Hey ya'll, I was wondering if any of you guys have a smittybilt classic rear bumper on your Jeep? My question is, even though the manufacturer says they aren't made for towing, do any of you think it would be okay to pull a small fishing boat on it and use it for a recovery point? Thanks
It's primarily a liability issue - they don't want to dela with lawsuits when people try to pull 10K lbs and tear everything up... so they simply say 'not for towing'.
They are great for recovery points, as long as you don't snatch with them. Being in the center of the bumper, instant force will bend the bumper.
Also - note that they typically don't put safety chain connection points - so if you plan to tow, you'd have to come up with simething to solve this.
'97 TJ, 4.0, AW4 (yes, from a Cherokee), 241OR
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I added two middle brackets on each side of the reciever back to the crossmemeber, this seemed to take the twist out of the bumper when the weight of the trailer was on it. For safety chain connections just drill two holes in the bumpuer about 1/2 an inch from the bottom edge and you can put the safety chain "s" hooks throught the holes.
05 Rocky Mountain edition, 4" Skyjacker short arm, 1" PA body lift, Smittybuilt bumpers and sliders, 33" Pro Comp Mud Terrains, 15x10 eagle wheels
Thanks guys. I ordered one last night, but it was on back order at 4wheel parts. So, they substituted it with the identical Pro-comp model. Only difference is Pro-comp's is gloss black, I wanted Smittybilt's matte black. Oh well. I don't want to be waiting around for another month on my bumper.
I asked the engineer at the German Association for Technical Inspection what I could do to enforce it. He said that I have to weld some 3/8" metal pieces inside the bumper and that would be ok.
Here in Germany the maximum tow weight = gross vehicle weight.
I towed a friends 27' 2.3 ton (+ boat trailer) Formula boat with my Jeep and that wasn´t a problem. But I wouldn´t do that when it´s stormy outside.
Btw. all trailers over here with more than 0.75 tons have roll dampeners and own brakes.