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    Can someone explain the tow hook trend on the C8? I have never seen this on previous generations but it seems to be a thing for the C8. I never understood the concept. I know it was always popular in the "ricer" community (sorry if that is not a proper term). But on a C8? Its it used for racing and used as a tie down point ?
    Last edited by Dmraco; 02-06-2021, 08:27 AM.

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    It was popular on the C7 as well. Some just like the look even though they don't track their cars.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Dmraco View Post
      Can someone explain the tow hook trend on the C8? I have never seen this on previous generations but it seems to be a thing for the C8. I never understood the concept. I know it was always popular in the "ricer" community (sorry if that is not a proper term). But on a C8? Its it used for racing and used as a tie down point ?
      It does look crappy. It breaks up the nice lines of the front fascia with an out of place item that screams, "my car breaks down a lot".

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      • #4
        My understanding is people who track their cars install the tow hook to make “extraction” easier for the track personnel if they have an “off”. I suspect that people who drive around town with the tow hook installed are generally people who do NOT track their cars but want to look like they do. I guess they think it looks cool. Their car, their choice. I have a tow hook in the trunk in case I ever need it.

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        • #5
          What 16falcon said.

          Have a tow hook, and have it in the trunk.

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          • #6
            If i tracked my car, I would have one. Our new Toyota RAV4 Prime came standard with one (in the trunk with other tire changing equipment, also screws in to the front bumper without tools). I hope it lives its life right where it is now, e.g. hibernating).
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            • #7
              Originally posted by 16falcon View Post
              My understanding is people who track their cars install the tow hook to make “extraction” easier for the track personnel if they have an “off”. I suspect that people who drive around town with the tow hook installed are generally people who do NOT track their cars but want to look like they do. I guess they think it looks cool. Their car, their choice. I have a tow hook in the trunk in case I ever need it.
              Most tracks require them to make it easier to retrieve a car that goes off track. And I agree with your assessment of "most" on the street. I do know one guy who tracks his Callaway C7 frequently, and never bothers to remove the hook for street and put it back on for track.
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              • #8
                It is better to be safe than sorry. If you have one, it will make it easier for the tow truck driver to pull the car out of a ditch, or whatever you got yourself into.

                If you are dug in, you may not be able to get the straps under the car and pull if up on the back of the tow vehicle. The hook gives you another option and can be screwed into the front or back, whichever is more appropriate. I keep one in the trunk, with the tow straps so whatever will work better, I am ready.

                As for driving around with a hook sticking out of your front or back (or both) bumper, that is up to you. I saw Chevy Dude demo it on one of his videos and when he went to pry the back cover off the bumper, he broke the strap that holds the cover to the bumper. I would conclude that if you don't have to pry the covers off, don't, and save it for when it is absolutely necessary.
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                • #9
                  Toe Hooks have nothing to do with racing. They are for towing the vehicle. The last two Cadillac SRXs I have had, had toe hooks. They have been available for and on GM vehicles for at least 15 years. Check the right front and the left rear of GM vehicles and you will see a 1 in by 2 in removable plug covering the nut where the toe hook installs. Where have you guys been for the last 15 years?

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                  • #10
                    Toe Hooks have nothing to do with racing
                    Tow hooks might not be exclusively for racing, but they absolutely have something to do with racing...

                    As mentioned above, many tracks require a front tow hook (tow eye) to be installed when on the track to speed up recovery and minimize the chances of the track flatbed operator screwing up your car pulling from the wrong spot.

                    I assume the C8 comes with a factory tow eye in the tool kit, it's mentioned in the owners manual, but only having my car about a week, I'll admit I haven't dug out the tool kit yet.

                    Be careful however, the 'cool' looking aftermarket tow hooks sold on the web are often POS and will snap when you need it the most. Use the factory tow eye or a quality tow hook from a reputable racing equipment manufacturer.
                    Last edited by pfbz; 02-06-2021, 06:21 PM.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by pfbz View Post
                      I assume the C8 comes with a factory tow eye in the tool kit, it's mentioned in the owners manual, but only having my car about a week, I'll admit I haven't dug out the tool kit yet.
                      There is no “tool kit”. Run flat tires, so no lug wrench. The only tool you get is the plastic funnel for adding gas from a container. From the owner’s manual: “A tow eye may have been provided at vehicle delivery.”

                      I believe they are required in Europe, so they are included there. Not required in the USA, so not included. I bought one off eBay.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by 16falcon View Post

                        There is no “tool kit”. Run flat tires, so no lug wrench. The only tool you get is the plastic funnel for adding gas from a container. From the owner’s manual: “A tow eye may have been provided at vehicle delivery.”

                        I believe they are required in Europe, so they are included there. Not required in the USA, so not included. I bought one off eBay.
                        Good to know... Is there a specific part number? I know in the Porsche world, some have different threads and different lengths, NOT interchangeable.

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                        Update. Looks like the factory tow hook is #15234068?
                        NOT cheap at $127 list price, and still about $90 shipped on eBay.
                        Last edited by pfbz; 02-06-2021, 06:39 PM.
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                        • #13
                          I bought a generic one (not the GM part) for the C7. I believe the part number is the same for C7 and C8. I paid $60 plus shipping last July, but I see it’s $75 plus shipping now.

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                          • #14
                            If you need a flatbed and don't have a tow hook they will want to hook up to someplace under the front and the tow line/cable might be at an angle that would then hit the underside of the front and crack the splitter. much better to have a hook available for them to use.

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                            • #15
                              I bought these: https://www.westcoastcorvette.com/co...06-grand-sport

                              Yes, I confess I leave them in my track cars. One less thing to deal with in the morning to get ready! If we only went once or twice a year, maybe I would take them out!
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