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Unread 01-28-2013, 11:56 AM   #1
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Anyone using the Currie Tow Bar Mounting Plate?

Does anyone have the Currie tow bar mounting plate CE-9033JK? How do you like it? Does it work with a Blue Ox tow bar? I know that Currie's site says it will work with a blue ox but someone else's post (can't find it now) said that the blue ox tow bar he had didn't fit.

Also anyone with a 2010 and up, what modifications did you have to do to get the Currie plate to fit. The web site says minor trimming.

Thanks,
John

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Unread 01-28-2013, 12:34 PM   #2
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I installed a RoadMaster - but the currie would see the same minor trimming - a hole or two on the frame and cross support needs drilled out trimmed, 2 on a five scale for difficulty.

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Unread 01-28-2013, 02:25 PM   #3
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I don't know about the Roadmaster baseplate but the Blue Ox I've installed before on my 06 TJ and in the directions for my 2012 JKU, all I had to do was drill some mounting holes, no trimming. The Currie says minor trimming to the frame/crossmember. I'd like to know how much trimming. Sure I can call Currie and they'll probably say it's only minor. I'd like to hear from someone that acually installed the Currie on an 2010 and up.

If I have to cut or trim up the frame, I might just go ahead and buy the Blue Ox. Not that I'm not capable in doing it, I just don't want to cut up the frame on a brand new JKU.
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Unread 01-28-2013, 08:08 PM   #4
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Look under the front cross - the side plates come down slightly below the actual cross (by about 1/4 inch) - pretty sure thats the trim spot - when you look at the instructions page 2 photo 8 the down brace with the 3 holes... slightly longer on 10+ models... I would think that unless its a foot narrower the Blue Ox would hit that corner as well.

Just trying to be helpful no need to get snarky.

Snarky is MY territory lol.

EDIT: as a matter of kindness - here is the blue ox instructions - they have ya whacking off a good six inches (photos 6-10) of the pre 10. - the blue ox (like roadmaster) attaches to the frame rails while the currie attaches to the bumper and cross. I prefer the blueox or roadmaster design for strength... but the currie gives ya a real nice front skid!
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Unread 01-28-2013, 11:38 PM   #5
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Look under the front cross - the side plates come down slightly below the actual cross (by about 1/4 inch) - pretty sure thats the trim spot - when you look at the instructions page 2 photo 8 the down brace with the 3 holes... slightly longer on 10+ models... I would think that unless its a foot narrower the Blue Ox would hit that corner as well.

Just trying to be helpful no need to get snarky.

Snarky is MY territory lol.

EDIT: as a matter of kindness - here is the blue ox instructions - they have ya whacking off a good six inches (photos 6-10) of the pre 10. - the blue ox (like roadmaster) attaches to the frame rails while the currie attaches to the bumper and cross. I prefer the blueox or roadmaster design for strength... but the currie gives ya a real nice front skid!
To clarify and confirm, yes, on 2010 up the way Jeep put the crossmember together was slightly different, not leaving a smooth underside to mount to at the ends. That is where the slight trimming / grinding is needed. As earlier posted, not very difficult. Currie used my '12 to confirm no additional changes last year when new, and one guy had it trimmed, installed and removed in about 20 minutes.

EDIT: Found a photo to show where/what. This photo was during my bumper install and not for the tow bar plate - the frame cutting is NOT required for the tow bar plate.
Austin
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Last edited by RubiconTested; 01-28-2013 at 11:52 PM.. Reason: Found a photo.
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