Originally Posted by TinMan Trvlr
Thanks for those suggestions.
They play to our next question, which relates to quickly finding a winch mount capable front bumper that we can connect a Blue Ox Aventa tow bar to safely. Any brand and model links forum members provide info on will be happily explored.
Ideally we'd like to also mount a rear bumper with a 2" trailer hitch receiver and clevis mount pull points. Even better if the bumpers could both be aluminum so they didn't cost us any of the limited weight carry capacity of the JKU.
We want to get the new unit being towed along ASAP!
It's been a while since we've Jeeped but, as stated, we've covered several states and counties Jeeping. Moab for several years. Colorado for about the same amount. Now, as for your request that your bumpers be made of aluminum to save weight, well, while it's certainly possible, it's not practical. The reason I say that is, structurally, aluminum is not nearly as strong as steel, in certain given situations. Yes, it's used in the constructions of 747s and all other air craft, it's structural strength in winch and towing situations, as in the front of Jeeps etc., would not nearly compare to steel, in the same predicament.
The stress on any bumper, base plate etc. that's used for towing a toad, is phenomenal. And, in the same scenario, using a winch is also seriously stressful on certain components. In all my Jeeping experience, I've not seen almost any, aluminum bumpers, with tow brackets and winch plates. Every one has been steel. Now, trying to incorporate all the facits of towing and Jeeping/winching etc. on the front of a custom bumper is a challenge, to say the least but, it can be done. I've done it on 7 different Jeeps.
And, on the rear bumpers, those too must be steel in order to carry the weight of a swing-out spare tire and wheel of larger size than stock and, also to have a receiver that will handle the stress of being used to not only tow other jeeps out of their predicaments but, to be used to haul your butt backwards, to get out of a jamb that you got yourself into, in certain situations. Done it several times.
Now, does this mean you cannot have those bumpers made of aluminum, nope, not at all. It simply means that, if you do have them made of aluminum, the construction design, welded components, must be so incredibly bolstered and re-enforced, and, in many cases well over two to three times the thickness of a steel counter part to be able to handle the stress of the needs of certain operations of towing and Jeeping.
Jeeping is fun. I hope you have as much fun as we had in our 25 years of exploration. Good luck.