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Old 08-04-2013, 08:40 PM   #1
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Aftermarket Rear Bumpers with No Tow Hitch?

I purchased a new to me 00 TJ and it has a Body Armor TJ-2951 Rear Tubular Bumper with a 2" receiver. When i had my 94 Cherokee, I used to tow a little Wells Cargo Mini Wagon with a RTT. Looking at the BA website, the 2" receiver is for accessories and recovery only. I need to be able to tow a little trailer with gear totaling maybe 1200lbs max. I looked at 4wheel parts, Quadratech Poison Spyder, Gen Right etc and unless i am looking incorrectly, it seems nobody sells an aftermarket bumper that has a built in class II hitch or even compatible with a bolt on one from Curt Reese etc. I would also like to have a tire carrier option and a little 1/4panel protection. I can budget $750-$800 for a new bumper. Sorry for the long post/question but does anybody tow with there rigs? If you do, what bumper with or with a separate tow hitch do you use? Is there a MFG i am missing that you could send a link to? Thanks for any information.

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Old 08-04-2013, 09:10 PM   #2
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Just installed a smitty built rock crawler style with a class III hitch. I actually have to redrill a hole on one side, but that requires me to remove the while thing. Probably should be measure 5 time then drill for me. Got it from eBay. Less than $300. Shipped.

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Most will not say that the hitch is a tow hitch as they technically can not say that unless it has been tested for that. Most places are too small for this type of testing. The bigger bumper companies will be your best bet, but many of those hitches will work fine towing 1200 pounds. They just can't say that or they are liable.
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I just installed a bumper/tire carrier from TheDirtWorx I purchased off Ebay. It's a heavy duty bumper that comes with a class III hitch. The tire carrier is strong and no rattles. It's USA made and built on order, if you don't mind the wait for the item, you won't be disappointed. If you have a question about the bumper email Robert (owner/builder) with your concerns. Link:Jeep CJ YJ TJ Rock Crawler Bumper Spare Tire Carrier | eBay
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Old 08-05-2013, 07:30 AM   #5
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Many bumpers are as strong, or stronger than a rated receiver hitch, legally it's hard to come right out and say they are for towing trailers without getting them rated/regulated, blah, blah.

Meeting the rated towing capacity of a Jeep is pretty easy with something that is meant for recovery
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X2 on TheDirtworx.com Robert's bumpers are phenominal, amazingly strong and more than bumper/can carrier/tire carrier, they are real armor too.
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I recently put on a Olympic Rock bumper with the 2 inch receiver. I also needed to be able to tow my dirt bikes around and this seems to fit very nice. It says it is rated for 2000lbs with a tong weight of 200lbs which is more than enough for my trailer.
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X2 on TheDirtworx.com Robert's bumpers are phenominal, amazingly strong and more than bumper/can carrier/tire carrier, they are real armor too.
X2, that is who made my rear bumper with its integrated 2" receiver hitch. www.thedirtworx.com
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I looked at 4wheel parts, Quadratech Poison Spyder, Gen Right etc and unless i am looking incorrectly, it seems nobody sells an aftermarket bumper that has a built in class II hitch or even compatible with a bolt on one from Curt Reese etc. I would also like to have a tire carrier option and a little 1/4panel protection. I can budget $750-$800 for a new bumper. Sorry for the long post/question but does anybody tow with there rigs? If you do, what bumper with or with a separate tow hitch do you use? Is there a MFG i am missing that you could send a link to? Thanks for any information.
I have the Body Armor bumper without a built in hitch but with a Curt bolted onto the frame. You can see a picture in my jeep profile. It fits perfectly fine, no problems at all.

The Body Armor with the tire carrier fits your budget: Body Armor Formed Rear Bumper & Tire Carrier for 87-06 Jeep® Wrangler YJ, TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec
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I have and recommend the Olympic A/T rock slider bumper:


This bumper is $239 (frequently on sale for $199), and is rated to tow 3500lbs in an LJ and 2000lbs in a TJ. It also has an optional tire swing that holds up to a 37" spare and can be added later for $295:


This bumper actually improves on the stock bumper's departure angle, weighs less than the stock bumper, and protects the rear body tub on a TJ behind the wheels. It's also stout, being made of 1.25" DOM tubing.

I use this bumper with a 33" spare mounted on the tailgate. I also added some $59 "frame tie-in" brackets:

...these brackets are reccomended for all bumpers with tire carriers or which get used to tow, because the rear frame cross-member on a TJ is not as strong as the older CJs.

If you don't like the look of the tubular style A/T Rock Slider bumper, Olympic also makes a welded sheet metal style (the "rock bumper" that 530ktm mentioned above, also rated for towing, also accepting the optional Olympic tire swing).
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I purchased a new to me 00 TJ and it has a Body Armor TJ-2951 Rear Tubular Bumper with a 2" receiver. When i had my 94 Cherokee, I used to tow a little Wells Cargo Mini Wagon with a RTT. Looking at the BA website, the 2" receiver is for accessories and recovery only. I need to be able to tow a little trailer with gear totaling maybe 1200lbs max. I looked at 4wheel parts, Quadratech Poison Spyder, Gen Right etc and unless i am looking incorrectly, it seems nobody sells an aftermarket bumper that has a built in class II hitch or even compatible with a bolt on one from Curt Reese etc. I would also like to have a tire carrier option and a little 1/4panel protection. I can budget $750-$800 for a new bumper. Sorry for the long post/question but does anybody tow with there rigs? If you do, what bumper with or with a separate tow hitch do you use? Is there a MFG i am missing that you could send a link to? Thanks for any information.
If that hitch can pull your 4-5000 pound jeep from a mud hole then it can pull a 1200 lb trailer.
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The reason many worthy bumpers with tow hitches (receiver hitches) are not rated for towing is simply a legal liability reason. Many bumpers that used to be rated for towing no longer are because their lawyers said it would make it easier to sue them if there was an accident while towing a trailer.

For the same stupid reason manufacturers are now afraid to call a rollcage a rollcage, their lawyers made them start calling them sport cages.
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All,
Thank you very much for the replies. I agree with RnEmOvr response and the fact that some can't do a legal binding test with charging more $$. I really like the dirtwork and i will put in my order since it will eliminate a few birds with one stone. Bumper, tire carrier, receiver and an excellent American made product.
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Since you will be towing, get a pair of frame tie-in brackets that are L-shaped to also attach the bumper to the side of the frame. I don't know if Dirtworx can provide them but they are a very good thing to add when installing the bumper.

Here's an example... TMR Customs Jeep TJ Rear Frame Tie-in's : TMR Customs, Custom Fabrication Components for Offroad Vehicles which at $59 seems way-high, I'm sure you can find something similar for less $$$ by doing a google search at Google Shopping
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I installed JcrOffroad, Inc. bumpers on my first two wranglers. I'm a big fan of their product. Check out this frame tie in. JcrOffroad, Inc. Wrangler Rear Bumper Frame Tie-in (TJ YJ CJ)
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Old 08-06-2013, 09:15 PM   #16
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I built my own and rate it for8k lbs. but I would never use the hitch or jeep for towing. But that just me!
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This smittybilt SRC is class III rated $250 http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000JK...5849008&sr=8-3 I tow with it a lot. Even towed a trailer ft Fairbanks Alaska to St. Louis Missouri. I have way more ground clearance to after taking off my old aftermarket receiver. Here it is on there site showing the rating http://www.smittybilt.com/product/index/9.htm I bought mine from amazon. Fast free shipping.

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