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Unread 01-21-2013, 01:32 PM   #1
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Finding a bumper that does not use frame holes

I have rear tow hooks mounted in my frame holes that most hitches and bumpers would use. Like the ones shown here: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/rear-tow-hook-548553/

Anybody have any luck with bumpers that mount to just the rear crossmember and not have to use those holes?

I was looking at the Rock Hard rear bumper and then possibly using frame reinforment brackets and then mount the tow hooks on that.

Oh, and I dont really plan on using the bumper for recovey or towing, just for accesories and carrying my dirt bike on the back.

Thanks, Dylan

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Unread 01-21-2013, 01:58 PM   #2
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I have rear tow hooks mounted in my frame holes that most hitches and bumpers would use. Like the ones shown here: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/rear-tow-hook-548553/

Anybody have any luck with bumpers that mount to just the rear crossmember and not have to use those holes?

I was looking at the Rock Hard rear bumper and then possibly using frame reinforment brackets and then mount the tow hooks on that.

Oh, and I dont really plan on using the bumper for recovey or towing, just for accesories and carrying my dirt bike on the back.

Thanks, Dylan
Most bumpers have provisions for D-rings. Why not just ditch the hooks?
Its not a very good idea to put a torque load on that rear cross member w/o using frame reinforcement. Especially something as heavy as a dirt bike extended out far enough to miss the spare tire.
Some LoD bumers only use the cross member holes and underside frame holes.
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For a dirt bike your going to need frame tie ins. The weight of a dirt bike bouncing around on the hitch will peel the stock crossmember off in short time. Like said get a bumper with integrated d-ring mounts and ditch the hooks.
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From my understanding the rear frame mounted tow hooks are a better option for recovering than a mounted bumper or hitch. What do you guys think? Also I drilled the frame holes out with a 1/2" drill so would I have to do the same for a bumper or hitch that would be going in those holes?

Thanks for the quick response guys!
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Some LoD bumers only use the cross member holes and underside frame holes.
What are LoD bumpers? This seems to be what I'm after
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What are LoD bumpers? This seems to be what I'm after
http://www.lodoffroad.com/xcart/home.php?cat=258

I have this one. It bolts to the holes just inboard of the frame rails, and the bottom side.
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