TUG PLATE INSTALL GUIDE

 


TOOLS REQUIRED

Screw Driver or Interior Pry Tools
Masking Tape
Drill Bits (Step Drill Bit Recommended)
Grease
Tug Tool or 20mm Socket & 25mm Wrench
8mm Allen Wrench (Adjust Ring)

 

1 \ REMOVE YOUR TOW EYE CAP COVER

Locate and remove your tow eye cap cover, we recommend using a plastic interior tool to remove the cover without scratching your paint.

 

2 \ CLEAN BUMPER THREADS

Clean the threads in the bumper beam. A blast of air or wire brush will suffice for newer cars,

on older cars air and a brush isn't enough to remove years of road grime. Brake clean with a

brush on a power drill is recommended. The key is to remove any debris from the threads.

 

3 \ APPLY GREASE

Apply grease to the threads of the tug shaft threads that screw into the bumper beam.

Insert and thread the tug shaft into the bumper beam.

 

4 \ TIGHTEN DOWN THE SHAFT

Use either a 20mm socket or our Tug Tool to tighten the shaft into the bumper beam.

The shaft only needs to be snug (5 -10 ft-lbs), do not over tighten the shaft.

 

5 \ TRIM TOW EYE CAP COVER (OPTIONAL)

Follow the steps in the lower area about how to trim your tow eye cap cover.

 

6 \ REINSTALL TOW EYE CAP COVER

If you trimmed your tow eye cap cover you can reinstall over the shaft now.

 

7 \ REMOVE PLATE FROM BALL MOUNT

Using your 4mm Allen wrench unscrew the ball mount screws until you can pull the ball mount out from the bracket.

 

8 \ INSTALL BALL MOUNT

Take your ball mount with shaft nut threaded 3/4 down the threads towards the ball end and

thread into your installed tug shaft.

 

9 \ TIGHTEN SHAFT NUT

Once you have that threaded until the shaft nut is nut against your

tug shaft you can take your tug tool or 25mm wrench and tighten the shaft nut to the tug shaft.

 

10 \ INSTALL PLATE MOUNT

Install the Plate Mount by slipping the top and bottom Ball Mounts over the Ball Stud. Position the

angle of the plate to your desired location and tighten the Ball Mount Screws. Make sure you equally

tighten the Ball Mount Screws and maintain a common gap between the Top and Bottom Ball Mounts on either side.

 

11 \ ADJUSTING PLATE MOUNT

PLATE MOUNT ANGLE
The angle of the Plate Mount can be adjusted by unscrewing the Ball Mount Screws just enough until the Plate Mount can be moved.

With your desired angle set, tighten the Ball Mount Screws.


PLATE MOUNT POSITION
The position of the Plate Mount can be moved by removing the Plate Mount Screws and

repositioning the Plate Mount to a different set of mounting holes.


PLATE MOUNT DISTANCE FROM BUMPER
The Plate Mount can be moved in or away from the bumper by adjusting the Ball Stud. Unscrew the Ball

Mount Screws just enough to remove the Plate Mount. Use a 25mm wrench or Tug Tool to loosen the Nut. 

Screw the Ball Stud in to move the Plate Mount closer to the bumper. Unscrew the Ball Stud to move

the Plate Mount away from the bumper.

 

TOW EYE CAP COVER TRIMMING

 

1 \ MASKING TAPE TEMPLATE

Using masking tape with your tug shaft installed you want to place a piece on each side

of the shaft to create a box around the tug shaft. Extend the pieces of masking tape so that

is stuck to a part of the bumper.

 

2 \ REMOVE MASKING TAPE TEMPLATE

Once you have your masking tape template you can unstick on 3 of the sides and fold them up and out of the way

(make sure tape is still stuck on some part of the bumper for the next steps).

 

3 \ REMOVE TUG SHAFT

You can now uninstall your tug shaft.

 

4 \ REINSTALL TOW EYE CAP COVER

Now you reinstall your tow eye cap cover and overlay your masking tape template.

The template will show the exact location of where the tow eye cap needs to be trimmed

for the tug shaft to poke through.

 

5 \ DRILL TOW EYE CAP COVER

Once your template is on the tow eye cap cover you can uninstall the tow eye cap cover and

drill hole using a step drill bit to the desired size.

 

6 \ REINSTALL TUG SHAFT

Now you can reinstall your tow eye cap cover and continue with step 6 in upper section.