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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-16-2017, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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Front Tow Hook Repair

So I had my car transported from Houston to SLC, and I failed to realize that they had damaged my tow hooks. The red coating is completely gone in some parts, I was looking at the replacement cost, and they are 168$ a pop. Any way to have them re-coated?
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Of course, contact a local company that does powder coating. However, once you're quoted the cost of material and labor to remove them (which involves removing the fascia) and reinstalling them, you'll probably be better off replacing with new. My advice.

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Sounds like they used your front tow hooks as tie down points for the transport. The finish on a recovery point is likely to get scratched/scraped/gouged and otherwise damaged any time they are attached to but especially if they use something such as a hook, chain or shackle. I would just rattle can them with whatever color you prefer. The most important part of this is proper surface preparation of any bare metal prior to painting. Wire brush to remove any loose paint and rust. Then scuff the rest of the surface that will be getting recoated with Scotchbrite (check the back of the sponge in the kitchen). Follow this with acetone to remove any surface contaminants. If you use a conventional automotive paint (I prefer SEM) I would hit it with two coats of primer and three coats of color. You can also use a more durable Epoxy paint if you can find one in the color you want. My preferred top coating for recovery points is actually Plasti Dip. It's not as durable as paint but quick to apply since it is so easy to clean up any over spray. I apply it as a sacrificial layer over a painted or properly primed surface. I just block off with a piece of cardboard for quick touch ups. Let any over spray dry overnight and wipe it off the next day. On the front hooks, the surface will get a lot of abuse so not sure how well it would hold up.. It's been over nine months since I Plasti Dipped the rear tow hook and shackle mount and they still look fine. With the paint, you will want to either remove the hooks or completely mask the area before painting. The Trailhawk front hooks are held on with two bolts (16mm socket) near the front and one large nut (30mm socket) at the back. As previously mentioned, fascia removal will get you to all of the hardware. In planning for an upcoming mod, I recently removed the driver side front hook. I completely removed the inboard front bolt and just loosened the outboard front bolt. I dropped the front skid plate to get to the large nut on the back of the hook. With the skid plate out, you have room for a large Crescent wrench or a socket wrench. With the inboard bolt removed, I had enough room to pull the hook out from the front. Haven't gotten around to the passenger side front hook yet. Same process for the front bolts. The rear nut looks like you can get to it by removing the passenger side wheel well liner but will require the use of the 30mm socket and an extension to get to it.

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Forgot the pic of the Plasti Dipped rear recovery points previously mentioned...
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/\ Looks really nice...maybe even better with a coat of high temp black on that muffler?

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I would think that the transport company would be liable.

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/\ Looks really nice...maybe even better with a coat of high temp black on that muffler?
Thanks. Forgot to mention the Plasti Dip I used is Anthracite Gray. It is a dead on match to the gray/silver finish on the lower rear trim panel, roof rails, and side mirrors.

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I would think that the transport company would be liable.
Maybe, but I wouldn't bank on it. A usable part got used for intended purpose. Some questions to consider: Was everything attached properly? Did they exercise reasonable care to avoid damage, or was the damage caused by negligence ofsome sort on their part? Is the finish on this piece prone to wearing under normal use?

I don't have a TH and I don't have tow hooks, so I don't know how they hold up normally. But the company may have a pretty decent defense here, so it might be difficult to get them to pay for it.

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Maybe, but I wouldn't bank on it. A usable part got used for intended purpose. Some questions to consider: Was everything attached properly? Did they exercise reasonable care to avoid damage, or was the damage caused by negligence ofsome sort on their part? Is the finish on this piece prone to wearing under normal use?

I don't have a TH and I don't have tow hooks, so I don't know how they hold up normally. But the company may have a pretty decent defense here, so it might be difficult to get them to pay for it.

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Problem with that statement is that the hooks are not 'tow' hooks as folks call them. They are recovery points and are not designed or installed to be used for towing the vehicle on a flatbed.
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I would go after the company. The recovery hooks are not to be used as tie down points. They are not strong enough and are designed to fold away in the event of a collision.

Here is a picture of the authorized tie down locations. Any other location can cause damage.




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