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ddjeeper 03-12-2013 07:44 PM

Tow hooks
 
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?

Jerry Bransford 03-12-2013 08:19 PM

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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.

ddjeeper 03-13-2013 05:38 AM

Thanks for the help Jerry, I appreciate it.

ALjeep 03-13-2013 11:19 AM

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.

BigDaddyAt 03-14-2013 09:35 AM

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.

ddjeeper 03-14-2013 11:38 AM

Yeah I had to tow my buddies xj out of a big mud hole last Sunday. I had to wrap a tow strap around my rear bumper. I imagined it just ripping off...

ddjeeper 03-14-2013 12:03 PM

I had to tow my buddies xj out of a big mud hole. We wrapped a tow strap around my rear bumper. I imagined my bumper just ripping off or bending

ddjeeper 05-19-2013 03:18 PM

I went and picke up some tow hooks from my local harbor freight. The only problem is the rubber part if the bumper is going to get in the way. Any suggestions on what I should do?

BLK00TJ 05-19-2013 03:28 PM

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Originally Posted by ddjeeper (Post 3771549)
I went and picke up some tow hooks from my local harbor freight. The only problem is the rubber part if the bumper is going to get in the way. Any suggestions on what I should do?

When you torque the bolts down, the rubber will squish down too. Or, you can remove the rubber bumpers by first removing the entire bumper and unbolting them.

ddjeeper 05-19-2013 03:41 PM

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Originally Posted by BLK00TJ (Post 3771572)
When you torque the bolts down, the rubber will squish down too. Or, you can remove the rubber bumpers by first removing the entire bumper and unbolting them.

Okay thanks

BigDaddyAt 05-19-2013 10:32 PM

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Originally Posted by BLK00TJ (Post 3771572)
When you torque the bolts down, the rubber will squish down too. Or, you can remove the rubber bumpers by first removing the entire bumper and unbolting them.

^^^ This...

Same hooks, same stops, no issues whatsoever. It doesn't even look odd...those hooks are a cool look too.

ddjeeper 05-23-2013 08:35 AM

Finally got my tow hooks on. Thanks for all the help guys!

BigDaddyAt 05-23-2013 10:58 AM

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Originally Posted by ddjeeper (Post 3784944)
Finally got my tow hooks on. Thanks for all the help guys!

Looks good :thumb:

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 :D


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