So my jeep weighs more than the factory tow rating. Does that mean that it would be a bad idea to use the receiver as a recovery point?
Yep, exactly why I'm trying to make the best choices while planning so that when the time comes I'm better prepared.With all recoveries, the first rule is put brain in gear...
There are large forces involved in any recovery and things can get ugly fast.
Look at the situation and try to imagine the worst that can happen.
Sometimes you have to over-stress things, just be prepared for the consequences.
Light recovery from the receiver is fine. Like others have stated, anything more and I like to be pulling from the frame rails. Not sure about the Ace bumper but the Mopar off road rear bumper had the shackle mounts bolted directly to the frame.Thank you for the responses so far.
I'm going to be installing an Ace rear bumper that has a receiver built into it. I don't think it relies on the cross-member. That said, Ace states that their receiver retains the factory tow rating (2,000 lbs). The good news is that there are recovery shackle mounts on both sides of the Ace bumper. I was thinking that it could possibly be handy to have a recovery point in the center also, but I definitely don't want to use the receiver if it won't be safe.