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Old 09-04-2022, 07:28 PM   #1
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Joined the Jeep Toad Club - Which Tow Bar?

We decided to take the plunge and go with a Toad. Fortunately, my wife loves the Jeep, and it will be her daily driver. So we did not have to add a vehicle to the fleet. Went with their newer trim level, High Altitude. Lots of goodies, but weighs in at only 4,209 pounds. More than 1,200 pounds lighter than the Rubicons, so ideal for our little ISB 6.7.

I am undecided on Blue Ox versus Roadmaster and would appreciate opinions. Thinking Air Force One for braking.

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Old 09-04-2022, 07:52 PM   #2
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Don't think you can go wrong with either but some may disagree.
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Old 09-04-2022, 07:55 PM   #3
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I’m partial to Roadmaster. I’ve had good luck with mine. Well built, good support and I’ve seen a whole lot less reports of anyone reporting issues with them.
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Old 09-04-2022, 07:55 PM   #4
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Poking around online and see that the Blue Ox seems to require less trimming/fabrication than the Roadmaster. Shame on me, but I thought these were designed for stuff to bolt right up without any fabrication. Oh well. The Blue Ox seems simple enough.
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Old 09-04-2022, 08:16 PM   #5
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On your type of Jeep I'd consider a complete bumper change to one that you can attach the tow bar too. You might do some searching.



I installed a Blueox base plate on my Jeep that I'm fully satisfied. Install was pretty easy, had to remove the bumper and front grill system to install. The two attachment arms protrude out the two center openings and are hardly visible with the removable connection arms.



In your case think a complete front bumper system might be better.
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Old 09-04-2022, 09:23 PM   #6
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If you go with one of the bumpers Jim mentioned I have nothing but good to say about Rockhard which I have one of their aluminum bumpers. Easy install, lighter then factory(not much) look good and durable.
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You might check out the Demco base plate and tow bar. Much more substantial than the BO and only requires drilling two holes in the frame.
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Look at M&G for braking.
I use a 7500# Curt tow bar and a RokJok baseplate which doesn’t affect ground clearance or approach angle.
Under $2,500 total invested. Easy one person installation of the baseplate.
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Old 09-04-2022, 09:38 PM   #9
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If you go with an aftermarket bumper then checkout Smittybilt tow bar and NAS braking systems no power hookups to mess with.
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I use the Ready Brute Elite 2. I wouldn't trade it for the world. It's got a very effective built in surge braking system, so there's no need for an expensive and complicated auxiliary braking system. It costs nothing for you to take a look at the bar and brake system before making up your mind. It's so easy to connnect and disconnect both the bar and the internal braking system.
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Well crapola. This is disappointing. I guess we won’t be able to bring both of our kayaks. This really sucks actually. Anyone pushing this limit? Our yaks are about 70 pounds each. We’d be nearly 50% over.
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Another vote for the Ready Brute Elite. Using for two years now with no issues.
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Blue Ox Avail and no need to change your bumper. I have it on my 2020 Wrangler Rubicon. I also use their brake system.
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RockJock base plate allows you to keep your factory bumper.
3+ years with Ready Brute Elite tow bar.
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