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Old 06-17-2014, 08:25 AM   #1
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Currie Baseplate with ReadyBrute Elite problems

I have a 2010 Jeep Wrangler with the Currie Baseplate and ReadyBrute Elite tow bar. I noticed this morning that the end of the tow bar is binding and wearing on the metal of the baseplate. It's already worn a 3/16" groove in the aluminium tow bar end. I'm afraid a hard hit might break the end right off. See attached pictures.

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Any ideas ? I know this is a common setup, is it a common problem ?
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Old 06-17-2014, 09:01 AM   #2
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I think I would just take a grinder and remove some of the metal in the offending area. This would not impact the strength of the baseplate. Looks like you have the proper angle on the tow bar.
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Did you do the install yourself or by a hitch place? How long did it take for the groove to show? If installed by a hitch place, I would be showing them and asking for their assistance. If you did the install, I would be making a phone call to the baseplate company or the tow bar company as this type of wear can't be a good thing.
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Did the install myself. I just contacted both companies and they both recommend I grind away the material on the base plate. Like a previous post had recommended.

Looks like 1/4 to 1/2" should give me the clearance needed without significantly weakening the baseplate and in particular the opening for the safety cables.

I will also look for another way to connect or backup the safety cables. Right now the tow bar ends and the safety cables are both connected the same piece of steel I'm about to grind on ...

Thanks everyone, still curious if I'm the only one that has run into this.
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I have this issue, but not as bad as yours... if I see significant wear, I will do the same (grind for clearance)... I dont think grinding it down would impact the safety cable mount at all... but I went with 10K pound cables instead of the 5k lbs (I like the clip on hooks). I think its beefy enough...

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Looks like 1/4 to 1/2" should give me the clearance needed without significantly weakening the baseplate and in particular the opening for the safety cables.


Ok, but what "reason" did either/both companies say might be causing the grooving problem. I personally would not feel comfortable towing several thousand pounds of anything behind my rig if the material being used was less than original specs. Apparently another poster is also noticing a similar issue on his setup which makes me think a possible design flaw or poor matchup of the tow bar/baseplate.
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Personally I think the Currie is not that broadly tested. I had to grind other parts to install it, then files the bar ends to even get them to slide on at all. Also had 1/4 of space between the plate and frame member that I had to close with the bolts. I'm sure it works on some jeeps with some tow bars, but the tolerances are hobbyist at best. I contacted the company with each issue and more force or a grinder was the response. And I'm not counting the bits they tell you up front must be ground down, or the bolt holes that they tell you are not needed on newer jeeps where they don't fit.

I must admit that I seem to be in the minority on this site with these opinions. So some how it could be me. Although in each case they didn't seem shocked and may have heard of the issue once before.
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