Do you mean a hitch mount?What aftermarket tow hooks would people recommend for a 2018 Forester? There's a bunch of thread from the past, but I'm curious as to what's considered best today.
I use the tow hook that cam with my subaru and painted it black. I purchased another on for the front. I then bought 2 tow cap covers for $6 each and made holes to slide the tow hook through. See attached pics. Not perfect work but looks better than before I think. I still have the original red caps in my glove box.What aftermarket tow hooks would people recommend for a 2018 Forester? There's a bunch of thread from the past, but I'm curious as to what's considered best today.
Good advice. See my pic. Unfortunately there is no strong point for the front of the car. I bent a front mountedRaceseng Tug hitchwhile being "recovered" by a Land Cruiser. Fortunate not to have damaged the car a la Cross Trek but a salutory lesson to be very very careful. Now use a Wyeth Scott 12000lb Power Puller (hand winch) for slow but steady and gentle forward recoveries.What are your intentions with an aftermarket tow eye?
The Stock tow eye bolt is plenty strong. I've seen pictures of them bent at the eyelit.
What's not so strong is what it threads into (see pictures below of an XV). I would strongly recommend fitting a class III or above hitch with a 2 inch receiver. They can be found for about $100 online. Then either use the pin thru the strap end or get a shackle adapter and use a 3/4 hard shackle or soft shackle.
The tow point is designed for slow, controlled winch pulls (from a tow truck or winch-equipped vehicle). Snatch recoveries are very harsh on vehicles and components, distributing this load between the two unibody rails where the hitch attaches helps minimize damage, although it can still occur.
I'm guilty as well, I've used both tow eyes for light snatches in the snow, no issues at all, but I also use a kinetic recovery strap which helps lower the shock.
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