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Unread 01-08-2015, 07:31 AM   #1
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Adding extra front tow hooks upside down?

So the other day I was at the dump throwing stuff out, and there was a full set of factory painted fender flares in my color, and a complete front bumper including the tow hooks.

I'm wondering if I can take those tow hooks and put them on my Jeep, facing downwards. So there are sort of a mirror image arrangement, as it were, with four hooks instead of just two.

It looks like I would have to cut holes in the bottom of the bumper similar to the ones in the top, and I can do that. Whether they will attach is the question.

Before I start wrenching to find out, does anyone know the answer? Is the hole pattern such that they would fit?

Are the stock bolts long enough?

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Unread 01-08-2015, 07:52 AM   #2
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Why would you want them facing down?

Those "tow" hooks would turn into "terrain" hooks and catch anything you run over and need to back off from.
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Why would you want them facing down?

Those "tow" hooks would turn into "terrain" hooks and catch anything you run over and need to back off from.
For pulling little sissy rocks out of the way to get to the big juicy ones?

How does an open hook aiming down hold the strap loop when tension goes away? I would think it would just fall off!

But to answer at least some of the question - you would have to stack em and the oem bolt would then be too short...
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Unread 01-08-2015, 02:54 PM   #4
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It's only a couple of inches, I don't think they will hang me up. I just thought it would be useful if a hook broke.

Does the hole pattern prevent mounting them upside down? And would a grade 8bolt be strong enough?
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Not the answer you’re looking for but not all ideas are good ones and some just need to go straight to the trash. This is not meant to be an insult; many of my own great ideas have landed there.
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or you could use it to recover fishing nets?
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Unread 01-09-2015, 07:00 PM   #8
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And the actual answer to the question I actually asked is no.

Not because you think it's a dumb idea, or because it might catch brush, but because the bolt holes aren't in a rectangle but a rhombus. So when I turn the hook plate upside down in a vertical plane, the (now) top holes are too wide apart and the (now) bottom ones are too close together.

Thank you for your help!
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Unread 01-09-2015, 07:28 PM   #9
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And the actual answer to the question I actually asked is no.

Not because you think it's a dumb idea, or because it might catch brush, but because the bolt holes aren't in a rectangle but a rhombus. So when I turn the hook plate upside down in a vertical plane, the (now) top holes are too wide apart and the (now) bottom ones are too close together.

Thank you for your help!


Actually, your lucky that those who actually answered your question had actual constructive criticism and was actually sensible with their response to an idea that they actually thought was rather bad regardless if the holes actually lined up or not....

I hope I actually helped.
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