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Old 04-29-2012, 11:38 AM   #1
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1) Do the US 2012 Foci have locations for tow hooks (from what I've read NO...)

2) If not, what would be involved in adding one (removable preferred) that's sturdy and not some piece of crap that will break?

I spend a fair amount of time in muddy areas, and sometimes everything looks good until you're up to the doors in mud...last time this happened (in a different car) I spent a good 30 minutes on my back in a mud pit digging out enough of my car to find a suitable place to hook a tow strap. Would rather not experience that again...

So what options are there? I would GREATLY prefer a removable option as I think they look pretentious on a car that isn't raced.


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Old 04-29-2012, 02:48 PM   #2
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1) Do the US 2012 Foci have locations for tow hooks (from what I've read NO...)

2) If not, what would be involved in adding one (removable preferred) that's sturdy and not some piece of crap that will break?

I spend a fair amount of time in muddy areas, and sometimes everything looks good until you're up to the doors in mud...last time this happened (in a different car) I spent a good 30 minutes on my back in a mud pit digging out enough of my car to find a suitable place to hook a tow strap. Would rather not experience that again...

So what options are there? I would GREATLY prefer a removable option as I think they look pretentious on a car that isn't raced.
The north american models do not...but if you see the posts with pics from a member in Aus, you will see a little pop out panel up near the headlight that you screw a hook into, much like many european cars. Ive watched to see how folks made out over the winter ...stuck in snow drifts and in ditches etc...but saw no posts....it will be an expensive thing to pull one of these out of the ditch, plastic bits will be everywhere...I for one live in a serious winter climate and sooner or later, the odds catch up with you especially in one of these low ground clearance non 4 wheel drive cars.
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Hopefully I can at least find out where one can be suitably attached. I have the means to have some custom stuff made, but I would need to know where to mount it to for best results.
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Old 04-30-2012, 12:41 AM   #4
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The north american models do not...but if you see the posts with pics from a member in Aus, you will see a little pop out panel up near the headlight that you screw a hook into, much like many european cars. Ive watched to see how folks made out over the winter ...stuck in snow drifts and in ditches etc...but saw no posts....it will be an expensive thing to pull one of these out of the ditch, plastic bits will be everywhere...I for one live in a serious winter climate and sooner or later, the odds catch up with you especially in one of these low ground clearance non 4 wheel drive cars.
Seems to me, that if a person could source a pop-out panel, then the bumper cover could be cut to the exact contour to fit the pop-out panel. Then, with this complete, a nut could be welded onto the bumper structure right at the location of the pop-out panel. Would, of course, require removal of the bumper cover, in its entirety, to allow the nut to be welded-on...

One worry, though, is that any electric arc welding performed on the car -- could fry any and all logic modules aboard the vehicle. Better to be able to either make a bolt-on arrangement, or to remove the substructure, take it off the car, to have the welding done.

Lots of work! :(
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This is a photo of my Aussie Focus you can see the pop out piece in the front bumper for the tow hook which is located with the spare tyre.
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This is a photo of my Aussie Focus you can see the pop out piece in the front bumper for the tow hook which is located with the spare tyre.
That would be nice to have, if only US Ford would of done this.
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Everytime I search 2012 ford focus on ebay, a million tow hooks come up. It is kind of starting to annoy me.

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1) Do the US 2012 Foci have locations for tow hooks (from what I've read NO...)

2) If not, what would be involved in adding one (removable preferred) that's sturdy and not some piece of crap that will break?

I spend a fair amount of time in muddy areas, and sometimes everything looks good until you're up to the doors in mud...last time this happened (in a different car) I spent a good 30 minutes on my back in a mud pit digging out enough of my car to find a suitable place to hook a tow strap. Would rather not experience that again...

So what options are there? I would GREATLY prefer a removable option as I think they look pretentious on a car that isn't raced.
If you're burying a ford focus up to the doors in the mud, you might want to look into a Jeep or something ...

With that said - I would look into a small receiver for the back. You should be able to use a hitchpin and tow strap. The front ... eh not sure there.
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Yeah, I'm not throwing a couple grand (at least) on a 4x4 when a tow hook works just fine...
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