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Unread 06-09-2013, 06:32 PM   #1
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Harbor Freight 5,000 lb Tow Bar $60!?!

Not sure if you guys know anything about these or not but I just picked one up for about 60 bucks with my 20% off coupon and I'm pretty excited about it. Seems like an incredible deal compared to other methods of moving ole Cjs farther distances. Just wanted to let everyone in on this. Wish I knew about it earlier.

Also they just had a 12,000lb winch for 300....... Now I know its Harbor Freight and its mostly china crap. But go on the website, pick an item, and read reviews, that's the trick to finding the deals. Check the reviews on both the winch and the tow bar

http://www.harborfreight.com/5000-lb...bar-94696.html

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Unread 06-09-2013, 06:42 PM   #2
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yeah well what can you expect for $60.00. i wouldnt tow my jeep with it, i have way to much invested in my old willys. and that tow bar is designed to be used under perfect conditions, turn to sharp and its bends. cheap junk. come on, it weighs all of 29 pounds. i believe my tow bar weighs about 50 or 60 pounds.
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Unread 06-09-2013, 11:52 PM   #3
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I've used it. Works fine.
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Unread 06-10-2013, 05:11 AM   #4
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Like I said, check out the reviews for it. seems to work great for everyone else. If I can take my jeep to the lake with me for 60 bucks Ill do it. My oem front bumper already has the holes to fit the brackets. I don't really think they would be selling them if peoples cars were breaking off left and right.
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Unread 06-10-2013, 05:25 AM   #5
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My oem front bumper already has the holes to fit the brackets.
I would not trust the front bumper. Bad idea, .
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Unread 06-10-2013, 06:58 AM   #6
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Definitely open to advice as I have never used a tow bar. What would you do Oily? Take the bumper off and hook it to the frame where the bumper connects?
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Definitely open to advice as I have never used a tow bar. What would you do Oily? Take the bumper off and hook it to the frame where the bumper connects?
Agreed not sure I would trust the front bumper for regular use. Now I did tow mine home about 50 miles. The tow bar was already on the Jeep, when I purchased it. But what I'm thinking of doing is mount 1/4" angle bolted to the frame and then the tow bar can mount thru the Bumper and the 1/4" angle.
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Unread 06-10-2013, 08:07 AM   #8
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What would you do Oily? Take the bumper off and hook it to the frame where the bumper connects?
Gosh, I have a Blue Ox which I have not set up yet. I got it used for $30.00 used and it is a fold to store, on the tow vehicle type. It pivots over and rests against the bumper. New it costs http://tweetys.com/acclaimtowbar.aspx]about $430.00[/url]
The Blue Ox tow bars are designed to be attached to a base plate, which are engineered to mount to the individual frame of a particular vehicle.
I have an 85 Laredo with an excellent factory appearance and wish to keep it. I am trying to come up with a winch mount which also attaches to the frame and hope to be able to incorporate attachment points for my tow bar. (I also want a receiver hitch.)
You might try top end tow bar manufacturers for a base plate. I think they peek out from under the bumper. But, if you want a aftermarket bumper, many are stout enough for a tow bar.
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Like I said, check out the reviews for it. seems to work great for everyone else.
Look at the manufacturer's claim ... :
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This adjustable tow bar is a great way to move cars from the road to your garage simply, safely and easily!
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Unread 06-11-2013, 12:07 PM   #10
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Safety chains are highly recommended too.

I have a metal 2x4 bumper like what Eddie sells and had a couple brackets fabbed to connect the tow bar to the D-ring tabs. Have yet to use it, it is just my back-up plan to get it home if it ever breaks down...
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Unread 06-11-2013, 05:29 PM   #11
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Don't let anyone dishearten you about the tow bar. It works great. I have had mine about a year now and put around a thousand miles on it. Always make sure the bolts are tight, mine did loosen up a couple of times so I always carry a ratchet and check on it when I stop and of course always use safety chains.

If you are turning hard enough to bend it, you should not be towing anything and I would question your common sense. I did use it on a holiday weekend in stop and go traffic and had to get on the brakes pretty hard and it came out unscathed.
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Unread 06-12-2013, 11:14 AM   #12
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Glad to see there is someone out there on the forum has had good experience with it.
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Unread 06-12-2013, 04:06 PM   #13
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That tow bar is how I got my willys home I wouldn't hesitate to use it again.
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Well, I didn't get the HF tow bar, instead I went with Reese tow bar from walmart for $100. So I would assume the quality of both are about the same. I towed my jeep a little over 400 miles and as long as you hook everything up right and use common sense, you should be fine. If your front bumper is in good shape and the bolts that attach it to the frame aren't rusty, I would bolt the tow bar to the bumper. Also, make sure once it's hooked up that the tow bar is level. Of course use safety chains and hook up tow lights. Another thing to look into is your state's laws on towing. Most have a max speed limit of 55 and some require that you have a fire extinguisher and road flares. Before you go, make sure you check over both vehicles (tire pressure, brakes, etc.)and don't be scared, just take it easy and you'll be fine.
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Safety chains are highly recommended too.

I have a metal 2x4 bumper like what Eddie sells and had a couple brackets fabbed to connect the tow bar to the D-ring tabs. Have yet to use it, it is just my back-up plan to get it home if it ever breaks down...
I basically had Eddie do the same to my bumper. He welded on attachment points for a tow bar I already had. Just put in 2 pins and its attached. I've towed mine a few hundred miles plus it comes in handy when the jeep leaves you stranded on the side of the road.
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