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Re: 2014 Summit Front Tow Hooks

Just completed installing tow-hooks on my EcoDiesel Summit. silvermax04 instructions and recommendations were invaluable! The measurement template silvermax04 provided is right on the dot. Thank you again.

A few comments regarding my install:

1. Instead of removing the lower fascia, I preferred removing the whole front fascia as this is the only official removal method of the front bumper. Removing it is relatively simple and does not risk weakening, bending and breaking the tabs on the lower fascia sections. You can follow the removal process on YouTube:
When you do it on the Summit, make sure to detach the fog lamps (twist remove them from their housing), and disconnect the front proximity sensor array harness connector (passenger side).

2. The oscillating cutter is a perfect tool for the job. I recommend using a half-moon blade for cutting the opening. It is very stable on first touch and cuts perfect straight lines. Follow silvermax04's guidelines and drill pilot holes from the front, then mark the cut lines on the back and cut on the back, then use a hacksaw blade to complete the cuts to the corners.

3. Removing the fascia required drilling out the 2 plastic pop-rivets on each wheel-well. Exposed indicated a few posts back of the outrageous price the dealer tried to charge him for the rivets. Harbor-Freight has similar size plastic pop-rivets priced $2.97 for a box of 20. They fit perfectly and look same as the original ones.

Thanks again for all the contributors on the thread. Couldn't do it without you folks

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Re: 2014 Summit Front Tow Hooks

Excellent display of great guys sharing their experience on doing things. I agree 100% that is a much better way to remove the front section.. When I first started the project, I removed the top section thinking that would be easier but did not realize the lights stayed attached... Thinking they would have to be removed, would make a bigger project than doing like the other guys. Also doing it that way would maybe enable you to cut the hooks and add the additional length like I did first. From the video looks like it comes almost straight off to the front. Anyway, excellent video for guys jumping into this project on a Summit.....
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What a story!!!!!!

By the way, your A/C guy may have screwed up. The 24 v going south is fairly common.
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Re: 2014 Summit Front Tow Hooks

Also installed the front tow hooks on a 2014 Summit; appreciate all the suggestions and pics in this thread. A few observations from my install . . .
1) My tow hooks came with the correct bolts, short ones to mount part D (in the instructions) to the frame, long ones to bolt parts G-H-I-J together
2) From test run preassembling everything together off vehicle the night before the install, it became very clear that the angled edge of part H is intended to face the rear of the vehicle - it's the only way everything lines up exactly and fits in place to fully lock everything together when installed. If put together correctly, the parts form a trap that prevents the hooks from moving forward or backward once the bolts are tightened up.
3) Also from preassembling, I believe the shoulder on spacer part G should be installed facing down toward the ground. The three dimples on the bottom of the shoulder must be intended to mash into part H on install to lock them in place and the shoulder provides additional structural support to part H.
4) Definitely pre-run the hex nuts over the long bolts several times before installing as others have said. On install, I used a small flat screwdriver to pry up slightly under the lip of the hex nuts, which was more than sufficient to stop them from spinning until the dimples on their underside mashed into the top of part J and prevented further spinning.
5) I used the 34mm -> 100mm grill cutout per the pic in a previous post as well, but then went a few additional mm toward the center of the vehicle on each side to allow a little more space for inserting a tow strap loop - going too far though would expose to view a piece of plastic that channels air through the dam into the radiator so don't over do it.
6) I used a Dremel with a large cutoff wheel to cut the plastic from the back side, which limited risk of any damage visible on the front side; from that back you'll be cutting at a slight angle. I then used a sanding drum on the tool to finish - the plastic melts easily so use a lite touch.
7) I wanted to remove the whole front facia per the YouTube video in the post above, however that one isn't Summit specific and when I ran into a little trouble I reverted to taking the lower dam off instead. When reinstalling the lower dam, it's near impossible to reinstall the plastic retainer clips toward the center of the vehicle since they're too far up inside and one needs really skinny arms to reach them. Everything is well locked in place though even without two of the clips - I've saved them and will put them in place if I ever take the full front facia off.
7) As others have said, tighten the long bolts to lock parts A,G,H,I,J into place prior to tightening lock nut F. Lock nut F has blue Loctite pre-applied so it's best not to trial-run putting that one on and taking it off unless you want to reapply new Loctite.
8) The black hooks match the black grill perfectly - the install looks like it was factory installed. Red hooks might look Trailhawk-ish, but on the Summit some might think the styling would clash with the sporty look of the grill; I think chrome hooks might also draw the eye away from the sleek styling of the chrome piece on the air dam.
9) Taking my time and being very deliberate (measure twice cut once sort of thinking) the job took me a total time of about 5 hours; I think I'd have to do a couple more installs to get down to the 2 hour time some are claiming.
10) It'd be really nice if Jeep would make optional air dam parts available for the Summit that allow the tow hooks to be installed without requiring manual cutting of the grill, and that would also make it easy to take the air dam off and replace it for occasional off-roading. Probably too much to hope for though.
Thanks again for all the posts on this topic everyone.
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Old 08-31-2014, 09:05 AM
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Re: 2014 Summit Front Tow Hooks

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Also installed the front tow hooks on a 2014 Summit; appreciate all the suggestions and pics in this thread. A few observations from my install . . .
1) My tow hooks came with the correct bolts, short ones to mount part D (in the instructions) to the frame, long ones to bolt parts G-H-I-J together
2) From test run preassembling everything together off vehicle the night before the install, it became very clear that the angled edge of part H is intended to face the rear of the vehicle - it's the only way everything lines up exactly and fits in place to fully lock everything together when installed. If put together correctly, the parts form a trap that prevents the hooks from moving forward or backward once the bolts are tightened up.
3) Also from preassembling, I believe the shoulder on spacer part G should be installed facing down toward the ground. The three dimples on the bottom of the shoulder must be intended to mash into part H on install to lock them in place and the shoulder provides additional structural support to part H.
4) Definitely pre-run the hex nuts over the long bolts several times before installing as others have said. On install, I used a small flat screwdriver to pry up slightly under the lip of the hex nuts, which was more than sufficient to stop them from spinning until the dimples on their underside mashed into the top of part J and prevented further spinning.
5) I used the 34mm -> 100mm grill cutout per the pic in a previous post as well, but then went a few additional mm toward the center of the vehicle on each side to allow a little more space for inserting a tow strap loop - going too far though would expose to view a piece of plastic that channels air through the dam into the radiator so don't over do it.
6) I used a Dremel with a large cutoff wheel to cut the plastic from the back side, which limited risk of any damage visible on the front side; from that back you'll be cutting at a slight angle. I then used a sanding drum on the tool to finish - the plastic melts easily so use a lite touch.
7) I wanted to remove the whole front facia per the YouTube video in the post above, however that one isn't Summit specific and when I ran into a little trouble I reverted to taking the lower dam off instead. When reinstalling the lower dam, it's near impossible to reinstall the plastic retainer clips toward the center of the vehicle since they're too far up inside and one needs really skinny arms to reach them. Everything is well locked in place though even without two of the clips - I've saved them and will put them in place if I ever take the full front facia off.
7) As others have said, tighten the long bolts to lock parts A,G,H,I,J into place prior to tightening lock nut F. Lock nut F has blue Loctite pre-applied so it's best not to trial-run putting that one on and taking it off unless you want to reapply new Loctite.
8) The black hooks match the black grill perfectly - the install looks like it was factory installed. Red hooks might look Trailhawk-ish, but on the Summit some might think the styling would clash with the sporty look of the grill; I think chrome hooks might also draw the eye away from the sleek styling of the chrome piece on the air dam.
9) Taking my time and being very deliberate (measure twice cut once sort of thinking) the job took me a total time of about 5 hours; I think I'd have to do a couple more installs to get down to the 2 hour time some are claiming.
10) It'd be really nice if Jeep would make optional air dam parts available for the Summit that allow the tow hooks to be installed without requiring manual cutting of the grill, and that would also make it easy to take the air dam off and replace it for occasional off-roading. Probably too much to hope for though.
Thanks again for all the posts on this topic everyone.
Glad to hear you got the hooks in place. on number 7 above you are right the area is tight. one thing you can do to get those last couple of clips in is to use a 3/4 extension with a little two sided tape on the end. put the clip on the end and push them into place facing backwards which is fine as long as they snap into place. just an idea that helped me
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Re: 2014 Summit Front Tow Hooks

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Glad to hear you got the hooks in place. on number 7 above you are right the area is tight. one thing you can do to get those last couple of clips in is to use a 3/4 extension with a little two sided tape on the end. put the clip on the end and push them into place facing backwards which is fine as long as they snap into place. just an idea that helped me
Great suggestion - that would do it; thanks Silvermax.
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Re: 2014 Summit Front Tow Hooks

hey MC if you get a chance sometime could you snap a few pictures of where and how much you cut to get a strap around the hook. I'm using a D-ring on mine but just slipping the strap over it would be easier like you are doing. Thanks
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Re: 2014 Summit Front Tow Hooks

This is one of those projects that reminds me of an ex wife...

I also started the tow hook install on my 2014 summit this morning.
As a precursor I tried to remove to lower fascia last night but was unsuccessful and gave up after an hour of trying to pry it off - I would restart early AM.

Pried some more and end up putting a nice scratch in the chrome on the air-dam, after some foul language and "it's a jeep" thoughts I carried on.

Removing all the clips was easy, long screw driver pops all the top ones out.

After another hour I figured I just wasn't pulling hard enough, and yes!. finally the after pulling hard the lower air dam broke free and came off!

Install of tow hooks non-event, cutten the holes also non event (Cut them slightly to wide so not quite perfect.)

Little did I know - I found the re-install of air dam is 10x harder than getting it off! and some more foul language was required before a big sigh of relief when the friggin thing was finally back on.

Anyways, big thanks to original poster for figuring this one out.

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Does not appear to have any spacers. Sorry for poor quality photos.


A dealership said they couldn't do the job? lol

Having done a hook install on my Summit, it's pretty easy. In that photo though they didn't put any sealant on it. It will corrode after a few years, should spray some fluidfilm up there.
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I got mine installed in a local shop here today. I also change out the chrome side mirror cover to a body color one. ImageUploadedByJeepGarage1431472109.267387.jpgImageUploadedByJeepGarage1431472123.249467.jpgImageUploadedByJeepGarage1431472139.001067.jpgImageUploadedByJeepGarage1431472152.983430.jpgImageUploadedByJeepGarage1431472168.568161.jpgImageUploadedByJeepGarage1431472181.100153.jpgImageUploadedByJeepGarage1431472193.035375.jpgImageUploadedByJeepGarage1431472204.436721.jpg


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Re: 2014 Summit Front Tow Hooks

Thank you SilverMax for the instructions. I have a 2015 Summit and attempted the install this weekend. The only difference I noticed is that clips in my '15 were white and not yellow. :-) Removing the clips and the front fascia was not a major issue. Towards the center I had push and pull the bumper and the front fascia in and out and it finally broke loose. Tow hook install was pretty easy. Just had to buy a.30mm wrench...

I am having a tough time putting the front fascia back on and attaching it to the bumper. I am about to give up. It looks like the tow hooks are in the way. Or maybe I not approaching it correctly...
Does anyone have any tips on how to get the front fascia back under the bumper?
Appreciate the help.

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I know a picture is worth 1000 words right lol. wish I would have taken a few more shots while I was doing it. maybe this will help a little below is what the clip looks like sitting in the bumper tab, push on it at a 45 degree angle and it pops out fairly easy. follow the green line in the other picture and there are 8 of those bumper tabs with a clip in them on the left and 8 on the right side of the bumper about every 3 or 4 inches. The two blue lines are about where the two clips are that were harder to see and get to. hope that helps some
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I think some folks took the whole front bumper cover off when they did it. Just removing the lower airdam worked fine for me but you could try taking the whole thing off if you have issues with it.
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