I am not trying to offend or anything, but have you used them yet? That positioning just doesn't look very safe. I have the same set you do, black though, and I would not trust that keeper to kep the line/strap on if it was being tugged hard.
I have miune positioned like this. Little easier bc of the front bumper my girl bought me. However, it seems that most who have these type of hooks attched have some similar method. This is the first time I have seen them positioned like yours.
Just curious how well they work. I need to attach some to my girl's 90 and I do not like drilling holes .
ill say that it is wrong. You are pulling those in a direction not intended and all that force is going into the bolts. that is the weakest way you can pull on those, and IMO those will shear, or at the least bend, and are a extreme safety hazard. if anyone at ford told you that hooks come that way from the factory, they are an idiot, and it is the reason I do not take my truck to have people work on it.
That keeper you talk of is in NO way intended to support any load, it will bend with your fingers. The fact that you think this is a good idea scares me.
For anyone reading this, Do not put your hooks on that way. you would side load the shit out of those hooks, and put them into parameters they are not designed for.
Please remount those things pointed the correct way before somebody gets hurt. Pulling one of those cheap ass hooks sidways is asking for trouble, they just aren't designed to be loaded in that direction. And don't believe everything you hear at stealerships.
well i had intended to try and share another option for mounting tow hooks,
that the main reason behind my posting.
i have this setup on my 1986 F250 4spd diesel 4x4 and used it for probably around 40-50 times
(not too sure as i never kept count so it may be more/less),
and i have yet to have any problems with it in the last 7 years i have had the hooks mounted on the truck.
i have pulled other trucks out of some deep mud, out of ditches, rivers, you name it, just about any type of wheeling situation,
even pulled the farm tractor with this setup.
YES, it works for me,
and with that said... if you don't like it, don't use it.
i just thought i would try to share something and it appears no one else likes it,
with it being considered a bad idea, i figured i should delete it so new people don't get confused by it.
i understand that not everyone see's things the same,
however, i haven't had a problem with this so i will continue to use it.
Wish I would have checked this out earlier, I hate weak/poor towpoints. Almost ripped the whole front end off a jeep yesterday because of a dumb idea for towpoints, just because you have a big hook doesnt mean you have a good towpoint