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Old 02-18-2015, 06:49 PM   #15
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I have been using the Currie Rock Jock tow plate for 3 years works great.
My pin holes on the Rock Jock are smaller than the Blue Ox Pins and they are set close to the bumper. Did you need to modify your Rock Jock to fit or is there an adapter from the Rock Jock to the Blue Ox tow bar?
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Old 02-18-2015, 10:39 PM   #16
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All - thanks for the responses. I've settled on one from Rock Hard 4x4. Seems a solid, well designed product, built to tow, and made in the good old USA.

Great experience dealing with Jason there. Highly recommended.

Of course, i am still waiting on Jeep to build my Wrangler!!!


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Old 02-26-2015, 12:35 PM   #17
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ok, I'm confused. Can they not just put brackets on the OEM bumper for my JKU so I can tow it?
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cgflyer, not on a JK, the standard JK bumper is mostly plastic.
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Old 02-26-2015, 06:21 PM   #19
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ok, I'm confused. Can they not just put brackets on the OEM bumper for my JKU so I can tow it?

If you want to keep the stock bumper, you can get a baseplate that mounts to the frame underneath, but you can't hook to the factory bumper. Lose some clearance but works just fine - I just prefer the look of an aftermarket bumper and keeping the ground clearance.


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I just installed a Demco baseplate on my JK. It fits tight up under the stock bumper and is solidly constructed. It also mates up perfectly with my Blue Ox tow bar. You lose zero ground clearance as it fits above and in front of the crossmember behind the bumper.The Blue Ox baseplate hangs down too far under the bumper for my taste. The stock plastic under-bumper air deflector fits back in place with just two cutouts for the tow hookups.

http://www.demco-products.com/rv-tow...s/baseplates1/
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stock bumper using currie enterprise base/skid plate.... blue ox tabs.



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Finally installed the Rockhard 4x4 aluminum full width with the Blue Ox tabs. Great look, easy install. Won't get to test tow for a few weeks, but glad to have it on. The tow brackets mount straight in to the frame horns, so feeling good about the security of the set up for a long tow. Winch will drop in next...

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Finally installed the Rockhard 4x4 aluminum full width with the Blue Ox tabs. Great look, easy install. Won't get to test tow for a few weeks, but glad to have it on. The tow brackets mount straight in to the frame horns, so feeling good about the security of the set up for a long tow. Winch will drop in next...

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Looks great!

I have a RockHard bumper on my TJ, also using the BO tab attach points. Has worked great for several years and many trips.
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Finally installed the Rockhard 4x4 aluminum full width with the Blue Ox tabs. Great look, easy install. Won't get to test tow for a few weeks, but glad to have it on. The tow brackets mount straight in to the frame horns, so feeling good about the security of the set up for a long tow. Winch will drop in next...


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Your Willy looks good with the Rockhard 4x4 bumper. Did you need to relocate the dryer? I also read that you need to grind a tab off the bumper for some winches, did you have to do that? I have been looking at the Rockhard 4x4 also for my Willy also. I am trying to decide if I should spend the extra on the aluminum or stick with the steel. I am heading to Jeep Beach (in Daytona Beach) in a few weeks I hope they are there so I can see them and pick one up and save on shipping. I wish Rockhard would have bolts that matched the bumper, but I guess I could just paint the head of the bolts. I already have the Warn Zeon 10 winch, which I bought from Zoro.com when they had the 25% off sale
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Question: When you guys attach a tow bar to a JK aftermarket bumper,are you pulling the jeep from the collapsible tubes attached to a stock bumper or does the after market bumper do away with all that and bolt directly to the frame?
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My Warn bumper bolts directly to the frame.
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My Warn bumper bolts directly to the frame.
As does my RockHard.
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Your Willy looks good with the Rockhard 4x4 bumper. Did you need to relocate the dryer? I also read that you need to grind a tab off the bumper for some winches, did you have to do that? I have been looking at the Rockhard 4x4 also for my Willy also. I am trying to decide if I should spend the extra on the aluminum or stick with the steel. I am heading to Jeep Beach (in Daytona Beach) in a few weeks I hope they are there so I can see them and pick one up and save on shipping. I wish Rockhard would have bolts that matched the bumper, but I guess I could just paint the head of the bolts. I already have the Warn Zeon 10 winch, which I bought from Zoro.com when they had the 25% off sale

For the dropped winch version of the bumper, you do need to relocate the vacuum pump. It's a $29 part and took maybe 5 minutes - just clocks it 90 degrees so it's out of the way. If you order the one with the flat top (no drop for the winch) I don't think you need to do that. I liked the dropped winch plate.

I did not cut off the piece yet - haven't actually gotten around to buying the winch to test fit and didn't want to cut if unnecessary. My understanding is that I can probably fit a standard 9,000lb winch without cutting, but if you go Warn Powerplant type you definitely need to cut. I'll follow up when I get around to that part!

I went with aluminum for the weight. I don't want any more rake - $300 was worth not having an extra 100lbs on the front of the JK. Glad I did, but probably fine with steel too.

I connected with Jason at RockHard - great guy that answered a few questions I had. If you order direct from them, free shipping. Comes fed ex freight on a pallet - save some coin and reach out to him and order direct. I can get his contact and post for you if you want.


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