Steck Releases I-Bolt Towing Tool
Steck Manufacturing Company, headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, has released the I-Bolt towing tool. The I-Bolt allows towers, body shop technicians and mechanics to safely load disabled foreign and some domestic vehicles on roll back wreckers and frame racks, without causing damage. Vehicle manufacturers design specific tow eyes for each model car to pull the vehicle down the assembly line; it is included with the vehicle.
However, each manufacturer has different diameters ranging from a .5-to-1-inches and either right or left handed threaded ends. These tow eyes can be used by towers and technicians to assist the loading of the vehicle but are often missing from the vehicle, or inaccessible when needed.
I-Bolt is a 2-by-1.5 inch loop connected to a 7-inch long steel shaft with unique gripping teeth that lock into the threaded holes on the front or rear of the vehicle. Insert the I-Bolt into the threaded hole, ideally behind the nut or the back of the hole; engage the gripping teeth by turning the loop clockwise (while holding the knurled 1.75-inch knob) until the teeth engage behind the nut or in the threaded hole.
I-Bolt is able to fit threaded holes having diameters of .5 to 1.25-inches. This unique design provides a universal hook up solution for the 200-plus vehicles identified in the Towing and Service Manual from AAA. Also included is a 6-foot-by-two-inch polyester safety strap with a 4-inch looped end to wrap around the control arm or sway bar and a 3.5-inch steel fl at snap hook that attaches to the I-Bolt to positively secure the vehicle. The I-Bolt has been certified to pull up to 1,500 pounds. I-Bolt is not a recovery tool, but using it in accordance with manufacturer and AAA loading instructions provides a safe loading process and minimizes further vehicle damage.
The I-Bolt allows for quicker loading of disabled vehicles with tow eye holes while preventing further damage by allowing the driver or technician to pull a vehicle on the roll back bed as well as frame racks without having to buy, lug, multiple sizes of tow hooks to match the different threaded tow eyes for each vehicle. This timesaver sells for $285. Visit www.steckmfg.com.