They are all someone's sons, possible brothers, maybe husbands.  They are people, not objects of your desire.

Re: Most durable tow hook method?

Took some ~8" lengths of chain, bolted at each end to the frame on each side of each end, so 4 total.  It dangles down just below the bumper.  Looks menacing.

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10 (edited by jbl 2019-01-09 06:09 AM)

Re: Most durable tow hook method?

OnkelUdo wrote:
jbl wrote:
Guildenstern wrote:

As someone who seems to see 2-3 tow ins a race I can't fathom 6 years with one tow.

I remember our car getting towed in while we were cooking up some sausage and pepper sandwiches.  We joked with the tow guys that we'd give them one next time around.

They got sandwiches.

They were still hot.

Stop objectifying the safety crew like that!  They are all someone's sons, possible brothers, maybe husbands.  They are people, not objects of your desire.

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