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Old January 12th, 2006, 03:04 PM   #1
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Default Tow Pts On Zj ???

I haven't looked under it yet, don't have time for a full bumper build, but I need tow pts on my ZJ, front and rear. Any suggestions on this?
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Old January 12th, 2006, 03:33 PM   #2
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hey swamp jeep....rustys offroad offers a tow hook set for the front of your zj..for the rear i would say get a drawtite or hidden hitch..i would wager with some smart buying you could have it all for under 250 bucks...HTH

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Old January 12th, 2006, 03:49 PM   #3
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I use a Putnam Hitch class III receiver in the rear. For the front I use KevinsOffroad radiator support/snatch point (http://www.kevinsoffroad.com/zj/zj_rad_support.html)

I haven't had to use it yet so I'm not sure how it will hold up.

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Old January 12th, 2006, 04:14 PM   #4
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I'll have to see if I can find out anything for ya. Gotta bring it on the snow run?


I will be building full bumpers front and rear for the XJ for this reason, starting next week, and sliders, too. If you want anything fabbed up, let me know or come over. Sliders will be pretty easy. Bumpers a little more complicated.

Otherwise, front and rear hitches are the way to go, unless that rear end was messed up too much from the accident.


On the XJ, there are kind of two sides to the unibody up front, which are the frame rails. The usual thing to do is to put a plate along each side as the foundation.

I am using a 6" x 17" plate, 1/4" thick on each side, with I think 6 bolts per side through the rail (3 of the bolts on the left plate are the steering box bolts).

To that, I will have 1" x 2.5" bar stock welded with a 1" hole for the D-shackle. The bumper welds to that, with some additional gussets. (shackle mounts protrude through the face of the bumper)

For the rear, on the XJ, there are 2 bumper mounting plates, with 4 bolts each, then there are frame raisl that you insert a nut-strip with 3 or 4 bolts per rail which the hitch bolts to. I'm cutting the side plates off my old 1-1/4" hitch to use as bumper supports, as bolting them solely to the 8 OEM bolts isn't strong enough. The new rear bumper will incorporate a 2" hitch..



I have four 6 ft pieces of 1.5"x1.5"x0.120" wall x 6 foot steel at home(I bought a 24ft stick), I only need half for my sliders. We can make you a set if you want them..maybe ~$25 in total material cost.

I had come to the realization that I'd have no where to put a high lift under the XJ if I got really stuck on the snow run..


I'm going to Pontiac Steel tomorrow if you need anything..
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Old January 12th, 2006, 04:15 PM   #5
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http://greatlakes4x4.com/showthread.php?t=3368

Mebbe look at Marv's bumper...
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Old January 12th, 2006, 04:20 PM   #6
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More fo Marv's work (sliders)

http://greatlakes4x4.com/showthread.php?t=395

the sliders I'm building will also go to the pinch seam, as I think its MUCH stronger that way..
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