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Unread 06-06-2013, 04:28 PM   #1
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Adjustable Track Bar vs. Front Tow Hooks

Hey Friends,
I need your input on a purchasing decision. Last year I installed bigger springs and gained about 2 1/2 inches lift. The axle is slightly off-center because I still have the stock track bar. Here's where I need your input. If I had $150-$200 to invest in my Jeep, which would be a better investment?
1. Adjustable front track bar
2. Front tow hooks or radiator support with recovery points
3. Save up for bigger tires
4. Feed my family
5. Do nothing because something else is likely to break and you'll need the $$$.

Thank you in advance for your wise counsel.
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Unread 06-06-2013, 04:33 PM   #2
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Adjustable track bar and lots of top ramen for the family

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Unread 06-06-2013, 04:37 PM   #3
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If you plan to take it offroad, get the OEM hooks/plates from a junkyard for $50 - most clubs won't even let you wheel without proper front and rear recovery points.
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Unread 06-06-2013, 05:23 PM   #4
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Agreed. Get tow hooks installed and you can splurge and have hamburger in your Hamburger Helper this weekend.
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Unread 06-06-2013, 05:24 PM   #5
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If it's between tow hooks and feeding the family you may want to sell the Jeep....or put the kids up for adoption.
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Unread 06-06-2013, 05:29 PM   #6
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If you plan to take it offroad, get the OEM hooks/plates from a junkyard for $50 - most clubs won't even let you wheel without proper front and rear recovery points.
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But if "Feed the family" was serious, do that first.
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Unread 06-06-2013, 06:28 PM   #7
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you can get bolt in tow hooks from a zj donor for cheap, and then get an adj track bar
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But if "Feed the family" was serious, do that first.
I chose to feed my family. Is there a support group for guys who wrestle with balancing Jeep time & expense with family obligations? I also need a support group for people who have no time for support groups. Perhaps a Christian Jeepers group would be able to help. Is say it in a humorous way, but I seriously do wrestle with stuff like this sometimes. For now I keep reminding myself that my jeep is "just a car". It gets me where I need to go and I know how to do roadside repairs when it decides to stop working...it's just a car.
Thanks for your support and encouragement. I'll check back every once in a while.
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[QUOTE="JeepForever;15551350"]

Is there a support group for guys who wrestle with balancing Jeep time & expense with family obligations? ./QUOTE]

This is it.
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Unread 06-12-2013, 09:13 AM   #10
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Unread 06-12-2013, 09:28 AM   #11
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Don't use the factory hooks, they suck, get the kor support.
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Curious as to what failed on your factory recovery hooks, mine has a slightly bent hook but the jeep was tugged on sideways by the wrecker to get it into position, then pulled straight up an almost 90 degree cliff, all by the front hooks, I was impressed they held up.
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Don't use the factory hooks, they suck, get the kor support.
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Curious as to what failed on your factory recovery hooks, mine has a slightly bent hook but the jeep was tugged on sideways by the wrecker to get it into position, then pulled straight up an almost 90 degree cliff, all by the front hooks, I was impressed they held up.
x2....?
KG6MOV...did your factory hooks fail? or did you reply like this because you currently have the KOR rad support and read somewhere that XXXXX hooks flew a million feet and blew someone's ribcage all to sht after a few tugs.?

curious because Mine have held up fine after a few hard tugs.
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Unread 06-12-2013, 03:52 PM   #14
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Recovery points could save you from having to replace your front axle/ control arms when they rip out from your jeep cause you had to tie off to the axle.


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