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Unread 12-28-2002, 11:22 PM   #1
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C4x4 Tow Hook Install Problem

Well, I'm hoping someone can give me some suggestions.

First off, I cannot get the back hole (of the 3 bolts that also attach the bumper bracket, not the hole that is in the wheel well) on the bracket to line up correctly on either the driver or passenger side.

I had thought that I got the driver side one lined up correctly, and tried to get the bolt in. Unfortunately, it wasn't line up, and now I have screwed up the thread in the hole.

What do I do now? I am lost?

Any help is much appreciated....and I hope you can understand what I'm saying.

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Unread 12-29-2002, 01:46 AM   #2
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are you talking about the one hole that does not have a nut and the bolt just screws directly into the frame?

the only thing i can think of is maybe you are using the wrong sides of bumper brackets which make it unable to line up correctly?

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Unread 12-29-2002, 02:14 AM   #3
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I don't have C4x4 hooks but the only thing I can think of is did you try fitting all 3 bolts in before tightening any of them down? I could imagine if you put the front 2 in and tightened them, the 3rd bolt might not go in.

Also, if the threads are messed up on the bolt, don't re-use it. Go to the hardware store (take a nut with you) and get 2 (1 for spare just in case) grade 8 bolts that are the same size that you need.
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are you talking about the one hole that does not have a nut and the bolt just screws directly into the frame?
yes, that is the correct hole. that is also the hole where i messed up the threads.
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the only thing i can think of is maybe you are using the wrong sides of bumper brackets which make it unable to line up correctly?
the brackets are on the correct sides
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I don't have C4x4 hooks but the only thing I can think of is did you try fitting all 3 bolts in before tightening any of them down? I could imagine if you put the front 2 in and tightened them, the 3rd bolt might not go in.
none of the botls are tightened. they are all very loose, and i still cannot get the 1 hole to line up.
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Also, if the threads are messed up on the bolt, don't re-use it. Go to the hardware store (take a nut with you) and get 2 (1 for spare just in case) grade 8 bolts that are the same size that you need.
actually, the threads are messed up on the hole, not the bolt.
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Well messed up bolt or not I would definately recommend getting rid of those lightweight plates (or nuts) that the other two screws go through. I noticed my nuts were all cracked when I took them off and felt like they were either low grade aluminum or plastic. So I just went out to the hardware store and got some washer and nuts to replace those things.
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Unread 12-29-2002, 09:36 AM   #9
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By the way. Those bolts are metric so don't waste your time trying to thread it on the standard ones if you decide to go to the hardware store.
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Well messed up bolt or not I would definately recommend getting rid of those lightweight plates (or nuts) that the other two screws go through. I noticed my nuts were all cracked when I took them off and felt like they were either low grade aluminum or plastic. So I just went out to the hardware store and got some washer and nuts to replace those things.
the C4x4 tow hooks came with new bolts and nuts. all plates you speak of, broke when i took out the original bolts.
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This is really odd, and sorta hard to come to conclusions. is there any way you could maybe take a picture of both sides?? I think that might help me quite a bit to understand why it is not lining up. thanks
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Just get a metric tap and run it the hole if it's not too bad. Then if it is just one hole that doesn't lineup and it's not too far off elongate the hole with a carbides bit. Home Depot sells a 1/4" drill bit that can cut sideways for about $5.
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Just a thought here. Did you order the right brackets? I've heard that the grand cherokee's tow brackets are different from the cherokee's. Don't know if they're similar but it could be a start. Maybe the company mixed them up too. Might be worth looking into since they're not lining up right.
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Just a thought here. Did you order the right brackets? I've heard that the grand cherokee's tow brackets are different from the cherokee's. Don't know if they're similar but it could be a start. Maybe the company mixed them up too. Might be worth looking into since they're not lining up right.
i ordered the ones for the XJ, and the instructions for these were labled for the XJ. I'm pretty sure these are the correct ones.....the hole is only slightly off, but enough to be a problem. I think I'm just gonna drill the hole out a little bigger, then retap the hole i stripped for the next size up bolt.
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thats really odd, mine worked just fine. did you call c4x4 and give them a piece of your mind
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