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Old 01-27-2009, 03:02 PM   #1
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Wrangler in trouble

I just purchased a Jeep Wrangler and I am a novice. Can you pull a Jeep Wrangler out of trouble by the standard front bumper or do I need to purchase a new bumper for that purpose?

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Old 01-27-2009, 03:07 PM   #2
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You have tow hooks on your bumper that are designed for that. The bumper is plastic. You can purchase aftermarket bumpers that are all steel.

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I have use my front hooks to pull other vehicles out of mud and ruts. No problems. No cracks, creaks or bad sounds while doing so. If I were using a come-along to yank myself out I would tie to the hooks on the front or the hitch on the back as my rear bumper does not have the tie points because of the trailer hitch option installed at the factory. I would think that the hitch is secure enough to pull on. I'm still looking for a 2" receiver hook for this purpose instead of trying to use a ball hitch or other rigged solution.
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Oh ya,

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Old 01-28-2009, 01:39 PM   #5
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Is it hard to install the tow hooks. My bumber is already steel tubing.
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I have use my front hooks to pull other vehicles out of mud and ruts. No problems. No cracks, creaks or bad sounds while doing so. If I were using a come-along to yank myself out I would tie to the hooks on the front or the hitch on the back as my rear bumper does not have the tie points because of the trailer hitch option installed at the factory. I would think that the hitch is secure enough to pull on. I'm still looking for a 2" receiver hook for this purpose instead of trying to use a ball hitch or other rigged solution.
jk'n: You may want to check out a local Tractor Supply store like TSC. I got a 2" receiver "D" ring attachment for a really good price. The D-ring works great for off-road recovery and doesn't grab anything like the hooks (on the trailer hitch receiver) sometimes do when trail riding!
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I just purchased a Jeep Wrangler and I am a novice. Can you pull a Jeep Wrangler out of trouble by the standard front bumper or do I need to purchase a new bumper for that purpose?
You say you purchased a "Wrangler" and that you are a "Novice" so I want to check to be sure you have a JK model (2007-2009), as there are differences between JK's, TJ's, YJ's, and so on! Usually, folks that go to the point of installing an aftermarket bumper for a JK are looking for something sturdier... ie: something that can pull or be pulled on via hooks or D-rings. Did the previous owner set the Wrangler up for off-roading... or just for looks? A photo may help you get more help here!
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This Wrangler is stock (2004 model) that was returned to the dealer after lease agreement expired. How can I determine if it is a JK, TJ, Or YJ? There is nothing indicated in the owner's manual. Would it be listed on the manufacturers plate and if so, where would that be located?
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factory bumper comes with hooks... many auto stores will hitch with d end receiver... never hook up to the ball tow point thats like a weapon waiting to fly off..
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Also your bumpers are not plastic, only the end caps. I've had to tow my buddy a little over a mile over a trail when he broke down, all i did was wrap a tow strap around my rear bumper and off we went, no tow hooks or anything. And the bumper is perfectly fine and straight. I've also jacked up the front bumper on the end, lifted it up fine and didn't bend the bumper in the slightest. The factory TJ bumpers are surprisingly strong.
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This Wrangler is stock (2004 model) that was returned to the dealer after lease agreement expired. How can I determine if it is a JK, TJ, Or YJ? There is nothing indicated in the owner's manual. Would it be listed on the manufacturers plate and if so, where would that be located?
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What is the model is it a SE,X,Sport or Rubicon. Sports and Rubicons have factory tow hooks on the front and rear bumper. IDK about the X and SE
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Old 01-29-2009, 06:42 PM   #13
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Thanks guys. You all helped answer my question. I order factory tow hooks.
I own a second home that is over a mile up an unimproved winding mountain road. I purchased the TJ to keep at this location in the 9 months of good weather and use it to access the place in the winter. I got it stuck the first time I traveled to my place this winter. Over two feet of snow covered everything and I proceeded to backed into an embankment that was undetectable in the deep snow and the TJ came to rest on the skid plate over the gas tank. I eventually dug it out, but the incident prompted me to buy two tow straps and a come-along. This incident is why I ask the question. Thanks to you guys, I am already more confident.
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