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Old 07-27-2014, 07:30 AM   #1
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Tow bar to Jeep JK aftermarket bumper?

I know I am resurrecting a previous thread, but my original question caused some confusion.

I would like to add an aftermarket bumper instead of a baseplate on my 2014 Wrangler Unlimited to avoid decreasing my attack angle off the road. Another reason is that I am concerned with the warranty on the Jeep for towing if I have a baseplate installed.

Looking for combinations that have worked for others in the past. Which bumper, tow bar combination have you used? How has that worked for you.

I am also considering a surge brake and would be interested in any pro / con comments on the best one and how does it work out with the emergency override in case of a disconnect. I think that the M&G system would be my other choice, but then there is the warranty issue.

Thanks for any thoughts.

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I have a Warn Elite bumper with a Zeon 8000-S winch and a Blue OX Alpha Towbar with 7/8" Off Road Adapters that connects the towbar to the bumper. Did have a Blue Ox baseplate like the new setup much better. I using a Brakebuddy Stealth brake system.
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Old 07-27-2014, 11:47 AM   #3
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Great info

Similar to the setup I was considering. Watched a video on the install of the bumper and it seems simple enough.

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I have a Warn Elite bumper with a Zeon 8000-S winch and a Blue OX Alpha Towbar with 7/8" Off Road Adapters that connects the towbar to the bumper. Did have a Blue Ox baseplate like the new setup much better. I using a Brakebuddy Stealth brake system.
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Old 07-28-2014, 09:34 PM   #4
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I use a Blue Ox with a Rockhard (www,rockhard4x4.com) aftermarket bumper. When you order the bumper you can choose between the BO or the Roadmaster hook up. It works great for me.
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JK aftermarket bumper w towbar

I use a Roadmaster Sterling All terrain towbar. I've used the same towbar on two previous toads so it is holding up well. When I first bought my 12 JK Rubicon I used that towbar on the factory bumper with the Roadmaster baseplate. I got tired of putting on and taking off the mounting bars. When I looked for a front bumper I shopped around and read on WranglerForum.com about LOD Engineering. They make some nice bumpers and were willing to weld towbar tabs on the front bumper at a reasonable cost. Now when I hookup it takes about 2-3 minutes. I hook the safety chains to the tow rings. In the picture you can see where I drilled the bumper to hold my electrical connection and air brake connection. I like it.
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I researched this a bit and I wanted the Rockhard full width with the brackets for my blue ox. However, ended up buying the Rockjock skid plate instead. The skid is nice, haven't used it yet though it's much cheaper than the Rockhard.
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