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Unread 16th July 2018, 09:27 AM
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Hello to you all!


My first post here so be gentle!


I've been trawling through the forum in regards to best way to prepare for a recovery from the front of the vehicle.
It seems it's a question between tie-down points and tow hook. Neither point is ideal as they are not really made for recovery.



I then checked my Forester - a 2011 SH model - and it has two points where the tow hook can be attached.

In my mind it would then be a pretty good compromise to get another tow hook, and use the distribution strap between those, rather than between the tie-down points.


Shout if you don't agree this far.


The second challenge is then: where would I find a second tow hook?
I've found plenty of tow hooks vaguely specifying "Subaru" models, but I really don't know if they would fit my Forester. Are these hooks different between different models?


This one seems like a candidate: https://www.ebay.com/itm/OEM-2008-20....c100338.m3726

Just sucks that the freight would be more expensive than the actual hook (I live in Australia).


Then we have these: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/18mm-Alu...U/113038994217

Cheaper and no freight cost. But would they fit? Are they fit for purpose?


Any help would be appreciated! And if anybody happens to be sitting on a tow hook that fits my car and wants to sell it I'm quite interested .

Thanks heaps!
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Unread 16th July 2018, 11:38 AM
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Hi and welcome!
unfortunately I wouldn't have a clue about those hooks, but personally would stick with OEM.
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I used the stock eye-bolt on the 2008 Tribeca on a pretty awful recovery effort, involving hard chain pull of the car stuck to rocker panels in sand. All my recovery gear was in the Outback/garage, 1100 miles away. All that happened was that the eye-bolt bent a little and was retired.



So, for me, the single OEM eye bolt is good enough. I find it hard to believe that an aftermarket quick fix that involves no engineering effort at all would be any better.


Older models lacked the eye bolt. I see that non-offroad versions of the unibody Jeeps come with eye-bolts as well.


Finally, the 2019 Forester comes with X-mode VDC with options for sand and mud/deep snow (what took so long?). This tells you all you need to know about Subaru's own view of what its cars are made for.



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Unread 16th July 2018, 09:01 PM
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Hello to you all!


My first post here so be gentle!


I've been trawling through the forum in regards to best way to prepare for a recovery from the front of the vehicle.
It seems it's a question between tie-down points and tow hook. Neither point is ideal as they are not really made for recovery.



I then checked my Forester - a 2011 SH model - and it has two points where the tow hook can be attached.

In my mind it would then be a pretty good compromise to get another tow hook, and use the distribution strap between those, rather than between the tie-down points.


Shout if you don't agree this far.


The second challenge is then: where would I find a second tow hook?
I've found plenty of tow hooks vaguely specifying "Subaru" models, but I really don't know if they would fit my Forester. Are these hooks different between different models?


This one seems like a candidate: https://www.ebay.com/itm/OEM-2008-20....c100338.m3726

Just sucks that the freight would be more expensive than the actual hook (I live in Australia).


Then we have these: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/18mm-Alu...U/113038994217

Cheaper and no freight cost. But would they fit? Are they fit for purpose?


Any help would be appreciated! And if anybody happens to be sitting on a tow hook that fits my car and wants to sell it I'm quite interested .

Thanks heaps!
Can you post a photo of the second attachment point for the towing I bolt. My 2010 Forester seems to have only one but I have suspected that there may be another under the plastic skin of the front bumper on the passenger side.

If you really want a second I bolt, why not try a wrecker. Chances are the one in the boot will be unused.
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I had a thorough look at the front of my 2010 SH after I finished washing Saturday night's fire trail mud off it and it definitely does not have two attachment points for the front towing eye bolt. Driver's side front and passenger's side rear are the only ones. It would be great if there were two because using the tie-down hooks with a distribution hitch and shackles will very likely result in some damage to the lower edge of the front bumper. I still maintain that bull bar brackets could be designed to incorporate decent recovery points but someone has to be prepared to build them.
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Can confirm my 09 SH only has 1 hook attachment point at the front
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I've always snached from my tie down points on my L series, usually from just the one up front depending on which side is most suited to the given situation. For the rear the tow hitch is utilised (and before I get flamed I don't hook over the tow ball!).

If you're really concerned about your front bumper you could have a bash plate made up that incorporates two/snatch points on it.

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This is not really my proudest moment.


I could have wagered a good deal of money that my Forester had two spots where the tow hook could be fitted in the front.
I double-checked earlier today, and that was not the case.


So yeah, that was embarrassing. Well, thanks anyway for all the help you guys provided. Much appreciated!
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I've always Sanchez from my tie down points on my L series, usually from just the one up front depending on which side is most suited to the given situation. For the rear the tow hitch is utilised (and before I get flamed I don't hook over the tow ball!).

If you're really concerned about your front bumper you could have a bash plate made up that incorporates two/snatch points on it.

Cheers

Bennie
I'm interested in how a bash plate with recovery points would be secured to the vehicle in such a way that it would not be ripped off during a snatch. The one I have on my Forester (SubaXtreme) is certainly not suitable for such a modification. Wouldn't recovery points built into a bull bar mounting points be more sui9table?
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If the bash plate mounts to the engine crossmember this would be the best place for the recovery point as the engine crossmember is one of the strongest points up front. If possible to tie this into the gearbox mount points even better. This could be built in such a way that it could fold in the event of a catastrophic front end crash.

Downers on this idea are:
- mounted very low under the front of the vehicle - not fun hooking stuff up to once already stuck.
- would want/need an engineer on board for airbag compliance ($$$)

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