So - TH owner owner here and two things:
1 - I did paint mine black (car is red w/ black trim) but they a) faded out with dirt and bugs; and b) really got lost in the trim. I painted them back to a red color and it just looks like a more complete picture -- on the front, I think it has a bit to do with the shape of the TH nose.
2 - Question/observation - you mentioned testing these with pulling - but what about a front impact? If I understand the design of the TH hook mounting, ours will effectively break away rather than punching into something. I think that it is a bit less of a concern since you kept your tucked back a bit more (contrary to a couple of well meaning suggestions) but curious if you or anyone else had thoughts along those lines, other than buyer/installer making an informed choice?
Great job and best of luck selling these as there appeared to be pretty good demand!
Lol, Maybe "loud" isnt the word i wanted; "showy" would probably be better! I really like the look of the red hooks-on some colors. It does add a bit of definition and detail to the vehicle. Maybe i just have hook or TH envy!
As far as breakaway/crash safety... I have not had the opportunity to test the front impact with the brackets installed... However, if someone would be willing to loan me their KL, I would be glad to test out the design in a front impact. LOL, JK.
That is seriously something I was looking at, as the original metal parts that I replaced were designed to crumple in a crash. The posts I use do not have any type of breakaway or crush-tech built in as I don't know how to do that without degrading their strength to a point where they will be useless. Therefore, in the event of a front-end crash, the brackets will likely do some punching into whatever they hit. With that being said, I do not think that it will be a major issue, or be capable of causing any life-threatening injury in an accident. The posts themselves are a little less than 8" long, and only about 3-4 inches of that is past sturdier parts of the car such as the radiator or bumper.
In the event of a head-on crash, the brackets may cause damage to the front end of the opposing car, but I think it will be negligible. In the event of a side-impact crash (T-Bone) with the KL hitting the side of another vehicle, once again, I do not think they will extend far enough to cause any appreciable harm more than what will be done by the overall accident.
On a side note, as far as distance the hook extends out from the bumper... I have been looking at the possibility of having the hook extend further if desired by a purchaser. I should be able to extend them another 1/2", but any further would not be possible with the hooks I used on mine.
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