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05-01-2013 05:01 PM
TTTE Went to Tractor Supply. They only had 1 hook. i got it. it came with hardware, 2.5" bolts, correct thread. looks good, only $9.99!
04-28-2013 10:57 AM
RevCo666
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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford View Post
You can bet the farm the factory tow hook bolts are rated for that usage. IIRC, the hooks themselves are rated to 9,500 lbs.
Thanks Jerry!
04-28-2013 10:15 AM
Jerry Bransford
Quote:
Originally Posted by RevCo666 View Post
Question: Are factory installed hooks on a stock bumper safe or do I need to change the bolt to grade 5 or 8 as per other posts? My hooks are part of the package for my type of jeep.
You can bet the farm the factory tow hook bolts are rated for that usage. IIRC, the hooks themselves are rated to 9,500 lbs.
04-28-2013 08:00 AM
RevCo666 bump for info
04-28-2013 12:55 AM
RevCo666 Question: Are factory installed hooks on a stock bumper safe or do I need to change the bolt to grade 5 or 8 as per other posts? My hooks are part of the package for my type of jeep.
04-28-2013 12:22 AM
jowwo I used the factory hooks off of my old ZJ on the front of my TJ. They bolted right on. That might be an option for anybody out junkyarding. They still might not be any cheaper than Tractor supply though.
04-27-2013 09:25 PM
BLK00TJ
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Originally Posted by TTTE View Post
Do those hooks from a farm store ALREADY have the correctly spaced holes to match the ones on the jeep?
Yup
04-27-2013 09:07 PM
TTTE *Tractor Supply

Stupid phone lol
04-27-2013 09:06 PM
TTTE Thanks for the words. Im hearing more and more about hoing to a farm store, such as tracye supply. Do those hooks from a farm store ALREADY have the correctly spaced holes to match the ones on the jeep?
04-23-2013 09:33 AM
Jerry Bransford
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Originally Posted by Patrick H View Post
1/2x13
X2, just make sure to use nothing but a Grade 5 or (better) Grade 8.
04-23-2013 08:48 AM
Patrick H 1/2x13
04-23-2013 08:43 AM
TJDave ^X2. The hooks I bought at a farm store years ago came with bolts. But, they were fine thread and no idea of the grade. You want 1/2" course thread IIRC.
04-23-2013 06:08 AM
geiman
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Originally Posted by TTTE View Post
Hey guys, I'm new on here. I was looking at some Smittybuilt hooks on Quadratec. They come with hardware. I just wanted to make sure there were no nuts that were required with the bolts.
To answer your question, if the hooks are for the front there are nuts inside the frame. If you look at the front of your Jeep, the hooks should use the same bolts that are on the top of your bumper; there are two on each side. Typically you remove those torx bolts and replace those with longer grade 8 bolts. Usually the hooks you buy come with the proper length bolts, but double check that they are the proper grade.
04-22-2013 10:24 PM
TTTE Deal
04-22-2013 10:14 PM
BLK00TJ
Quote:
Originally Posted by TTTE View Post
Hey guys, I'm new on here. I was looking at some Smittybuilt hooks on Quadratec. They come with hardware. I just wanted to make sure there were no nuts that were required with the bolts.
Just get some hooks from tractor supply company and some grade 8 bolts from a hardware store.
04-22-2013 10:11 PM
TTTE Hey guys, I'm new on here. I was looking at some Smittybuilt hooks on Quadratec. They come with hardware. I just wanted to make sure there were no nuts that were required with the bolts.
09-15-2012 11:36 PM
Galagher Bump
09-14-2012 02:32 PM
obidya I no longer have my rubber bump stops up there, and have my tow hooks mounted on top of my winch plate.



even before my winch mine see a lot of use...
09-14-2012 12:10 PM
ALjeep
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Originally Posted by div4gold View Post
I'd take them off and put on the D-rings. If you want to keep the rubber bumpers just relocate them to the center.
The PO of my TJ had used it to pull behind an RV with a tow bar so he had tow bar attach points welded and bolted on right below location for tow hooks. What he did was move the rubber bumpers outboard of original location and it looks fine. I just got back from Harbor Freight with their "on sale" tow hooks for $5.99 each. Stopping on the way home to get grade 8 1/2-13 2.5" inch long bolts to mount them. I'm sure the supplied bolts were not correct grade. The hooks are rated at 10,000 lbs.
09-13-2012 04:28 PM
NikeSwimming Okay awesome!
09-13-2012 04:17 PM
lindel Mine were.
09-13-2012 04:07 PM
NikeSwimming Are the top four and bottom two bolts the same length?
09-13-2012 03:54 PM
geiman Take this for what it is:

What size/thread Grade 8 Bolt do I need. (front bumper) - JeepForum.com

Sounds like the stock bolts are 2" long, get your replacement grade 8 bolts the correct length for your application.
09-13-2012 03:47 PM
NikeSwimming I don't have the factory bolts with me anymore Im getting a new bumper and sold my other, with the bolts... So dumb!
09-13-2012 03:44 PM
Jerry Bransford 1/2"x13 is the thread size and the OE uppers are 1.5" long. Just remove one and take it to the hardware store and match up the threads to make sure. Make sure to go for Grade 8 which has 5 tic-marks on the bolt head. 3 tic-marks indicates Grade 5. You'll need 1" longer bolts for tow hooks so 2.5" long will be fine.
09-13-2012 03:41 PM
NikeSwimming
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford
About 1" too short for use with aftermarket tow hooks that mount on top of the bumper.
What size are they?
09-13-2012 03:40 PM
Jerry Bransford
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Originally Posted by NikeSwimming View Post
How long are the factory bolts?
About 1" too short for use with aftermarket tow hooks that mount on top of the bumper.
09-13-2012 03:35 PM
NikeSwimming
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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford
X2.

Size-wise, IIRC the bolts are 1/2x13 thread, get Grade 8 bolts that are 1" longer than the bolts that are already in there. You need a T-55 torx-adapter bit to get the OE bolts out. Make sure the bolts you get are Grade 8, or at least Grade 5 at a minimum. Standard bolts are not strong enough for use with tow hooks or winches.
How long are the factory bolts?
09-07-2012 09:58 AM
martyp0
Not sure about the slot in that photo.

Quote:
Originally Posted by daddis01 View Post
Is this one of the slots in the frame that you suggest would be preferable to the (in this case) stock tow hooks?

Attachment 157881

Edit: Dang sideways phone...
I took a series of photos. Frame slots for tie downs are all over the frame, once you see one, you'll know what to look for, including re-inforcemed holes. Have a photo of a sample v-chain, too, in case you've never seen one.

PM me with your email and I'll send them to you.

I'll leave this thread to the off-road "experts" lol.

I'm gonna go play in the garage.
09-07-2012 09:37 AM
geiman If you're going to get some tow hooks, you can get some that hold the strap more securely than the stock hooks, like this design:

Erickson Tow Hook - 3018133 | Tractor Supply Company

You should be able to find hooks like that locally for pretty cheap that fit the bolt patter on the front of your frame. Grab the proper grade 8 hardware at your local hardware store to mount them and you'll be good to go.

You can also get mounts for D-rings like this:

Rampage Products 506505 - Rampage Products D-Ring Shackle in Black for 76-06 Jeep® CJ-5, CJ-7, CJ-8 Scrambler, Wrangler YJ, TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec

But unfortunately you probably won't find any of those locally.
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