Subaru has no place to tie a rope from front of a kayak to the front of the Crosstrek
How do I tie the front of my kayak to the front of my Subaru Crosstrek. U shaped tows are not present. The new screw-in tow can't be used when driving as it interferes with deployment of air bags. entire front is plastic, with a 3 foot plastic sheet covering the front underside.
So drill a hole in the bumper & bolt up a common 1/2" X 3" eyelet from a hardware store.
The bumper is plastic. But I found a solution. Thule Hood Loop Strap for $10. The strap uses a bolt present under the hood to attach the strap to metal under the hood. The loop strap sticks out on the side of the hood. see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htsyubu8EHc
This bolt is not there on the new 2016 model
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