O I bought a tow bar from harbor frieght, got it for $50, gotta love sales and coupons! Anyways, the instructions say it can be direct mounted to some vehicles. And the picture even shows it directed mounted on a YJ stock front bumper. Is the stock bumper on my TJ strong enough? I was going to take of the rubber bumpers hanging on the front and put it there but right behind those is a round cross member and I don't think it would fit. Is just to the outside of them still going to work?
No. It needs to be tied into the frame some how. The stock bumper is way to thin to tow the jeep. Rubber bumpers that push thin steel into the frame are one thing pulling thin steel away from the frame is another.
I have a old school uh auk towbar that is made for metal bumper cars and trucks. It has rubber pads that rest on the bumper you then hook the chains to the frame crank them down tight the it has never damaged the bumper and thats from about 5000 miles of towing the main thing is don't get far away from the frame mounts and use good washers
The PO of mine mounted the tow points on the stock bumper just to the outside of where the bumper connects to the frame. He towed it all around the country behind his RV. Not saying it was correct to do so, but he had no issues.
I have a tow bar connected to my stock bumper where the rubber bumpers were and it does just fine. I did get some aluminum plates to go behind the bumper to distribute the weight over a 6" section on both sides though. I wouldn't just drill holes and mount without a plate, that's too much pressure on too small of a section of thin metal.
Just finished the install. It's seems this is where everyone puts them, the bumper right there is strong enough, especially with the included backing plates. I'm going to pull it around town a bit this week to test it before I take it up to our cabin. Thanks for all the input everyone
A friends dad put one on his stock TJ bumper and tows it from Cincy to Louisville regularly (2-3 times a month) to use around his property. It's a uhaul one and its pulled at 70mph up and down all kinds of hills and through maybe 25 miles of back roads that are fairly windy. His jeep is still in one piece. I've never looked that closely at how it's mounted but its wider then the frame I know that and the mount are near where the euro plastic bumper things are.
2000 TJ 2.5l, 2" OME Lift, Winch, Adjustable Control Arms, Rokmen Gas Tank Skid, Warn Sliders, CCFabs 3" Hood-lines, Engine Skid, Rock Crawler Bumper Front & Rear
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When I took the rubber pads off I mounted the brackets right there. It's right in line with the frame. It has two bolts for the 7000 lb rated tow hooks above the bracket and one torx #50 bolt under it. They may not be attached to the bracket itself, but there is so much extra metal right at those locations and in the same stress points that it should be good.