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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 06-11-2008, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Towing Eye hooks -1 hook 3 holes??

I was ecstatic to pick up my new Smart fortwo Passion this past Thursday in Minneapolis, Mn. I drove it back to Michigan to visit relatives. It was great. People smiling, waving and taking photos. Once I got it to Michigan, I planned to tow it back to my hometown in Augusta Georgia. I was unpleasantly surprised to find according to the owners manual that you cannot tow any faster than 30 mph for more than 30 miles. Well I had a 900 mile trip in front of me! I re-organized and purchased a car hauler to transport it. Then came the next issue! There are three tie down areas in the bumper. The car only comes with one eye bolt. Furthermore there is no cross referencing the threads on the eyebolt. The local nuts and bolt house told me it was neither metric or standard. So my dilema was tying it down. I finally found some locations on the frame and secured it. I leave in the morning for Georgia. I will let you know how it went! I am still looking forward to all of the fun exciting times in my new car!
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Either order an additional OEM towing eye from the dealer, or get one or more from Breathless Performance: Our Products at Breathless Performance
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And, IIRC, the towing info in the manual is incorrect, according to smart, and you can flat tow. Use the Search function above to find discussions on flat towing.
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Either order an additional OEM towing eye from the dealer, or get one or more from Breathless Performance: Our Products at Breathless Performance
Thanks for the info. Unfortunately timing is the restiction on ordering one. I leave in the morning. I will have 2 more for the future though!
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And, IIRC, the towing info in the manual is incorrect, according to smart, and you can flat tow. Use the Search function above to find discussions on flat towing.
I have read that you can tow it that is why I planned to tow it. However upon reading the manual, I am not comfortable in risking it......
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I've had my Cabrio tow twice now once in the front and once in the back. It only took one hook to load it up on the flatbed truck and haul it back to the dealer for repair.
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Find a buddy with a MB or BMW theses cars have the hooks. Borrow them for your trip.Not sure if thread size is the same. And my smart is at the dealer so I can't check for you.
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There are three tie down areas in the bumper. The car only comes with one eye bolt.
actually, there are NO tie-down areas on the bumper. the tow eye bolts are for towing, not lashing. it is not recommended to use those eye bolts for lashing the vehicle to a dolly or flatbed or whatever. the eye bolt is not designed for the shear forces that come into play. my recommendation would be to use another method.
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I have read that you can tow it that is why I planned to tow it. However upon reading the manual, I am not comfortable in risking it......
We've been towing ours behind our motorhome for a couple of months now - absolutely no issues other than spending the bucks to have the Blue Ox baseplate installed...

smartUSA says it'll tow four down with no problems...
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Does anyone know where I can get a different kind of tow bolt. One without an eye on it. I saw one online somewhere but can't find it now. I was custom machined and useful for other projects like a rack or something.

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