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Old 11-06-2021, 06:39 AM   #1
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2020 Jeep JLU tow bracket pictures

I'm looking at buying a jeep and the stock bumper doesn't look like the tow bar brackets can be mounted without cutting some plastic. Does anyone have pictures of their mount ? I'm probably going to put an aftermarket bumper on down the road and sell the stock one.
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Old 11-06-2021, 07:16 AM   #2
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My front bumper is made in Colorado, 1/4" steel with brackets welded in place for a Blue-Ox tow bar. I've had it for several years with no problems.



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Old 11-06-2021, 02:16 PM   #3
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ETrailer has multiple photos and videos here: https://www.etrailer.com/Base-Plate-...leid=202071159
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Old 11-07-2021, 05:48 AM   #4
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Thanks, I watched the videos and am buying the jeep ! This site rocks !!
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Old 11-07-2021, 06:14 AM   #5
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The 1st thing I got for my Jeep was a Rockhard aluminum bumper, which I also added their tow bar adapters. Work real nice and very easy to install. Towed 30k miles so far....
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Ditto on the Rockhard Bumper. They offer different options for width as well as offering either Steel or Aluminum. I went with the full width steel bumper with a recessed winch plate.

I wrote a blurb on the install: https://www.jeepgladiatorforum.com/f...06/post-617563
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We went with a Lod Offroad bumper and working great. about 10,000 miles of towing so far
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Old 11-07-2021, 06:26 PM   #8
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We have a 2020 JLU with OEM steel bumpers that we are setting up to tow. I installed a Rockjock baseplate which required zero modifications to the Jeep.

https://www.rockjock4x4.com/CE-9033J...t-steel-bumper

They also make a baseplate for the OEM plastic bumper (https://www.rockjock4x4.com/CE-9033J...plastic-bumper, but I believe some modifications are required on the Jeep to install.

Here is a pic of my installed baseplate:
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We have a 2020 JLU with OEM steel bumpers that we are setting up to tow. I installed a Rockjock baseplate which required zero modifications to the Jeep.

https://www.rockjock4x4.com/CE-9033J...t-steel-bumper

They also make a baseplate for the OEM plastic bumper (https://www.rockjock4x4.com/CE-9033J...plastic-bumper, but I believe some modifications are required on the Jeep to install.

Here is a pic of my installed baseplate:
Got to give a thumbs up for the rockjock baseplate. I just installed one on our 2018 Unlimited with the OEM steel bumper. It took me less than an hour to do the job. Did it by myself using a floor jack to hold it in place while putting the first couple of bolts in place. Great engineering job.
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Got to give a thumbs up for the rockjock baseplate. I just installed one on our 2018 Unlimited with the OEM steel bumper. It took me less than an hour to do the job. Did it by myself using a floor jack to hold it in place while putting the first couple of bolts in place. Great engineering job.

Resurrecting this thread - setting up a 2022 JLU. How has the Rockjock worked out?



Have you mounted a winch on it, and did you have any issues?
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Resurrecting this thread - setting up a 2022 JLU. How has the Rockjock worked out?



Have you mounted a winch on it, and did you have any issues?
You did not address this to me, but I posted earlier in this thread.

I wanted to jump in and give you some updated thoughts I have on our RockJock baseplate. Our original criteria was that we did not want to hinder our approach angle since we actually take our Jeep off road. Nothing super hard core, but enough where I wanted something tucked out of the way. The RockJock looks great and keeps the Jeep almost as functional as stock. We have towed the Jeep over 4K miles without any issues.

However, there have some recent "activity" regarding baseplate or Jeep frame failures while towing. This made me look again how the RockJock is mounted on the Jeep. It really is indirectly mounted to the Jeep frame, basically being bolted to the lower portion of the frame horns. The frame horns are only welded to the frame in a couple of spots, and the welds themselves are pretty small. The balance of the RockJock connection points are bolts to the bottom of the bumper.

So while the baseplate itself is extremely well made and it integrates great with the Jeep, I am seriously thinking of changing it out for a Blue Ox baseplate that bolts directly to the Jeep frame itself.

I would love to hear other thoughts on this.
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You did not address this to me, but I posted earlier in this thread.

I wanted to jump in and give you some updated thoughts I have on our RockJock baseplate. Our original criteria was that we did not want to hinder our approach angle since we actually take our Jeep off road. Nothing super hard core, but enough where I wanted something tucked out of the way. The RockJock looks great and keeps the Jeep almost as functional as stock. We have towed the Jeep over 4K miles without any issues.

However, there have some recent "activity" regarding baseplate or Jeep frame failures while towing. This made me look again how the RockJock is mounted on the Jeep. It really is indirectly mounted to the Jeep frame, basically being bolted to the lower portion of the frame horns. The frame horns are only welded to the frame in a couple of spots, and the welds themselves are pretty small. The balance of the RockJock connection points are bolts to the bottom of the bumper.

So while the baseplate itself is extremely well made and it integrates great with the Jeep, I am seriously thinking of changing it out for a Blue Ox baseplate that bolts directly to the Jeep frame itself.

I would love to hear other thoughts on this.
Thanks for jumping in here - I had some doubts about how it mounts, as there didn't appear to be any direct, stout frame attachment. We had a Rock Hard bumper for our previous Jeep, but we like the way the stock steel bumper looks, so are attempting to use it without degrading off road capability.

Also - have you found an easy way to add D Rings to the front bumper?
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Resurrecting this thread - setting up a 2022 JLU. How has the Rockjock worked out?



Have you mounted a winch on it, and did you have any issues?
BVThunder here... We had a Smittybuilt already installed on the factory steel bumper when I installed the Rockjock. No problems with the install. I'm on a three month trip with it. No problems.
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BVThunder here... We had a Smittybuilt already installed on the factory steel bumper when I installed the Rockjock. No problems with the install. I'm on a three month trip with it. No problems.

Thanks for the feedback!
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