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Winch to tow hook?

Will it damage anything to the crash structure if I attach a winch to the front tow hook and gently and slowly load and unload my Lotus on a trailer? I'm talking about really slow without sudden tugging.
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Will it damage anything to the crash structure if I attach a winch to the front tow hook and gently and slowly load and unload my Lotus on a trailer? I'm talking about really slow without sudden tugging.
it shouldn't... a friend of mine had his loaded onto a flatbed by the tow hook this summer and it loaded/unloaded just fine w/o any damage

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Good question. I used to winch my car onto my trailer using the front tow hook but it always made me nervous. The attachment points for the front hook looks questionable. Now I just drive it on.

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Ideally when towing, the wheels should be strapped down and the suspension allowed to move. That is how I tow my Elise and M100 and any other ride that needs towing. I would not trust the down force stress to the front end; the front two hook is intended for lateral pulling.

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Will it damage anything to the crash structure if I attach a winch to the front tow hook and gently and slowly load and unload my Lotus on a trailer? I'm talking about really slow without sudden tugging.
I've loaded and unloaded both my Exige and 2-Eleven this way (although I normally drive it into and out of the trailer). This is the actual intended purpose of the tow hook, so as long as you're doing it properly, there should be no problems. Make sure the tow hook is fully threaded into the crash structure and tight.

But as stated above, the tow hook is not intended for tying down the vehicle during transport.
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I've loaded and unloaded both my Exige and 2-Eleven this way (although I normally drive it into and out of the trailer). This is the actual intended purpose of the tow hook, so as long as you're doing it properly, there should be no problems. Make sure the tow hook is fully threaded into the crash structure and tight.

But as stated above, the tow hook is not intended for tying down the vehicle during transport.
Great. Do use cables or straps for winching?
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Ideally when towing, the wheels should be strapped down and the suspension allowed to move. That is how I tow my Elise and M100 and any other ride that needs towing. I would not trust the down force stress to the front end; the front two hook is intended for lateral pulling.
Good point and I agree, but I was referring to the use of tow hook for loading and unloading only.
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Great. Do use cables or straps for winching?
I have a winch with a synthetic cable and a hook with a "carabiner" type closure on the end.

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Should a tow hook be used to tow? Umm yep.
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Should a tow hook be used to tow? Umm yep.


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Fortunately, the Prince of Darkness didn't build the tow hook.

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Have you loaded and unloaded your Elise/Exige up on a trailer and transport it to and from the track?


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