Tow Hook / Tow Strap

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Road Racing' started by was-an-M, Mar 19, 2014.

  1. was-an-M

    was-an-M Member

    Can anyone give me some guidance on mounting a tow hook or tow strap to my FiST? I do most of my track days with the BMW CCA and they very much encourage having at least one tow hook on the car. On the BMW's it's easy because the threaded inserts are easy to get to on both bumpers.

    The FiST not so much...

    I've looked at a few intercooler DIY's to see what the structure behind the bumper looks like and it looks like there's a location for a tow strap bolt but it's hidden behind the bumper. I don't mind cutting a tiny slot to put a strap on and I'm fine with pulling the bumper. But before I do I wanted to make sure I was going down the right path.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks.
     
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  3. wash

    wash Active Member

    I read somewhere that Euro Fiestas have a standard mount for a tow point.

    If true, the cleanest way would be to retrofit that hardware.
     
  4. was-an-M

    was-an-M Member

    The Euro car does, which makes me think that the hookup is behind the bumper. It looked like it in the Mountune intercooler DIY, but that was probably a Euro car.
     
  5. McRib 1s Back

    McRib 1s Back Well-Known Member

    I just went through a Mountune FMIC installation on our USDM car, and there isn't an OEM mount. There are plenty of places to fashion one, however.
     
  6. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    This is number six in my current list of projects.


    Dave
     
  7. wash

    wash Active Member

    I think replicating the Euro tow point would give us an OEM look as opposed to aluminum plates or straps sticking out of a body seam or slot.

    I'll eventually do it but its not very high on my list either.
     
  8. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    Using the Euro parts would be great.
    However their front bumper internals are totally different than ours.
    Getting all the parts may also be difficult.

    Dave
     
  9. was-an-M

    was-an-M Member

    There isn't a clean way that I can see to do it with the existing hardware we have. Perhaps drilling thru the bumper and installing a thru-bolt. That's not really ideal since that's a really crappy way to load a bolt. It's odd to me they didn't just carry over the Euro hardware. Hopefully it doesn't become an issue, but it would be nice if the aftermarket put forth a clean solution.
     
  10. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    Drilling through the hardened bumper core is not the method I wish to use.
    This might cause insurance issues.
    I will just have to wait until I have the time to remove the bumper skin again to come up with an alternative.


    Dave
     

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