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post #16 of 27 Old 02-07-2010, 04:31 PM
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post #17 of 27 Old 02-07-2010, 05:55 PM
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I am looking to do the same thing. How, to what did you bolt the tow brackets. ahve a 2000 TJ and the bumps seem to be in the way of a mount.
If this question was directed at me, 1st, I have an XJ not a TJ. My XJ has a very rugged snowplow frame attached to multiple points on the front "frame". It is much stronger than aftermarket-style (i.e. Blue Ox) tow bar brackets. I had my Blue Ox tow bar modified to fit the snowplow mount anchor points.

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post #18 of 27 Old 02-12-2010, 10:17 AM
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Just bolted through the bumper


THe bumper is a Smittybilt aftermarket
James,

I have purchased the same setup as yours.

On that Smittybilt bumper it is attached with one factory bolt on top and one on bottom, is this strong enough for towing ?
Or should I modify the bumper to pick up that second top bolt.
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post #19 of 27 Old 02-12-2010, 03:28 PM
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James,

I have purchased the same setup as yours.

On that Smittybilt bumper it is attached with one factory bolt on top and one on bottom, is this strong enough for towing ?
Or should I modify the bumper to pick up that second top bolt.
You had me thinking about that so I had to go out and check. Its just one on the top and one on the bottom on each end.
The towbar mounts are drilled through using grade 8 nuts and bolts

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So you feel that the four bumper bolts are strong enough for towing.

Just thinking out loud, since there are only four bolts holding the bar to the Jeep, the four bolts holding the bumper to the jeep would probably be just fine.
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post #21 of 27 Old 02-13-2010, 12:45 AM
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I have the smittybilt front bumper too and the Harbor Freight tow bar for my TJ. I've also got a Rough Country winch plate, and I had to drill two holes through the bumper to mount the front two winch mounting bolts through. So along with the front bumper having two bolts on either end to the frame, there's two more bolts mounting the front bumper to the winch mount, and the winch mount has three bolts on either side mounting to the frame (one of which mounts through the top bumper/frame mount on either side). It I had been thinking before I put it all together I would have drilled another hole on either side of the winch mount to tie the winch mount and bumper together even more (using larger bolts than the winch mount bolts).

I also weighed my Jeep the other day. 1998 TJ with 2.5 engine, 5- 33" tires on steel spokes, winch, CO2 tank, Smittybilt/Procomp bumpers f/r (they look like the Warn bumpers), A-Z rocker guards, Gen-right rear corners, Rockmen gastank skid. Subtract my weight and it came to about 3900 lbs. The Harbor Freight towbar says up to 5000 lbs.

And I put little D-rings in the tow bar brackets just because I could. They're there just for fun. I'd never hook a line to them.


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post #22 of 27 Old 02-13-2010, 08:59 AM
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You guys have some big balls to trust your jeep to a harbor freight tow bar! I'm all about overkill on something like this. Like the roadmaster sterling all terrain tow bar, and a quality braking system. But i'll be towing behind a c3500 dually with a huge camper so i need brakes. If its a big DP then you won't need brakes.
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I did not pay attention to the fact that you all have winch mounting plates that are probably mounted thru your bumper to your frame.

Looks like I will be drilling some holes for a few grade 8 bolts
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post #25 of 27 Old 05-11-2010, 02:01 AM
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The Harbor freight tow bar is a good product for the money. Keep in mind, the mounts are only as good as the material they are mounted to. Please do not simply drill a couple holes in a stock bumper and think that will handle all the weight. It will probably work fine for a while, but sooner or later the metal will fatigue and fail. Always attach the brackets to the frame, or weld up a plate to the frame directly behind the bumper and mount it to that. Also, ALWAYS have safety chains. You do not want to have to deal with the guilt of killing a family because your jeep came loose and drifted into oncoming traffic.
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I used the Harbor Freight Tow Bar to tow my car about 25 miles and it worked perfectly.. seems to be plenty HD enough...

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