I bought a pair of F250 tow loops off ebay for $10.00 mounted them to a piece of 300 series stainess steel 5/8" thk. and made a 7/8" spacer to clear the crumple zone on the frame. The pictures are links to all the pictures of the mounting.
Stainless is weaker than most other steel, so it's generally not used for structural components, but at that thickness & in that specific application, it looks OK. It would have been better to use the full thickness to attach the 3 rear bolts, and to run the rearmost bolt all the way thru the crumple zone to the top of the frame. Having only 2 bolts thru the frame so far from the line of force will put a lot of torque on them, and I suspect if you do any hard pulls, or if anyone uses a snatch strap on you, those 2 bolts could rip thru your frame. Even a backup plate inside the frame would be a big improvement.
This is what I want, is your opinions on if it's strong enough or needs more strength, the crumple zone has been an obsticle to overcome. I didn't like the loop being mounted so far away from the mounting bolts on the frame. I'm going to make the steel plates to put inside the frame rails and bolt the rearmost bolt through the crumple zone. I'm also going to add another 1/2" bolt through the frame into the stainless.
Thanks for all the help.
I can sympathize with wanting what you want...but I would have boxed around the crumple zone to create a flat surface like Dustin did
Except keeping the bumper mounts, then use a bolt that goes all the way thru the frame and bolts at the top
Yes this is allot of work, but if you've read enough horror stories, especially the one where the father of 2 small kids was killed when the end of the strap he was towing another vehicle with gave way and slingshot thru the back window and killed him....etc