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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

I installed the tow hooks yesterday on my Laredo X...what a PITA and a poor design for installation. The cover plate (J) that goes into the frame rail and the threaded Hex Nut (I), this is the one the longer bolts that go thread into, they could have been welded together which would have assisted with the install . If they had been welded together you could have just slid the cover plate(J) and the nuts (I) as one piece into the frame rail and dropped them into the two available holes. This would have assisted in the ability to tighten the longer bolts (E) into the plate since their is no way to wrench the nuts that are in the frame rail. I am not sure what the purpose of the spacer bracket (H) really does other that help hold the spacer (G) up against the frame to allow you to slide the tow hook into the tow hook bracket before you slide and tighten the longer bolts (E). The spacer bracket (H) is temporarily held by double sided tape until you get the longer bolts (E) tightened and then serves no purpose after that that I can see. Anyhow I now have tow hooks....hope to never need them but they are there if needed. A little hint is to run the bolts (H) into the Hex Nuts (I) all the way thru the threads to make sure they thread easily. When tightening bolt (H) mine bound up and I had to back them out and start over after I ran the bolts thru the threads...Hope that makes sense. OH...and I love my GC !!!!
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Old 02-01-2011, 02:35 AM
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

Useful stuff. I think I'll negotiate with the dealer at purchase to include these installed as part of the package deal.
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

This tread inspired me, installing a hitch, tow hooks and skid plates!!

http://site.justforjeeps.com/guide/82212095.pdf
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

Great write-up. Thanks for the effort put into it!
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

I'd like to finish up my "Off Road" package with some of these. I was told by a dealer (a service advisor) today that a WK2 that does not come with the Off Road package from the factory requires all sorts of frame reinforcement in the front in order to install these properly. I'm calling BS on that, but has anyone else heard/seen the same thing? He was saying that it'd be in upwards of around $800! (cough, cough). I'm positive I could easily install these myself for the cost of the parts and a couple hours on a Saturday. Is there really a frame reinforcement required?
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

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I'd like to finish up my "Off Road" package with some of these. I was told by a dealer (a service advisor) today that a WK2 that does not come with the Off Road package from the factory requires all sorts of frame reinforcement in the front in order to install these properly. I'm calling BS on that, but has anyone else heard/seen the same thing? He was saying that it'd be in upwards of around $800! (cough, cough). I'm positive I could easily install these myself for the cost of the parts and a couple hours on a Saturday. Is there really a frame reinforcement required?
Read Techno's Post#1. That's all that is needed. Just the tow hooks and the related hardware.
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Read Techno's Post#1. That's all that is needed. Just the tow hooks and the related hardware.
Well, yeah, that's what I assumed myself. Just making sure ... I knew the dealer's story was fishy!
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

Finished installing my tow hooks last night. What a PITA!

I read all of the suggestions here (thank you all!) but didn't REALLY understand them all until it was too late. I need to re-iterate a suggestion that was posted here that would have saved me a lot of stress and time if I would have listened to it.

Make sure to work the flat-top-nuts on and off the bolts, eliminating any sticking points, prior to installing on the vehicle

No matter how much downforce I placed on the hooks, the top nuts would not catch and just spin, with no real way of securing them (I even tried having my wife stand on the hooks). After much dispair, I removed the bolts and threaded them on and off the nuts until it was moving like butter. From there I was able to put them back on the vehicle and pretty much hand tighten them with no downforce needed, just a single finger holding the top flat-nut. Would have saved me a lot of time if I would have done that from the beginning. Oh well. It's done now =)

Thanks for all of the tips guys!!
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

Is it at all possible to install the hooks without removing the bumper flair?
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Not really. I tried removing it half way and got frustrated so I just finished removing it.
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

Working the round flat top nuts with the long bolts to get them to thread easily is a MUST. Also, maybe obvious to some but on the spacer bracket, the beveled portion of the flat adhesived (addendum calls for double sided tape) end goes towards the front of the vehicle. If this isn't installed in the correct orientation, you will see that the bolt and nut will be twisted and not straight up and down. The instructions are amateur at best. Also doesn't really make clear, but torque down the spacer bolts first after lining everything up, then torque the 30mm bolt on the back end of the tow hook last.
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

Also, another tip there is an access hole behind the front bumper for the inner flat top nuts. It is so that you can put your finger in there and hold it while tightening. At first I did one side using the side access for both nuts and it was a pain...
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