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Old 11-22-2020, 05:00 PM   #1
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Jeep Wrangler JK: baseplate or tow capable aftermarket bumper?

I got rid of my Jeep TJ and bought a 2013 Jeep Wrangler JK 2 Door, and now have to set it up to tow. I have a complete NSA Ready Brute Tow Bar, cables, etc., so I want to set this JK up for that. What kind of baseplate or Bumper is everyone using? Curry seems to have a good baseplate, but I was really considering going with a new tow capable front bumper so I could add a winch at some point. Opinions and options would be appreciated.

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Old 11-22-2020, 05:02 PM   #2
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Rockhard bumper is what I went with. Been pleased with the setup.
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Which one?
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It is the full width steel version with their adapters to use the Blue Ox Tow bar.
I purchased the version that can accept a winch in case I decide add one. For now I use that area for my towing connections.
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I used the Rock Hard for years on a modified ZJ. Couldn't hurt it even when I tried.
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If ease of install and cost are any consideration you might check out the https://www.rubitrux.com/maximus-3-j...hoC79EQAvD_BwE I installed them on my new JL & the install was really easy.
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Rockhard for me as well.
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I have a JL and used the Rockhard Aluminum bumper that only weighs in 30 pounds.
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this is the one I used.
https://www.cjponyparts.com/rockjock...BoCS94QAvD_BwE
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If ease of install and cost are any consideration you might check out the https://www.rubitrux.com/maximus-3-j...hoC79EQAvD_BwE I installed them on my new JL & the install was really easy.
I'm going this route, as well, on the JT.
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'14 JKU. First installed a Roadmaster bracket, then a year later went to a Smittybilt XRC Gen2 front and rear bumper. If going with an aftermarket bumper fimd out if the new bumper is rated to for towing behind an RV. I was surprised to find that some are not when I called the manufacturer.
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RockHard Aluminum for me. Had it mounted for nearly 3 years now. Worked flawlessly and doesn't add significant weight to an already reasonably heavy Jeep. My toad is an 18 JK. Mike
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Also recommend Rock Hard full width aluminum. Very pleased and packing on this was excellent not a mark anywhere
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I have a Curry tow plate that's the same as the Rockjock plate. It works just fine and I've used it for about 4 years now.

If I was starting over I'd go with a bumper. The tow plate puts the attachment point too low. The Maximus brackets are even lower. I have to use a drop hitch to keep the tow bar level and I'd rather not use the drop hitch. I guess that's all dependent on the height of the hitch on your motorhome.

Currently in the market for a bumper. I intend to buy a steel bumper and not aluminum.
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