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How to Use the Tow Hook

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by pinem56, Jun 19, 2018.

  1. Jun 19, 2018 at 11:57 AM
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    pinem56

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    This seems like such a dumb question, I thought it would already be answered somewhere else, but after an extensive search online, I have yet to find any specific directions on how to attach a tow strap or snatch strap to the tow hook that comes on TRD OR and Pro vehicles.

    I realize the tow hook is not specifically designed to be a "recovery point", but I have heard that it can be used as such, assuming you are not stuck too badly. Regardless of whether it is being used for a recovery or just towing, I have not seen any guidance on how to safely secure a tow or snatch strap to the hook, such that it will not slip off.

    I have attached a photo of one that another user (PEIyota) had posted previously for reference. It seems to me that one would put the loop of a strap over the big hook, and I guess hope that the barbs on the end of the hook are sufficient to prevent the strap loop from slipping off. That seems a bit sketchy to me in either a towing or recovery situation. The little hook on the back seems like it is there for a reason, but one I cannot figure out what that is. Is there a way to use the little hook on the back to secure the strap to the big hook to keep it from slipping off? Do you run a piece of wire around the little hook and barbs on the big hook, to keep the strap from coming off while in use?

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  2. Jun 19, 2018 at 12:38 PM
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    According to the manual, the little back hook is a tie-down point for use if being towed on a flatbed.
     
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  3. Jun 19, 2018 at 1:15 PM
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    I wouldnt use anything to keep it from slipping thats not meant for that exact purpose or you will/could snap ur line and seriously hurt someone. I just read an article where hooks are more superior that d shackles cause its one less missle to fly through the air. So throw line over it and snatch away. Remember always to wrap when ur gonna do a snatch
     
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  4. Jun 19, 2018 at 1:17 PM
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    ...Just wrap the strap and go. Not rocket surgery

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  5. Jun 19, 2018 at 4:06 PM
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  8. Jun 19, 2018 at 4:24 PM
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  9. Jun 19, 2018 at 4:25 PM
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  10. Jun 19, 2018 at 4:29 PM
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    Do you mean hoop? A hook is still a chunk of metal, and at least with a d ring it can only come off if it breaks.
     
  11. Jun 19, 2018 at 4:32 PM
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