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Old 04-01-2013, 04:32 PM   #1
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Jeep Cherokee Toad with after market bumper

Im setting up my 99 Cherokee for flat towing. I did some research on base plates and I have a couple issues.
1) no base plates are compatible with factory tow hooks. I need the tow hooks for 4 wheelin.
2) nothing is compatiblwe with an after market bumper.

I called etrailer and they suggested using the D shackle hooks on the after market bumper. They said most people just attach the tow bar to the D shackle hooks and away they go.

Any one try this? if not does anyone have the same issue with towing and needing tow hooks?
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:03 PM   #2
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Several have used aftermarket brakets that bolt to your D-Ring mount. This then bolts to the tow bar. I can post a link to one manufactuer later when at home.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:03 PM   #3
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Several have used aftermarket brakets that bolt to your D-Ring mount. This then bolts to the tow bar. I can post a link to one manufactuer later when at home.
If you can post a link it would be greatly appreciated. Having trouble finding anything myself. Must not be searching for the right phrase.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:10 PM   #4
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:18 PM   #5
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Here you go

Steel Jeep Tow Bar Adapter

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These are from Blue ox - I currently have them on my Jeep's aftermarket bumper.
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I used similar from Hansen with a bit of modification to use A-frame tow bar using the D-rings..
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My current Blue Ox setup.
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Thanks for all the replies.

It seems like there are a couple bumper manufacturers that make brackets especially for their bumpers.

I think Ill go that route with the Blue Ox tow bar.

Thanks again
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I setup both my lifted '98 on 33"s and my my wife's (mostly) stock '00 for towing. I wanted both recovery points and tow points so I used THIS for the mount, see if you can order without the hooks, you won't be using them.


and THESE to replace the hooks


And I see you have already gotten a link to Metalcloak's great tow bar adapters.

The system works very well and doesn't add a ton of overhang and weight hanging 3' in front of the front axle/springs which helps with approach angles and overall ride. They do not hang up on rocks either, they're tucked well back. There are some photos of the install starting with post #61 on my build thread on Jeep Forum. It turns out I did not have to trim the bumper for up travel after all, and it doesn't show anyway.
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Dave,

Thats a nice build thread.

I think Im going with this bumper with these adapters.
The adapters should work with most tow bars.

The other option is to go with the Blue Ox adapters and
then use the Blue Ox tow bar.

I was leaning towards a Blue Ox tow bar but I can't seem to
find a way to use one of those directly with the D-ring tabs since
they use the double tab setup to attach to the base plate.

I could mount the Blue Ox adapters on the bumper but then Ill have
the D-ring tabs and the Blue Ox adapters both on the front of the bumper. I don't think that will look as clean.
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Dave,

Thats a nice build thread.

I think Im going with this bumper with these adapters.
The adapters should work with most tow bars.

The other option is to go with the Blue Ox adapters and
then use the Blue Ox tow bar.

I was leaning towards a Blue Ox tow bar but I can't seem to
find a way to use one of those directly with the D-ring tabs since
they use the double tab setup to attach to the base plate.

I could mount the Blue Ox adapters on the bumper but then Ill have
the D-ring tabs and the Blue Ox adapters both on the front of the bumper. I don't think that will look as clean.
Pix of mine with both, the bumper came first then years later the BO brackets. If doing both at the same time I would have maybe considered other options. But this works fine for me.
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Those should work fine. I looked at a few Blue OX bars online and I can't tell from the pics if the ends will work with those Warrior adapters. I do know that the Roadmaster Falcon II that I got with the coach will accept different ends including the Metalcloak ones that were linked earlier and probably the Warrior products ones.
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Blue ox clips--I was their first customer with them but you can buy now. They are awesome. My D-rings are 1" holes in 1" thick steel. This is more solid than the typical skinny bolt.

Note the 10" riser bar to keep things level...
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