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Unread 10-16-2013, 03:13 PM   #1
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Tow hook points

So my 2000 Cherokee sport doesn't have any tow hooks front or rear.I'm wondering if I can use some off another truck like let's say a 2005 GMC truck 2wd.My dads truck has 2 of them that he said I could use.on my jeep it has a place that looks like to me that some were mounted on it before. the front facie on the bottom where the front spoiler is has 2 holes cut out for something and mounting places with holes that has a nut welded to it. This is my concern on me mounting them there.the Cherokee is a sub framed SUV and it looks like I'd be mounting them on the rear radiator core support which I'm not sure would be strong enough to have a truck with a chain pulling at it when I'm stuck.Then again I really don't see a strong place to put some tow hooks. I could be wrong and it be where the bumper mounts and not the radiator support. Here are some pics of what I'm talking about.
Here's the hole I'm talking about on my jeep.if you look closely you can see where I'm talking about the hooks would mount.
Here is inside where you can really see what I'm talking about

Here is the tow hook I'm going to use.
Far back of the holes I'm talking about on the jeep.

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Unread 10-16-2013, 05:29 PM   #2
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Tow Hooks on a Unibody vehicle such as the XJ Cherokee REQUIRE the use of mounting brackets. Bolting tow hooks to the sheetmetal "frame" is asking for trouble.

Several companies sell copies of the factory original brackets, or you can stop by the junkyard and see if you find some.


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Unread 10-17-2013, 08:02 PM   #3
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When I did mine, I didn't like how far back the bracket placed the hooks. I would have had to cut the air dam all the way to the bottom to have enough room to get straps on the hooks. Didn't want to do that. My solution was to shift the hooks forward using pieces of Unistrut. The rear bolt on the hook goes in the front hole of the bracket. The front bolt of the hook goes in a hole in the Unistrut, the rear bolt on the bracket goes in a third hole in the Unistrut. I did have to trim that openings in the air dam about an inch to get the Unistrut in.
I used Grade 8 bolts but still hope I never have to test how strong the set up is!
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Unread 10-17-2013, 09:47 PM   #4
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It is kinda sucky how far back the hooks sit but that keeps them close to the uni-body to reduce leverage.

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Unread 10-19-2013, 05:31 AM   #5
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Unread 10-19-2013, 08:22 AM   #6
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I really don't know why anyone would screw around with any other hooks. These are cheap, easy to install and secure.

...and just bolting hooks alone are fine for cosmetics, but hooking a strap, chain or rope to an improperly mounted recovery tow hook to pull a 2 ton vehicle out of a ditch can KILL someone...or just remove an arm, hand, etc. Pretty gruesome way to go.
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Unread 10-19-2013, 09:19 AM   #7
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Those are just like the stock hook mounts, the only thing missing is the hardware, the 2 L brackets that secure the front of the bkts to the front x member and the bottom brackets..#15 in the above posted image. IIRC, there is a special nut on one side of the "frame" that goes into a large diameter hole. I found a set at the bone yard and got all the mounting hardware with them for $20 bucks. Didn't want hooks, so I made bars for some shackles and put them just outside the air dam. Grade 8 hardware with aircraft lock nuts used for the mount pionts and I cleaned up a couple of shackles I had laying around.

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Unread 10-19-2013, 10:51 AM   #8
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I do like the d-ring option. More secure as the strap/chain etc can't slip off even pulling laterally. Would be a much better set-up for pulling a vehicle on the road for a short distance as well.
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