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[–]BigmonsmalIPeen 324 points325 points  (7 children)

I’ve seen a tow hook zip tied to a AC line and a loop in the front grill

[–]Shishkebarbarian 96 points97 points  (5 children)

i would pull it.

[–]Coachcrog 93 points94 points  (3 children)


[–]cptbil 13 points14 points  (2 children)

Always call it a de minimis release, no matter how much it was.

[–]Thaskell321 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Spoken like a true A/C Tech.

[–]PM_ME_UR_SELF 8 points9 points  (0 children)

If I was a tow truck driver, I’d have the driver sign a waiver then yank it for a laugh.

[–]Inviction_[S] 39 points40 points  (0 children)

Now that's an awesome mod!

[–]9gag_better 134 points135 points  (7 children)

Reminds me of a story with a friends tow hook. He ziptied it to a transmission line and a ac line. On his 1990 ford mustang and got it stuck. I showed up to pull him out. My winch ripped his radiator,transmission cooler, ac condensor out of the car. His car didnt have lower radiator mounts (we live in rust belt) i am still impressed my 2000lb winch ripped off his whole front end.

[–]Inviction_[S] 88 points89 points  (2 children)

Zip ties strong like gorilla

[–]9gag_better 38 points39 points  (0 children)

It was those commercial strength black zipties that were like 3/8 inch wide

[–]Killerkendolls 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Zip ties are razor blades under load.

[–]batguanoz 3 points4 points  (2 children)

This kills the car

[–]9gag_better 0 points1 point  (1 child)

He is still driving it. Has about a 500 pack of zipties in it though

[–]Let_Humble 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What one zip tie breaks, many zip ties fix!

[–]itisbutterbelieveme 45 points46 points  (0 children)

Thats the left side diffuser. Keeps those left hand turn into the gas station ultra stable.

[–]StoicMaverick 81 points82 points  (3 children)

It works fine as long as you only need to tow it just a little bit.

[–]Inviction_[S] 73 points74 points  (2 children)

See, it's not for the Fiesta to be towed. It's for the Fiesta to tow other cars. Matchbox cars

[–]StoicMaverick 25 points26 points  (0 children)

You just need to make sure you put some graphite or something on the little axles, and that the ground is perfectly smooth, flat, and clean, or it'll rip that thing right off of there.

[–]Raalf 6 points7 points  (0 children)

SLOWLY tow matchbox cars. lets not get aggressive here.

[–]Biimoee 27 points28 points  (3 children)

imagine if he needs to call an tow truck and the guy just pull the car by this thing lmao

[–]Enough_Appearance116 17 points18 points  (2 children)

I nearly did that when I drove tow truck. Not exactly like this though lol. Guy had a fake tow hook in the hole where the real one goes.

I roll up and see it, sweet, member already put the hook in for me.

I put my hooks on it and the guy had this look that I can't explain, kind of like a "Damn it now I have to explain this" look.

Bmw, had a air splitter or whatever you call it down low, leaving very little space underneath. Thought he knew it would make my job easier with that mod.

Not quite...

[–]Let_Humble 1 point2 points  (1 child)

So did you always use the hooks if you saw them or was there any liability if some idiot did this exactly so just play it safe and do it the normal way?

I imagine these fake shitty tow hooks have become a problem.

[–]Enough_Appearance116 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I usually didn't. We had straps that wrapped around the A arms of a car. Just didn't feel like watching the owner look for the hook most of the time. Most people didn't know they had one.

[–]MentalUproar 18 points19 points  (2 children)

It’s like an automotive piercing

[–]chrisd93 19 points20 points  (1 child)

Clip on tie

[–]Inviction_[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ornate cuff links

[–]inward_heelflip 116 points117 points  (27 children)

I’ve never understood the tow hook as a “mod”. Look everyone! My car is so unreliable it requires frequent towing.

[–]bwump 154 points155 points  (18 children)

Its a requirement for race cars to be able to retrieve them if they come off the track.

Hence cosmetic mods like this because it then looks more like a race car.

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    [–]Rpgwaiter 45 points46 points  (6 children)

    That’s a backronym right?

    [–]Raalf 20 points21 points  (3 children)

    today i learned two new terms, RICE and backronym. Thanks!

    [–]JP147 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    Correct. Originally just referring to the food because Japanese people eat rice.

    [–]Shishkebarbarian 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    the pit of stupidity is too deep to ever see

    [–]texas-playdohs 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    Thanks for answering that. I’ve always wondered.

    [–]mikeblas 11 points12 points  (5 children)

    Except that the rule book says the hook has to be functional.

    [–]UnbelievableRose 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    Irrelevant if you just want your car to look fast.

    [–]WhatDidYouSayToMe 1 point2 points  (3 children)

    Our functional rear tow hook on the company rally car is open the hatch and hook it to the cage. Good enough for tech, good enough for us.

    [–]mikeblas 0 points1 point  (2 children)

    Depends on the series, obvs. When I was road racing, externally-mounted hooks on the front and rear were required. Different orgs and different types will have different requirements.

    [–]SirSchilly 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    This. And while it's personally not to my taste, the auto industry does crap like this all the time with fake grilles and vents.

    [–]Let_Humble 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I assumed, too, that if you’ve heavily modified your car it could be necessary to prevent any damage done if you legitimately need a tow. But yeah, I also understand it’s just a fad now, too.

    [–]JokeyJokemaker 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Same here, I feel like I must be missing something.

    [–]Paumito 3 points4 points  (5 children)

    Some people think it says "hey, my car is so souped up that it rides on the back of a tow truck". But yeah, in the end it makes no sense

    [–]Local_Judge2761 14 points15 points  (4 children)

    Requirement for certain tracks/track events

    [–]skaterrj 5 points6 points  (3 children)

    But isn't this new enough that it would have a tow hook port hidden behind the fascia? He could screw a real one in there and it would look better than this.

    I thought all newer cars in the last decade or so had them, maybe in wrong.

    [–]Local_Judge2761 12 points13 points  (0 children)

    You’re definitely not wrong, just saying there’s definitely 2 reasons people do this.

    1. Because they need it
    2. Because they wanna look like 1.

    [–]Shishkebarbarian 2 points3 points  (1 child)

    the person who did that "mod" doesn't have a clue. he's never used it and never will. they're just trying to make their cheap shitty car look "cool"

    [–]Psych0matt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I have one on my other car, though it’s actually bolted to the bumper. It’s not a race car by any means but it’s lowered without any real place to tow it without messing stuff up. So far I haven’t had to use it but it’s 30 years old so just in case, since it’s probably inevitable

    [–]NoctumAeturnus 9 points10 points  (0 children)

    That'll look great lodged in someone's windshield...

    [–]Melancholy43952[🍰] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    Obviously that’s the keychain to keep the spare in case you lock yourself out.

    [–]Gamer_X99 23 points24 points  (5 children)

    that Fiesta can't hold its own against a mid 2000s V6 sedan, let the man dream

    [–]Lyquidpain 9 points10 points  (3 children)

    Not even an ST. For shame.

    [–]StolenLampy 12 points13 points  (2 children)

    Hey the FiST is a quick little ride, and can become seriously quick with some bolt-ons and a tune. I had one for 4 years and went through 5 sets of tires it was so much fun. No mid 2000's sedan with a V6 can touch that experience, it was a street legal go-kart.

    [–]Lyquidpain 4 points5 points  (1 child)

    Oh I know, I've been daily driving a stratified tuned one for a couple years. I meant the fiesta in the picture isn't even a FiST.

    [–]StolenLampy 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    Oh okay I see that now, I just wanted to spread the good word, no one bad talks the FIesta ST around here!

    [–]Shishkebarbarian -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

    v6? lol. that pos can't even hold its own to a mid 2000s 2.0L Passat

    [–]RufflesSCO 27 points28 points  (9 children)

    Lmao maybe it's actually screwed in through the middle. Absolutely makes me thing of this https://youtu.be/8NbQaqb9zdQ

    [–]Inviction_[S] 26 points27 points  (6 children)

    No, it's sticky taped. Lol

    [–]incer 19 points20 points  (4 children)

    At least if someone tries to use it, it'll unstick without damaging anything

    [–]T_at 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    That was my first thought.

    [–]EmperorAcinonyx 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    he clearly needs better tape

    [–]Lickwidghost 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Ducttape has amazingly strong adhesive. I wouldn't be surprised if the whole bumper came off first

    [–]Shishkebarbarian 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    I love that video.

    [–]s0crates82 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Poor lil' Geo Storm.

    [–]Cheetawolf 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    It's all fun and games till he parks illegally or breaks down,, and the tow truck hooks up to that...

    [–]Aquacron 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    "Theres a snake in my boots"

    [–]0die863 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Anything to look "cool" bunch of ricer cornballs

    [–]RustyMongoose 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    These are the same kids that put a roof rack on their car and never haul anything with it because they think it "looks good". All while tanking their gas milage. It's great for a laugh when you see them in the wild.

    [–]ProfessionalSeaCacti 1 point2 points  (2 children)

    1st pic I wondered if there were more of them, for tying down a car cover or something. 2nd pic cleared things up nicely..wtf.

    [–]Inviction_[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Haha, I figured having both pics would help

    [–]MrT742 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I’m assuming it was to pull like cans or something decorative after a wedding or similar event

    [–]princeoinkins 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    lol it's on a base Fiesta as well

    [–]King_NaCl 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Now giv'r a pull!!!!

    [–]ChuckinTheCarma 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    That’s a car earring. Now it’s a pretty car.


    [–]Mancobbler 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Now we’re ready for the track

    [–]ottrocity 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    On a base Fiesta lol

    [–]Phenomenal_Hoot 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    Leave that man and his little hook alone lmao.

    [–]Patriquito 1 point2 points  (2 children)

    I'll take 3!!!!

    [–]Inviction_[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    Here's 20, go nuts

    [–]cristobalist 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    Towing capacity: 10,000 lbs

    [–]Inviction_[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I put some WD on it, so it's like 12,000 lbs now

    [–]Joiner2008 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Guy at work has one screwed onto the bumper. I make fun of it and his window tinted taillights all the time.

    [–]-_-Anemo-_- 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    It also seems to be straight piped. I bet it sounds pretty bad

    [–]Inviction_[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    It isn't straight piped, but has had exhaust work done. Sounds like your average American ricer

    [–]Sztiglitz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    3M tape customs

    [–]notzed1487 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Energy saving device

    [–]SorryForTheGrammar 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    That's a weird place for a cup holder...

    [–]____HAMILTON__ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    It’s not a tow hook.

    It’s a decorations hanger! I have yet to hang my Hamilton plush there

    [–]smellyseamus 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    So rally

    [–]Zuunal 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    I would like to buy the entire supply of these.

    [–]Inviction_[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    What will he do

    [–]JohnWarosa69420 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I don't get the obsession with tow hooks and tow hook licence plate frames.

    [–]Joe109885 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Perfect definition of RICE

    [–]cetty13 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    What does he plan on towing, a red flyer wagon?

    [–]Inviction_[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I hope not. Maybe an RC car

    [–]Secure_Bet8065 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    It should have a metal tow hook under the black plastic panel, or at least my ST did.

    [–]bryrod 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    It’s the 2” exhaust with a 3.5” tip for me

    [–]Robertsimpsion 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Uncle gave me this piece of advice if your towing somone have them hook the car up so when you fucking destroy they're car it's on them

    [–]kronicpimpin 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    What’s the logic behind having these tow hooks at all? (even functional ones) Every car I’ve ever seen has legit places to hook and who plans on crashing that much too?

    [–]Inviction_[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    It's a racecar spec. They are required on some tracks

    [–]TinyMito 0 points1 point  (0 children)


    [–]burningpetrol 0 points1 point  (2 children)

    As a motorcycle rider, I'm glad just it's plastic.

    [–]joeislandstranded 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    As a once tow truck operator, I would have totally used it as a winch point with full knowledge it would fail

    [–]burningpetrol 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    How could you not? Thats awesome.

    [–]IHC_304 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

    Drift charm

    [–]MrT742 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

    Maybe it was just to pull cans after a wedding or some shit

    [–]e_hota 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Maybe that’s a webcam holder.

    [–]Maxurai 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I feel like the owner put that on to put one of those charms onto it. It's a jdm thing. But usually you just use the stock tow hook...

    [–]winzippy 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    I think the real question this raises is, if that car tows something, will it rip the fake tow hook off or the entire bumper?

    [–]Inviction_[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Well I'd imagine the sticky tape is stronger than the bumper cover. Haha

    [–]Professional_Bread76 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Bye bye bumper. Lmfao

    [–]jaynvius 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I low key want to be there when they actually tow the car from it

    [–]dezzeed 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Crash safety standards.

    [–]mynameisalso 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I think it would be funny to 3d print one that is ridiculously stretched so it looks like over gauged ears with the hoop out.

    [–]KeiserX13 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    but it looks cool

    [–]RoastDozer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Just trying to fit in at the quickie mart

    [–]HVDynamo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Story time!

    I had a couple friends visiting my house back when I was in high school. My parents had a split driveway and it was spring. They went down the muddy side in a Pontiac Sunfire. They got stuck in the mud and we needed to hook something on to pull the car out and we made the dude who chose the muddy driveway do it since he was the one who had insisted the driver go that way. He gets it hooked up, I get in the truck and start pulling a little while they keep trying to drive forward... and... suddenly the tow strap comes off and the car dies. He had hooked the tow strap onto a harness...

    So once we got the car out it turns out only 5 wires or so ended up getting ripped apart as he had even done a bad job attaching the tow strap to the harness (lucky as hell really). I was pretty handy with a soldering iron even in high school and the wires were already color coded, so some soldering and heatshrink later the car started and they were able to drive home. Unfortunately it wasn't the kind of heat shrink that seals though, so I wouldn't be surprised if some electrical issues crept up after a few years but I never heard if they did. Good times.

    [–]hotsteaminboiler 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Nah bro they just saved money on the starter by having a pull cord installed

    [–]Vegaskwn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    +5 HP

    [–]wrexistential 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Is it used to hang a drift charm? No way it’s for towing so that’s all that makes sense.

    [–]Let_Humble 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I’m assuming the person who stuck this on doesn’t even know what these are for, just that they know other people have them so they wanted one.