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Old 11-16-2011, 09:17 PM
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

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I put the bevel towards the front of the vehicle. In the instructions the spacer looks like a standard tube, however in my package one end of the tube was flared. Did you put that flared portion against the frame or against the towhook side?

I tightened the front two to 35lbs first then the rear to 20lbs. There is very little support to keep the hook from moving backwards when tightening the rear bolt.
I put the flared flat side against the frame of the car, so as to protect the surface of the frame. I can care less that the spacer bracket gets gouged.
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Old 11-19-2011, 03:06 PM
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

I just installed mine on my Overland and I have bloodied hands to prove it.

By far the hardest part is getting the lower front fascia off. It is not easy. It probably took me an hour just to do that. Despite knowing to look for the tabs, I didn't really know what to do with them. Push them up or pull them down - it seemed both had to be done at the same time. Eventually some brute force allowed me to get them all out.

The rest of it is not difficult but kind of a pain in the ass. I forgot one part on each side as I was installing them and had to undo and then redo some work which added about 40 minutes. The instructions were clear, I just wasn't careful.

The best tip I can give is to thread the nuts and bolts several times before installing them to make them go on easier. The nuts go in a really tight spot and it is difficult to get any type of leverage to get the bolts to bite. Threading them before makes it that much easier.

The instructions were a little off in terms of the hardware. I did not have any 18 mm bolts and washers. They were 16 mm instead.

It took me a bit under 3.5 hours but I could have shaved quite a bit of time off if I was not careless and if I knew a better way to get the fascia off.
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Old 11-19-2011, 03:41 PM
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

Nice write up. An hour and half job isn't that bad either... Bet dealer would charge around 5 LOL
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

I've got my tow hooks sitting in the garage.. Trying to decide if I want to do it or pay the dealership to do it.. :sigh:
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I did my tow hooks today. A couple of tips:

1. The lower valance does NOT come off easily. There are tabs in the middle that point downward with barbs that point upward. I could not get these out by hand. What I found was that inserting a fairly small flat screwdriver along the top of the tab helped greatly.
2. The new kits have double sided tape on the spacer bracket which is pretty handy to keep everything in place while you tighten the bolts and hold the upper nut in place.
3. Welding or maybe JB weld would be great to attach the upper spacer nuts to the plate. If you did JB weld a day in advance I think it would help a lot.
4. The lower spacer nuts (really a shim or bushing) have a flange that the instructions do not address. I found that the bottom of the frame rail has an metal overlap which is cut out roughly the diameter of the flange. Thus, I put the flange up towards the frame rail.
5. Definitely tighten the spacer bolts before the 30mm nut on the end of the hooks. You only put 12ft-lb on the 30mm which is basically just snugging it down so it won't move, but the spacer bolts have to be tight or you will just draw the hook back.

And misc: Oh my god I have never seen such serious bolts used to hold up a plastic aero pan! I think they were like M8 and over an inch long! Christ, Jeep - it isn't structural! And I would gladly trade the 'toolless' valance for one that came off easier but required a screwdriver. Anyone who actually needs to remove it will certainly be bringing tools along anyway.
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

Just did my hooks today. Some tips that I used that really worked:

Get some nice spray lube and spray each tap of the lower dam to ease the removal. And lube the slots and tabs prior to reassembly makes it a snap, pun intended.

I pre ran the upper spacer bolts and nut in and out about 5 times to reduce the drag and then super glued the upper spacer nuts to the plate. Took less than 10 seconds to screw and tighten the bolts with my cordless impact. No bloody hands, no fuss. In retro spec, a small few dabs of JB weld would guarantee success the first time since I had to re-glue mine once withe the super glue.
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

Just installed mine. If you have access to a welder like I did I would highly suggest tacking the nuts to the metal plate. This diminishes the need for a third hand greatly.
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

Has anyone solved the problem of fitting the front hooks to a 2012 model?

In Australia we used to get the hooks already fitted to 2011 models but in the change to 2012 the hooks are no longer installed. We are told that this allows the 2012 WK2 to meet EU pedestrian regulations.
It seems also that the body mount on the vehicle where the hooks fit to has been changed such that the two front holes are gone.
There is still the 30mm diameter bracket for the steel eye bolt that comes packed beside the spare.
Is there a solution?
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

I would assume that you would need the bracket that comes with the kit. If you are only missing the holes, then all you would need to do is drill the "frame", and tap them accordingly. It really would not be that much more work.
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Has anyone solved the problem of fitting the front hooks to a 2012 model?

In Australia we used to get the hooks already fitted to 2011 models but in the change to 2012 the hooks are no longer installed. We are told that this allows the 2012 WK2 to meet EU pedestrian regulations.
It seems also that the body mount on the vehicle where the hooks fit to has been changed such that the two front holes are gone.
There is still the 30mm diameter bracket for the steel eye bolt that comes packed beside the spare.
Is there a solution?
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I have installed tow hooks on my 2012 and the holes were there, but it's a US version. Since they put the holes on all vehicles, off road package or not, I have a hard time believing that they eliminated the holes on the export versions. If it was cheaper to do that then you wouldn't get the holes on non-offroad package US vehicles either.
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

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I have installed tow hooks on my 2012 and the holes were there, but it's a US version. Since they put the holes on all vehicles, off road package or not, I have a hard time believing that they eliminated the holes on the export versions. If it was cheaper to do that then you wouldn't get the holes on non-offroad package US vehicles either.
Actually if I'm not mistaken Jeep had to cut the front frame rails back to conform the the European pedestrian safety rules and thus you cannot put tow hooks on the export versions of the WK2 from 2012 on. I think there was a big uproar on the export subforum about this very issue. They instead give you this eye hook thing that serves as a removable recovery point.
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

My information is similar to that posted by Yocubed....
I guess I can wait until ours gets here and confirm for certain, but we would like to have tow hooks front and rear. The rear one comes fitted and no worries.
Our market is pretty small and likely an aftermarket front hook won't be available here so the US one is the go - but apparently can't be fitted - hence my question to a wider audience.
It is a very unhappy experience trying to fit a recovery strap to any late model vehicle that happens to be stuck (not that I'm planning to be) - generally results in plastic damage!!
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