Any experience with nylon tow straps?

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  1. Jason Montague

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    :cornut: Having a lot of experience with those kinds of straps in the military, keep them away from 'dinged up' metal hooks that easily cut through them. Also never connect a nylon strap to another nylon strap as when they rub together they melt. Time spent in direct sunlight rapidly causes deterioration of nylon.:Thumbsup:

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  2. versus

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    You're always a wealth of information. I've read the more tradition tow hooks hooks have been prone to rust and the above tow strap would obviously be outside and exposed to direct sunlight. :crazy:
     
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    :cornut: I have the Rennline tow hook. 3yrs now and no rust and SCCA approved. :Thumbsup:

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    When shopping for a tow hook make sure that it does say it does work for towing. There are many on the market that are just for looks.
     
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    Maybe with the above tow strap you could keep it in the car and then put it on when needed therefore limiting its exposure to sunlight and weather
     
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    If you want a tow hook for the race track that is a very good one. If you want to leave it on the front of your car as a design accessory there are better ones out there. The sun will kill the nylon over time & it will beat the paint up around its mounting.

    I'd stay away from the fleaBay ones, they have been known to fail when actually used as a tow hook. The Rennline is a very good one.
     
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    Craven Speed is also very good. And it works as a tow hook. I know this from actual use!
     
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    Versus......bling or actually being used?
     
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    I have these front and back. No rust in four years of use.

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    Ummmmm...front AND back? Lemmie see...YOU tow the horse trailer with it and get stuck in the mud, get out, hitch up the horses to the front hook and THEY tow you out. Dang...isn't there a similar TV commercial out there, you sly ole fox? No "rust", indeed....:devil:
     
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    ^^^ Hee hee hee..... :ihih:
     
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    Hmmmm...
    So when did they start using Nylon tow straps????
    I musta missed that one...:eek:

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    I'd hope not to have to use it but I'd like it to work if needed.
     
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    The OEM tow hook works great and looks even better when stored away in the car.

    Tow hooks are not for bling that is just a silly boy racer fad. Most times it just makes normal cars look like poser wannabe race cars or people that need to be towed out of ditches very often.
     
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    The nylon ones should do just fine sitting in the boot until needed then.....:D
     
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    Plus, no harm to my shins.
     
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    That's hilarious. Is the "client" at the upper left, ummm, coming or going?
     
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    #20 quikmni, Jul 3, 2013
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    I have recently noticed an increase of nylon straps being used on race cars. Seems like a good choice if a good quality and only installed when on the track. A couple advantages with the strap are 1) the strap allows the hook to be a distance way from the bumper when being towed and 2) any size hook will easily attach to the strap. The stock mini tow eyelet is limited to the size of hook that will fit through the hole and could require the use of a D clip to attached a larger hook (would probably never be an issue). The strap could also be a disadvantage when the strap does not have tension because it could allow a tow hook to swing down and hit the bumper.

    Turners products are usually very good so I would suspect the tow straps would be good quality. However $100 is pretty expensive for a tow strap/eyelet since you probably want two for the track.
     

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