I wanted something to go with my RS Factory Stage front tow hook, and this beauty made by ClubRoadster sponsor RyokuRob was the object of my desire. This hook has all the features I wanted: good looks, strength, and the ability to work with the factory rear skirt. The only problem was that Rob makes these in large batches, so I was possibly in for a long wait.
But before I could even begin waiting, I got an email from a buddy named Jay (batou on CR.net) offering me the rear hook off his car. For free. As a gift! For no reason at all other than to be friendly and share a part he knew I wanted. I was touched. And happy, and thrilled, and taken aback, and happy! Seriously. Parts from heaven? This has never happened to me before.
The hook came back in October. Weather and early sunsets have conspired to keep me from installing and photographing the hook. I feel badly about that. I wanted to put it on right away and thank Jay for his extremely kind contribution to the Sharka build. But… better late than never.
Thank you very much for the tow hook, Jay. I smile every time I see it sticking out under the bumper.
The RyokuRob hook has multiple holes machined in to allow for different amount of tuck behind the bumper. Since I’ve got the factory rear skirt installed, this sort of adjustability is important to me. It only attaches in two places vs the four attachment points that the factory rear tie-down hooks have, but those two places should be enough to tow one out of a race track sand trap just fine.
Installation of this little guy is very easy. Remove 4 bolts, reinstall 2. The hardest part is jacking the car up. And wrestling the tow hook out of your tiny robot helper’s hands….
So how does it look? Damn nice! Just like I’d hoped. It just peeks out from under the skirt. And I’ve yet to scrape it on a parking barrier or anything.
Again, thank you very much Jay. From both me and Sharka.
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