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Old 02-04-2008, 07:44 PM   #1
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I bought a 95' YJ in October '07 and it doesn't have any tow points, front or back. Now, I can figure out the front but where in the heck do I install something on the rear without purchasing a new bumper? DOH!

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I've seen tow hooks bolted to the frame rail on the rear, I believe the member nicolas-eric on here has/had that setup. I could be wrong. The only thing I would be worried about is if you had a bolt going all the way through the frame rail with a nut on the other side, it would gradually squish the rail. At least thats what I've been told.

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You may have to drill the frame.. here is one done on a TJ as an example:



Of course with this setup you need to pay attention to make sure the rope when attached does not get cut on the rear bumper or any other things hanging off the back end of the jeep. I have also seen them mounted on the bottom of the frame rail.
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You may have to drill the frame.. here is one done on a TJ as an example:
Of course with this setup you need to pay attention to make sure the rope when attached does not get cut on the rear bumper or any other things hanging off the back end of the jeep. I have also seen them mounted on the bottom of the frame rail.
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Do bolts just go straight through to nuts on the backside of the rail? No sleeves inside or anything? Is it true that the framerail can crush from the bolt?
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Old 02-04-2008, 09:09 PM   #5
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Ha Ha Ha!!!!

Sorry but telling someone not to do something...That is the first thing they will do. Hey don't look behind you!!


Yes you will crush your frame. Anyone saying otherwise is nuts. I can go into my garage right now and take a picture of what it looks like when you run nut and bolt through the frame and crush it!!

I have seen where people have made brackets that bolt up to where the bumperettes hook that hold D-rings. I think that might be a little better than the drilling holes in the frame. Also you don't want to risk wallowing out that hole in the frame or even tearing it cuz someone thought it would be cool to yank you out real hard.


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I bought a 95' YJ in October '07 and it doesn't have any tow points, front or back. Now, I can figure out the front but where in the heck do I install something on the rear without purchasing a new bumper? DOH!
Only an ass would laugh at a legitimate question.
What exactly are you wanting to be able to do?
What kind of work are you able to do yourself?
What kind of price range are you looking at?

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Might be a silly follow up question, but do you have a hitch on your Jeep? If so, just get a D-ring receiver. That's what I have, and I've been tugged out with it w/ no trouble.
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Only an ass would laugh at a legitimate question.
What exactly are you wanting to be able to do?
What kind of work are you able to do yourself?
What kind of price range are you looking at?

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Thank you! Ya never know in these forums...

I need at least one tow point on the rear of my rig. Yes, I can do the work myself and have already purchased the appropriate hooks. The obvious place would be where those stupid bumperettes (ick) are but I'm having a heck of a time removing them. Not because the bolts are frozen but because I don't have a tool that will reach inside deep enough into the small space on the back side of the frame. My concern with attaching it to the frame is do I have to remove the gas tank or not. It looks to me like I would have to.

I don't have a hitch and don't really want to purchase a bumper with a hitch. Not sure it would make a big difference but I don't want to compromise the departure angle.

I really appreciate everyone's responses and patience with me!
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For those inside nuts on the bumperettes, I used a 3" extension with a short socket, and used ViceGrips to hold it around hafway down the extension. Hope this helps.
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For those inside nuts on the bumperettes, I used a 3" extension with a short socket, and used ViceGrips to hold it around hafway down the extension. Hope this helps.
Yes, that does help! Thanks!
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Its still tricky but it does the job. Have fun putting bolts back on in there when you do get a new bumper. I only could do one on each side.
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I just used a box end/open end wrench. The frame will hold the wrench from spinning. I do have a 1.5" body lift so it helped a little with getting the wrench in there.

Good luck getting them out. A couple of mine had a tab or something welded on the nut so it was almost impossible to get something on them to get em off.
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I guess nothing is easy. My next project is going to be swaybar quick disconnects. It doesn't look too difficult...yeah, right!

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