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Old 01-13-2016, 04:54 AM   #1
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Wrangle JK, recommendations.....

If all goes as planned, next week we should have a 2015 Rubicon 2 door Wrangler. We have 2 plans for taking the jeep with us.....

Plan #1, big trips, I will take my 20' V nose enclosed trailer, with the Jeep and a motorcycle in it. Good to go there, no questions.

Plan #2, at times would like to just take the Jeep. Thinking it would be nice to flat tow, not mess with the trailer. What does everyone recomend for a tow bar?

I have been looking at Etrailer's site. Lots of options. Seems like they are modular? You buy a base plate, then a tow bar? Given it will be a second option, I don't need the delux version.

I'm thinking I would buy their wiring kit, and add the harness into the jeep and use its tail lights.

Thoughts? Suggestions?


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I use a Blue Ox 6500# tow bar with a Demco base plate, Mopar wiring harness and the RVI2 brake system. Others will have different opinions, but these work well.

If you are thinking about an aftermarket bumper, you might look at the LoD bumpers. They make one with tow tabs welded onto the bumper, which would be cheaper than buying a baseplate and a bumper later. Rock Hard bumpers also makes one with tow tabs that bolt through the bumper.

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Lloyd, a reasonable tow bar setup is not cheap. I agree with Dan, if you have any thoughts of replacing the front bumper, do it now and get one with the tow tabs.

I have Blue Ox baseplate, Ready Brake bar, and Cool Tech harness - I'm happy with them (I wrote it all up here).
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IMHO: Aftermarket bumper for sure if you think you may go this way. Else the Baseplate from Currie. For the tow bar, the ReadyBrute Elite with built in braking system works great and is the best bang for the buck.
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I have used a Currie Enterprise Rock Jock tow plate, Blue Ox Patriot breaking system Blue Ox tow bar fixed and adjustable. Cool tech wiring harness and Toad charger battery harness for 4 years with no problem. The fixed tow bar is cheaper than the adjustable but the adjustable is easier to use.
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Rock Hard bumper and Cool Tech wiring harness for us.
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I've been using a Roadmaster Sterling All-Terrain on a Jeep Liberty since 2008 and it has never had a problem. Take a look at Roadmaster products. Good luck, Dave
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As mentioned above Rockhard has been running ads in FMCA magazine for their aftermarket JK bumper with tow bar tabs.


I'm running a LOD front bumper with welded tow bar tabs.

As mentioned before you can almost buy a whole bumper for the price of a towbar baseplate.
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Old 01-13-2016, 05:57 PM   #9
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For wiring you may want to consider the Mopar kit, I use it on a 2012 Wrangler Unlimited and have been very happy with it. If you do a search on this site you will find a number of posts concerning the Mopar wiring kit.
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Old 01-13-2016, 06:42 PM   #10
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Wow, a lot of info. I will check all this out.

Yes, we are thinking new bumper, with a winch in the plans. I have been looking at them, but either didn't look at the right ones, or didn't notice we could combine the base plate need into the bumper. That makes total sense.

Thanks for all the info!


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