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Old March 19th, 2008, 07:55 PM   #1
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I just bought an '97 XJ and need to tow it home 100 miles, because it hit a deer and can not be driven.
I was going to bolt my tow bar to the stock bumper, is it strong enough to do so safely?? I would, of course, use heavy duty fender washers on the back side.
Any input wold be appreciated.
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I am going to say that I think there are better safer option.
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I am sure that you can find a trailer to borrow. Coon and Kaiser both have trailers.
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I know someone that had big washers and mounts rip through a factory XJ bumper. The jeep ran into the back of their other jeep and they barely got it stopped. I would go to Uhaul before doing that.
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tow dolly?
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Not having a Cherokee handy I wasn't sure the strength of the bumper, so thanks for the input. I used to tow my YJ this way, but that bumper was a little beafier.

Tow dolly it is.

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since you gave me a free lawn tractor, you can use my trailer for free

its in cedar springs, come get it!
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