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OEM and they won't run as much. Complete guarantee for compatibility and for pull force if/when needed.

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Re: Tow Hooks?

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OEM and they won't run as much. Complete guarantee for compatibility and for pull force if/when needed.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00BZ...=1&pc_redir=T1


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I have those hooks I bought off someone on this forum but don't have the hardware to install them. Wish Jeep would just sell the hardware.


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Re: Tow Hooks?

Striking out at the salvage yards. Seems not to many auto salvage yards have any 2011 or newer body style. Found one yard in be Benton Harbor, MI (not to far from me in Grand Rapids) that has over 100 GCs (thought I hit the jackpot) but they strip all the parts and don't save these bolts or brackets, (just the tow hooks themselves) anyone know of any yards in the US that might have a lot of 2011 or newer Jeep GCs? The parts I need wouldn't cost too much to ship) Only other option I can find is pay the $189 for a set of black tow hooks from my local jeep dealer, just for the hardware to use to install the chrome tow hooks I got off eBay.
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I have those hooks I bought off someone on this forum but don't have the hardware to install them. Wish Jeep would just sell the hardware.


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You may be able to piece it together using the mopar parts website.

Click on "Quick Image" and you will see all pieces you may not have. There are even part #'s that can be used if needed to order from the dealer. Or just order from the website. Good luck!
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Old 06-07-2016, 10:12 AM
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I was actually looking at these also let me know what you decide to do.


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I haven't decided one way or the other just yet. Like others have said, I'm not convinced these are a "better" alternative to the OEM hooks. I like that they're somewhat unique, and I'm sure they'd do the trick. Decisions, decisions...
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The OEM hooks also connect to the back of the post with a 30mm stud. These look to mount only at the spacer location which may or may not reduce strength or capability.


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Either option would be just as strong.

The rear (horizontal) bolt on the OEM tow hooks does not significantly contribute to the 'strength' of the tow hook mounting.

The 2 main bolts are the primary force holding the tow hook and with the proper torque setting would effectively make the tow hooks a 'part of' the frame (clamping forces combined with material friction).

If you over-stress either product you would most likely end up bending that section of the sub-frame rather than bending/breaking the tow hooks.

The key point I like to the 'loop' style tow hooks is that you don't have to worry about the tow strap/rope falling off the hook if there is slack since you would have to use a shackle to attach the strap/rope.

The problem I see with the OP eBay item is the price (and warranty).
http://www.chiefproducts.com.au/prod...ry-point-front
$260AUD = $194USD
And I seem to recall that Chief is working on opening a US distribution center and as such are offering free shipping to the USA with sufficient purchase.

Though they do offer an SS version that would be tempting:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Jeep-Grand-C...-/361573206063
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Old 06-26-2016, 08:56 AM
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Don't waste your money on these, they're way over priced. Let's completely ignore the engineering aspect and assume they're equally strong as the OEM hooks. This is what I used to do for a living (Journeyman Tool & Die maker for many years), so their fancy trade lingo isn't impressive at all.

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Two (2) Tow Hooks 3/4" 1018 steel - Sounds great because it has a number like we're used to hearing for stainless steel and aluminum. However 1018 is about the cheapest mild steel you can buy. This stuff is low-grade, and it WILL rust immediately if it's not painted (or the paint gets chipped).

Two (2) Spacer Blocks 6061 hardened billet - Here's the really humorous part. The spacer blocks that you don't see, are made of aluminum (6061) so they won't rust. Why not just use more mild steel. They also say they're "hardened billet". Yes 6061 is technically "hard" but it's still aluminum and comes about as hard as it can get. These aren't specially treated chunks of aluminum. The photo looks like they took some bar stock, cut two lengths, and drilled a pair of holes into them. We're talking $15 of materials, and 5 minutes of time on those.

Four (4) Grade 8 Yellow Zinc Bolts & Four (4) Garde 8 Locking Washers - Okay these are at least decent, though nothing you can't go to the local hardware store and pick up for around $10.

These look like cheap hooks, and that's because they are. I'm not trying to offend anyone who has bought these, or who is considering them. Yes they'll get the job done, but if I was spending $200 on a set of tow hooks, I'd buy the factory set or find some D-Ring hooks before I spent that much on these. I think $100 would be a much more reasonable price for them, but that's just my opinion. Take it for what it's worth (which isn't much).
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Old 06-26-2016, 09:06 AM
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Though they do offer an SS version that would be tempting
Yes, those are a bit more practical than the other set, they're still a bit overpriced. $350, really? You get the same $25 worth of aluminum blocks, and grade 8 fasteners, but they tack on an extra $150 for the SS hooks?

I also find it pretty shady how the listing for the SS set has a nice chrome plated set of spacer blocks next to the polished stainless hooks. Look at the "contents" and you'll notice it's the exact same aluminum spacers, so why did they suddenly get shinny in the photo?
I'd also be interested to see if they actually polish the hooks or if they just ship the raw 316ss and call it "polished" due to it's more lustrous finish. The photo where you can see the mirror like reflection of the bolt, is chrome plated or polished, and that's how they should arrive if they're being sold as polished. That said though I feel these are over priced too.
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Re: Tow Hooks?

Maybe not for everyone, but they're great for me. I didn't pay the advertised price - made an offer and it was accepted (less than Mopar hooks). Also, these were much easier to install than the OEM hooks (I put them on a 2011), no spacer, no bracket, no double sided tape, etc... Time will tell if they hold up, hard to imagine a scenario where they'd fail though. Cheers!!
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Done!
what model jeep is that? i like the inserts around the hooks.
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what model jeep is that? i like the inserts around the hooks.
It's a 2015 Limited
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