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Unread 04-25-2013, 11:19 AM   #1
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Tow Bar Issue

I need to install a tow bar on a 2001 Jeep Cherokee XJ limited. I did as the instructions said to and I took part of the front bumper, drilled holes and mounted the brackets, I then attached the tow bar and tried to tow it and where the brackets were on the frame the metal bent. There is nowhere else to mount it other than where I have it. What should I do? Jeep has a 4.5 inch lift as well

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Unread 04-25-2013, 11:27 AM   #2
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There should have been a reinforcement plate on it between the brackets and unibody like some aftermarket bumpers use .
Got any pictures?

(Cherokees use a unibody not a "Frame", the body is the frame basically )
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Unread 04-25-2013, 11:41 AM   #3
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Ok well we installed it on the only metal part we could find on the front. How do you upload pictures?
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Unread 04-25-2013, 12:35 PM   #4
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can upload them to a site such as imageshack or photobucket then post links
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Unread 04-25-2013, 01:13 PM   #5
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This is the only one I could get, it bent the metal that the brackets are hooked to.
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Unread 04-25-2013, 01:19 PM   #6
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Unread 05-05-2013, 06:35 PM   #7
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Any unibody vehicle like the XJ Cherokee should use a vehicle specific tow bar assembly, and REQUIRES the use of a tow bar adapter bracket or a tow bar subframe to reinforce the sheet metal frame. Most Cherokee tow bars use the stock front tow hook location to mount the adapter plates.



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Unread 05-06-2013, 09:48 AM   #8
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^^^ if your using the oem bumper then this is the best way.

I made my bumper with two 2" hitch inserts that my tow bar plug into. And the frame/unibody is reinforced.
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