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.
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