Originally Posted by DPH1LLY
Hey, guys. So after doing some searching I'm still not really finding answers on mounting front tow hooks on a pre 97 XJ. I know the 97+ had nice slots in the front lower air dam to mount through but unless your pre 96 XJ came stock with them (Which mine obviously didn't, haha
) then Im just kind've lost. I'd like to keep a clean look up front and didn't really want to do any removing of that lower air dam. I just want to mount some factory style tow hooks up front. So I guess my question is did pre 97 XJ's with stock tow hooks even have that lower air dam equipped, and if not how were they mounted? Thats the route I'm gonna try and go. Thanks in advance guys! Pictures are appreciated too!!!
lucky you, I just picked up some factory tow hooks off a 91 XJ at the junkyard yesterday, so I think I saw everything you are talking about while I was disassembling them from the Jeep
I do remember there were openings in the plastic air dam (and so yes it is present on at least a 91 XJ) that the tow hooks popped through..I would think those slots would be very easy to cut into an airdam with out the slots..that plastic cut like butter with the crappy multi tool saw I used. You could do a very good job with a more precision tool, and I bet you could cut the slots in the airdam quite easily without removing it....perhaps take your time with a very thin hacksaw or cable blade...
I only see one part number for a 1990 XJ for the air dam, so I think that the tow hooks were a dealer installed thing and they probably modified the airdam as needed to do it.
I just went and checked my 89 XJ that has no tow hooks, and there are no slots in the airdam..so I guess they really do need to be added after-the fact by someone, and apparently its not the factory.