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Old 5th May 2018, 11:07   #1
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Default What are those colorful straps hanging off the rear tow hook of cars?

Recently, I have observed straps (Yokohama, Michelin, Bridgestone etc written on it), hanging from the rear tow hook in cars. Is it for fancy or serves any purpose like anti-static discharge.
I would like to buy one (do tyre retailers sell them?) and hook it to my car. Any idea where to get it from and what is its technical name?
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Recently, I have observed straps (Yokohama, Michelin, Bridgestone etc written on it), hanging from the rear tow hook in cars. Is it for fancy or serves any purpose like anti-static discharge.
I would like to buy one (do tyre retailers sell them?) and hook it to my car. Any idea where to get it from and what is its technical name?
Thanks.
These are one of 'latest' accessories we see these days like any other.
By the looks of it, their only purpose is to reflect at night when light rays fall into it. I would like to gift them to concrete mixers rather than have it behind cars that have reflective tail lamp assembly and additional reflectors anyway!

The same owners who put these straps would dither to replace the tail lamp bulb tomorrow and am damn sure about it.
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Looks like you are referring to competition tow straps that are generally used to tow race cars when they need to be towed. Usually in flamboyant colours to match colour schemes of race cars. Absolutely ridiculous when fixed on daily driver cars.

But the more interesting question - why would you want one when you don't even know what it is meant for?

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Recently, I have observed straps (Yokohama, Michelin, Bridgestone etc written on it), hanging from the rear tow hook in cars. Is it for fancy or serves any purpose like anti-static discharge. I would like to buy one (do tyre retailers sell them?) and hook it to my car. Any idea where to get it from and what is its technical name? Thanks.
Those are tow straps mate, not really useful until your car breaks down or you need to tow another vehicle. BTW, these are also used on a car's front tow hooks

They help break-down service technicians to more easily attach their tow line to your car. It's not a must have accessory but then, if you think it looks cool you could have one fitted.

PS - just make sure the strap is attached to only designated tow points on your car otherwise you could wind up bending something out of shape. Check your owners manual.

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Looks like you are referring to competition tow straps that are generally used to tow race cars when they need to be towed. Usually in flamboyant colours to match colour schemes of race cars. Absolutely ridiculous when fixed on daily driver cars.

But the more interesting question - why would you want one when you don't even know what it is meant for?
I thought it may be useful in some situation. Now, I know about it and if it is illegal to place it on the hook I would store it in the boot.
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Can someone please share a pic so that it can be added to the opening post for clarity? Thank you!
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Default re: What are those colorful straps hanging off the rear tow hook of cars?

'Tow Straps' are used for easy recovery of cars on track following a crash or a breakdown.

These are not for show and is very helpful on a track due to the following reasons:

1) Saves a bit of unnecessary weight compared to a metal tow hook which is important on a track.
2) Its very accessible, easy to use and helps a quick recovery. Also they do not deform like a metal hook following a shunt.
3) Also safer to have a strap than a protruding metal rod in bumper to bumper driving on a track. The real ones are made of high strength fiber and can carry the weight of a car and more. NRG Bolt-In Tow Strap (5,000 Lbs Limit)


Its easy to attach. Just remove the tow hook cover and screw it in.
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'Tow Straps' are used for easy recovery of cars on track following a crash or a breakdown.
The straps in question are not these tow-straps. We are talking of colorful ( single color), fluorescent straps about 8 inches long, and tied to the rear tow-hook ( mostly). The straps bear the model of the car.
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Can someone please share a pic so that it can be added to the opening post for clarity? Thank you!
Here you go, along with colour options..
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Here you go, along with colour options..
Not what is being discussed here. The strap mentioned above is just colourful reflector material simply hanging from the rear tow hook for show purposes. Has become very common in Bangalore over the past two months - and most of them have brand logos and names on it too.

Quite a few cars in office have these attached. Will take a picture today by evening - if no one else posts till then.

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Wow, I have never noticed these in Delhi. Not even once.
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Not what is being discussed here. The strap mentioned above is just colourful reflector material simply hanging from the rear tow hook for show purposes. Has become very common in Bangalore over the past two months.

Quite a few cars in office have these attached. Will take a picture today by evening - if no one else posts till then.
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If these ribbons are really tow straps as compared to other genuine straps pictured in previous posts, then it marks a significant milestone in product development .

A friend had shared this pic only 2 days ago.

So gentlemen, what is being discussed by the OP on this thread are these straps and not the tow straps.

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These are one of 'latest' accessories I would like to gift them to concrete mixers rather than have it behind cars that have reflective tail lamp assembly and additional reflectors anyway!
Also, we need to gift a few to those water supply tractors and garbage trucks. May be strips with double the length, width and fluorescence for better visibility.

On a lighter note, these strips will typically have competitor manufacturer's name on them. For eg, Volkswagen on Toyota, Mahindra on Tata, Toyota on Fiat etc. the list goes on.
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Default re: What are those colorful straps hanging off the rear tow hook of cars?

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These are not for show and is very helpful on a track due to the following reasons
What you have shown are rally grade tow straps which serve the purposes you have rightly mentioned, however, what is seen these days in Bangalore is a cheap imitation of them which is just a satin strip in fluorescent colors hanging on the tails of cars and even a few autos.

I will try to capture a few today and post better pictures.
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Just had to step out and saw this cab on the road and a car in my office lot.
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