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Unread 07-13-2010, 05:29 AM   #1
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Who designed this?

I've got a '93 that's mostly stock, but I set it up as a plow Jeep. Sometimes, I need to pull someone out of a ditch........or I need to BE pulled out. Why in Krist's sake isn't there anything in the rear to hook a chain to?? You have to use the GD bumperette....grrrrr.

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Unread 07-13-2010, 05:43 AM   #2
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First, dont use those bumperettes.

Second, it wasn't designed as a tow truck but its pretty easy to add tow hooks. If you're pulling from the rear(which I wouldnt suggest) you can strengthen the rear portion of the frame then attach some D rings and pull with those.
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Unread 07-13-2010, 06:14 AM   #3
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Worst case scenario buy a class III tow hitch for the back then you can buy a reciever with the d-ring attached to it strictly for pulling you/them out.
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Unread 07-13-2010, 10:30 AM   #4
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Get a rear bumper that has some clevis mounts.
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Unread 07-13-2010, 10:32 AM   #5
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Annnnnd don't use chains. Steel has the capability of storing serious amounts of elastic potential energy.

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Unread 07-13-2010, 11:01 AM   #6
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UltimatE, no tow chains? I know with winching cable was a bad idea, but no chains. I havent heard that before.
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Unread 07-13-2010, 11:13 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by offshore View Post
So I totalled my 2005 Unlimited about 3 weeks ago, and now that I could find something that I really wanted I decided to go with a YJ. I loved my 04, but I wanted a real jeep
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Unread 07-13-2010, 12:33 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by NateWithoutBeer View Post
And to add to that^^^^, you want a RECOVERY strap, NOT a tow strap.
Tow straps generally have hooks on the ends, you do not want to use those for recovery. Recovery straps have loops sewn into the ends, those are the kind you want to use for pulling out a stuck vehicle.
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Unread 07-13-2010, 12:36 PM   #9
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Agree... if you are stuck using chain or tow cable always carry a heavy jacket or beach towel. placing this over the line/chain may not seem like much but I have personally see it stop the devastation that can come from snapping cables.
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Unread 07-13-2010, 01:30 PM   #10
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Here's how I solved the same problem with very little expense. Maybe $50 total in parts. I built this custom bumper out of a 5' piece of 4" x 4" angle iron. Notice the 1.5" straps underneath that are welded to the frame and bolted into the bumper and recovery hooks. This allows stress during recovery to be transferred to the frame instead of the bumper. The chrome eyes on the ends are tie downs for my canoe.

BTW, I cut off the extra on the bolts underneath after these photos were taken to save the skin on top of my head. So, don't bother suggesting I fix the obvious.
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