So I recently acquired a brush guard from another jeeper (second hand, but never used), and I'm seeking some advice on the installation. I'm hoping someone here can help me out.
It is a WAAG grille, and after doing some research and some poking around online, It seemed as though the grille was designed to bolt on to the tow hook mounting points. Looking at the mounting holes on the grille itself, this would certainly seem to be the case; the size and spacing is perfect for it.
My 96 XJ didn't have stock tow hooks, so I just got some off ebay that came with all the necessary mounting brackets and hardware. I had planned to mount the tow hooks right below the grille mounts on the same bolt and bracket. However, I got the new tow hook brackets installed...
...and ooops, the holes don't line up at all. The spacing between the bolt holes on the brackets is 5 inches wider (or 2.5" on each side) than the mounting holes on the grille.
So now I've got some tow hooks, which is a plus, but I'd still like to mount up this brush guard. I don't really want to drill into the frame, and looking at the frame there isn't really a place to mount it squarely, even if I drill. My best thought is to fabricate a steel plate to simply bridge the gap, but that just sounds too flimsy to hold up against any abuse at all.
Anybody have any ideas?