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Unread 01-04-2014, 10:46 AM   #1
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Modifying a Blu Ox base plate for recovery

I was looking to see how to remove a blue ox tow bar base plate from my KJ, when I thought about recovery points. After looking, the thing is identical to a front receiver hitch, except it has round attachment fittings, and no center receiver. It seems like it would be sufficient for recovery points. It bolts where the tow hooks mounted, plus a few more spots, and ties both sides of the subframe in. I dont really know which way I should go with getting some shackle mounts on there, as it has these crazy round receivers where the tow bar attaches. I have a few different ideas on what to do, but would like some input. The round receiver is 1.25" Id/1.75" od.

Here's a borrowed pic of what im talking about.


1) Weld in some of these tube shackle mounts from ballistic. Seems like the easiest, just slide it in and lay a bead around it. The only thing I dont like would be the aesthetics of it. The round receiver isn't centered in the bumper holes. Would probably still look good, but would get on my nerves.
https://www.ballisticfabrication.com...sp?itemid=1682

2) Cut & grind the round receiver off. Then weld a plate to cover the old holes, and welding a short section of 2x2 female hitch tube. Similar to this picture, besides a plate welded to cover up the old non centered holes. If strong enough, this would be the best way to go. I have 2 old hitches I can rob the female receiver from. It would give the best versatility, with being able to cut them so it's not too recessed into the bumper.


3) Cut & grind round receiver off, and thru weld shackle tabs to my plate before welding it on. The tabs would need to be about 3" long to stick out enough.


If anybody has any other ideas, I'd like to hear them. Welding the plate on is to cover the old holes, the current round receivers are about 1" from being centered in the bumper holes. Thanks guys

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Unread 01-04-2014, 11:58 AM   #2
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What's the size of the main tube?
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2"x2", looks to be 1/4" thick, with 1/4" brackets bolting to the jeep.
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Unread 01-04-2014, 02:30 PM   #4
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A 2" receiver tube is 2.5" od, so I wouldn't do that.
If I wanted to make this work for recovery, i would cut off those round tow bar points and grind it smooth. Cut a round hole for the shackle mounts you posted front and back of the main tube and weld front and back.
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I could do that, or do the 1.25"x1.25" receiver tube, and do it the same way. Which would be stronger, round or square?
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Unread 01-06-2014, 12:31 PM   #6
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Those ballistic mounts are kinda expensive. What I would do is cut off the blue ox adapter receivers, buy two 2"x1"x3.5" bar stock, drill 7/8" hole for d rings, and trim the back 2 1/8 down to 1 3/4" (1/8 on each side). Then cut a 1 3/4"(you may need to adjust this depending on id of tube) x1" hole front and rear both sides of the mount crossbar. You can then slide the shackle mounts though the crossbar and weld on both sides. That is how I did the shackle mounts on my f/r bumpers. This forum doesn't like my pics but if you click here
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f282/ma...79-2.html#fref
towards the end of the thread are my bumper builds. The reason I would neck down 2" instead of using 1 3/4" stock is a bit more material around the shackle hole.

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^^ that was going to be my second suggestion. The main tube is likely 1/4" so you'd be trimming a bit of material off the shackle tabs. It would probably be a lot easier to buy these ones as they are 1x2 and already made (by a fellow forum member who's a good guy). http://bit.ly/1kj98wc
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