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Old 06-05-2011, 10:09 AM   #1
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towing bumper???

anybody know of a good looking bumper that actually has a descent towing capacity? less than 1000lbs though. the best one i have found was either 250 or 500 lb. this is for a yj. what is the towing capacity of a yj?

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Most bumpers with a reciever are not rated by the mfg. for liability reasons. I have Warn Rock bumpers with the 2" rear reciever. Though it is not "tow rated" it is stated to be capable of being used for revovery. This tells me it can pull more than the Jeep's 2000lb tow rating on the drivetrain. The tongue weight of a typical 2" class III reciever is 300 lbs. I personaly have a 5x8 landscaping trailer that it pulls with no problem when loaded with 1000lbs of landscape blocks. The max I have put on the tongue is probably around 300lbs. I have not used it in this manor for any real distance, probably no more than 20 miles or so. I must say though.... I cannot reccomend this type of use for a non- rated bumper.... Do it at your own risk.

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MellowYellow is correct in stating that the manfacturer does not want the liability. Most bumpers sold on aftermarket don't even come with brackets to allow safety chains to be attached. Good luck with your search.

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MellowYellow is correct in stating that the manfacturer does not want the liability. Most bumpers sold on aftermarket don't even come with brackets to allow safety chains to be attached. Good luck with your search.

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Something I forgot to mention... I welded on points for the safety chains.
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I have a tj bumper I made fit on a yj. It has loops for the chains.and a receiver. Its also mounted by two bolted on the back frame and one under neath on both driver and passenger side. Total of six bolts. I used grade 8 bolts but not to sure if towing would be a good idea since its only bolted on the frame with six bolts. Knight have to move about 1500lbs of stuff and want to make sure I can haul a trailer. I don't know the brand of the bumper so its a bit difficult. It was bought used.
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Most bumpers with a reciever are not rated by the mfg. for liability reasons. I have Warn Rock bumpers with the 2" rear reciever. Though it is not "tow rated" it is stated to be capable of being used for revovery. This tells me it can pull more than the Jeep's 2000lb tow rating on the drivetrain. The tongue weight of a typical 2" class III reciever is 300 lbs. I personaly have a 5x8 landscaping trailer that it pulls with no problem when loaded with 1000lbs of landscape blocks. The max I have put on the tongue is probably around 300lbs. I have not used it in this manor for any real distance, probably no more than 20 miles or so. I must say though.... I cannot reccomend this type of use for a non- rated bumper.... Do it at your own risk.
I know this is an older post, but how's that bumper holding up? I have the same one on my tj and was thinking of pulling a small trailer occasionally. Wont be any more weight than you stated you used.
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In truth a 5x8 utility is about all that is 'Good' to use, BUT, yea, I could hook up the car hauler and shuffle a car home with it. Buy it would be taxing your power even with a 6 cyl. You wouldn't be going very fast and ought to take side roads. Then you have to think of the brakes. With bigger trailers and a load, you could lock your brakes and still be pushed forward....... I just use my utility honestly.


Ps. mine is the reciever type, typical on all reciever type, like what would be on the back of any pickup
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Hows towing with a lifted jeep, or any lifted vehicle?
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My Warn bumper is holding up great with occasional towing. The thing you may want to check first is that the rear frame cross member where the bumper mounts is not rusting away.... I know it is a fairly common rust area on the frame. My Jeep has a 2.5" OME lift with 5/8 lift shackles, tows just fine. The key is keeping the weight properly distributed on the trailer and not overloading the tongue. Over bumps, you will have more load induced bounce in the rear in any case with the higher arch springs.
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In truth a 5x8 utility is about all that is 'Good' to use, BUT, yea, I could hook up the car hauler and shuffle a car home with it. Buy it would be taxing your power even with a 6 cyl. You wouldn't be going very fast and ought to take side roads. Then you have to think of the brakes. With bigger trailers and a load, you could lock your brakes and still be pushed forward....... I just use my utility honestly.

Ps. mine is the reciever type, typical on all reciever type, like what would be on the back of any pickup
This is why you should not exceed the max rating for the vehicle. Too much weight can easily overpower the breaking system, and cause damage to your drivetrain.

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