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DLH 07-24-2012 04:51 PM

Flat tow
 
Need recommendations for tow bar and base plates for 2005 Rubicon.

Dextreme 07-24-2012 04:59 PM

I just flat tow a few times a year and this is what I use:

Tow Bar - Adjustable Tow Bar w/ 5000 Lb. Capacity

and here is my Flat Tow thread: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/sett...ow-136535.html

DLH 07-24-2012 09:20 PM

Ok, thank you! We have found that it is rather expensive to get set up!

20ga 07-25-2012 10:08 AM

www.hitchsource.com

I just installed the Blue Ox base plate and also bought their width adjustable tow bar. The entire setup was about $600+. Good stuff.

As for wiring just get three diodes and splice them in at the wiring running along the drivers side rocker panels inside the cab. Run the wiring to the tow vehicle through the firewall close by. No need to drill a hoe just pook through and existing spot with other wires. You can get the diodes from hitchsource. They are very easy to install. It is not necessary to add light bulbs to your tail lights!!

Wrangler left turn/stop dark green/red to yellow from tow vehicle.
Wrangler running white/yellow to brown from tow vehicle.
Wrangler right/stop brown/red to green from tow vehicle
Ground the white wire from the tow vehicle on the bolt that holds the door strap to the body.

robtbritn 07-25-2012 10:28 AM

I've been using this set up for years towing my 2004 TJ behind my Motorhome. It mounts to the bottom of the TJ frame under the bumper...clean and simple.
Currie Enterprises CJ Axle Parts

Dextreme 07-25-2012 11:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DLH (Post 2618883)
Ok, thank you! We have found that it is rather expensive to get set up!

I have about $150 total into my set up for the towbar and wiring/lighting.

20ga 07-25-2012 01:17 PM

Tow bar and wiring is less than $200.

The base plate adds to the cost.

Do not tow off the stock bumper.

robtbritn 07-25-2012 03:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 20ga (Post 2620670)
Tow bar and wiring is less than $200.

The base plate adds to the cost.

Do not tow off the stock bumper.

$120 for this set up...eliminates having to buy a base plate, mounts directly to the front frame rails (under the bumper). Just need to add the tow bar and wiring. With that said, check your states requirements for supplementary brake device for towed vehicle and brake away system...now your getting into more $$. I use M&G Engineering with my bus equipped with air brakes.
Currie Enterprises CJ Axle Parts
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