I'm looking for some squirrel fryers and tow hooks for the front bumper. As much as I would like to add $200 plus of lighting to the front stock bumper, my budget (and wife) don't agree. Suggestions? I plan on getting a OE type switch for the dash. The Qtec and 4wd had plenty of lights to choose from, but I'm looking for some user recommendations.
Will these work with the stock bumper mounting holes or will I be drilling? Longer bolts required of course...
These will use the same holes where the stock tow hooks would mount. And the bolts that come with these may be the same thread as well. I have this hook, but I bought the style that didn't have the bolts or the clip (wish mine did). But I just used bolts i had from another set of tow hooks and they were the same bolt size. I want to say it's a M12x1.75, but it may have been a M10. Either way, it's a very common bolt on tow hooks and these tow hooks have a bolt hole spacing of 1.5". You will have to tighten them down and they will compress the rubber bump stops a little, but no big deal. I love those tow hooks though and I have them on my bumper, they look good IMO too.
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Hella 500s do a good job at a fair price. IPF 968s can be had for $100 on sale sometimes, as can Hella 700s and FF1000s (discontinued, but still around).
The old-school standard two hooks work fine, especially with the spring steel keepers (don't skip these, they're actually useful!). Use new Grade 8 bolts (not the sheit that comes in the kit with the tow hooks) and lots of anti-seize when you put 'em in. You may want to put Grade 8 hex head bolts on the bottom of your bumper while you're at it, too; be aware that the bottom bolts are VERY prone to breaking because crap accumulates in the frame horns and doesn't easily wash itself out, rusting the threads on the lower bolts in the process.
I've seen some on eBay and CL. I have a Congo Cage, so that option is out for me. Other than getting the lights away from the tow hooks, is there an advantage to the light bars for the front bumper?
IMO---Since I have not installed any lights on windshield mounts or above roof light bar----I could tell a BIG difference when I moved my lights from the bumper to the light bar hoop on bumper-and when I got my OME lift there again was a noticeable difference.
Raising them up from the bumper makes a difference---IDK where the "best" mounting point is--but the best for me is the hoop on my front bumper.
Thanks for all the advice, ordered the KC 100W SlimLites and the KC hoop to mount them on. Also went with the Rugged Ridge hooks for the front and a stock hook off Ebay for the rear. Now I just need to get those BCC rocker guards mounted before next project shows up...
I have 130 watt long range Kc slimlites on windshield mounts. And with stock fogs. Headlights and hilites all dialed in properly I have 180* light from left to right and bright visibility for about 150 yards.