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Unread 04-25-2012, 05:40 PM   #10561
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for the tow hooks all you do is take out the front most bolt for the radiator support and drill it out to accept a larger grade eight bolt. bolt in the tow hook and then use the left over hole from the tow hook to drill a hole in the frame for your second grade eight bolt.
Please do not do this - there is a kit from Mopar for hooks, and you can get the whole assembly from the junkyard. The uniframe is not thick enough to allow for el-cheapo "universal" hooks.

Do it right, or not at all when it comes to recovery.

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Unread 04-25-2012, 05:47 PM   #10562
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Please do not do this - there is a kit from Mopar for hooks, and you can get the whole assembly from the junkyard. The uniframe is not thick enough to allow for el-cheapo "universal" hooks.

Do it right, or not at all when it comes to recovery.
I agree with him.
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Unread 04-25-2012, 05:48 PM   #10563
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It never ceases to amaze me when people jury rig unsafe tow points that could really hurt someone. If you were a rock climber would you just use the carabiners that they sell for key chains because they are cheap? Hell no you wouldn't because they would break and you would fall to your death. Take your time and be safe about it.
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Unread 04-25-2012, 06:25 PM   #10564
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Unread 04-25-2012, 06:40 PM   #10565
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Getting a new windshield on Monday.

Dang semi chucked a rock at me @ 60 MPH. Oncoming.

Now I know why I've kept my insurance guy happy. No money out of my pocket.

It'll be nice to have a clean, no pit view.
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Unread 04-25-2012, 06:43 PM   #10566
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It never ceases to amaze me when people jury rig unsafe tow points that could really hurt someone. If you were a rock climber would you just use the carabiners that they sell for key chains because they are cheap? Hell no you wouldn't because they would break and you would fall to your death. Take your time and be safe about it.
I agree that it could go badly but don't go crazy about what he might be doing. Not everyone is going to be extreme rock crawling. I would suggest going a different route when adding recovery points to the front of your ZJ. I did something different and it worked out for me and it cost less than $70.

What are you going to be doing with your Jeep? Trail riding or rockcrawling?

By the way its jerry-rig not jury rig.
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Unread 04-25-2012, 06:55 PM   #10567
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Unread 04-25-2012, 07:19 PM   #10568
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I think they're going to wallow out sooner with rubber, but you'll feel a bit more of the side type impacts with poly where rubber would be smoother. I'm of the opinion that polys will outlast the rubber ones by far - and that goes especially for the trackbars. I'm running IRO polys now and when the time comes I'll use them again or go harder like KORs.

Advance has some moog ones that are poly. I didn't find any in Brownsville available though. Some are in Austin stores so you could get them to transfer by Friday.

the moog suck if your flexing out I blew a set out on one trip. IRo's are 5$ a set cheap enough i picked up a few sets first set lasted 10 months. KORs got a link?
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Unread 04-25-2012, 07:34 PM   #10569
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I agree that it could go badly but don't go crazy about what he might be doing. Not everyone is going to be extreme rock crawling. I would suggest going a different route when adding recovery points to the front of your ZJ. I did something different and it worked out for me and it cost less than $70.

What are you going to be doing with your Jeep? Trail riding or rockcrawling?

By the way its jerry-rig not jury rig.
I do a mix of both. only used that hook set up to pass inspection for an offroad park I was going to visit. Used them plenty of times with NO problems whatsoever. I've since gotten an ARB bullbar bumper in the front but I would just love to be shown one instance of my prior setup failing on someone else's rig.
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Unread 04-25-2012, 07:57 PM   #10570
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Unread 04-25-2012, 08:11 PM   #10571
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By the way its jerry-rig not jury rig.
I call them "presidential decisions"
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Unread 04-25-2012, 08:21 PM   #10572
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Unread 04-25-2012, 08:36 PM   #10573
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Can you do a mini write up on how to do this? I have my brand new OEM tow hooks sitting in a box.

What body pins did you use to place the bumper back into position?
i am not running a front bumper. I mounted the towhooks just like PurpleZJ stated.

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I think they're going to wallow out sooner with rubber, but you'll feel a bit more of the side type impacts with poly where rubber would be smoother. I'm of the opinion that polys will outlast the rubber ones by far - and that goes especially for the trackbars. I'm running IRO polys now and when the time comes I'll use them again or go harder like KORs.

Advance has some moog ones that are poly. I didn't find any in Brownsville available though. Some are in Austin stores so you could get them to transfer by Friday.
yeah, i know oreillys has some poly kits for front and rear. i was just wondering cause i hear alot of people here say that they make too much noise. but if greasing them works, then ill go poly....thanks gabrod.

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for the tow hooks all you do is take out the front most bolt for the radiator support and drill it out to accept a larger grade eight bolt. bolt in the tow hook and then use the left over hole from the tow hook to drill a hole in the frame for your second grade eight bolt.
purplezj, i mounted them just like you stated. the thing is i DONT want to leave them as is. i play alot in mud/sand dunes, and when you get stuck, we use the "texas tug" to pull out. you know, leave some slack on the strap and gun it, then hope nothing breaks. thats why i want to reinforce the whole front end like in my pic. i have enough steel to do it, i am just looking for the best way (strongest).

thanks for all the info gents...
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Unread 04-25-2012, 08:37 PM   #10574
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I do a mix of both. only used that hook set up to pass inspection for an offroad park I was going to visit. Used them plenty of times with NO problems whatsoever. I've since gotten an ARB bullbar bumper in the front but I would just love to be shown one instance of my prior setup failing on someone else's rig.
So, it would take somebody potentially being critically injured for you to believe what structural and mechanical engineers have said could fail with gusto?

Wow...just, wow.
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Unread 04-25-2012, 08:44 PM   #10575
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So, it would take somebody potentially being critically injured for you to believe what structural and mechanical engineers have said could fail with gusto?

Wow...just, wow.
i had an instance where i was in desperation mode, and had a d-ring rip right out of the unibody. I know that it fails, but if you have enough bracketry to hold up, it should be fine....

the problem was i had removed my rear bumper, and then went to the beach, right out of the blue. got stuck in some mud, and had ABSOLUTELY NO TOW POINTS....good thing no one was hurt. I learned from 1 mistake. wont do it again...
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