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Old 03-07-2011, 08:54 PM   #1
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Question about rear tow points

My X came with the single rear hook in the center, but I am putting a hitch on. Will the hitch be ok to use as a tow point while on the trails or should I try to put another tow hook on it?

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Old 03-07-2011, 09:18 PM   #2
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I wouldnt recommend doing any recovering using your hitch. Unless you are doing a straight pull, your hitch will fail under very minimal pressure. I think on a two door, its only rated at 2500 pounds on a straight pull, so you can imagine what pulling from an angle would do to it.

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I wouldnt recommend doing any recovering using your hitch. Unless you are doing a straight pull, your hitch will fail under very minimal pressure. I think on a two door, its only rated at 2500 pounds on a straight pull, so you can imagine what pulling from an angle would do to it.
Well I guess I need to look for some way to mount tow points on the rear then
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Well I guess I need to look for some way to mount tow points on the rear then
Are you looking for tow points or recovery points, because they are completely different.
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You have 2 options. Get a receiver hook. Purchase a 2009 or later JK side mounted tow hook. Many people sell takeoffs for cheap. Get the for sale sections of the various Jeep forums and CL.
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Looking for recovery points.
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I have also heard of putting a tow strap in the receiver and running the hitch pin through the loop...
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Thats fine --for TOWING with a TOW strap--


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I have also heard of putting a tow strap in the receiver and running the hitch pin through the loop...
The jeep REAR hitch, can be used for towing and light recovery's, but the hitch is just attached to the BUMPER and not the frame, a hardcore recovery-deep mud/up a steep ravine and SUNK ! takes a RECOVERY (SNATCH) STRAP and frame attached D-rings/tow hooks-it's never simple, a lot of correct procedure must be followed !!

Google --jeep recovery-- and --tow strap vs recovery strap --

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Thats fine --for TOWING with a TOW strap--




The jeep REAR hitch, can be used for towing and light recovery's, but the hitch is just attached to the BUMPER and not the frame, a hardcore recovery-deep mud/up a steep ravine and SUNK ! takes a RECOVERY (SNATCH) STRAP and frame attached D-rings/tow hooks-it's never simple, a lot of correct procedure must be followed !!

Google --jeep recovery-- and --tow strap vs recovery strap --

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I was curious what the issue was with recovering this way with the JK...its where the hitch is attached. The TJ hitch is mounted to the actual frame. Dont beat me up too bad for posting in the JK thread
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My X came with the single rear hook in the center, but I am putting a hitch on. Will the hitch be ok to use as a tow point while on the trails or should I try to put another tow hook on it?
a FRAME mounted reciever can be used with a tow/hook mount and strap or winch to 'recover' your jeep (pull it out of mud, etc.) with no problem-or you can just feed the end of the tow strap into the reciever and put a pin through it-done ALL THE TIME on jeep jamborees. Bumper mounted reciever-get rid of it unless it's an aftermarket bumper securely mounted with reciever welded in place and reinforced. If you have an 'after market' rear bumper, then you can have a couple shackle mounts welded on (3/4" steel bracket with hole for shackle to pin into) one on either side of the reciever and then put your clevis/shackle right into one of those for getting pulled out OR for pulling someone else out. Look at the pictures of after market bumpers (Warn, Smittybuilt, ARB, etc.) and you'll see what I mean.
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I don't know where your getting your jeep hitches but my factory hitch is mounted directly to the rear crossmember. That crossmember is mounted directly to the frame. I use a receiver mounted d-ring for recovery all the time. The only thing I can see being a problem is bending the crossmember on an extreme pull. In that case I would pull from both of my rear recovery points. The factory bumper is plastic. There is no way there is a hitch mounted to it.

The d ring I use is just like this. Warn makes them as well as many other manufacturers.http://www.offroadunlimited.com/orus...DCategory=1606
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You can pick up the dring 'bar' at tractor supply house, other places...shop around-I paid only $25 for the ones I have. 'Brand Name' ones are always more expensive and if you check the box carefully, probably made in China just like Harbor Freight.
D-Ring Receiver Hitch only $19.99 here
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Rats, ColdSRT made me go LOOK ! and He's right about the JK/JKU hitch being bolted (4) to the rear crossmember-

I would just be concerned about using the HITCH PIN as the only recovery point-the hitch itself should be able to stand quite a bit of strain !!

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Rats, ColdSRT made me go LOOK ! and He's right about the JK/JKU hitch being bolted (4) to the rear crossmember-

I would just be concerned about using the HITCH PIN as the only recovery point-the hitch itself should be able to stand quite a bit of strain !!

Thanks Canuck !!

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I agree about the pin. That is why I use the d-ring bar thingamajig. I still wonder on extreme pulls if it would be possible to bend the rear crossmember. I usually use the d-ring in the hitch because it pulls in the center but for really bad pulls I would use both rear recovery points in tandem.

Never been called a canuck before. Don't even know what it means. Thought it was reserved for them Canada boys. I have often been called a nanook. That means polar bear in Eskimo. It is also the name of our college hockey team here in Fairbanks, AK. The UAF nanooks. I'll forgive you this time Jim. Haha
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heh Heh, Yea I've only towed my trailer with my JKU and never did a recovery with THIS ONE-and


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I agree about the pin. That is why I use the d-ring bar thingamajig. I still wonder on extreme pulls if it would be possible to bend the rear crossmember. I usually use the d-ring in the hitch because it pulls in the center but for really bad pulls I would use both rear recovery points in tandem.

Never been called a canuck before. Don't even know what it means. Thought it was reserved for them Canada boys. I have often been called a nanook. That means polar bear in Eskimo. It is also the name of our college hockey team here in Fairbanks, AK. The UAF nanooks. I'll forgive you this time Jim. Haha
Canuck is just a slang for Canadians-natural or placed-

I've read about the cheaper "hitch pin" breaking and ruining the Recovery "LOOP", but using the hitch with the D-ring should put the stress right at the joints between the pin and hitchs-and not in the middle of the pin !

Man this recovery can get pretty deep-!!!

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heh Heh, Yea I've only towed my trailer with my JKU and never did a recovery with THIS ONE-and

Canuck is just a slang for Canadians-natural or placed-

I've read about the cheaper "hitch pin" breaking and ruining the Recovery "LOOP", but using the hitch with the D-ring should put the stress right at the joints between the pin and hitchs-and not in the middle of the pin !

Man this recovery can get pretty deep-!!!

Good day-

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We get lumped in with canadiens a lot living up here in Alaska. Could be worse.

The pin still would be the weak point but your right about the d-ring mount spreading the load better. That is what I was getting at with the hitch being in the center of the crossmember. Your pulling from the weakest spot on the crossmember and I could see bending it on an exteme pull. Moving outboard closer to the frame rails would be the ideal situation. However my bumper has an integrated hitch that "should" spread the load over a greater area.

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