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07-28-2009 10:07 PM
wbg The job took about 5 minutes, Quadratec had factory type hooks with bolts included, My 1/2 inch air impact gun zapped off the t55s, and zapped back in the allens. $40 and just a few minutes. the threads were extremely rusty, I could see how this would be difficult. I put oil on the new bolts, which was a good idea, as I had to remove the bumper yesterday to replace it after a tree got in our way out in Wharton state forest.

Good luck
07-24-2009 09:00 AM
APBAinMaine They make a single hook that mounts directly to the frame. I took mine off when I mounted the trailer hitch. The holes are pre-drilled and it bolts right on. I believe it was about $30 from the dealer, but don't quote me on that.
07-24-2009 08:38 AM
adawg38
tow hooks

I just put tow hooks on the front of my 2006 se the other day and I got a good question what about the rear? I couldnt find mounting points for tow hooks on the rear.
07-24-2009 06:18 AM
APBAinMaine
Quote:
Originally Posted by n8smitty View Post
glad to hear it worked for ya. sounds like a lot of work for a 5 minute project. lol.

This is par for the course with me. Not just the Jeep. You hear those horror stories about credit card screw-ups, 1-in-1000 medical errors, bizarre miscalculations by government agencies... that's all me.

Example: On my 18th birthday, I went to the post office and registered for selective service. Two months later, I got a card in the mail telling me to register. I knew I had, but for good measure, I filled it out and returned it. I'd guess about 6 months later I got a nasty-gram from selective service telling me I needed to register. Well, I figured something had gone wrong the first two times and just filled it out and returned it. Shortly after my 19th birthday, I got a VERY nasty, threatening letter about my not having registered, yet. I called. I have two first names (that is to say, my last name is a common first name, and my first name is a common last name). After arguing with the person on the phone for about 10 minutes, I asked if they were able to search for me using my social security number. They did, and lo and behold, I'm registered... 3 times. I said, "I'm going to fill this one out for good measure and send it back -- try to get it right."

I finally excepted that I'm cursed and life is fixed, so now I just go with it.

07-23-2009 10:17 PM
catITguy Im learning that with my jeep - nothing is ever as easy, or goes as smoothly, as it looks like it should. Something about my relative inexperience at playin mechanic combined with rusted bolts and the occasional jerry-rigged home solution (thanks for that btw previous owner....).
07-23-2009 07:32 PM
n8smitty glad to hear it worked for ya. sounds like a lot of work for a 5 minute project. lol.
07-23-2009 04:30 PM
jdhallissey Ace has the allen head bolts in black too! I put them on my heep.
07-23-2009 03:36 PM
APBAinMaine Well, the good news is the hooks came with their own hardware... bad news is they're Allen screws, which I hate. Oh well, with any luck, I won't be using them after today.
07-23-2009 03:25 PM
woods453 Yeah PB blaster or some kind of oil. Let it sit for a several minutes and it will seep in there and help. Don't strip the head - that will make it worse.
07-23-2009 03:01 PM
APBAinMaine The handle of the jack was my first thought, but it didn't pay off (these bad boys were ON there). In another thread I found the recommendation of PB Blaster. Using that, my dead torque wrench, and a length of pipe that could pass for a fence post, they came right out (with a fair amount of brute force and brute freakin' ignorance). I actually had to *tighten* them to get them to come out. BUT! My happy new recovery points are in place and I'm ready to wheel!
07-23-2009 02:01 PM
n8smitty I used my wrench and the handle of my hi lift jack as an extension to break the bolts loose on my bumper.
07-23-2009 01:53 PM
Jerry Bransford Go get a long breaker bar, they're inexpensive. I just use a couple different lengths I picked up inexpensively at my local Harbor Freight Tools store. Or of course Sears, Lowes, Home Depot also carries them.
07-23-2009 01:38 PM
APBAinMaine So, eh... just snapped the end of my torque wrench trying to get this off to install my front hooks (longest handle I had available). Is there a way to get these off WITHOUT spending another $200 on tools?
11-17-2006 08:24 AM
redsoxjeep1 Yeah.. I picked up some grade 8 allen top bolts...worked like a charm. No lines but I knew about them.
11-16-2006 11:04 PM
tiny terror Hmmm... that makes A LOT of sense .

Thanks for the help.
11-16-2006 10:38 AM
Jerry Bransford
Quote:
Originally Posted by bluvikng
the bolts generally have a number on them, that designates there strength.
They have marks but no numbers on the bolt head. 3 marks indicates a Grade 5, 6 marks indicates a Grade 8.

Grade 5


Grade 8
11-16-2006 09:41 AM
whiteyj
Quote:
Originally Posted by tiny terror
So many wisea**es in such a small area.

(thanks)
So many opinions and so little time. They all had to gather somewhere!
11-15-2006 10:42 PM
tiny terror So many wisea**es in such a small area.

(thanks)
11-15-2006 09:13 PM
bluvikng By the level of education they had.............oh no, not again? Not another retoracle statement.? Just kidding, the bolts generally have a number on them, that designates there strength.
11-15-2006 09:10 PM
tiny terror I just put my tow hooks on today (pointy side in), the bolts were included. How do you know what grade they are?
11-15-2006 08:59 PM
Jerry Bransford
Quote:
Originally Posted by osbornl1
do you really want to chance it using grade 5 bolts on a place thats going to be gerked and pulled on?

im not bolt expert but wouldnt you want a bit of over kill in that department.
Did someone recommend Grade 5? But even though I recommended Grade 8, I personally feel that Grade 5 bolts work fine in that location too.
11-15-2006 08:53 PM
osbornl1 just a bit of useless knowledge the rubicon was going to have tow hooks as an option. also do you really want to chance it using grade 5 bolts on a place thats going to be gerked and pulled on?

im not bolt expert but wouldnt you want a bit of over kill in that department.

just a thought/question
11-15-2006 02:59 PM
Jerry Bransford
Quote:
Originally Posted by redsoxjeep1
Any idea where to get these LONGER torque bolts??? Mopar only sells the hooks and bolts together.
No need to stay with Torx head bolts, in fact it'd be pretty tough to find them in the length you need. Just go with Grade 8 hex-head bolts available at most bolt-specialty stores... and very few Home Depot type stores. Remove one of your T-55 torx-head bolts and just say you want a 1" longer version of it in a Grade 5 but with a hex-head.
11-15-2006 02:46 PM
redsoxjeep1
Quote:
Originally Posted by jeeptales
The Wrangler SE 4 Banger and X do not come with tow hook from the factory in the base package you can order them as an OEM option.

If your Jeep cam without Tow Hooks you will need longer T55 bolts to get a secure instal.

They are Standard on Sport, Sahara and Rubicon.
Any idea where to get these LONGER torque bolts??? Mopar only sells the hooks and bolts together.
03-02-2006 09:30 AM
jeeptales
Tow hooks on TJ!

Quote:
Originally Posted by SouthTJ
Don't all new jeeps come with tow hooks already on the front bumper?
The Wrangler SE 4 Banger and X do not come with tow hook from the factory in the base package you can order them as an OEM option.

If your Jeep cam without Tow Hooks you will need longer T55 bolts to get a secure instal.

They are Standard on Sport, Sahara and Rubicon.
03-01-2006 10:10 PM
jeepohana80
Thanks Guys

The T55 torx socket worked like a charm. Thank you to all that responded. Happy 4x4ing.
Mahalo
Phil
02-28-2006 06:29 PM
Texapple
Quote:
Originally Posted by jeepohana80
Hey guys...I feel like a little wuss asking....but here it goes.
I just purchased my first new vehicle (2005 Wrangler SE) and got some front tow hooks off of ebay. I've tried to take the screws off the front bumper using an 8mm allen wrench but can't budge the bolts to save my life. I'm a pretty big guy, lift weights quite frequently....am I missing something or just a girley-man? It seems so easy, I just hope my dad doesn't see this....he'll disown me.......
There are no Jeep wusses....only those looking for enlightenment & education

Welcome to the forum, good luck with your new purchase and I won't tell Dad a thing
02-28-2006 11:20 AM
Jerry Bransford The front bumper is held on by T-55 torx-head bolts, not allen head bolts. Go to the tool department of Sears or other store and get yourself a set of Torx adapters, but you'll have to buy the T-55 separately as that size isn't normally included with sets of torx adapters. You'll need the rest of them for all kinds of parts on your TJ.

And SouthTJ, front tow hooks only come when the dealer orders them with their new Jeeps, they're not standard equipment. My TJ didn't come with them either.
02-28-2006 10:36 AM
SouthTJ Don't all new jeeps come with tow hooks already on the front bumper?
02-28-2006 10:10 AM
U.S.MarineLJ The tow hooks use a T55. A lot of torx sets don't go up to a T55, if this is the case make sure you pick up a 55 as well. You will need a 55 in various places around the Jeep.
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