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Old 09-04-2011, 05:37 AM   #1
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Tow hooks?

So i recently bought a new front bumper with D rings now for the rear im thinking about just installing regular tow hooks. Is that recommended? Does anyone have any spare ones laying around?

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Old 09-04-2011, 09:04 AM   #2
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Don't you have a stock tow hook in the rear? If not a tow receiver with a hook is always a good option.

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I put the rugged ridge on the front with d rings. On the Back I have a factory tow hook which is what you or looking for I suspect. I am not changing my rear bumper as it supports the rear mopar splash guards. The tow hook just bolts to the frame I think. Or if you have the receiver hitch they make a receiver with a d ring, also with a hook or you can just tie to ball like most people do on rear. The factory rear hook is probably fairly low priced, or find one on here as many people remove to mod rear bumpers. I just gave my front bumper away tow hooks and all. And that worthless air dam thing that is pretty much a joke. Now my jeep will run faster, I get better Millage, and my trany get more air as I put on a cooling pan as jeep still didn't know how to cool a trany in 2011. What a joke.
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Don't you have a stock tow hook in the rear? If not a tow receiver with a hook is always a good option.
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My 2500 Ram doesn't have any hooks so I just throw a chain around the ball on the tow hitch. works great for me.

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Old 09-04-2011, 09:28 AM   #5
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If the op doesn't have a tow hook or a receiver he could just add the receiver, and kill two birds with one stone, so to speak. Have a tow point, and like daggo said get a receiver with a hook for recovery. I think them receivers look really sexy anyway!
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Old 09-04-2011, 12:57 PM   #6
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My 2500 Ram doesn't have any hooks so I just throw a chain around the ball on the tow hitch. works great for me.

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Never use a chain for a recovery. Using the ball for recovery isn't a good idea either. You can buy a hook that will fit in the receiver.
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Sure you can use a chain. You just have to be sure yojlur using a big enough chain and its a grade 8 chain. But you can only pull on a chain puting slack in one and gasing on it is the only times Iv ever seen one break. Its the shock load that will break them.
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Allow me to rephrase, never use a chain for a SAFE recovery.
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Allow me to rephrase, never use a chain for a SAFE recovery.
This. Also the ball can rip off and become a projectile.

Straps straps straps.
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Chains can be used safely. Been using chains every day of my adult life in the oil field to move things that are way heaver then any stuck 4x4 you just have to use comon since and have a big enough chain. Do I use chains in my 4x4's, nope they are to much of a pain in the butt to have to drag around when the 60 ton slings I have are way lightet.
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Not on the rear.
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Not on the rear.
He can't mount it on the frame?
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Well, he could drill holes, but I wouldn't recommend that.
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Some Jeeps have holes pre drilled. They're the same ones a tow package bolts to.
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Some Jeeps have holes pre drilled. They're the same ones a tow package bolts to.
Yes, but that hook won't line up there. It would be much better to get the actual receiver and then mount a hook in the receiver.
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Yes, but that hook won't line up there. It would be much better to get the actual receiver and then mount a hook in the receiver.
can you point me in the right direction?
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I got one for my JK and it bolted right up, no issues at all. Got the wiring for a 4-way flat as well. No problems there either.
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I got one for my JK and it bolted right up, no issues at all. Got the wiring for a 4-way flat as well. No problems there either.

Then get one of these: Trailer Hitch Receiver Mounted Forged Tow Hook, 10K Tow Ready Ball Mounts TR63044 or one of these: Bestop HighRock 4x4 Hitch Mounted Tow Strap Loop Bestop Ball Mounts B4292201
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Have been a few reports down here of people being killed by slipping a snatch strap over the towball - the tow ball then snapping and firing through the windscreen. In another case the tie down hook on the front was used and it snapped sending the remnants and the hook through the rear window and killing a teenager in the back seat.

Please, use correctly designed and installed recovery points for your own safety and that of everyone around you.
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Never use a chain for a recovery. Using the ball for recovery isn't a good idea either. You can buy a hook that will fit in the receiver.
I've used a chain for years from pulling things out of ditches to skidding out logs. just loop it over the ball hitch and never had a problem if you hook it right. years ago, when it was Detroit Steel, you had to wrap around the bumpter to tow someone out. What did they do before they had the nylon straps and tow hooks?

I agree, the elasticity of the straps is much better than the "no give" of a chain in recovery, but I've never had a problem.

.....and safety is always a concideration.

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