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Old 11-17-2009, 04:55 PM
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Stock Tow Points

I'm trying to prepare for my first winter with my TJ and I was wondering if the stock tow points (the two hooks on the front bumper and the loop on the back left attached to the frame) are adequate tow points to be pulled out of a ditch by or to help others out. If they aren't is there a recommended upgrade? I've looked into tow points but they seem to only be for WJ and Zjs from what I could find.

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They're plenty adequate. They bolt to the frame. I use my front hooks regularly and have never had a problem.

-Edit- I guess I should have added that I bought 10k# towhooks from The Tractor Supply Company. They have the same mounting holes that the stockers have. I had to install longer grade 8 bolts to bolt them to the frame since the towhooks are a bit beefier. They were cheap. I don't recall what I paid for them, but it wasn't much.

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stock one's are fine. If your going to tow or be towed use a rated strap with looped ends no hooks.
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If you're going to tow or be towed use a rated strap with looped ends no hooks.
X10,000. Steel hooks can be deadly when on a strap used for vehicle recovery which is different from simple towing.
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Good info guys, thanks! I've read not to use hooked tow straps because of the many dangers. Can a looped tow strap be had at any hardware/car store? Also, for simple self recovery would a high quality manual winch be of any worth? Something like this: http://www.toolstation.com/images/li...bbig/98107.jpg
minus the hooks and steel cable?
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A come-along would only be something to have if you're in a life-or-death situation and you have nothing else to use at your disposal. They really only give a false sense of security. They're not a practical tool for offroading but they sure work great for installing cattle fences.
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Haha good to know, thanks!
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Like Jerry said...a come along isn't something I'd want to use frequently, but they do work good when you're in a bind with no other options. I also found they work well loading heavy lawnmowers onto a trailer with step-style ramps. If you're going to invest in one...buy a good one though. The cheap ones are NOT worth a damn...they either jam up when you need them most or if it's a strap-style one, while they are really nice for the ease of use, you can hear the threads start to rip well before you hit the max weight rating.
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can anyone link the tcs tow hooks on the website... I need some
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i have a 06 tj rubicon and was wondering what the best place to mount tow hooks to on my stock front bumper. i put a superwinch 8500lb with a superwinch mounting plate..the old hooks dont fit.would it be god to mount a Dring shackle to where the plate bolts in to the bumper..any helpwould be goo thanks
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The only place to mount tow hooks to the front is via the same bolts that hold your winch to the frame. Just go buy some longer Grade 8 bolts of the same diameter but an inch longer & replace the winch mount bolts with them & mount the hook on top.

Sorry for the crappy pic but this is about the only one I think I have that shows a somewhat closeup of one of my tow hooks.
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The only place to mount tow hooks to the front is via the same bolts that hold your winch to the frame. Just go buy some longer Grade 8 bolts of the same diameter but an inch longer & replace the winch mount bolts with them & mount the hook on top.

Sorry for the crappy pic but this is about the only one I think I have that shows a somewhat closeup of one of my tow hooks.
This is, more or less, the way I intend to mount my winch and tow hooks and I wonder what size are the bolts I would need (I supose the original ones would be too short for the winch plate plus the tow hooks and I will need the tow hooks since I have the stock bumper and have no plans of changing it). The ideea is that we have only Metric bolts, here, so I would need to order the new bolts in US and, for this purpose, I need to know what to order (I don't want to think about the shipping cost...).

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