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Unread 04-15-2009, 12:44 PM   #1
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Tow Hooks? D-Rings?

I own a '96 XJ, and am looking into getting some Tow Hooks or D-Rings for the front and/or rear of my Cherokee.

What's the difference between them? Which is better? What is required to install them? Where can I find some?

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Unread 04-15-2009, 12:53 PM   #2
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d ring and clevis generally goes on a bumper or hitch, tow hooks need plates that bolt to the frame.

Tow hooks are def cheaper.
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Unread 04-15-2009, 01:57 PM   #3
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I am a fan of d-rings but right now i have tow hooks on the front of mine, I just haven't had a chance to put the d-ring blocks on to use the d-rings.
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Unread 04-15-2009, 03:11 PM   #4
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Get a set of C4X4 fabrication tow hooks and brackets. I have had these on my XJ for over a year and have used them several times without any problems. Here's the link: http://http://www.custom4x4fabricati.../recovery.html
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Unread 04-15-2009, 03:31 PM   #5
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i have d rings on my front bumper and one in my hitch in there rear.. i like them better cause the people i know that have tow hooks sometimes the strap falls off and its annoying to keep getting out and putting it back in... plus i saw a tow strap with a metal hook on the end fling off a tow hook and go through my friends window on his truck soooo...... i prefer d rings!
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Possibly then I'll put D-Rings on my Reese hitch in the rear and attach tow hooks to my frame in the front. Anyone know where I can get some good D-Ring sets?
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Unread 04-15-2009, 06:32 PM   #7
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Possibly then I'll put D-Rings on my Reese hitch in the rear and attach tow hooks to my frame in the front. Anyone know where I can get some good D-Ring sets?
Local hardware store, or if you can find a deal online.

Here's a link I have bookmarked
http://www.trailduty.com/product_inf...products_id=34
Best online price I have found
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Unread 04-15-2009, 09:54 PM   #8
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Possibly then I'll put D-Rings on my Reese hitch in the rear and attach tow hooks to my frame in the front. Anyone know where I can get some good D-Ring sets?
are you aware that they need to have a VERY sturdy welded tabs on bumper or whatever you plan on putting them on? they dont just come with brackets that u can screw on to a hitch or bumper..You can however get a hitch receiver kit that you plug right into ur hitch..(i have 2 of theses types for extra recov. points just in case).http://www.4x4groupbuy.com/store/rec...ng-p-3371.html..Sorry if u are aware of this..but your question seemed like u think you can pick up a kit and throw it on any surface....Just wanna make sure you do it a safe and reliable way....
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Unread 04-15-2009, 10:48 PM   #9
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I was thinking about a set of these....



May simply go with a receiver D Ring block for the hitch however.

For the front I have stock Chrysler Tow Hooks with the proper mounts.
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Unread 04-15-2009, 10:53 PM   #10
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I was thinking about a set of these....



May simply go with a receiver D Ring block for the hitch however.

For the front I have stock Chrysler Tow Hooks with the proper mounts.
I stand corrected on "cant just buy a set and screw them on a hitch"..ha..never seen those before...good find.

As far as "proper mounts" .. are you getting frame tie-in brackets or just using the hooks that are stock and maybe came with the jeep?
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Unread 04-15-2009, 11:41 PM   #11
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Heh... yes, found them the other night when I was looking at their BPE's. Those Detours Class3 mounts look strong, and utilize what most people use (receiver hitch) for the rear. Actually they might even be better as they use 2 bolts each instead of one to tie in the receiver block?

The Front tow hooks are stock factory option tow hooks with the frame tie in mounts.

Same as these...





From this thread.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f177/tow-hook-placement-730348/

They came on the jeep when I bought it. YAY free recovery crap!
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Unread 04-15-2009, 11:44 PM   #12
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Tow hooks are inexpensive, D-rings are nicer.

The strap constantly falls of tow hooks on multiple pulls, and i have even heard of straps getting torn in half from hooks.

D-rings you can take off to use in multiple different situations, i have even seen them used as a snatch block off a tree.
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Unread 04-15-2009, 11:46 PM   #13
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those detours reciver d ring things are pretty neat but easy to make if you have a welder. I made a set that seem to work good.
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Since the XJ uni-body frame rails are no more suitable for recovery point mounting than the stock bumpers are, you'll need a load-spreading reinforcing plate for whatever form of attachment point you chose.

Many folks choose hooks for ease of strap hook-up, but since a strap will come off that hook as easily as it goes on, I prefer d-rings. Check out the setup in this thread. http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=747764 . I don't have any experience with it myself, but seems like it would serve the need.
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Unread 04-16-2009, 01:33 AM   #15
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you can always put the tow hook brackets on and then use http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/D-Rin...spagenameZWD1V to attach d-rings to em

I do recommend c4x4 towhook kit, the brackets they send are just freaking pure beef.
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