Question: What is the point of tow hooks?

Tow hooks are designed to do two things: distribute the force of the pull along a reinforced part of your cars frame, and securely hold the towing chain or strap in place. Thats why it is important that you use a set of tow hooks that are specially designed for your car, as much as possible.

What are hitch hooks used for?

Hitch hooks, also called tow hooks, are mounted on either the front or rear bumper. Attaching chains, cables or ropes to these hooks allow a driver to tow another vehicle or to get pulled out of mud when stuck. These can go on a wide variety of vehicles, and they often come with factory-issued hooks.

What strength tow strap do I need?

We always recommend that you choose a rope with a strength 2 to 2.5 times the weight of what youre trying to pull. For example, if you have a piece of equipment that is 40,000 lbs, a good choice would be our 1-1/2 rope, since it has a breaking strength of 90,000 lbs.

What type of rope is best for towing?

Theres a reason Nylon rope is used to pull some of the heaviest loads. Its outstanding strength paired with its stretch makes it the rope of choice for anyone looking for strength in a rope. Nylon is wear resistant, UV resistant, and rot resistant, making it perfect for towing, pulleys, or anchor lines.

What length should a tow rope be?

How long should my tow rope be? Legally, theres no minimum length, but common sense dictates that you leave enough distance between the two cars so that the one behind has plenty of time to react to brakes and turns.

How strong should my tow strap be?

Warning: The breaking strength of the strap should be between 2-3x the total weight of the vehicle. The strap must be suited to the total weight of the lighter of the two vehicles used in the recovery process.

What is the strongest grade of chain?

Grade 100 Grade 100. Next to Grade 120, Grade 100 chain is the strongest type of chain offered by most industrial hardware suppliers. It is 25 percent stronger than Grade 80, making it the best choice for extremely heavy overhead lifting use and other extreme applications.

Why you dont pull with a chain?

Theres too much risk if the chain breaks and snaps back under load. Fred Whitford, director of Purdue University Pesticide Programs, says the force of a broken chain or tow strap can shatter windshields and cause serious injury. Lets hope you dont get stuck, but it will soon be the season of mud and more mud.

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