Originally Posted by Marbles2016
Just bought an 02 Wrangler with 8K Warn winch on front. I have a Ready Brute tow bar with Blue Ox tabs. Is the stock bumper suitable/adequate to weld or bolt Blue Ox tabs to hook up the tow bar. A Blue Ox base plate will not fit but a Roadmaster will but then have to change to roadster tabs on the tow bar for 100.00. Any thoughts? Thanks John
I've done what you're asking. I've towed the TJ model with the stock front bumper. Yes, you can do it but, in reality, if you take that route, you'd be smart to back-plate the area where your tabs or, any other connection points would be for tow bars. That is, use large backing plates, behind the bumper for additional strength and foot-print. It'll work.
But, while maybe a bit more on the coin side, an aftermarket front bumper, i.e. Rampage, Hardrock, Smittybuilt, Warn, and a few zillion others, supply fairly reasonably priced front bumpers that already have "recovery tabs" welded on. And those recovery tabs double as tow-bar attachment points so, ZERO base plate is needed. There are different tow bar adapters made for different tow bars and, styles of recovery tabs.
And, when you're done, you'll have a much stouter front bumper, complete with tow tabs, and a winch mount, all in one. Your choice.