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Old 11-19-2012, 01:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Has anyone installed one on their Kappa...
I do know that the Opel GT has a section to insert a tow pin bolt but our SKY didn't come with that feature (Don't know why not!)... Would love to see a picture of the Opel GT tow hook supporting main structure.
I don't see or find a strong structure without the use of welding in order to install a tow hook. Any ideas on installing a tow hook on our cars
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Opel's left the factory with a tow hook in the front. This was for over seas shipping.
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I think he meant a hook for towing the car - not a hitch for towing something else.
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You need to order a Opel GT bumper brace and the tow loop kit or modify you stock bumper by welding on a block of aluminum with a threaded hole to turn in the tow loop.

The Opel bumper is a little longer on the passenger side where the tow hook screws in to the bumper block.

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I think he meant a hook for towing the car - not a hitch for towing something else.
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Opel's left the factory with a tow hook in the front. This was for over seas shipping.
I didn't know that was the reason for the Opel GT having the tow hook in front. Thanks for the insight!
I still think a car built so low to the ground should of came with a front or rear towing device...
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:11 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Here is a post from the Sol forum

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I could not find one in production, but I am sure that Doctor Dave would have one made for you. He has told several of us that any time we need any kind of custom waterjet part made let him know and he will get it done.

This looks like a relatively straightforward solution.
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You need to order a Opel GT bumper brace and the tow loop kit or modify you stock bumper by welding on a block of aluminum with a threaded hole to turn in the tow loop.

The Opel bumper is a little longer on the passenger side where the tow hook screws in to the bumper block.

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Thanks Christian for your info... Can you explain the second picture, looks like an electrical outdoor weather box mounted on the crossmember bar with some type of conduit...
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Thats a ballast for HIDs on top of the bumper crossmember.

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Thats a ballast for HIDs on top of the bumper crossmember.

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I so sorry! I thought it was a makeshift for a tow hook!
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I've questioned John Powell (Powell Race Shop) about this same question as i want to add a tow hook for my sky. Here's his response:

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rear cobalt hook plate will work, the crash bar is alloy, we can supply a nut plate with the tow hook to make it easier to install. There are three holes in our tow hook plate, but two bolts only will be sufficient.
The stock grille will require notching to permit the plate to extend through the grille; one half inch spacer, supplied, will space the plate down sufficiently to clear the front fascia and the rubber close out strip for the radiator.
The alloy crash bar is open each end; I suggest with all two hook installations, to offset to the “curb side” passenger side of the car, to make it safer to hook up if stuck on the side of the road.

There is enough room, to fish the nut plate through the bumper beam with a coat hanger or a magnet with an extension.

So procedure would be:
remove plastic grille.
Offer up tow hook mounting plate in desired location.
Mark two holes on bumper beam; the rubber close out strip will have to be moved out of the way to do this I believe.
Drill two holes, I use a uni bit but the alloy is quite soft; 3/8 bolts are provided so slightly more than that (7/16) is probably good to accommodate some movement when installing. Measure twice drill once lol
A right angle drill would be easiest. I think a cordless will fit in there easily enough as well.
Then fish the nut plate through the bumper, secure the plate to the bumper with the spacer and hardware supplied engaging the nut plate.
Trim the plastic grille to re install over the plate and secure.
Then mount the hook with the cross pin (stainless cap screw and nyloc hardware supplied, or optional quick disconnect pin) to the plate.

Admire your handiwork.

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Our hooks cost 99.00 for the front, 139.95 for front and rear, but rear would require some cutting of the fascia to install I am thickening.

Powdercoat regulation Red is our standard hook color, we have a variety of different colors in stock. The only option is a quick release pin, 20.00.
The result is a functional tow hook that looks also looks great.





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Here is a post from the Sol forum

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I could not find one in production, but I am sure that Doctor Dave would have one made for you. He has told several of us that any time we need any kind of custom waterjet part made let him know and he will get it done.

This looks like a relatively straightforward solution.
Rob thanks for your input. That is the area I was thinking of installing the hook.
The sky owners are lucky that no part of the bumper needs to be cut. The hook can come out through the lower grill just above the brake cooling duct (Turbo Version) on the passenger side. Very little cutting would be needed on the lower grill..
There are two existing bolts on a welded extension of the crossmember in that location and it seems like an easy job to fabricate (with very little extra support)... I think we are getting somewhere close to a mod...
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I've questioned John Powell (Powell Race Shop) about this same question as i want to add a tow hook for my sky. Here's his response:

The result is a functional tow hook that looks also looks great.

Those are nice but I was thinking of something more like this:

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