Tow hooks on the front of 2007 Ford Explorer LTD

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Asked by Jul 31, 2007 at 12:46 PM about the 2007 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD

Question type: General

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On the vast majority of 4X4 SUV's, beneath the front bumper there are 2 rather heafty loops, called tow hooks.  Not a tow bar for pulling behind a motor home.  They are used for attaching a cable and wench.  By attaching to these hooks, a vehicle can be pulled through tough conditions or pulled from being stuck in the mud.  Toyota, Durango, Range Rover, H3 Hummers, Expedition, 2005 Explorers, etc all have the hooks mounted solidly to the frame in the front and under the bumper.  Ford does not provide these hooks for the 2007 Explorer.  Ford only provides these up to and including 2005
Why does the 2007 Ford Explorer LTD have no tow hooks in front?

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That's a question for the Ford designers. They may have eliminated them as an option because of weight, because they did not receive many orders for them, or for some styling or practicality reason. I know exactly what you're referring to but I can't tell you what was going through the designer's heads when they eliminated them.

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None of the Explorers have tow hooks any longer. The tow hooks were an option on earlier models and I believe the designers found most 4x4's turned into suburban yuppiemobiles rather than actual off road machines. I added the tow hooks onto my 2001 Explorer myself and they are still available through many of the parts houses that stock OEM Ford parts. Of course, you can use aftermarket tow hooks or rings as well. Problem, as you already know, is attaching them in a manner that won't destroy all the plastic if you have to use them to actually tow your vehicle out of the muck.

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