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Unread 08-25-2009, 02:35 PM   #1
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Strength of the stock bumper mounts

In building my rear bumper it has come to mind that every aftermarket bumper I have seen mounts to the stock location.

The bumper I am building will have some stainless D-rings hung on it but wont be used for a recovery point. (the class III hitch is for that) Also the entire reason for building this bumper was to mount a spare tire carrier onto it, however I'm going to go with a stock carrier from a nissan/toyota/blazer and fab some mounts to mount it on the cherokee. But now I'm so far into building the bumper that I'm going to finish it.

So, my question with all this in mind would be....why not use the original mounts?

I know that they will be nowhere near as strong as something like a 1/4 plate mount....but they were good enough for the stock bumper and I bent the HELL outta the stock bumper. (wrapped a tow strap around it and used it as a recovery point....)

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Unread 08-25-2009, 07:01 PM   #2
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I think you should also tie it into the tow hitch for more support. Look at the detours tailbone, and do the same for tie-ins.
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Unread 08-26-2009, 04:44 PM   #3
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stock bumper mounts are not strong...it would be entirely different if it was designed body on frame like wrangler. You will need to tie into other mounts as well as the usual bumper mounts.
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