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2G Tow strap mounting

Posted by ileagleracing, Nov 1, 2018

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  1. ileagleracing

    ileagleracing Proven Member

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    After mangling my strut tower bar & radiator frame structure winching the car on the trailer, I need to mount a tow strap. Any suggestions as to where to put it?
     

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  2. silvreclips

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    I would try and get a bracket as close to the frame rail as possible where the factory crash bumper mounts. You could weld something on to hook your tow strap too or maybe bolt something on.
     
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  3. TalonEsi_96

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    You could get a bulfab crossmember or maybe a similar one. 004_large.jpg
     

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  4. ileagleracing

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    Not legal for the classes I race in.
     

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  5. motomattx

    motomattx Proven Member

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    Throw a towstrap around your front engine mount next time you need to winch it maybe? or weld a tow hook onto your factory crossmember?
     

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  6. Xska555

    Xska555 Probationary Member

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    Ive used Rennline universal kit, comes with a nice tow hook that screws into a mount which is bolted to my crash beam.
    Ive been towed many times off track with out a issue, even with dragging the brake to keep tension in the tow line.
     
  7. slowwhite

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    Picts Of Install?
     

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  8. ileagleracing

    ileagleracing Proven Member

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    The car only rolled freely 2 out of the 3 times I used the winch this year.
    I'm going to try this, worst case I mangle a crash beam?
    I do plan to replace the bolt that came with the strap for a longer one.
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  9. ec17pse

    ec17pse Freelancer

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    Me and @greengoblin was discussing this not long ago, I got a strap I want to use but then I bought a wire with a hook i might use instead, Kevin liked one that pulled out and retracted back in once not needed.
     

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  10. turbosax2

    turbosax2 Moderator

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    Is that just mounted on the fiberglass bumper? If so, I don't see how that could possibly hold up, especially if the car doesn't roll freely.
     

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  11. EVLGSX

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    bolt that strap to the frame rail. no good to just fiberglass

    you might have to weld its bracket to the rail if you cannot find a decent spot to bolt it down
     

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  12. motomattx

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    What about a homebrewed job that uses and old junkyard seatbelt that could retract when not in use? a seatbelt should be cheap and easy to procure and should easily handle the load of the weight of the car on it?
     

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  13. silvreclips

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    That bolt threads into the steel mount for the crash bumper. It should be pretty strong.
     
  14. ileagleracing

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    on my 98 crash beam there is already a hole where I want to put the strap, but not on my 95, so I drilled one. It's some sort of plastic material, and looks to be about 1/2" thick. My new hole is almost in line with the fasteners for the bumper support attachment.
    I'll test it out before I put the bumper back on.
     

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  15. arrowhead

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    Towers sometimes dont have the time to be very kind or delicate, they are under pressure to get the track clean up and if your strap fails they will hook up to whatever they think will hold up.
    Welded or bolted brackets should be mounted as low as possible to an even stronger part of frame.

    Mandy
     

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  16. pksystems

    pksystems Proven Member

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    Here's how I did a tow hook. The rear mount is done the same way.

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  17. Techn0Nut1996

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    The old seatbelt is an idea.. Not sure exactly where it could be hidden though. When it is rolled up they are pretty bulky.
     

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  18. DGajre777

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    How is that mounted??
     

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  20. 99gst_racer

    99gst_racer Moderator

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    Samuel, are you allowed to run an aftermarket crash beam in your class?
     

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  21. ileagleracing

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    Not really, but if it wasn't any lighter than OEM & didn't provide any performance advantage, probably wouldn't get protested over it.
     

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  22. gsxitement

    gsxitement Proven Member

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    I made a bracket and welded it to the front of the car. Has worked perfect. Got towed 3/4 of lap around NJMP lightning after the cam sensor came loose. Worked great. Don't mind the booger welds on the stand-off LOL IMG_20170708_124305370.jpg IMG_20170708_130536664.jpg IMG_20170924_130256409_HDR.jpg
     

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  23. ec17pse

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    Just want to add something in here,

    Here in Europe we have a stricter rule on towing for tracks, MSA and FIA rules are quite tough but not without reason so here is what i whipped up recently to get around tow hooks.

    For this reason i have made them fit in the oem location and zero welding to the frame, its also the strongest possible way to have a tow being in the frame rails.

    I have made a front but until my bolts arrive i cannot show that mounted but this week hopefully i can get these pics up.

    However i have the rear bolted up and this is what it looks like.

    As you will see it fits just like oem and keeps the oem crash bar which can also be removed if not needed but the option is there. The metal wire hooks can pull alot of weight and the option of 2 is there if needed, FIA like 4 points on a car but 2 is fine.

    Bolts on in the oem place and the strap feeds through and gets locked in place by the M12 bolt holding the internal mounting in place.

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  24. ec17pse

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    I got the front finished up after waiting on some bolts to come in,

    This is very similer setup to the rear and uses the factory mountings, it can also use the crashbar if needed and i made some adaptors so if i ever remove the crashbar it still supports the bumper, similer to what boosted fab use to make just useful for other things also.

    So this wire tow strap mounts through the tube and locks in place via the bolt again which mounts it to the chassis rails. Im going to opt to use 2 on the front because i have them to use.

    I will need to make some cutouts in the bumper cover but needs must and there is not many places to mount something thats thick enough for my liking.

    Its all adjustable to get it all to setup right when the bumper is on and jigged from the oem units to make sure its accurate,

    Here are the pics of the front ones in place,

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