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Unread 05-11-2001, 12:44 PM   #1
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Tow hook bolts

I just put on tow hooks on the front which used exsisting holes in frame. The hooks came with bolts that did not have either grade 5 or 8 markings. Shouldn't they be?

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Unread 05-11-2001, 12:52 PM   #2
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I don't know anything about the grades but I have the hooks that go onto the fron bumper. they are rated for 10,000lbs and let me tell you I have been pulled out of many the mud hole and they have held up with no problem. I have taken them off from time to time just to make sure there straight and there has been no problems.

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Unread 05-11-2001, 01:09 PM   #3
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If the bolts really bug you, it's probably good insurance to head to the local hardware store, shell out an extra $4 for some grade 5 bolts. Stay away from the grade 8 for the tow hooks, they are too brittle for stuff like this. The grade 5 will give a little when you start yanking stuck Toyota's out-o-the-mud.
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Unread 05-15-2001, 10:33 PM   #4
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Ya, I agree .. I just replaced my bolts on my front tow-hooks with some new ones .. cost a couple bux and I got Grade-5 strength .. it might bend, but rarely break. Grade-8 is very strong, but it will break before it bends.
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Unread 06-30-2001, 12:40 PM   #5
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What's the exact size on those bolts that mount into the thread holes on a '95 YJ? I think it's 7/16" x 2 3/4" SAE thread but I can't be sure. Also I checked both auto and hardware stores around the area and couldn't find the above size in grade 8, anywhere else I can get them from?
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Unread 07-02-2001, 12:28 AM   #6
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Nevermind my last post, I found out that I have been an idiot the whole time. I took the first bolt out of the package and assumed that since it didn't fit the rest wouldn't either. It turns out that the Steelhorse Tow Hook kit comes with 2 sets of bolts and nuts for various differnt rigs, one set fits into YJ model Jeeps. I installed them today and they look great.
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Steel Horse!?! Every thing that I have seen from that company is junk, except for a few soft tops
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Unread 07-02-2001, 03:05 PM   #8
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Well, I said they look great, no mention of their um.. performance (haven't had a need or a chance to use them). How would I go about testing if they were good or not? I don't have 10k lb of drag to pull around. They were the only brand of tow hooks that the local 4WD store had for YJ's.
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Unread 07-02-2001, 05:05 PM   #9
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Mine are also steel horse, ARE THEY SAFE?
I've pulled some trees with them, but haven't pulled vehicle yet.
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Unread 07-05-2001, 11:41 AM   #10
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I wouldn't worry about things like tow-hooks made by Steel Horse. It's kinda hard to mess up a tow-hook. It's a hunk of metal, ya' know?
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Unread 07-11-2001, 12:43 AM   #11
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I wouldn't worry about things like tow-hooks made by Steel Horse. It's kinda hard to mess up a tow-hook. It's a hunk of metal, ya' know?
You've obviously never seen a tow hook fail. I've seen one bent almost straight. I dunno what brand it was, and I don't know if Steal Whores is worth a damn. But me, I wouldn't touch anything from Steal Whores.
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A buddy used the stock tow-hooks on his TJ and not only bent the hook straight but 1/2 twisted it out as well. Mind you .. he was trying to drag a 3/4ton Chevy that was buried in mud runnin' on 40" tires .. but still .. one hook bent out.

I picked up some generic 10,000lb hooks from a farm supply store here in Calgary (Princess Auto) .. as strong as could be and cheap like borcht.

I also have heard both good and bad about Steel Horse ... stress products don't seem to standup, but the non-high-stress products are good.

Currently I have their GrabHandles and rearbumper with tire carrier. The tire carrier rattles like a paint can all the time, so I think I might re-design a new one in my spare time.
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