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Old 12-03-2006, 11:04 AM   #1
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hitch on the back

I saw a thread a couple days ago about towing a mustang I think and was wondering since it's unwise to tow a trailer what the use of the hitch is? Other than a tow point for recovery of course.

And, since I don't have a hitch on the back, is there a recovery point back there or do I need to add something? I noticed the club I was looking at not only said tow points on the front but on the back too, which stands to reason.

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I saw a thread a couple days ago about towing a mustang I think and was wondering since it's unwise to tow a trailer what the use of the hitch is? Other than a tow point for recovery of course.

And, since I don't have a hitch on the back, is there a recovery point back there or do I need to add something? I noticed the club I was looking at not only said tow points on the front but on the back too, which stands to reason.

(I'm putting together the list of absolute must haves for going out)

I have Warn Rockcrawlers on mine and the hitch was good when I got rearened earlier this year. Pretty much stopped the car from destroying my tailgate. I would recomend a bumper with a 2" reciever in it. The stock bumpers tend to be a little weak in my experience. But to each their own

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I pull a small trailer with mine all the time. That's a lot different than towing a vehicle. Small loads are ok. Vehicles are very bad.
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I've towed my small trailer with both a frame mounted hitch and the built in hitch on my Durango bumper, no problems.
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Old 12-03-2006, 11:19 AM   #5
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I'd always been under the impression that the bits underneath were different when the vehicle had a tow hitch, that you just couldn't add it without doing something.... maybe I'm wrong, as I often am.

(Odhinn, I have my eye on new bumpers, front and back)
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Old 12-03-2006, 11:26 AM   #6
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Here's an example from Hidden Hitch's website:


2004 Jeep Wrangler
Class I (6xxxx Series) 1-1/4" PN 60860
Part Number: 60860
Description: Class I (6xxxx Series) 1-1/4"
Class Rating: CLASS I
WC: 2000 lbs.
Drawbar Kit: 3590
Footnotes: More Detail >>>
Ø - No Drilling Required
DA: Will not fit with tube style bumper.


Class III & IV Receiver (7xxxx Series) - Round Tube PN 70503
Part Number: 70503
Description: Class III & IV Receiver (7xxxx Series) - Round Tube
Class Rating: CLASS III/IV
WC / WD: 3500 lbs. / 5000 lbs.
Footnotes: More Detail >>>
Ø - No Drilling Required


Class III & IV Receiver (87xxx Series) PN 87002
Part Number: 87002
Description: Class III & IV Receiver (87xxx Series)
Class Rating: CLASS III/IV
WC: 3500 lbs.
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Ø - No Drilling Required
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I'd always been under the impression that the bits underneath were different when the vehicle had a tow hitch, that you just couldn't add it without doing something.... maybe I'm wrong, as I often am.

(Odhinn, I have my eye on new bumpers, front and back)
The rock crawlers are pretty inexpensive (compared to other bumpers) and simple to install. In my view the reciever in the rear bumper also helps with clearance and aproach Angle. I am very happy with mine, but am thinking of ungrading to the same rear bumper with the addition of the oversized tire carrier.
A link to the ones I run.

http://www.4wheelonline.com/Categori...CategoryId=442
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I've got a hitch on mine. I use it for a hitch rack or to pull a small trailer. Also helps me climb up into the back of my jeep.
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Old 12-03-2006, 02:45 PM   #9
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I use the receiver with my cargo tray for long trips. I also use it with a bike carrier during the summer and looking into maybe a small trailer for my move in a couple of months.
This is what I've got:
http://www.quadratec.com/products/99989_000.htm
plus the tray:
http://www.dyersonline.com/pc-2668-1...o-carrier.aspx

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Old 12-03-2006, 03:14 PM   #10
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I keep a receiver shackle in mine. Makes for a quick spot to secure a tow strap. Like the Warn 63063.
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Yup, that's what I've got. Pretty handy.
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The rock crawlers are pretty inexpensive (compared to other bumpers) and simple to install. In my view the reciever in the rear bumper also helps with clearance and aproach Angle. I am very happy with mine, but am thinking of ungrading to the same rear bumper with the addition of the oversized tire carrier.
A link to the ones I run.

http://www.4wheelonline.com/Categori...CategoryId=442
Those look pretty snazzy. I like 'em, but alas I have a year they don't offer, since I got mine this year as a leftover. Plus side though, if I get a front bumper that has a place for a winch already it would be a travesty to drive around without one

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I've got a hitch on mine. I use it for a hitch rack or to pull a small trailer. Also helps me climb up into the back of my jeep.
What are you doing that you need to climb up onto your jeep? I don't want to miss out on anything.

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I use the receiver with my cargo tray for long trips. I also use it with a bike carrier during the summer and looking into maybe a small trailer for my move in a couple of months.
This is what I've got:
http://www.quadratec.com/products/99989_000.htm
plus the tray:
http://www.dyersonline.com/pc-2668-1...o-carrier.aspx

Sounds like you're moving just in time. Right before summer is fantastic here. Actually, there's not many times when the weather stinks. I'm inland a bit so summer is hot as hell, but only for a short time.



I obviously need a hitch. Man, this stinkin' list just keeps getting longer. I think I might have to sell a kidney to raise the cash. It's not like I'm using the second one, it's just taking up space.
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What are you doing that you need to climb up onto your jeep? I don't want to miss out on anything.
My son is still small enough to need a carseat. It's easier to put it in from the back than from the front. So, you're not missing out on anything fun.
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Old 12-04-2006, 02:22 PM   #14
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Hey, sons are fun ! If you can haul them around in your Jeep, even funner !


I've got that Hidden Hitch on my Jeep, works great for the hitchmount bikerack we got at Sam's Club. Am looking for a trailer now, something to tow the dirtbikes with, or firewood, or camping gear.......my lists getting too long also.
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Old 04-06-2009, 08:42 AM   #15
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2004 jeep wrangler bumper hitch

If u were to mount a ball hitch on the rear bumper..what is the bumper tow rating lbs.??
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I obviously need a hitch. Man, this stinkin' list just keeps getting longer. I think I might have to sell a kidney to raise the cash. It's not like I'm using the second one, it's just taking up space.
If you think you might eventually want a small trailer, get a rear bumper w/ the hitch already integrated into it, but make sure it's actually rated for towing, not just for accessories. When I got mine, the Tomken was one of the few I could find made this way for a TJ.

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Old 06-08-2009, 06:25 PM   #17
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Do you guys know of any other bumpers like the TOMKEN that can handle more than just some little accessories?
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I have a hitch, never had any issue. I have a platform deck that attaches using the trailer hitch that has a 500-pound limit, and a trailer with a 1500-pound limit that I have exceeded. It also makes a killer retrieval point.
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Has it been damaged by any offroading or does it scrape?
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I pull a small trailer with mine all the time. That's a lot different than towing a vehicle. Small loads are ok. Vehicles are very bad.
+1 I've towed a boat w/ my old Jeep, but it worked it pretty hard and wasn't the safest thing I've done. I wouldn't even attempt even a small car, especially with the necessary weight of a car hauler trailer. That would be a recipie for disaster.
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Has it been damaged by any offroading or does it scrape?
No damage, but it does scrape - on the lighter side, I have no dents or scrapes on the gas tank skid!
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I love having my hitch there and my homemade reciever with a d ring in it. It makes recovery so easy instead of picking which side of the truck you want to pull from the d ring just swivels on there!
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I have a hitch.. I tow a 5'x8' flat trailer (Lowes, $750) and also have a tail rack to haul small things. I am not too concerned with the towing factor, but the "stopping factor" is the more important issue. Speeds low and not heavily loaded and I feel fine, I just don't want the trailer passing me by at a stop sign, and whipping me around the fourlane like some Donald Duck coartoon!
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Look for RYANS TRUCK AND FABRACATION on E-Bay. Good bumpers and quite a bit less than a kidney
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Look for RYANS TRUCK AND FABRACATION on E-Bay. Good bumpers and quite a bit less than a kidney
i have their front and rear bumpers on my cj. i love them and highly recommend them.
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I have a Hidden hitch class III rear receiver. The kind that needs holes drilled in the frame rails, (wings) & I love it. Very strong pull point with the shackle attachment.
I also have my XRC8 mounted to a hitch plate, that can be used front or rear. Thanks to the Anderson connectors (forklift battery type) needed for that, & have the ability to run jumper cables fro the front or rear too.

My YJ was backed into recently, enough to move the back wheels about 4' over. The idiot hit the hitch mounted rack I built. The rack bent ever so slightly, & that was the only damage to my vehicle.

Nice to know I can also tow some small stuff if needed.
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I saw a thread a couple days ago about towing a mustang I think and was wondering since it's unwise to tow a trailer what the use of the hitch is? Other than a tow point for recovery of course.

And, since I don't have a hitch on the back, is there a recovery point back there or do I need to add something? I noticed the club I was looking at not only said tow points on the front but on the back too, which stands to reason.
I tow my BBQ trailer all the time with me Jeep. Also, the receiver is great for sliding in a bicycle rack.
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im looking to tow a small trailer to pull my streetbike to trackdays. will something like this do? Hidden Hitch 87002 - Hidden Hitch Class III Trailer Hitch for 87-06 Jeep® Wrangler YJ & TJ - Quadratec

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