I just ordered a rear bumper from robert at dirtworx. I see from others that have bought his bumpers, that he has some great welds and does a nice job. Now the bumper has a class III receiver and d ring brackets that have all been welded through. I'm curious as to how much weight the receiver can withstand? obviously i'm not going to put it to the limit... but comparing to a normal reese hitch kit that attaches to your frame, will my bumper support the same amount of weight or do I need to be careful since it is just part of the bumper and not actually an entire hitch assembly? I plan on getting a small 4x6 utility trailer eventually and hauling small loads of split wood. I just want to know what my limits should be without sacrificing safety. Thanks!
Okay I plan on getting some tie ins. But do you guys know if that requires additional drilling into my frame or does it utilize existing holes? Also I was under the impression that the cross member was already secured to the frame rails? I just can't imagine places like smittybuilt and other manufacturers building bumpers with hitches if it cannot be used safely. Sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen. Thanks again!
Regardless of the strength of the hitch or receiver bumper, Jeep has published a tow specification for a TJ which is 2000lbs for a 4.0L and 1000lbs for a 2.5L engine. The specification includes a maximum of 200lbs hitch weight.
I HAVE exceeded these limits a couple of times by towing another Jeep back to the road. But that was in low range and with both a 20 foot tow chain and another driver in the disabled Jeep to brake the vehicle.
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