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iambhooper
12-15-2004, 10:03 PM
does anyone have a reasonable source for aftermarket tow hooks? the GCR says we all have to have one in a visable location for next year, and i'm not certain the CRX meets that requirement.

thanks!

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hoop
Greensboro, NC
White ITC Honda CRX
Region 55

joeg
12-16-2004, 09:32 AM
Saw some on eBay.

I made my own, years ago. In a pinch you should consider a ballistic nylon rope or steel cable.

You should also consider going "through" the bumper (rather than below it) if it is to have real functionality (without causing more damage in use).

Cheers.

x-ring
12-16-2004, 09:54 AM
Mine are made from a couple of pieces of 1/8" x 1" steel bar welded to a coil cut from a spring. The bar runs back through the air dam and is bolted to the frame rail.

Pretty simple.

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Ty Till
#16 ITS
Rocky Mountain Division

racer14itc
12-16-2004, 09:56 AM
A good alternative is to use trailer tie down "axle straps" available at many vendors. I use these on the GP car. Just bolt the metal loops to the car/bumper using large fender washers to capture the loops.

MC

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Mark Coffin
#14 GP BSI Racing/Airborn Coatings/Krispy Kreme/Tristram's Garage VW Scirocco
http://pages.prodigy.net/Scirocco14gp

apr67
12-16-2004, 01:29 PM
Clevis yoke and pin, large, from a surplus store. Available also at home depot. Attached to the stock Miata Tow hooks.

(Clevis yoks look like a C, and the pin either screws into one side or has a cotter type pin to hold it in)

MMiskoe
12-16-2004, 11:42 PM
I haven't done it yet, but nylon lifting straps look like they would do the job quite well. McMaster.com has them. Get a continous loop and run it through a chassi loop then back through itself. May need a zip tie to keep it out of the way when not in use (just set it up so the zip tie breaks when the loop gets pulled).

Bildon
01-03-2005, 12:00 PM
Here are a few examples of the strap method:

http://www.top10sport.de/service/desktop/i...rnhardt_800.jpg (http://www.top10sport.de/service/desktop/images/osch1dpmI_bernhardt_800.jpg)

http://www.top10sport.de/service/desktop/i...erhardt_800.jpg (http://www.top10sport.de/service/desktop/images/dtcd1sb03_gerhardt_800.jpg)

http://www.top10sport.de/service/desktop/i...olenaar_800.jpg (http://www.top10sport.de/service/desktop/images/a103_dtc1_molenaar_800.jpg)




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Bill Sulouff - Bildon Motorsport (http://www.bildon.com)
Volkswagen Racing Equipment
## 2003 ITB NYSRRC Champs ##

timelapseracing
01-03-2005, 01:03 PM
You could also run a piece of tubing back to the frame with one of those C clevis hooks - safety wire the pin. I had a strap previously, but a ride in on the rope did a lot of damage to the front valance. This may be overkill, but it only cost $1.50

http://www.mindspring.com/~timelapseracing...g21-1%20(2).JPG (http://www.mindspring.com/~timelapseracing/tmp-pic/aug21-1%20(2).JPG)

http://www.mindspring.com/~timelapseracing...g21-1%20(6).jpg (http://www.mindspring.com/~timelapseracing/tmp-pic/aug21-1%20(6).jpg)

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1989 ITA 240sx - #21 MARRS Series

http://www.mindspring.com/~timelapseracing

lateapex911
01-03-2005, 03:38 PM
Originally posted by Bildon:

http://www.top10sport.de/service/desktop/images/dtcd1sb03_gerhardt_800.jpg



Sorry, off topic...but...look at the INSANE amounts of camber on this and the third car! And the driver reminds me of the 90 year old Cadilac driver we all know who can't see over the wheel!

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Jake Gulick
CarriageHouse Motorsports
ITA 57 RX-7
New England Region
[email protected]

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racer_tim
01-03-2005, 06:03 PM
Jack, it also looks like he's not wearing gloves.

Something might have broke after going through the gravel trap. It also looks like his head is in "whip-lash" mode.




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Tim Linerud
San Francisco Region SCCA
#95 GP Wabbit
http://linerud.myvnc.com/racing/index.html

gsbaker
01-03-2005, 06:28 PM
Originally posted by racer_tim:
Jack, it also looks like he's not wearing gloves.

I was thinking the same thing.

Gregg

lateapex911
01-03-2005, 07:17 PM
http://www.top10sport.de/service/desktop/i...olenaar_800.jpg (http://www.top10sport.de/service/desktop/images/a103_dtc1_molenaar_800.jpg)


http://www.top10sport.de/service/desktop/i...lenaar__800.jpg (http://www.top10sport.de/service/desktop/images/a103_dtc1_molenaar__800.jpg)

OK, what about THIS guy! He's got 10 degrees on all four!
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Jake Gulick
CarriageHouse Motorsports
ITA 57 RX-7
New England Region
[email protected]

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gsbaker
01-03-2005, 07:25 PM
Hey Jake, let's have a camber contest! http://Forum.ImprovedTouring.com/it/biggrin.gif

Eagle7
01-03-2005, 09:37 PM
A little extension on the factory tow loop. About $2.

http://www.i2k.com/~mdoane/GrattanTurn6-lores.jpg


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Marty Doane
ITS RX-7 #13
CenDiv WMR

lateapex911
01-03-2005, 11:26 PM
Marty, I've done that to my first gen for tie downs in my trailer.

I think there are two issues with it. Fist is that the minimum dimensions aren't met. Second, the strength seems to have been an issue. Note I used the past tense.........

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Jake Gulick
CarriageHouse Motorsports
ITA 57 RX-7
New England Region
[email protected]

Marcus Miller
01-04-2005, 01:09 AM
EDIT: might as well make it easy...

http://www.turnermotorsport.com/html/detai...?PRODUCT_ID=TOW (http://www.turnermotorsport.com/html/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=TOW)

P.S. Jake- you never returned my email on the 25 hour prep...
Marcus

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Tobey
01-04-2005, 01:35 AM
My car has a steel beam that crosses underneath the radiator. I just drilled some holes in the air dam and bolted a heavy-duty u-bolt to the beam. Unfortunately, I know it's strong enough to pull the car onto a flat bed. The u-bolt is the type used to attach a solid axle to leaf springs; I used a big one intended for a full-size truck. I picked it up at either Autozone or O'Reilly's for a few bucks.

ShelbyRacer
01-04-2005, 10:23 PM
The one thing that I've done on an IT car for a hook is to get one of the big hooks that they sell for 4x4 trucks, with the little "keeper" piece that covers the opening in the hook. Costs less than $15 total, and can be mounted anywhere that you have a solid place to bolt two 3/8" bolts about 2" apart...

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Matt Green
"Ain't nothin' improved about Improved Touring..."

powerslide91
01-07-2005, 01:18 AM
$25 each for webbing from Turner huh? Nice.

I think I am going to go sew up some of my recently outdated belts to make mine. SCCA will probably put a 2 year limit on tow straps next....

Jeff
ITS #91

dickita15
01-07-2005, 08:34 AM
Originally posted by powerslide91:
I think I am going to go sew up some of my recently outdated belts to make mine.

that is one of the best ideas I have heard in months.
dick

iambhooper
01-13-2005, 11:33 PM
thanks for the tips! i like the tow straps, and while it would be cheap to use the old harness set, i don't have the equipment to stitch them up. i found the bmw tow straps at another place, a bit cheaper: https://secure7.nexternal.com/shared/StoreF...ount2=373786568 (https://secure7.nexternal.com/shared/StoreFront/default.asp?CS=bimmerworl&BusType=BtoC&Count1=456646144&Count2=373786568)

$20 v $24.95. i'm not exactly certain at how they mount. in one photo, i looks as the smaller end is protruding from the bumper. if so, i can understand how it just slipps over the bumper shock. if i have it backwards, then i don't see how ths could fit on my application (87 honda crx(

thanks!
hoop

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hoop
Greensboro, NC
White ITC Honda CRX
Region 55