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Old 01-02-2006, 03:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Where's the safest place to attach a tow strap to pull your bull out of mud or snow (or both if your really really stuck )? The lower control arms look tempting, but something inside me says no

You guys with lowered cars must get stuck just reading about it
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I would think hooking a chain to the subframe would be the best place.
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I know my GenIV has something that looks sturdy under the rear bumper cover thingy. Its metal and seems to be attached to something.
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Gen 3s have a buch of good points on the back. Either that or they never took off transpot type things from mine.
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I know my GenIV has something that looks sturdy under the rear bumper cover thingy. Its metal and seems to be attached to something.
Mean these things?

[img]http://www.supermotors.org/getfile/278047/fullsize/tow%20points.JPG' alt='' width='565' height='424' class='attach' />

Dunno if the genIV is the same but wouldnt doubt it. There medal loopish things bolted to a frame behind the bumper up in there.

I know that there's some holes cut in the subframe in the front that would make for some good tow points as long as the hooks stay in.
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I'll get a picture of mine later today. But I just have one.
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Gen 3s have a buch of good points on the back. Either that or they never took off transpot type things from mine.


I towed my boyfriend's Integra to his house using those hook points. The Taurus pwnz imports once again!!!
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OK , having a bunch of experience in this and beening involved in a lawsuit over holes put in my Taurus becasue of winching from a unreinforced T- Hole; read up.

"I know my GenIV has something that looks sturdy under the rear bumper cover thingy. Its metal and seems to be attached to something."

Those are transport triangles that are used strictly from holding down the car on the semi or on a train. These are not safe tow points for winching any taurus from. ANyway - those are sposta be taken off at the dealership when the car arives and gets inspected. I guess if you have them, you could use them on your car, but that metal is not strong enough to winch a car from; - but you might be able to pull a car using thoes spots as long as the other car is in N. The only thing that holds the triangles on is a bolt.


IN the rear of the car, there are no 'good' spots to place a hook with out damaging a Taurus, unless it is in nuteral and not stuck in mud or snow. Do not hook the hook to any suspension parts or in the holes that are in the rear sub frame. These holes are not for towing or winching from ( see attched picture).

IN the front end, the only kinda safe are to be towed from is the sub frame. I have seen a Taurus that did have the whole sub frame ripped out from incorect winching, so you still have to watch what you are doing. IN the front of the car there are some reinforced T-holes but again, these holes are for winching your car. These T-holes are to be used for tiedowns when you car is being flat bedded (sp).

You must also be carful not for rub the bumper with the cable/rope/chain. You might want to use a carpet between the car and cable.

The only truly good way to move your car is via flat bed. Ford even tells you ( in the Ford towing manuel) that there isnt any tow points in the rear of the Taurus ans there is only 2 good points int he froint of the car. It is a well known fact that they Taurus is one of the hardest cars to winch out of a ditch without breaking something.
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Here are some B&W pics on the damage done to my car from winching it in Park out of snow bank, using a hook and a unreinforced T-hole. The metal ripped 6 inches and only stopped ripping becasue it got caught on the bumper shock that is bolted to the rear fram rails.

IN the other picture in the damage from the cable that rubbed on my rear bumper.

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