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    Just about to send my new IMSA 280Z project to the body shop for rust repair, but I would love to figure out a good winch/tow point on the front before I do. With the 14" wide rear tires, there is only 1/2" to spare between the fender wells on my trailer. This means I will need to winch it up, not drive it up. The G-nose further complicates matters as it slopes so low to the front. I have seen pick-up points on the roof of race cars, but this is more of a show car than a race car at this point. Any other suggestions or things you have done in the past? I may need 12' ramps to keep the nose from dragging :-(

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    you should ask on blingblinghq.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by bellwilliam View Post
    you should ask on blingblinghq.com
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    You should be able to use a frame rail of some kind that protrudes or acts as an attachment point for the bumper bar?
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    Quote Originally Posted by craZee View Post
    I may need 12' ramps to keep the nose from dragging :-(
    I use a set of 114" progressive Race Ramps to extend my trailer door and dove tail. You are welcome to try them if you want. You can also use the Race Ramp calculator to figure out how long of a ramp you need.

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    Try to get the tow point right in the middle. If it is off to the side you have more of a fight with the level winding of the rope on the drum.

    Can you weld a steel tow point here outlined in red?

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    Can you weld a steel tow point here outlined in red?

    Yes that is where I typically bolt an eye bolt through for a winch point, but the opening of the front of the G-nose on this is only about 6" tall, so the winch cable will be pulling against the top of the opening when the car first approaches the ramps. There are no bumper mounts. It's all fiberglass up front with a molded in bumper, for looks I guess LOL

    Thanks for the offer of the ramps Charlie. I have been looking at buying a tilt trailer but I doubt it would go on that either with the front overhang being so long.

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    My car only has 1.5" of ground clearance and the 114" ramps work just fine. Here is a video loading the car. Since I made this video I upgraded the winch to one that is faster with a wireless control. I also added long lines of anti skid tape to mark the trailer floor so I can easily see where the side of the car should be. This makes loading a simple one person job.

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    Thanks Charley. You have the advantage of a ramp door that I don't have on my open trailer. So 114" + 72" = 186" or 15.5' of ramps LOL What fun.....

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