I-Bolt Universal Tow Eye with Safety StrapJun 21st, 2013 | By Editorial Staff | Category: New Products
Towers, body shop technicians and mechanics need to safely load disabled foreign and some domestic vehicles on rollback decks and frame racks without causing damage. Vehicle manufacturers design specific tow eyes for each model car to pull the vehicle down the assembly line; it is included with the vehicle. However, each manufacturer has different diameters ranging from one-half to one inch, and either right- or left-handed threaded ends. These tow eyes can be used by towers and technicians to assist the loading of the vehicle but are often missing from the vehicle, or inaccessible when needed.
I-Bolt is a 2-inch x inch-and-a-half loop connected to a 7-inch steel shaft with unique gripping teeth that lock into the threaded holes on the front or rear of the vehicle. Insert the I-Bolt into the threaded hole, ideally behind the nut or the back of the hole, engage the gripping teeth by turning the loop clockwise (while holding the knurled 1 ¾-inch knob) until the teeth engage behind the nut or in the threaded hole.
I-Bolt fits threaded holes having diameters of half-inch up to 1 ¼-inch. This design provides a universal hook-up solution for the 200-plus vehicles identified in the Towing and Service Manual from AAA. Also included is a 6-inch x 2-inch polyester safety strap with a 4-inch looped end to wrap around the control arm or sway bar and a 3 ½-inch steel flat snap hook that attaches to the I-Bolt to positively secure the vehicle. The I-Bolt has been certified to pull up to 1,500 lbs.
I-Bolt is not a recovery tool, but using it in accordance with manufacturer and AAA loading instructions provides a safe loading process and minimizes further vehicle damage.
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