"Towing Eyes"

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"Towing Eyes"

Postby pjgrey » Sun Sep 10, 2006 5:06 pm

I would like to fit a wire mesh grill to my car but I would like to remove the "towing eyes" front and rear.

Do I need to remove the front bumper to remove the eyes?

Does anyone know where I can get a grill without the cut-outs?
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Postby Craikeybaby » Sun Sep 10, 2006 11:47 pm

Yes, you can get a grile without the cut outs, and I think it is possible to remove the eyes, although you do need to be awarethat there won't be anyting to tow you with (you may not be allowed on some track days etc).

I'll post a better reply with links etc tmrw, as have just driven back from the ring (did 4 laps 1st thing before I left too :D ) and am shattered!
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Postby Hawkwind » Mon Sep 11, 2006 9:55 am

They are not towing eyes - they are tie down eyes and their only purpose is to hold the vehicle steady whilst being transported. They are not strong enough for towing. They can be removed easily without removing the bumper, but are most likely well rusted in, so plenty of soaking in WD40 is necessary first.
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Postby Jacko » Mon Sep 11, 2006 12:06 pm

OK, if they're not towing eyes, and are only there for being lashed down on the ships.... why do Eunos Roadsters all have them(in Japan)???? I've removed mine, bit of a fiddle but not difficult(17mm spanner I think) and I'd have said they are substantial enough to hoik an mx5 out of the gravel trap/hedge/barrier/etc!!! :lol:

Come on Ken, answer me this one then?? You know it makes sense! :lol:
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Postby pjgrey » Mon Sep 11, 2006 1:17 pm

They have still got to be moved around Japan on a lorry Jacko.

Thanks for all your advise.
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Postby Jacko » Mon Sep 11, 2006 4:01 pm

Bugger, forgot about the obvious... I was only thinking about ships!! :lol:

Oh well, I'd still not hesitate using them to tow the car if needed, except for the fact they're sitting on the shelf in my garage! haha
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Postby Hawkwind » Mon Sep 11, 2006 7:57 pm

Nuff said :lol: and I think you're right Jacko - they are strong enough for gravel traps etc. However I'd not want to be pulled out of somewhere "sticky" with them :shock:
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Postby Craikeybaby » Mon Sep 11, 2006 10:21 pm

What you realy want is some of these shame about the price though. Yours would probably look quite good painted red. I need to get something sorted out before next year.

When I got my grille from Lockwood they had the option of specifying no tow hook holes, but seem to have discontinued this. Mx5parts.co.uk used to do them, but don't seem to anymore either. Strange.
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