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Unread 02-01-2011, 11:20 PM   #1
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DIY TJ shorty recovery point question

What are the pros and cons of dual versus a single recovery point in the front?
I am drawing up ideas for a shorty bumper that will also use a prerunner style bar system.
The problem I am running into is not being able to find a way to keep both the weld through tabs for clevis mounts and anchor points for the bar/tube system close to the frame rails on the front of the bumper.
To cure this I thought about just putting a single clevis mount located centrally on the bumper. Other than looking odd what are some other problems that might arise?

A winch will also be used.

Once I figure it out I could post up some sketchup images of what is going on in my head. (scary thought)

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Probably not an issue if the bumper material is strong. The main concern would be that center portion of the bumper distorting and pulling forward. This would pull inward on the frame rails. However, a TJ has that nice big round crossmember near the frame end so this shouldn't be a problem. I mounted a "unicorn clevis" like that on my old CJ5 and never had a problem with it.
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I had a center recovery point on a front bumper of my Scout years ago and it worked great.
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Probably not an issue if the bumper material is strong. The main concern would be that center portion of the bumper distorting and pulling forward. This would pull inward on the frame rails. However, a TJ has that nice big round crossmember near the frame end so this shouldn't be a problem. I mounted a "unicorn clevis" like that on my old CJ5 and never had a problem with it.
The bumper would be 2x4x3/16" box steel so I am hoping for it to be more than enough strength...

I am also a big fan of the term Unicorn Clevis and will now be using it to describe my front bumper.
Hmmm Project - Tinker Belle and now a unicorn clevis.... this build is going in a GREAT direction

The wife just said over my shoulder as I type this, "good thing you are secure..."
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You need something like this as a hood ornament...


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You need something like this as a hood ornament...


Hmmm needs a rainbow in my opinion...
Oddly enough the wife said.. "what's wrong with that?"


Actually now that I have set up the "unicorn" I might see some issues with the winch line rubbing on the tubes.
This is the shorty ( 48" ) with a possible winch plate design and the prerunner tubes mounted up.


Anyone have experience with a prerunner style build and issues with the line rubbing?
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Here's mine, Works very well.
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I wouldn't worry too much about the winch line rubbing those tubes. It's best to try and limit side pulls anyway. However, in the event the line runs across a tube, it won't hurt anything unless the tube is all chewed up with rock rash and you're running synthetic line over it..
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Hmmm needs a rainbow in my opinion...
Oddly enough the wife said.. "what's wrong with that?"


Actually now that I have set up the "unicorn" I might see some issues with the winch line rubbing on the tubes.
This is the shorty ( 48" ) with a possible winch plate design and the prerunner tubes mounted up.


Anyone have experience with a prerunner style build and issues with the line rubbing?
What did you use to draw that sketch?
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What did you use to draw that sketch?
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Thanks Just downloaded it. Not sure how to use it tho.
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