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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

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jonesark they look very nice in chrome. The only concern is if you ever use them, the chrome will be scraped off and then you have a rusty mess; think about what a trailer hitch ball looks like after a use or two and some weathering. At least black tow hooks can be touched up when scraped and kept looking new.
Come on who really ever uses them
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

if you get the tow hooks on your own would the dealer install them?
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Old 09-01-2011, 07:31 PM
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

of course, but they will charge you the labor to install them which is probably around 1.5 hours
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

Thanks for the writeup, install went smooth except I installed the long bolts on the main bracket first (DOH). Hope I never need them. Took about 2 hours
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

Looks good. I'll give it try myself.
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

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I couldn't agree with you more. I just installed the tow hooks and had the same fun. I have a really good impact wrench. I used that to get the bolts tightened up with those stupid round nuts. I don't know why the round nuts where not just welded to the plate. Everything else in the kit makes sense. Hard to believe this is OEM!
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

Just completed this last night and wanted to thank the many folks who suggested running the threads with the little round nuts. That was a great tip. Otherwise I found this to be pretty straight forward. Getting the front fascia to pull free with those stupid clips was difficult and slightly nerve wracking, but the rest of it was pretty simple. A two beer effort on the Captain Slow project difficulty meter.
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

For those that did the install themselves did you just follow the TQ specs for the bolts? Apparently the 30mm bolt should just be at 16LB (I did 20 since my wrench doesn't go down that low), I made the initial mistake of just turning it and turning it but then it pulled the hook away from the two bolts securing the front bolts. Also is the towhook supposed to bend the bracket as shown? Pics attached.

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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

It does bend it somewhat but not that much toward the center. You probably installed it in the wrong orientation. The bevel faces the front of the vehicle.
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

Also that is the reason why you tighten those spacer bolts before the larhe nut on the back of the hook. So that it doesn't pull away. All mentioned on my previos post.
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

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Also that is the reason why you tighten those spaver bolts before the larhe nut on the back of the hook. So that it doesn't pull away. All mentioned on my previos post.
I put the bevel towards the front of the vehicle. In the instructions the spacer looks like a standard tube, however in my package one end of the tube was flared. Did you put that flared portion against the frame or against the towhook side?

I tightened the front two to 35lbs first then the rear to 20lbs. There is very little support to keep the hook from moving backwards when tightening the rear bolt.
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

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I put the bevel towards the front of the vehicle. In the instructions the spacer looks like a standard tube, however in my package one end of the tube was flared. Did you put that flared portion against the frame or against the towhook side?

I tightened the front two to 35lbs first then the rear to 20lbs. There is very little support to keep the hook from moving backwards when tightening the rear bolt.
In that picture I don't even see the spacers. Is it just the angle?
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