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post #1 of 12 Old 07-29-2020, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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Tow bar to flat tow my LJ

Does anyone know of a tow bar that I can attach to my LJ where the factory rubber pads are located? I would like to just remove them and attach the tow bar pivot brackets there without having to drill another set of holes in my bumper.

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post #2 of 12 Old 07-29-2020, 09:02 PM
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Drill holes those stock bumpers are cheap and everywhere. It would be cheaper to buy a 2nd bumper than it would a special tow bar

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I have a bumber with the holes in it in my garage... When I put an offroad bumper, i converted my towbar to hook to the shackle brackets.

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Drill holes those stock bumpers are cheap and everywhere. It would be cheaper to buy a 2nd bumper than it would a special tow bar

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I actually have the Mopar Rock Crawler front bumper. It's pretty hefty... still has provisions for the rubber bumpers.
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Take a look at something like the Demco Commander tow bar. The better tow bars have adjustable ends, so that makes them easier to hook up. I think some of the cheapest tow bars may omit the adjustability, so it may be more of an ordeal to hook up the cheapest ones.

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Factory front bumper is NOT strong enough for tow bar attachment. Bolts will pull through. Tow bar attachments need to be to the frame or to an aftermarket bumper of adequate strength.
They sell kits that have plates for the back side of the bumper, but those donít strengthen the attachment of the bumper to the frame.
Most tow bars are adjustable at the bumper connection. There are minimums for how close together they should be together.
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I have a bumber with the holes in it in my garage... When I put an offroad bumper, i converted my towbar to hook to the shackle brackets.
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Not so sure that would work so well on an LJ... unless you have another point. ??

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Factory front bumper is NOT strong enough for tow bar attachment. Bolts will pull through. Tow bar attachments need to be to the frame or to an aftermarket bumper of adequate strength.
They sell kits that have plates for the back side of the bumper, but those donít strengthen the attachment of the bumper to the frame.
Agreed, but it looks like OP has a special bumper

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I drilled holes and added mounts to my ARB bumper
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Factory front bumper is NOT strong enough for tow bar attachment. Bolts will pull through. Tow bar attachments need to be to the frame or to an aftermarket bumper of adequate strength.
They sell kits that have plates for the back side of the bumper, but those donít strengthen the attachment of the bumper to the frame.
Most tow bars are adjustable at the bumper connection. There are minimums for how close together they should be together.
Bite the bullet, and do it right the first time, youíll be glad you did.


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This is the bumper I have. It's the optional Mopar Rock Crawler bumper made by AEV. It's very strong. I'm just wanting to remove the factory rubber bumpers and mount the tow bar attachments. I may need to think about another way.
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Factory front bumper is NOT strong enough for tow bar attachment. Bolts will pull through. Tow bar attachments need to be to the frame or to an aftermarket bumper of adequate strength.
They sell kits that have plates for the back side of the bumper, but those donít strengthen the attachment of the bumper to the frame.
Most tow bars are adjustable at the bumper connection. There are minimums for how close together they should be together.
Bite the bullet, and do it right the first time, youíll be glad you did.


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