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Tow Hooks

My 2012 Laredo X came without front tow hooks and as I write this I'm at an event in a rural area where it has been raining. There are 1000 plus trailers here and late arrivals are being towed in by giant farm tractors. Most of these are 4x4 trucks which have tow hooks up front so they have no problem. If the rain doesn't stop when this event is over, I'm in trouble (along with lots of other guys)
My question is, can I go back to the dealer and have them added easily,or is this major and costly surgery?
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Re: Tow Hooks

or you could do it yourself
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Re: Tow Hooks

Trouble is, I'm unable to do the work myself any more due to health reasons. I saw the thread where a guy did it himself.
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Re: Tow Hooks

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My 2012 Laredo X came without front tow hooks and as I write this I'm at an event in a rural area where it has been raining. There are 1000 plus trailers here and late arrivals are being towed in by giant farm tractors. Most of these are 4x4 trucks which have tow hooks up front so they have no problem. If the rain doesn't stop when this event is over, I'm in trouble (along with lots of other guys)
My question is, can I go back to the dealer and have them added easily,or is this major and costly surgery?
Of course you can do this at dealer. It's fairly simple for them but whole front bumper has to be removed, so it can be a couple hours worth of labor charges on top of parts price.
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Re: Tow Hooks

The rain is over. How did you make out?
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Not major at all. Hardest part is getting the stupid lower bumper off. Which, in case you don't know - is supposed to be removable for offroading.
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Re: Tow Hooks

Yes, the rain is over for now but Sat & Sun are supposed to be bad too. Yesterday, my wife and I went to a nearby town for supplies (beer) and it turned out to be quite a mud run. Slipping and slidin' ploughing thru what seemed like small lakes. I had a blast; the wife, not so much. My beautiful deep cherry red crystal pearl GC now looks like it's been to Afganistan.
Oh well, the power washer awaits her when we get her home.
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Yes, the rain is over for now but Sat & Sun are supposed to be bad too. Yesterday, my wife and I went to a nearby town for supplies (beer) and it turned out to be quite a mud run. Slipping and slidin' ploughing thru what seemed like small lakes. I had a blast; the wife, not so much. My beautiful deep cherry red crystal pearl GC now looks like it's been to Afganistan.
Oh well, the power washer awaits her when we get her home.
Hmm. Never thought of power washing my wife.
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I think he meant his wife was going to power wash his Jeep. I'm sure that's what it is!
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Hmm. Never thought of power washing my wife.
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Re: Tow Hooks

I got stuck doing some offroading back when I had my Liberty. Completely my fault.

Some local guys on ATVs came buy and tried to help me out (everybody pushing), but no luck. One of them drove off down the road to a local farmer he knew. Farmer came with big arse tractor and tugged me out. Nowhere to attach his chain's hooks, though, so it ended up going right on the front suspension somewhere (i forget where; probably axel) and I just crossed my fingers and asked him to be gentle. No damage done.

After that, though, I went and bought Mopar tow hooks for the Liberty and installed them myself. Never needed them but good piece of mind. (Well, they did get used to pulling out some shrub stumps at my parents house; worked pretty well.)

For the WK2, I made sure to get it with tow hooks. I'll continue to buy tow hooks as long as I'm taking a vehicle onto any trails.
As mentioned above, front pieces need to be removed to install the front hooks on the WK2. The vehicle already has the bolt holes for them, though. Another reason to let a shop do it is they can properly torque it if you don't have torque wrench. Tow hooks should be torqued correctly since it can be a lot of pressure put on the bolts when the hooks are used.
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Yep, the dealer it is. Thanx guys.
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