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post #1 of 7 Old 01-07-2008, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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hard mounted tow hooks

i would like to go an an offroad trip comming up shortly in my area, but one of the requirments is hard mounted tow hooks front and rear. i have the mopar off road bumpers on my TJ luckily i have a trailer hitch that i can put a reciever with a d-ring or loop in it but what can i do about the front? has anyone else run into this problem? the normal hooks for the fron will not mount due to the offroad bumper. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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post #2 of 7 Old 01-07-2008, 04:48 PM
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I'm vaguely familiar with the bumper, but googling it produces seemingly JK bumpers only, can you post a pic of your front end so we can better help you?


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post #3 of 7 Old 01-07-2008, 05:47 PM
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Get a pair of tow hooks which will mount on top of the bumper, any 4x4 shop carries them. Their mounting bolts pass through the bumper to the frame below as tow and recovery hooks should only ever be mounted directly to the frame. You remove the four T-55 torx bolts that hold the bumper on top and replace them with the bolts that came with the tow hooks. If you need to buy longer bolts, make sure they are rated Grade 5 or Grade 8 for strength reasons. This is what I'm talking about.... http://www.jdlawhon.com/jeeppics02/winch01.jpg (not my Jeep)

Here's a good way to do the rear... note that those bolts do not and should not go all the way through the frame. There is one pre-existing hole in that area, you just need to drill one more. The mounting nuts and washers are fished up inside the frame via a slot in the frame underneath that location. So that particular tow hooks mounting bolts are passed through just the one side of the frame. Putting the bolts all the way through the frame and tightening them down will start a never-ending cycle of collapsing the frame together and re-tightening the bolts when they get loose from the frame collapsing at that location.
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post #4 of 7 Old 01-08-2008, 05:51 AM Thread Starter
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here is an ok picture of the front bumper.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...ayphotohosting

Jerry, thanks but in the rear my hitch is blocking where you suggest that hook go and like i said i can get a a reciever with a D-ring that i think will work. unless your telling me that's a bad idea? and in the front(and rear) i have the "MOPAR" offroad rock crawling bumper. minus the winch. there are two slots on the under side that a may be able to put D-rings on but i'm not sure if that's what it's designed for or not. thanks for the help.

here is another link to both front and rear. you can see the two slots i'm talking about where they hook the winch hook. it's a very stout bumper i just want to make sure i'm using it the way it was intended to be used.

http://www.carmosaic.com/jeep-wrangl...roducts_id=263

same pic may be a little better res.

http://www.quadratec.com/products/12112_103_07.htm

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post #5 of 7 Old 01-21-2008, 08:09 PM
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how to mount rear hooks

today I went to a bolt specialist store and found some bolts to mount aftermarket hooks to the front stock bumper. I have 2 more hooks for the back but have the same problem with the tow hitch. I read somewhere to bolt them as close as possible to the rear stock bumpers mounts which attach to the frame. Has anyone else done this? Is this a good idea?

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These new Rock Crawler bumpers will give your Jeep that rough and ready look you are going for.

http://www.carmosaic.com/jeep-wrangl...roducts_id=263

MOPAR OFFROAD BBUMPER. MADE FOR THE MALL CRAWL!

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post #7 of 7 Old 01-23-2008, 09:47 AM
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From the pics available it doesn't look like you can mount a set of tow hooks on that bumper. On a large number of after market bumpers they usually come set up with a set of D shack mounts welded on the front or have holes drilled so you can mount existing tow hooks, however this bumper does not appear to work that way.

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