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We've talked about it before, and tonight I went and did it- I had purchased the hooks, and decided to give it a go myself. I also documented the process with photos so you all can get an idea of how hard it is.

Here's the parts:


Tools required are basically just a 3/8" drive metric socket set, a 30mm wrench (I had a 1/2" drive ratchet and socket), and a small screwdriver for pulling out small clips.

You begin by removing the lower front fascia. You pull the 7 quarter turn fasteners as referenced in in the manual, but there's a bunch of clips between the fascia and the bumper cover, so it neither comes off nor goes back on as easily as you'd think.

You do need to separate the lower trim piece from that fascia in order to remove the knockouts for the hooks.

Here's what those knockouts look like from the backside:


And the front end without the fascia:


Now, you will have to remove the splash shield under the front end. NOT the skid plate, but the thin plastic splash guard in front of the axle. Easy enough.

Also, all the needed holes are indeed present and tapped where necessary. Witness the passenger side location for the hook bracket:


The bracket just bolts right up:


At this point comes really the only difficult part of the install. You need to insert the nuts into the front frame rail (not too hard- there's an easy opening on both sides), but then you'll also have to put the spacer bracket, the hook, and the bolts in at the same time. It would be easier if you had 3 hands (and if they're smaller than my huge mitts). Tightening those front bolts isn't the easiest thing, since you need to apply some friction to those nuts to keep them from turning in the frame.

But I got it done:


And a rear view:


Installation on both sides is quite similar.



And all back together:


Total time spent: about 1.5 hours.

GREAT Wright up very easy step by step directions thanks for sharing
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

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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
A little finesse, a little brute force, and a little luck. Hardest part of the install.
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Well I just installed mine and had to sacrifice the top spacer bracket.

No matter how hard I tried, the bolts wouldn't reach with the hook installed. I even measured and there's no way the ones they sent me are long enough to fit through the hook, bottom spacers, top spacers, and top bracket. There wasn't more than 1 or 2 runs of thread to catch the top if I had the hook in. With spacer out they reached fine however.

However, looking at your pics, your bolts look longer, so thinking they sent me short ones.

If I ever use mine for recovery I'll be praying it doesn't bend the sheetmetal, as I assume the top spacer is to help with rigidity.
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

My local dealer matched online price for the front tow hooks and front/rear splash guards. I will be picking them up this afternoon. Guess what I am doing this weekend... I got myself a cool project!

It would have costed me $232 shipped for all the parts from Jeep Parts Mall website, local dealer matched the same... $232 including local taxes! I will post before and after pics...
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

I need help or I will open a new thread!

I cannot get the damn plastic stuff off!!!! spent an hour, removed all 10mm bolts and 13mm bolts. The bottom plastic came off.. looks like a tray. Also remove a whole bunch of those tabs (plastic rivet kinda thing). I think i removed more rivets than the instructions suggest.

Reading thru instructions that came along (also here http://site.justforjeeps.com/guide/82212095.pdf ), page 2, first picture. What is that pointy tool pictured top middle in the square box???? Do I need it??

Please help! I am stuck!

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Nevermind, I got that sucker off!! I will post some pictures on those tabs and how I removed them... for others.
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

Well, I got the tow hooks installed last night. As everyone mentioned, the toughest part of the install is removing the lower fascia off the bumper. I had no idea how this came out but luckily I figured it out. It is actually quite easy if you know how this is attached to the top part of the bumper. I hope the below pictures will provide the necessary info for others who might be scratching their heads on how to separate the lower fascia.

This below picture shows the tab that is inside the top part of the bumper. As you can see, it looks like an half arrow head and it holds from behind the bumper. The trick is to push the head down and it will pop out of the opening in the bumper. The opening is shown in the next picture.



Slot/opening in the bumper into which the half arrow head fits into.



Best way to start separating the two is by starting at the wheel well both sides and work your way to the middle. If you have one of those blunt plastic tool (looks like a plastic knife but blunt), you can insert this into the slot and push the tab down a bit to release it from the slot. I used a flat head screwdriver and there is a chance that you might damage the paint on the bumper.

Below picture shows how the fascia is attached to the bumper. This should give you an idea how to separate the two. Note the angle of the tab so you get an idea how they are attached.



Also, there are several clips/tabs attached to the lower fascia. I removed almost all of them. You do not have to. The below picture shows the ones you do not have to remove.



Well, that's it. If I were to do this again, I can finish this job in one hour. I spent most of the time thinking how to separate the two. I hope these pictures help someone in future.

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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

Thanks Technosavant.

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Make sure to work the flat-top-nuts on and off the bolts, eliminating any sticking points, prior to installing on the vehicle
Yeah make sure they go in there, I tried them all first, and they sucked. I only had 2 out of 4 in my kit that would even thread, and barely by hand at that. I guess I should have sent them back and cried, but ended up using a pair of 1/2"-13 grade 8 bolts I had on the passenger side. Shame too, it was all metric under there. heh.

I wish I had done that first though, it was much easier to get that in there with a REGULAR NUT. A box end wrench slides real nice inside the crossmember there. Fire the guy that "engineered" that round nut thing.

More pics for the next guy...

You get 4 extra of these when you take the plastic covers for the tow hook holes off.


Old credit card works good on these. Start from the wheel and work each side to the middle.
There's 6 evenly spaced across the middle, 3 on the sides, and 1 quarter turn thing.






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For those that did the install themselves did you just follow the TQ specs for the bolts? Apparently the 30mm bolt should just be at 16LB (I did 20 since my wrench doesn't go down that low), I made the initial mistake of just turning it and turning it but then it pulled the hook away from the two bolts securing the front bolts. Also is the towhook supposed to bend the bracket as shown? Pics attached.

Nah, looks to me like you got yours slid back to far and the little nub was on the lower bracket. Mine are torqued to "RFT".

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The spacer could also be missing - I forgot to put it on mine and had the same issue until I corrected it.
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They do come in chrome on just for jeeps
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Re: WK2 Front Tow Hook Installation (pic heavy)

I just installed mine. Thanks to everyone for the great advice and pictures! I would have been in big trouble without all of the discussion.

About the spacer bracket, I was not able to come to the same conclusion as a couple of the posts that the beveled part should face forward. There are two issues. One is how the spacer bracket fits on the frame. The other is how the tow hook fits on the spacer bracket. The spacer bracket is not symmetric for two reasons: one is the bevel, and the other is that the holes for the bolts are not centered (plus the dimples). If you place the beveled side towards the rear, then the tow hooks fit snugly between the lip of the hook and where the bolts go through those wings. With the beveled part forward there is a lot of play where the tow hook can slide between its lip holding the bracket and where the bolts are. So which way?

Another thing to consider is that the spacer bracket has three dimples that the spacer is presumably supposed to smash to stay in place. If the beveled part is towards the front, then one of the dimples hangs in the air. This can be seen in the last picture of post #92 where the dimple does not seem to be smashed. If the beveled part is towards the rear then all three dimples can be crushed against the tow hook.

One thing I did not like about having the beveled part towards the rear is that it puts the spacer bracket a little closer to the frame. But I was able to bolt it so that there was some small space between the two. Also, my bolts seemed to be vertical and having the dimples over the tow hook seemed to make sense.
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Has anyone taken their WK2 to the dealer for a tow hook installation? Just wondering what they charged you?
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