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Unread 08-16-2002, 11:26 PM   #1
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Tow Bar Connections??

I just bought a tow bar today from Draw-Tite and it came with installation brackets....these brackets are either supposed to attach to the frame or the bumper, but i dont think the bumper would be strong enough. Anyone purchased anything like this? If so if you could help me out with some installation advice, that would be excellent, thanks -BB

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Unread 08-17-2002, 08:04 AM   #2
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To be real honest, I don't have much in the way of experience here, but here's what I've been told: attach it to the frame - the bumper won't be able to handle the weight generally. Whatever level of receiver it is, you're looking at what, a thousand pounds and up? I don't think I'd want that just attached to the bumper. When I had my '88 Jimmy, I had a similar hitch and it was bolted straight onto the frame. Don't know if this helps any, but there's my 2 cents.
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Unread 08-17-2002, 09:13 AM   #3
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I was reading over the directions before I went to bed last night and it says to fabricate a device that will reinforce the bumper...As much as I believe in Draw-Tite, this kit sounds rediculous. I can bolt and drill, but when it comes to fabricating a device, I'm not sure... Draw-Tite 5,000 lbs Economy Tow Bar Scroll all the way to the bottom to look at the tow bar, from what I understand there are no other mounting options, just the T-Brackets.
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Unread 08-17-2002, 10:51 AM   #4
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yeah that does sound a little ridiculous, but i would definitly connect to the frame
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Unread 08-17-2002, 12:00 PM   #5
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I don't have experience with these either but obviously the tow bar itself isn't going to be strong enough and you don't want to attach it to the bumper.

If it was me, I would get one of these

Its a "tow plate" from for under $100. Oddly this one with a 2" receiver is cheaper than the one without the receiver??? Anyways you need something like this that ties into both frame rails. Then somehow attach the tow bar to it. Tomken also has tow bars and brackets but state the brackets can be attached to any "stout" bumper, which the stock one is not.
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