I got my jeep about a year and a half ago. When I got it, I noticed it didn't have any tow hooks. I'm starting to wheel it and I get nervous not having any tow points. Is there anyway to mount some before I buy bumpers?
Yes, front tow hooks mount with bolts that pass down through the bumper to the threaded frame insert inside the frame. With 1" longer bumper mounting bolts to replace the top bumper bolts, you'll be good with nearly any bumper so long as it's not a tube bumper.
The thread size is 1/2x13 for the bumper bolts so just buy Grade 8 bolts that are 1" longer than what you have now & you'll be good. You'll need a T-55 torx-adapter to get your top bumper bolts out. A T-55 is for a 3/8" drive ratchet but that isn't big enough to get those bolts out, use a 1/2" drive ratchet with a 1/2" to 3/8" adapter to turn that T-55 head bolt.... it'll be pretty tight so you may need a 1/2" drive breaker bar instead of the 1/2" ratchet wrench.
Make sure you don't use common grade bolts, they aren't strong enough. Get Grade 8... 1" longer than what you have in there now so you can mount tow hooks that are usually about 1" thick at the base.
You can use the below style of tow hook for the front and rear. On the rear side-frame mount pictured, make sure NOT to drill completely through the frame for the tow hook bolts. Drill just one side & fish the washers & nuts up inside the frame via the opening you'll find under the frame. There is already one bolt hole on the side of the frame you can use, you just need to drill one more for the second bolt.
Up front, a 3-hole tow hook can sometimes be helpful so you can move the hook more forward or rearward as needed.
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You can get the hooks pictured above at Harbor Freight for $7.99 each but you will need to separately buy the bolts. I have these on my front bumper and my son just gave me a cool receiver hook for the rear for my birthday.
2001 TJ Sport
4" Rough Country Lift with Tom Woods front and rear drive shafts and SYE kit
Yeah, i thought of the idea to mount those same hooks on the rear as I was installing the aftermarket towbar that hooks into one of those holes...now I guess I'll have to take that back off to add hooks there. I have a shackle insert for the hitch receiver, but I think hooks to the frame are definitely preferable.
Finally got my tow hooks on. Thanks for all the help guys!
Since none of us mentioned it before, I'd suggest putting a coat of anti-seize on those bolts as well. It should make them alot easier to remove later. I'm sure you wrestled with the OEM bolts just like the rest of us did