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Unread 01-18-2011, 07:38 AM   #1
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Towing front bumper for JK?

Looking at an '11 JK and would need to tow it behind my RV. I like the setup on my CJ with a Body Armor rock bumper with shackle brackets that work with my A frame. Anyone out there add a front rock bumper to trick up the JK that also negates the need for a towing baseplate? I refuse to pay over $800 for a fancy towarm only to have to also add an ugly baseplate.

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Unread 01-18-2011, 09:53 AM   #2
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maybe it's just me but I'd slap that baby on a trailer!!
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Unread 01-18-2011, 09:58 AM   #3
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JKs make for awesome toads. There are a couple of members here who are using the JK as a toad. Do a quick search of the JK forum and I am sure they will come up.

A trailer is a PITA because many campgrounds charge extra for the storage, plus your fuel economy goes down the toilet if the trailer weighs anything at all. An aluminum trailer helps, but the cost is triple that of a steel trailer.

While I cant argue the logic and convenience of owning a trailer, setting up your Jeep to flat tow is worlds easier.
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Unread 01-22-2011, 02:11 PM   #4
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I tow my 08 behind my motor home, I have a blue ox base plate with a stock front bumper. Would like to change to a after market front bumper with a winch and keep the blue ox base plate. Does anyone has any ideas.
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Unread 01-22-2011, 06:09 PM   #5
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I have the Rock Hard full width bumper. For $65 more, I bought their Blue Ox tow brackets that use 2 of the 4 mounting bolts on each side. My Blue Ox tow bar pins to it. It's simple and looks great. I hook the safety cables to the shackle weldments that are on the bumper. Plug in the wiring and it's ready to go.
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Unread 01-22-2011, 09:11 PM   #6
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I retained the stock bumper and built my own attachment setup. All you can see with the towbar off is a receiver hitch tube back under the bumper on each side of the frame. It's really not very noticeable. I used 2" tubes because I attach a hitch bar to the front to push my boat and trailers around. If you used the 1 1/4" tubes they would hardly show. I also have a winch mounted on the Rough Country winch mount.
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Unread 01-23-2011, 03:48 PM   #7
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Currie makes a skid plate/air dam replacement bracket with tow attachment points incorporated. They offer a complete JK towing kit as well, which includes the bracket and their tow bar.

I have on in the garage but haven't gotten around to installing it on my wife's JKU.

For my JKU I had AEV weld up a bar with a 2" reciever and Currie style bar attachment points that bolts to AEV's front bumper.

Here is a photo of the AEV bar:

Hope this helps.

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Unread 01-25-2011, 08:00 PM   #8
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I have the new Body Armor bumper...I am going to buy the Warrior collapsable tow bar and hook it to the d-ring mounts via either the body armor d-ring adaptors or the body armor uses bolts the other cotter pins...haven't decided which I am going to buy yet...but this is the route I am headed...I used to use a roadmaster system, but it limited uses with aftermarket bumpers...
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