I've posted about this a few times now, but my quest to set up my Toad has been more complicated than originally planned. I settled on Maximus-3 tow loops based on recommendations on a Jeep forum. After soliciting input and researching tow bars, I ordered a Ready Brute Elite II from NSA. I sent my tow loops to NSA so they determine which clevises would work. They told me they had clevises in stock which would work, so I bought their system.
The clevises I received were 1/4" wider than my loops and took 1" pins vs the tow loops taking 7/8" pins. I wasn't comfortable with the loose tolerances so I called to see if there were any other options available. In speaking to NSA last Friday, they explained that custom making clevises was not an option as they make several pieces at a time and they were afraid they'd be stuck with unsold inventory. I completely understood their position but needed to figure out what to do.
I needed to decide to either use Maximus-3 tow loops and go with a different tow bar, or purchase a Blue Ox or Roadmaster base plate and use the Ready Brute with the correct clevises. After much debate, my family decided we preferred the Maximus-3 tow loops I had already purchased (they look stock).
On Saturday, I ordered a Blue Ox Ascent tow bar and off-road bumper style clevises that fit perfectly. I was given a Brake Buddy Classic recently, so I have a setup for braking. The tow bar arrived yesterday and my plan was to return the Ready Brute Elite tow bar.
This morning, I received an email from NSA advising they have received enough inquiries about the Maximus-3 tow loops that they are now willing to manufacture the correct clevises and can ship them to me next week.
To make a long story short, I am now in possession of two brand new tow bars and one needs to be returned. I can go with the Blue Ox / Brake Buddy combo or the Ready Brute Elite II. Anybody want to offer their advise on which direction you'd go if you were in the same shoes? I need to decide which direction to go and ship one of these tow bars back.