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Old 12-25-2013, 03:53 PM   #1
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Installing a JDP tow hook today

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...
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Old 12-25-2013, 03:55 PM   #2
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This was the easy part. Make sure you mark where you want the hook BEFORE removing the fascia.
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Old 12-25-2013, 03:58 PM   #3
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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....
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Old 12-25-2013, 05:29 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 12-25-2013, 05:30 PM   #5
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Old 12-25-2013, 05:32 PM   #6
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Another angle
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Old 12-25-2013, 05:35 PM   #7
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tow hook

great job! i have to do mine here shortly.
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Old 12-25-2013, 05:39 PM   #8
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Old 12-25-2013, 06:27 PM   #9
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How did you measure to figure out where to drill holes? Or did it come with a template?

Looks great!
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Old 12-25-2013, 06:33 PM   #10
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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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Old 12-25-2013, 06:34 PM   #11
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Old 12-25-2013, 06:50 PM   #12
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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
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Old 12-25-2013, 06:51 PM   #13
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In the second picture you can also see where I marked the support with a sharpie.
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Old 12-25-2013, 10:33 PM   #14
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This is on the to-do list with the new ZL1 bumper in the spring. Looks good!!
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Old 12-25-2013, 10:55 PM   #15
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Thanks Dex. I wish I would've done it sooner!
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Old 12-25-2013, 11:32 PM   #16
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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.
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Old 12-26-2013, 01:44 PM   #17
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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.

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Old 03-31-2014, 05:12 PM   #18
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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)?
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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.)

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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.



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Old 04-05-2014, 03:48 PM   #21
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On a side note, is that a helicopter in your garage? lol.
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Old 04-05-2014, 06:03 PM   #22
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Old 04-06-2014, 03:47 AM   #23
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Old 04-06-2014, 09:37 AM   #24
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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
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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
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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