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Old 09-14-2013, 07:28 PM   #1
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Reese Tow Champ Tow Bar Installation, Brackets Needed

I just picked up a Reese Tow Champ #74950 tow bar. I want to be able to tow my STOCK 05 Unlimited behind my Super Duty Truck. I think I need brackets that will bolt onto the wrangler frame. can anyone tell me what bracket I need, name, where to buy?

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I bought a Curt heavy duty tow bar. It came with brackets. However you can buy just the Curt brand brackets (heavy 1/4" w/big base plate & a backer plate) from 4 WD drive parts-order online also from them. Any way you have to pull the bumper off and drill holes to install on the front flat bumper surface, using the backer plate supplied to sandwich between the bumper metal. Do this right at the frame horn/bumper mounting area. The OEM bumper is kinda thin-but will work OK-just follow instructions that come with the brackets. I had a fab shop bend me a channel bumper out of 3/16 hot roll plate. 3' top, 4" face 3" bottom x 4ft long. Then I just drilled the holes same as OEM and installed. Volia! heavier bumper, I even welded a front receiver tube onto it. This was for my 98 TJ. I don't know what size your bumper is.

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Old 09-15-2013, 03:33 PM   #3
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I bought a Curt heavy duty tow bar. It came with brackets. However you can buy just the Curt brand brackets (heavy 1/4" w/big base plate & a backer plate) from 4 WD drive parts-order online also from them. Any way you have to pull the bumper off and drill holes to install on the front flat bumper surface, using the backer plate supplied to sandwich between the bumper metal. Do this right at the frame horn/bumper mounting area. The OEM bumper is kinda thin-but will work OK-just follow instructions that come with the brackets. I had a fab shop bend me a channel bumper out of 3/16 hot roll plate. 3' top, 4" face 3" bottom x 4ft long. Then I just drilled the holes same as OEM and installed. Volia! heavier bumper, I even welded a front receiver tube onto it. This was for my 98 TJ. I don't know what size your bumper is.
I was hoping there was a simple strong bracket that maybe tied into the frame.
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