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Actually if I'm not mistaken Jeep had to cut the front frame rails back to conform the the European pedestrian safety rules...
Wow. I guess that'd be my mistake then. Kind of ridiculous if true, but I can see what you're saying.

I would think requiring shorter stopping distances so you wouldn't hit people at all would be more effective than giving a few inches of cushion so you can hit them gently - but what do I know.
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

How about this solution. What if you ordered the U.S. kit and instead of bolting the bracket in the intended location, weld it in. Then you should be able to install the hooks 2" back to accommodate the section of sub frame removed. I'm just throwing ideas out there.
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

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How about this solution. What if you ordered the U.S. kit and instead of bolting the bracket in the intended location, weld it in. Then you should be able to install the hooks 2" back to accommodate the section of sub frame removed. I'm just throwing ideas out there.
From photos of the 2012, the main frame bracket is still there that takes the 30mm bolt section of the hook. That bracket sets the position of the hook and transfers the forces from the hook to the body. The 2012 WK2 we get now actually is supplied with a 30mm bolt with an eye, that can be installed into this bracket for a recovery - but problem is that it looks to be a flimsy bit of gear compared to the proper recovery hook.
It is the front part of the hook that is the issue. The hook has two wings that used to be bolted up with an adapter bracket - this likely accommodates some sideways forces and also stops the hook from rotating. As the 2012 frame rails apparently have been modified there is now no place to bolt the front adapter bracket.
Taking your idea (and thanks for the thought), it may be possible to weld the hook into the 30mm bolt bracket but this would have to be done in situ as it doesn't look like the bracket bolts can be got at once the hook is welded to the bracket. Yep - can be done, but with respect - just not my first choice at the moment.
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

Great write up.. I am looking for chrome hooks
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Are the export jeeps made in the states, or are they made in Europe somwhere?
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

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Are the export jeeps made in the states, or are they made in Europe somwhere?
I believe now all Grand Chrokees, no matter which country they are sold in, are manufactured at the JNAP in Detroit, MI.
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

Thanks for the info
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

This has been a great thread, I appreciated everyone's suggestions.
I installed my hooks yesterday in under 2 hours, using JB Weld made getting the long bolts in simple. Getting the plastic off and on really did suck though.
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When doing mine I thought, gee - I should JB weld those nuts on but I couldn't find it so i made do without. Of course a few weeks later I found the JB weld in a drawer. Nice. One of these days I am going to get a welder, just because.
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

speaking of welders, I would suggest the little buzz box by miller (my name not theirs) It will run off of 120 or 240 and you can stick or tig.
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

Just ordered wk2 crd and signed just before I noticed the wk2 does not have the solid recovery hooks I really need those and all the ideas are great. Any chance of a pic of the bracket and the welded hooks? I guess ARB may eventually make an alternative.
Has anyone fitted decent off road tyres such as cooper stt or others? There is not much room between the tyre an a suspension bolt
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

How do you release the clips below the headlights and grille that hold the fascia in place. I have all of the clips, rivits and the 2 bolts in the wheelwell removed, I think. but cannot get the fascia to come loose at the top. Thanks
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