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Does anyone know of an aftermarket kit to add rear tow hooks to a 2012 F150?
I do have the factory towing package which has a tow hitch with 2" receiver, and I also have an insert that has a 3/4" bow shackle, but I'm thinking that for certain types of recovery work (for example using a kinetic recovery rope) it might be good to have something stronger than the factory hitch.
I don't know of any "KIT" persay... But no one says you cant by you some 10k shackles/hooks and have a fabricater just make one for you.... I doubt it would cost you more than 400$ and it would be a lot stronger than anything else out there.
What I'm worried about (perhaps unnecessarily) is that the peak shock load during a kinetic recovery may be far above the 10,000 lbs. rating of the hitch.
Does the Raptor have tow hooks in the rear?
Just get a big *** pintle hook for your receiver. And if you get two hooks you will always want to use both sides when recovering, that's too much load for just one of the recovery points you can easily bend your frame, just like you should always use a bridle for your front hooks
o I've found a number of pictures that show the rear-end of the Raptor and they all show two tow hooks in addition to the tow hitch receiver. The Ford shop manual for the 2012 F150 does not show these anywhere and I haven't been able to find parts for these listed online, so I'm going to call a Ford dealer and see if they can help me identify the parts and determine if this is something I can add to my non-Raptor F150.
o Until then I'll use the D-shackle insert I got for my tow hitch receiver. The label on the tow hitch says it's good up to 10,000 lbs, and the shackle insert says it's good to 20,000 lbs, which is probably good enough in most cases.
o If I do find and install some rear tow hooks I'll also get a bridle strap as Almighty suggested.