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Posting this in case others would like the piece of mind of having a tow hook in their V2 but don't want to pay dealer or aftermarket prices, if they even have one in stock.

After much online research, I found the following two items on eBay:

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Double End Threaded Stud Bar Rod Screws Bolts M16 A2 304 Stainless Steel
Unit price $8.49 Item number:154335756760

M16 Female Thread 304 Stainless Steel Ring Shaped Lifting Eye Nut 1pcs
Unit price $8.99 Item number:294243790000

With shipping the total was $22 and some change.

Here is a picture of it installed:

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I figure I may put the eye bolt on with some red Loctite or epoxy, but others may have access to a welder for a more permanent solution.

You know the old saying: better to have it and not need it, then to need it and not have it. ;)
 

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What's the pull strength of that eye? Doesn't look like it would handle 2+ tons.
 

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Info I found online for eye bolts with same specs listed a max load rating of 2,000 pounds. (Edited this post to reflect rating for a cast 304 stainless eye bolt, not forged.)
 

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You are correct, sir! I could have saved myself a lot of online digging had I searched harder on this forum. Amazon still sells this tow hook for a couple of bucks more that is intended for Volvos but fits the V2 as well:
 

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You are correct, sir! I could have saved myself a lot of online digging had I searched harder on this forum. Amazon still sells this tow hook for a couple of bucks more that is intended for Volvos but fits the V2 as well:
I dont know if the dimensions they advertise are correct but it shows it as 5" long
im sure 5x5x5 is the box but that sounds on the short side to clear the bumper. When I was looking around Volvo had 2 hooks one shorter than the other. The shorter one does not work

then again the only review says it fits 09-14 CTS so maybe its good
 

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You are correct, sir! I could have saved myself a lot of online digging had I searched harder on this forum. Amazon still sells this tow hook for a couple of bucks more that is intended for Volvos but fits the V2 as well:
I have this Amazon/Volvo one and it will do the job. It is not ideal but it is functional.
The missing element in its use on the V is that the threads are short and the shoulder of the threaded portion is overly long, so the bolster does not reach the metal when installed. It's the most minor complaint and doesn't materially effect the use in a simple straight pull. However, if any sideways force is applied (none of these are made for that) the shoulder area will bend.
 

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OK, I confirmed that the eye nut is cast, not forged. Based on specs for similar items, these are rated at 2,000 pounds lifting capacity. Since I would only use this hook when three or more tires are inflated, I am confident that this hook will handle the load. If the V is ever in a situation where it would take more than 2,000 pounds of force to move it, there are bigger problems. ;)
 
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OK, I confirmed that the eye nut is cast, not forged. Based on specs for similar items, these are rated at 2,000 pounds lifting capacity. Since I would only use this hook when three or more tires are inflated, I am confident that this hook will handle the load. If the V is ever in a situation where it would take more than 2,000 pounds of force to move it, there are bigger problems. ;)
You might be making an error in not considering the load when dragging the car (say with one flat) UP the incline of a roll-back tow truck. just food for thought.
 

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Or a junk yard. The regular CTS also uses them.
 

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ATS-V has a tow hook also. I don't know how much it costs, however. I had to use mine this weekend.
 
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