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Suprslo 12-25-2013 02:53 PM

Installing a JDP tow hook today
 
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Just wanted to share what I'm doing today. My lovely wife got me a tow hook for Christmas and encouraged me to install it today. So I've never done this nor did it come with instructions but after a few google searches I felt i could do it. I was most nervous about removing the front fascia. After it was removed I'm not sure why I was so scared lol. It was super easy. Here is a few pics of where I'm at...

Suprslo 12-25-2013 02:55 PM

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This was the easy part. Make sure you mark where you want the hook BEFORE removing the fascia.

Suprslo 12-25-2013 02:58 PM

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My only hiccup to this point was this connector. I had the front end literally off and didn't disconnect this. I had to hold the front end in one hand and unplug this with the other. No fun....

Suprslo 12-25-2013 04:29 PM

Ok so everything is done and I think it turned out well. I had to remove the front end a couple times to get the hook aligned just right. I'm really surprised this hook didn't come with a template for drilling holes. There are plenty of reference points to go off of. I would of cut an hour off the install time had I not had to adjust the hook so many times. This was my first time ordering from JDP and everything went great. They are good people to deal with.

Suprslo 12-25-2013 04:30 PM

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Suprslo 12-25-2013 04:32 PM

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Another angle

OHIO SPEED 12-25-2013 04:35 PM

tow hook
 
great job! i have to do mine here shortly.

Suprslo 12-25-2013 04:39 PM

Thanks!

BigBlock69RS 12-25-2013 05:27 PM

How did you measure to figure out where to drill holes? Or did it come with a template?

Looks great!

nyrfan 12-25-2013 05:33 PM

Installing a JDP tow hook today
 
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Originally Posted by BigBlock69RS (Post 7285983)
How did you measure to figure out where to drill holes? Or did it come with a template?

Looks great!


If you read his DIY you'll see he said there was no template and what he did to measure the holes.




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nyrfan 12-25-2013 05:34 PM

Installing a JDP tow hook today
 
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Suprslo 12-25-2013 05:50 PM

BigBlock before I took the bumper off I used I long pic to mark where the hook should go. Basically centered it so it'd come through the grill. Once I drilled the holes where I marked them I installed the tow hook. It has Oblonged holes so you can fine tune where it comes through the grill at. As long as you're patient it'll turn out fine

Suprslo 12-25-2013 05:51 PM

In the second picture you can also see where I marked the support with a sharpie.

Dexman1349 12-25-2013 09:33 PM

This is on the to-do list with the new ZL1 bumper in the spring. Looks good!!

Suprslo 12-25-2013 09:55 PM

Thanks Dex. I wish I would've done it sooner!

45thCamaro 12-25-2013 10:32 PM

Looks great, I think for ease of lining everything up you could have used a earth magnet to hold the tow hook to the bar and then slide it to adjust it where you needed it. Plus then you could have drilled right through the bar without having to hold it up with one hand. But looks great.

JDP Motorsports 12-26-2013 12:44 PM

The installation turned out great! This really is a must have for any 5th Gen as there isn't a good tow point should you have an issue.

The main reason we don't include a template is due to the fact that some customers have intercoolers or other obstructions that we can't always account for along with the fact that some customers mount them on the passenger side as well. We do have some basic instructions that we're wrapping up however to make it easier.

Thanks again for the excellent write up and for your support! Have an excellent New Year and please feel free to call, email or PM us anytime with questions. :chevy:

Kind regards,

Jordan Priestley
888.308.6007

Dexman1349 03-31-2014 04:12 PM

Question:

Why are these mounted off to the side (typically driver's side)? I'm assuming it has to do with aligning with the frame rails, but does the eccentric loading of the hook cause any problems when getting towed (like out of a bar ditch on a snowy day)?

JDP Tyler 04-03-2014 12:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Dexman1349 (Post 7541630)
Question:

Why are these mounted off to the side (typically driver's side)? I'm assuming it has to do with aligning with the frame rails, but does the eccentric loading of the hook cause any problems when getting towed (like out of a bar ditch on a snowy day)?

We install then off to one side or the other, because they are not supposed to protrude past the most forward part of the bumper (the center). You can install it on either side. Personally, the passenger side makes the most sense to me as that will make for a straighter angle when being pulled behind someone. (The tow truck should stick to the right side of the lane and the car being towed should stick to the left side of the lane, so the person being towed can see around the truck pulling.)

Feel free to call, PM or email me anytime with questions.

Best regards,

Tyler
888-308-6007

Denis 04-05-2014 09:07 AM

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Originally Posted by Dexman1349 (Post 7541630)
Question:

Why are these mounted off to the side (typically driver's side)? I'm assuming it has to do with aligning with the frame rails, but does the eccentric loading of the hook cause any problems when getting towed (like out of a bar ditch on a snowy day)?

Mine is on the passenger side. It all personal preference. :thumbsup:

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Destructo09 04-05-2014 02:48 PM

On a side note, is that a helicopter in your garage? lol.

Suprslo 04-05-2014 05:03 PM

Yes. I'm a helicopter mechanic

Lio Martinez 04-06-2014 02:47 AM

How much is that?

JantzenOKC 04-06-2014 08:37 AM

I really should prob get one of these.. I dont race but being lowered on pfadt 1.25" I would hate to see my car pulled on a tow truck without this:fear:

Dexman1349 04-07-2014 10:29 AM

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Originally Posted by JantzenOKC (Post 7557710)
I really should prob get one of these.. I dont race but being lowered on pfadt 1.25" I would hate to see my car pulled on a tow truck without this:fear:

Even without being lowered it's very difficult to tow these cars without damaging the bumpers. It's possible, but it involves strategically placing the chains and the use of wood blocks (spacers).


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