Originally Posted by akeyzoo
Is the stock bumper on my Wrangler beefy enough to use the $60 Blue-Ox bolt on brackets, will it require reinforcement or should I get a beefier bumper or complete assembly.
Budget conscious but safety aware!
Won't ever be rock crawling and require the mega-rock-a-tron 4000 MK][ bumper!
Yes, you can bolt a set of tow bar brackets to that bumper. And yes, it is a bit on the thinner side but, with the correct "backing", it will work flawlessly. I know because I've done it on many different Jeep wranglers. If a person is going to "rock crawl" or do any other version of serious off roading then, most of the time, the front bumper is changed to suit the intended off road situations. Some incorporate winches and, many incorporate tow bar brackets.
We've towed both the stock "YJ" units with the stock bumper and TJ units with a stock bumper. I just added the backing that would spread the load behind them, and would inspect them on frequent occasions to see if metal fatigue was taking place. Not once did I ever see any. Your choice.