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2016 Summit and High Altitude Tow Hook Access Panel

There was a discussion going on in the " What did you do to your WK2 today? " thread about a removable tow hook access plate on the new Summit lower fascia
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I was at my local dealership on Friday and noticed on the 2016 High Altitude and Summit models there is now a single removable access panel ONLY on the passenger side lower honeycomb fascia. I stopped by the dealership again this morning to open the panel and take pictures. There appears to be plenty of room and access to bolt a OEM tow hook in there. I have never tried the install on my Summit so those who have please feel free to tell us what your observations are. I will post a few more pictures and a close up of the product number on the panel itself.
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Old 06-26-2016, 10:41 AM
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Re: 2016 Overland and Summit Tow Hook Access Panel

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Old 06-26-2016, 10:51 AM
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Re: 2016 Overland and Summit Tow Hook Access Panel

hmm I'm confused what that is for. maybe there is some minimal optional hook to attach in there? if that is what it is for doesn't appear to be much room to get a tow strap around it?

Look how far the factory hooks stick out beyond the honey comb, so they cant intend to use the standard big hooks. there must be some small hook or eylet?

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Re: 2016 Overland and Summit Tow Hook Access Panel

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hmm I'm confused what that is for. maybe there is some minimal optional hook to attach in there? if that is what it is for doesn't appear to be much room to get a tow strap around it?

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After having done the tow hook mod do you think an OEM hook would fit in the given area behind this panel? I was anticipating seeing a hook of some kind as you had mentioned with the European models.
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Re: 2016 Overland and Summit Tow Hook Access Panel

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hmm I'm confused what that is for. maybe there is some minimal optional hook to attach in there? if that is what it is for doesn't appear to be much room to get a tow strap around it?

Look how far the factory hooks stick out beyond the honey comb, so they cant intend to use the standard big hooks. there must be some small hook or eylet?

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I did pay close attention to your mod when you were doing it and how great it turned out. After looking at your finished mod and how the hooks stick out on the Summit and the fronts of the limited models that I saw I was wondering if the panel was just meant to be removed if you choose to add a tow hook permanently? If that was the case then why not both sides? I have to take our Summit back in for some unfinished recall work when I go back I will ask the dealer for some info on the purpose of the panel.
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I did pay close attention to your mod when you were doing it and how great it turned out. After looking at your finished mod and how the hooks stick out on the Summit and the fronts of the limited models that I saw I was wondering if the panel was just meant to be removed if you choose to add a tow hook permanently? If that was the case then why not both sides? I have to take our Summit back in for some unfinished recall work when I go back I will ask the dealer for some info on the purpose of the panel.
GRIM, the factory OEM hooks stick out about 2.5 inches from the honey comb plastic. They stick out just far enough to get a decent D ring around them. So yeah there is no way they are using the original factory hook on that as it would not sit behind the honey comb plastic as the rest of that lower grill appears unchanged except for the hatch.

The OEM ones sit back in there pretty far and they are down pretty low and being painted black most people don't even notice they are there when walking by it unless they are looking for them. One thing of note also is not every D ring fits around them, I think I put a good one I found and ordered a few of in the install thread.

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Re: 2016 Overland and Summit Tow Hook Access Panel

To answer your other question I don't think there is enough space on the right side of the hatch to get the original factory hook though it. so even if it was intended to stick out I don't think it would fit. the hatch appears not positioned correctly and probably a bit too small width wise.
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Re: 2016 Overland and Summit Tow Hook Access Panel

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GRIM, the factory OEM hooks stick out about 2.5 inches from the honey comb plastic. They stick out just far enough to get a decent D ring around them. So yeah there is no way they are using the original factory hook on that as it would not sit behind the honey comb plastic as the rest of that lower grill appears unchanged except for the hatch.

The OEM ones sit back in there pretty far and they are down pretty low and being painted black most people don't even notice they are there when walking by it unless they are looking for them. One thing of note also is not every D ring fits around them, I think I put a good one I found and ordered a few of in the install thread.

Below are a few shoots of how far they stick out beyond honey comb
I have followed your advise and ordered the Black Tow Kit for my '15 JGC Summit.

Looking at your pictures above, the gap on the sides of your tow hooks look much tighter in the upper 3 picture compared to the lower picture. Did you install a small molding between the tow hook & the honeycomb?

Or. you mentioned you had a spare honeycomb grill and did you recut the holes and use the second grill?

Looks really good, thanks.
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I have followed your advise and ordered the Black Tow Kit for my '15 JGC Summit.

Looking at your pictures above, the gap on the sides of your tow hooks look much tighter in the upper 3 picture compared to the lower picture. Did you install a small molding between the tow hook & the honeycomb?

Or. you mentioned you had a spare honeycomb grill and did you recut the holes and use the second grill?

Looks really good, thanks.
Most of that maybe shadows and lighting, I did have about an 1/8th inch gap on the inside of each hook which I put a small bit of black epoxy in just so it was as tight as the outer edge. The pictures were taken at different times but it is the same grill and no additional cutting was done. I did buy a second grill as I wanted to be prepared incase I made any cutting mistakes when it was all apart but I never used the second grill and sold it afterwards. Some people have mentioned that they found it easier to remove the whole front bumper cover vs just the lower airdam like I and some others did. There are some tight spots to get your hands in removing the lower air dam but either way should work if you are patient with it. Leave yourself some time to do it, its not a half hour job. I think it took me around 4 hours start to finish but im sure that varies depending on peoples skill levels.
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Re: 2016 Summit and High Altitude Tow Hook Access Panel

On my old Audi A4 we had a removable tow hook on one side as well for the bumper which they supplied the screw-able tow hook in the trunk.

I assumed of all vehicles to be equipped the Jeep would have the same.


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