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Old 12-30-2009, 11:22 AM   #1
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Tow hook thread size? (at home depot)

I thought I had read 5/8 coarse thread but I brought my hook with me and it doesn't thread up right. I'm actually at hd on my blackberry. Anyone help and save me a second trip?
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:32 AM   #2
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Not sure of a good answer for you. Doubt your going to find one that works at home depot. BUT, they should have a thread pitch tool hanging by a chain generally bolted to the wall in the fasteners isle. Good Luck!
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:38 AM   #3
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I have always heard its a 16 mm. I don't know about the thread pitch though. I even called Bavarian Autosport for you. They have no idea.

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Old 12-30-2009, 12:55 PM   #4
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I went for a search of this exact thing at my local home depot and lowes to make a front license plate holder. After doing a lot of research, I found out that the threading pitch is not a standard pitch and that it would probably have to be custom made. Let me know if you do find something though! I gave up.
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Old 12-30-2009, 01:16 PM   #5
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I have always heard its a 16 mm. I don't know about the thread pitch though. I even called Bavarian Autosport for you. They have no idea.

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16mm doesnt say anything about the stepping , and i guess it's M16 you mean
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Old 12-30-2009, 01:31 PM   #6
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Yeah no luck, I went home empty-handed Guess I'll either have to get it custom, or just suck it up and get one of the pre-made kits...
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Old 12-30-2009, 01:32 PM   #7
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It's not a standard thread size - it's way coarse.
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Old 12-30-2009, 08:04 PM   #8
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It's a german car which means metric thread. I haven't looked at it but if it's 16mm and course then it's M16x2.
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Old 12-30-2009, 10:03 PM   #9
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You will not find the course thread at Home Depot or Lowes. What are you wanting one for? I use mine in the winter, but would not recommend one that does not thread right if you need to get pulled out of the snow, that could be nasty. I still have my OEM one in the tool box, but bought an aftermarket one that I have used quite a bit. Are you planning on using it to mount a front plate or for pulling out of snow? If you need to mount a front plate...velcro is your friend. 2 years out here on my Euro Plate and it is still on just fine.
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Old 12-30-2009, 10:08 PM   #10
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It looks like acme threads or something...
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It looks like acme threads or something...
LOL, they are very strange course threads though. Doubt he finds one to work unless online.
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Old 03-29-2014, 07:13 PM   #13
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M16 x 3

I was being lazy and trying to google this, but couldnt find the answer. Went and measured mine.
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m16 x 3 would refer to 16mm 3mm thread pitch.
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Old 03-29-2014, 08:45 PM   #15
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So I turned a 16x3 stud, and its not 16x3. Its just under on diameter and the pitch is off.

Looks like BMW uses their own off pitch thread for these. It is closer to 5/8 x 8tpi which is an acme thread size, but these dont look like acme threads.

Any guesses why? i have no idea.

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Old 03-29-2014, 09:30 PM   #16
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M16 x 3

I was being lazy and trying to google this, but couldnt find the answer. Went and measured mine.
Come on man! This question is more than 4 years old.
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Come on man! This question is more than 4 years old.
But never answered.
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M16 x 3

I was being lazy and trying to google this, but couldnt find the answer. Went and measured mine.
thanks! i was acutally looking for the sizing to make my own licence plate tow hook. but never found the answer or measurement

thanks agian
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Old 03-30-2014, 12:12 AM   #19
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I bought a cheap bmw "racing" tow hook for $11 off ebay to make mine. Its not 16x3, its closer to acme 5/8 8. Easier to buy tge cheap tow hook than turn a part.
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