00 4.7 Laredo...KYB gas shocks, ADDCO rear sway bar and Firestone Destination tires.
08 Z71 Suburban
94 5.9 Laredo 6.5 RE lift with 35 Maxxis Bighorns
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Not sure where you got that idea. What I've seen on the forum is that stock hooks with the stock brackets and backplates are ok. The KOR radiator support is better though, or hooks/shackles on a well built, well attached bumper.
What everyone else said has been my experience as both a recovered and recovery vehicle, the factory front hooks couldn't be in a stronger location because there aint one, with the back plates and load distributing bracket the hooks are as good as it gets.
The only real down side to the factory tow hooks is in side loading. The previous owner of my ZJ got it stuck at one point and looped the tow strap from the tow ball on the truck, through one hook on the ZJ, then through the other hook and back up to the tow ball on the truck. When they gave a good tug it bent both hooks inward about 10 degrees.