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Old 01-27-2012, 07:18 PM   #1
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Tow hooks/points needed?

I've read the manual and checked both ends of the car but do not see any solution to the problem of getting stuck in the snow or mud.
The manual has lots of info for towing , loading on flat bed etc but nowhere does it show where its safe to actually hook onto the car,even if its bed loading on flat dry ground.
The manual shows no hook up points that will take the weight of the car..If you slide off the road and end up in a snow drift or mud etc, how are you supposed to attach a tow rope or winch to the car , there is no place to tie on that wont just pull right off and make a bad situation worse.
Any ideas on this?


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Old 01-28-2012, 09:16 AM   #2
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On the back of my svt left side i think there is a tow loop off the unibody... behind bumper

Front... ? Subframe maybe
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On the back of my svt left side i think there is a tow loop off the unibody... behind bumper

Front... ? Subframe maybe
I'll have it up on ramps to change oil one of these days and have a look, but the problem is all the covers underneath etc...if you hook onto it too far inboard,either from front or back, when you attempt to tow it out of a ditch you will lift the rope up against the bottom of the car and pull up on plastic bumpers and air dams and destroy cowlings under panels etc....I guess its best to leave it parked in shitty weather..lol
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On the back of my svt left side i think there is a tow loop off the unibody... behind bumper

Front... ? Subframe maybe
And you don't think Ford has changed anything since then? Your car is 10 years old lol pretty sure it's not identical to the 2012s.

I've had it up on ramps and didn't see any tow points, but maybe they're hidden somewhere (I didn't inspect the back end of the car). At least in the front I don't think there are any real points to tow except some of the supporting suspension points. Either way those are under the front covers, so either you'd have to take off the cover or you're going to break it and possibly light it on fire when it's sitting in direct contact with your engine.
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You mean this:

side


front


with cap on

And finally, the Euro Focus with the cap on
.

If the US model has the same rebar as the European model, then there should a threaded hole behind the bumper cover on the right side up front and one on the right rear side, then a tow hook can be mounted.
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You mean this:


And finally, the Euro Focus with the cap on
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If the US model has the same rebar as the European model, then there should a threaded hole behind the bumper cover on the right side up front and one on the right rear side, then a tow hook can be mounted.
I wondered what that was for on the Euro Focus... US Focus don't have that feature.
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Yeah, behind that cap is a threaded port for a tow eye hook.
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I think this is a "tie-down" hook, not something made for towing. It's meant to be used while the car is in transit or on a recovery trailer. I suspect very bad things will happen if you try to pull a car out of a snowbank with it.
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I wondered what that was for on the Euro Focus... US Focus don't have that feature.
we need to find one where someone removed the bumper and see if the threaded hole is there... if it is then just need the Euro bumper cover
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I think this is a "tie-down" hook, not something made for towing. It's meant to be used while the car is in transit or on a recovery trailer. I suspect very bad things will happen if you try to pull a car out of a snowbank with it.
It is used for towing. I was pulled out of a sand bar using this hook. And here in Germany, many cars are towed by this method. Look at some of the DTM races where you might see this hook with a red arrow pointing to it. It is definitely not used for a tie down (it can be, but not meant for it).
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