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Old 11-16-2019, 10:08 AM   #1
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Safe to tow from bumper

Looking for options on flat towing my jeep wranlger2020. I already have a Roadmaster boar so I know whatever option I go, I need to adapt to that tow bar. Instead of the baseplates I’m thinking of going with an aftermarket bumper that has adapters for the tow bar. This is mainly for looks though. I’m not a fan of having the brackets stick out a cut hole in the bumper
First question is, is it safe to tow from the bumper via these methods. I know people do it, but is it a good idea. If it is a good idea, I’d love to see what brands are doing this.
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Old 11-16-2019, 10:14 AM   #2
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I use a RockHard Bumper with the tow bar mounts on the bumper of our 2007 JKU. 3rd year and no issues.
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Not sure what model jeep you have but a 2020 is likely equipped with airbags which rely on the oem front bumper as part of the srs system.
Something to investigate imho. That said, I know of an older cj that's been flat towed by the front bumper for 20+ years, no issues. Bumper is aftermarket similar to spk64's. Braking system is mandatory.
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Yes, it can be and is done all the time. However not all bumpers will work. I have a '14 JKU Dragon special edition. I don't off road and I didn't want to change it's looks so I installed a Roadmaster baseplate.
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Looking for options on flat towing my jeep wranlger2020. I already have a Roadmaster boar so I know whatever option I go, I need to adapt to that tow bar. Instead of the baseplates I’m thinking of going with an aftermarket bumper that has adapters for the tow bar. This is mainly for looks though. I’m not a fan of having the brackets stick out a cut hole in the bumper
First question is, is it safe to tow from the bumper via these methods. I know people do it, but is it a good idea. If it is a good idea, I’d love to see what brands are doing this.
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It's safe to tow from the "Recovery tabs" that are supplied/installed/welded etc. onto/into the front of an aftermarket bumper. Much of that though, is based on how well those recovery tabs are installed. I'm running the Smittybilt XRC MOD front and rear bumpers on our '15 JKUR and it has the recovery tabs. Now, what I mean by "recovery" is, those tabs are usually seriously thick. And are welded or attached NORMALLY in very stout application. And they're done like that for the purposes of RECOVERING yours or, someone elses Jeep from a situation where they, OR YOU cannot get out of on their own or your own.

So, hooking a tow strap to them between two vehicles applies in many cases, a lot of pull/torque etc. So, to me, just pulling a rolling Jeep, ON PAVEMENT with very little restriction minus the actual weight of the Jeep, is just fine. BY the way, I normally inflate my tires on our Jeep to around 40+ psi to accomplish even less effort in towing.

I have done it this way, for well over 35+ years and 9 different Jeeps. Never, EVER had any issues with this method of towing. Good luck on your endeavor.
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I use a RockHard Bumper with the tow bar mounts on the bumper of our 2007 JKU. 3rd year and no issues.
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Thatís one of the companies I was looking at. I love that they make an aluminum option. Where did you pick up that center plate that allows for a flush install of the power cable, breakaway cable. Itís beautiful
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Safe to tow from bumper

Thanks! The plate for the tow connections is a custom built part I made. I purchased a bumper for a winch just in case I decided to add one in the future. The opening worked perfect for the connections.
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