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Old 09-18-2016, 09:59 AM   #1
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Wrangler TJ aftermarket bumper tow adapters

I have a 2005 wrangler setting up to tow. Planning on getting a Hard Rock bumper and either their brackets or Blue Ox brackets. Questions for you people that have done it. Is either the Hard Rock or Blue ox adapters better? The d ring on the bumpers are about 31 inches apart. If i place the tow bar attachments 24 inches apart will that work well? Will app. 3 inches inside the d- rings(my saftey cable attachment points) be good, in otherwords no interference in tow bar swing? When changing out bumper did you chage out the torx bolts for number 8 grade bolts? I plan on using the ready brake elite system. Any help or suggestions apprec.
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I have a 2005 wrangler setting up to tow. Planning on getting a Hard Rock bumper and either their brackets or Blue Ox brackets. Questions for you people that have done it. Is either the Hard Rock or Blue ox adapters better? The d ring on the bumpers are about 31 inches apart. If i place the tow bar attachments 24 inches apart will that work well? Will app. 3 inches inside the d- rings(my saftey cable attachment points) be good, in otherwords no interference in tow bar swing? When changing out bumper did you chage out the torx bolts for number 8 grade bolts? I plan on using the ready brake elite system. Any help or suggestions apprec.
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I just ordered up those Blue Ox adapters for our Smittybuilt front bumper recovery tabs-to-Blue Ox tow bar. They should be here tomorrow. I actually bought a set here in town but, when I actually paid for them, I just about had a heart attack. I knew they were around $250.00 or so but, my local hitch shop charged me right at $300.00.

It was eating at me all the way home. So, I cruised around on the net and found a set, THE EXACT SAME ONES, for $213.00.....TOTAL, and FREE SHIPPING!!

So, back to my local hitch shop they went. I too am in the process of creating safety cable tie points on that bumper. Based on the bumper's design, angles, recovery tab placement etc. I've got just a couple of places my safety cables rings can be placed. I'll figure it out. No biggie. As far as which set of adapters, I've not seen the Hard Rock ones but, I'd bet they're fairly close to what the Blue Ox ones are.

Mine are part number:
https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Ox-BX882...w+bar+adapters

But, even though the price you see in the link is $233.00, like stated, I paid $213.00.

So, I'll look up the Hard Rock ones to see what they are. Good luck on your fitment of your system.
Scott

P.S. Below are a couple of pics of the bumper and, the recovery tabs on it. So, you can see (almost) the limited areas in which to place those safety cable attachment points.



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I had the Rock Hard bumper on our 2010 JKU Rubi and I just bought the adaptors from Rock Hard. They worked fine and were the same as the Blue Ox adaptors I had on a Bull Bar bumper on our ZJ.

Edit: I was referring to the Blue Ox bumper tabs that the stock Blue Ox tow bar would attach to
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I have the BO bolt on brackets on a Rock Hard bumper with winch on my 05 TJ Rubi. I think I paid about $70 for them. Previous jeep I towed from the D-ring loops. I went to the separate brackets so not to have to remove/install the shackles for off-roading.

My safety cables are connected to the frame behind the bumper using already existing holes in the frame.

It's been several years since I installed the bumper but don't remember buying differing mounting bolts. Pretty sure I used existing or what was supplied with the bumper.
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I have the Readybrute Elite towbar. NSA made adapters to go to my D-Ring holes for $104. Just sent them pictures and measurements and got the brackets a week or so later, shipped to Canada.


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These are the ones I ordered and, they are stout for sure. Many of the Jeep gang I run with utilize these same adapters for different model Blue Ox tow bars and, different model off road/aftermarket front bumpers.
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Ah nice! I didn't know Blue Ox made those. I was wondering how to adapt to the aftermarket bumper.
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Ah nice! I didn't know Blue Ox made those. I was wondering how to adapt to the aftermarket bumper.
Brad,
There are many, many Jeepers out there that either already have or, are about to order up, aftermarket front bumpers and, are still either bolting on or, having welded on, the tow brackets to their new front bumper. These adapter brackets have been around for quite a while. Those ones you see in my pics are quite a bit of coin for what you get but, it is what it is. They're not welded. They are milled out of billet steel. That's quite a bit of machining which, drives up the cost. But, it sure makes for easy hookup and no additional brackets etc. hanging off a new front bumper.

Just something else to buy for these darned, ALREADY expensive Jeeps. Oh well. What else are we going to spend our kids inheritance on?
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