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Old 04-22-2015, 10:43 AM   #15
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jeep wrangler tow

first time i have posted, lots of response thanks everyone, now its time to get pieces & start towing. thanks again
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Old 04-22-2015, 08:20 PM   #16
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Instead of a base plate I went with steel front bumper on my 2007 JK unlimited. They Blue Ox brackets bolt right to it and considering the cost of a baseplate it is like getting a fancy new bumper for half price!


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Old 04-23-2015, 07:12 AM   #17
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Instead of a base plate I went with steel front bumper on my 2007 JK unlimited. They Blue Ox brackets bolt right to it and considering the cost of a baseplate it is like getting a fancy new bumper for half price!


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This is exactly what I did.. Tows like a dream!
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Old 04-23-2015, 07:44 AM   #18
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Anybody towing a 4 door Wrangler Jeep with a Via/View?
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Old 04-23-2015, 10:54 AM   #19
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Blue Ox baseplate, Ready Brute Elite tow bar. 18,000 miles / no issues.
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Old 04-24-2015, 05:53 AM   #20
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We agree on the Curry base plate. We have a 2013 OM Wrangler. Base plate fits tight to the factory bumper and is a clean and simple install replacing the factory plastic shield. Connected to an Aventa by Blue Ox with a Break Buddy Stealth braking system. Pulling with a 2003 Winnebago Adventurer 8.1 Workhorse.
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Old 04-24-2015, 06:34 AM   #21
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Old 04-24-2015, 06:55 AM   #22
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I have been using the Roadmaster Sterling for many years now and I am pretty happy/satisfied with it, although I am not a fan of the base plates. Mainly I don't like the looks of them sticking out the front and the adapters can rattle. I took a different approach on our current 2011 Jeep Wrangler and just fabricated a new crossmember/tow point.

I took into account the approach angle and set it slightly back behind and below the front bumper so as to not encroach into my approach angle.

This is what I started with, 1.5" square tube x .250" wall and .375" plate for the attachment points. I made a template for the small brackets and then drilled them and cut the outside dimensions on the bandsaw. The 1.5" square opening I cut with the plasma cutter. I then bolted them together and ground on the disc sander to size them all the exact same on the outside and used a rotary bit to deburr the inside.


Here are the brackets seperated and ready for installation.


On the sides coming down from the frame I used 1/2" plate.


After deburring and a test fit.



Test fit and tack welded.


After final welding and ready to go off to powder coater.


After powder coating. I went with a textured black powder coating to match my bumpers and it also matches my OEM fenders pretty well.


Installed on the Jeep.




It is definetly overkill for the weight of the Jeep but I also wanted it to protect my swaybar just behind it and I have my air tank for my on-board air mounted right above it. I have towed with this particular setup for over 3 years now and love it. It also clears very well when off-raoding.

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^^^ nice work! looks clean....
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^^^ nice work! looks clean....
Thank you.

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Hi, I have a 02 Wrangler and want to replace the factory bumper with a steel bumper so I can attach my Blue Ox directly to the bumper. Any suggestions? Alan
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Towing without a baseplate

Hi, I have a 02 Wrangler and want to replace the factory bumper with a steel bumper so I can attach my Blue Ox directly to the bumper. Any suggestions on bumpers? Thanks, Alan
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I searched everyplace for one for my 07 Wrangler. I ordered one from Ranch Hand that looked nice and may have worked, about $600. Unfortunately three weeks later they still had no idea when they may get around to building it so I cancelled the order.
I ordered mine from Rock Hard 4x4 and they were great to work with. They make a super strong Blue Ox bolt on bracket. The bumper looks great, easy to out on, very strong and they shipped it immediately. It was about $800 but well worth it. I highly recommend them!
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I searched everyplace for one for my 07 Wrangler. I ordered one from Ranch Hand that looked nice and may have worked, about $600. Unfortunately three weeks later they still had no idea when they may get around to building it so I cancelled the order.
I ordered mine from Rock Hard 4x4 and they were great to work with. They make a super strong Blue Ox bolt on bracket. The bumper looks great, easy to out on, very strong and they shipped it immediately. It was about $800 but well worth it. I highly recommend them!
X2 on the Rock Hard bumper. I went with this same bumper specifically because the Blue OX brackets through bolt directly into the frame horns. A lot of other bumpers just bolt them to the bumper itself, and I didn't want to be pulling all the weight through the bumper...

I just met the owners two days ago at the Jeepbeach event. Really nice people and their products are top notch!

Rock Hard 4x4 Patriot Series Full Width Front Bumper for Jeep CJ5, CJ7, CJ8, YJ, TJ, and LJ 1976 - 2006 [RH-4010]
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