Thread: Project FZR tow hook
05-07-2011, 12:47 PM #1
Project FZR tow hook
I really wanted a tow hook on the back of my FZR, so I could tow in my friends with SeaDoo's (just kidding), but I didn't want to change to the FZS seats. So I decided to try modifying this and see what happens. I initially thought that the back section was an injection molded plastic (hollow) and probably some of it is, but came to find out that the whole back section is solid plastic that is about 1/2 inch thick.
What it looked like originally.
At first I thought I could melt it with a heat gun and collapse the plastic. That was not working so I drilled a hole where the tow hook would go and found out that it was a solid piece. So on to plan B. The lower section of the seat bracket is the same on the FZR and FZS and it has an rectangular hole in it for the tow hook. I used that for a guide to cut out the top piece with an air jigsaw. Make sure that you leave some of the plastic in place as that is all that holds the two sections together. Next I used a course air grinder to open and smooth out the new section. Last I used a dremel and some sand paper to try and smooth it out the best I could. (disclaimer: I really suck at bodywork, so I'm sure that someone else could probably have smoothed out the plastic a lot better than me). Last I used the heat gun to melt the plastic enough to get out most of the marks and scratches from the cutting/sanding process. It is not perfect, but close enough for rock-n-roll.
Here are some shots of the finished project
The tow hook, two plates and two nuts was just under $28 including NJ sales tax.
05-07-2011, 12:58 PM #2
Looks great I would be honored to be towed in with that hook..
05-07-2011, 03:36 PM #3
Well done. Are you using a backing plate on the towhook?
05-07-2011, 04:34 PM #4
05-07-2011, 05:07 PM #5
Yes, I'm using exactly what the factory puts on the FZS. There are two plates. One on top and one on the bottom. If you looks at the picture, the plate underneath is the same as the one on top. The hull material is fairly thick and that top section feels really sturdy. People are using this to tow skiers or tubes on the FZS, so it has to be designed to handle it. One friend with a FZS said he towed in a 27 foot boat once, so it must be really strong!
05-13-2011, 11:33 AM #6
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Nice job Adam! I hope I don`t need that tho!
05-13-2011, 11:39 AM #7
That came out great Adam. Hopefully it doesnt get put to use too often
06-24-2016, 08:38 PM #8
Were there mounting holes already in the hull for it? Also do you happen to have the part numbers for the parts by any chance?
Last edited by RedG; 06-25-2016 at 07:17 AM.
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