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Old 08-19-2009, 08:25 AM   #1
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Tow Hooks 10,000lb

I just purchsed two smitty built 10,000lb tow hooks, i figured i could remove the torks bolts (t55) on my front "stock" bumper and mount the tow hooks there. but the hardware that came with the hooks are through bolts, what should it do?

either buy new and longer bolts that are the same pitch as the torks

or, am i able to mount these hooks any other place on the stock bumper? i dont think so...

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If the bolts that came with don't work yeah I'd buy new bolts that fit. I mounted mine on the stock bumper and removed the torx bolts but the bolts my hooks came with fit just fine.

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did the hooks push down on your bumpers a little bit?
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Here's a pic if that helps?
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in some cases the hook may contract the bumper-et thing. You also want to get grade 8 after market bolts. I also use anti seize on them in case you ever need to mount a winch plate or other bumper part you can get them out easier.
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The bolt size should be a 1/2" though I can't remember if it's 16 or 20 pitch. Make sure it's a Grade 8 like 4Jeepn said. Just remove one of your OE bumper bolts and buy one that is 1" longer.
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grade 5 is actually preferred for tow points wherever i've been. the clubs i've been associated with and so on. reason being, grade 5 bolts will stretch before they break, thus showing warning signs to stop, and or replace immediately. grade 8 does not, it will simply snap with no warning if breaking point is reached.
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Dave, a Grade 5 will stretch and break before before a Grade 8 bolt is even getting uncomfortable.
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The bolt size should be a 1/2" though I can't remember if it's 16 or 20 pitch. Make sure it's a Grade 8 like 4Jeepn said. Just remove one of your OE bumper bolts and buy one that is 1" longer.
1/2-20 would be a fine thread. 1/2-13 is coarse.
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1/2-20 would be a fine thread. 1/2-13 is coarse.
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Dave, a Grade 5 will stretch and break before before a Grade 8 bolt is even getting uncomfortable.
no argument there....i was trying to post a nice little chart on the differences, but not important. grade 8 is stronger, and won't fail as soon as grade 5. but the only purpose in using grade 5 is what i said, it shows a sign of failure before failing. the "softer" metal will bend, the "harder" metal is less elastic. still stronger, but not as elastic. thats all. and the clubs i've been involved with require grade 5, and a sgt. at arms will not let you out w/ grade 8 bolts on tow points (maybe this has changed over the years, i dunno) i don't wanna say i know which is better here actually, but my goal is to relay that fact.
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Here is some good informatior on bolts for everyone to read.

ROCKCRAWLER.com - Grade 5 vs. Grade 8 Fasteners

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