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Old 01-21-2014, 01:32 AM
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Re: No tow hooks? Front Recovery Soluition help

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Yep, looks the same as MY12-13, and presents the same issue as the last two years. Basically, unless you want to involve yourself in some serious engineering, your options are as follows:

1. Get the Mopar recovery hook, and have a single 4.5t rated recovery point which requires you to remove the lower section of your bumper to use (only 5 quarter-turn clips and recommended for off-road use by Jeep). These were going for around $300 on eBay last time I checked.

2. Get 2 of the Mopar kits and have a reverse bracket fabricated to give you two 4.5t rated recovery points, but still requiring the removal of the lower bumper for use. This is the option I originally chose, and I have since passed on the hooks to another member. It cost me about $700 but gave me piece of mind.

3. Wait for bmackin's recovery points to go into production and have these fitted. I believe these have been rated for recovery, but I don't know the figures or cost off the top of my head. I haven't been following them as I went with option 4.

4. Have a bullbar fitted. This is the most expensive option, but also gives additional protection to the front of the vehicle, the low-mounted windscreen washer bottle and air suspension compressor, and replaces the plastic bash plate with a metal one, as well as increasing approach angle and allowing fitment of a winch, driving lights, aerials, etc. ECB and Uneek 4x4 bars each have two unrated recovery points (Uneek's appear pretty substantial and I would be confident using them. I haven't eyeballed ECB's so can't comment on them), and ARB will have a single 4.5t rated point when it becomes available (no date for availability the last I checked). I went with a Uneek bar.

5. The Rocky Road winch mount kit replaces the steel crossmember thingy pictured above and allows fitment of the US hooks. It retains the factory bumper so does not affect the styling. The cheapest you can get this with the hooks is US$465 plus postage to Australia. There are other options which also allow fitment of driving lights. I know of at least one forum member in Oz with this option.


One forum member said he managed to fit the US hooks himself but would not share how. I'm not aware of any other options, but feel free to add if you know of another.


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Spot on! Good write-up.
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Old 01-21-2014, 01:35 AM
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Re: No tow hooks? Front Recovery Soluition help

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Ok, someone did post a pic of the shortened chassis horn:



No tow hooks? Front Recovery Soluition help

"Knew I had a photo here somewhere. You can see here that the "bumper support bar" or whatever we're calling it bends back towards the car on '12-13 "pedestrian safe" models (haven't seen a '14 but assuming its the same judging by everyone's comments) whereas the '11 and US model bar goes straight across. And therein lies the problem. You could possibly drill holes, but they won't come close to lining up with your hooks anyway."

Might need a wider shot of your mount point to see if it does the same thing.....
Good photo but I think it got reversewd somewhere along the line. My crap Jeep Aust. hook is on the left (Aussie passenger) side.
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Old 01-21-2014, 04:38 AM
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Good photo but I think it got reversewd somewhere along the line. My crap Jeep Aust. hook is on the left (Aussie passenger) side.

Nope, not reversed. Again, I fitted two of the 'Jeep Australia' hooks, which Barboots now has. See "option 2".


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Old 01-21-2014, 05:46 AM
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Re: No tow hooks? Front Recovery Soluition help

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Nope, not reversed. Again, I fitted two of the Mopar hooks, which Barboots now has. See "option 2".


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Rhys I reckon that using the term "Mopar hook" is causing confusion. I'm not familiar with the MY12 / MY13 version of this recovery point debacle, but from what I read now the "Mopar" hooks are the ones which don't fit Aussie Grand Cherokees. The ones you bought seem to be better referred to as the "Jeep Australia hooks".

For others reading, these were available for one side only, however Rhys mirrored the bracket to make a complete set. This is something any decent steel fabrication shop could do for you. If you can wait, the Chief has a great solution coming, but there's definitely a solid option available now if you need it.

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Old 01-21-2014, 08:00 AM
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Genuine Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge parts and accessories have always been branded Mopar, but if it avoids confusion I will call them Jeep Australia hooks. Posts edited to reflect that.


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Old 01-22-2014, 01:56 AM
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Re: No tow hooks? Front Recovery Soluition help

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Nope, not reversed. Again, I fitted two of the 'Jeep Australia' hooks, which Barboots now has. See "option 2".


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Sorry! I forgot it was that style of hook you used.
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Re: No tow hooks? Front Recovery Soluition help

I've been quoted $620 for one hook on the passengers side from a dealer. Is this in the ball park?
I am going away for a few months shortly and would like something sorted before I go so it looks like my only option is a dealer fit unfortunately.
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Old 01-28-2014, 12:29 AM
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Re: No tow hooks? Front Recovery Soluition help

$620??? Ouch.... I'd hold out for the Chief option if you can. Not sure if you can buy the Jeep Australia hooks and fit it yourself?
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Re: No tow hooks? Front Recovery Soluition help

Do they supply lube with that, or do you get it dry?

Holy moley!

+1 on trying for "supply only". Fitting is easy if you have an internet connection near the garage

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Old 01-28-2014, 01:01 AM
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Re: No tow hooks? Front Recovery Soluition help

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I've been quoted $620 for one hook on the passengers side from a dealer. Is this in the ball park?
I am going away for a few months shortly and would like something sorted before I go so it looks like my only option is a dealer fit unfortunately.
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The Chief Products hooks will be available next month. They will be significantly cheaper than $620, will be available for both sides and are much easier to install.

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Re: No tow hooks? Front Recovery Soluition help

Yes it is too expensive but I am in a spot as I will be travelling. I don't think the chief ones will be ready in time for when I leave in 4 weeks, I can't fit them myself so the timings a problem. Perhaps some other people on the forum have had them fitted at a more reasonable price. Hopefully they can tell me where and how much.
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$620??? Ouch.... I'd hold out for the Chief option if you can. Not sure if you can buy the Jeep Australia hooks and fit it yourself?
Yes you can buy the JA recovery point and fit your self
Its about $270.00 or so
But i would wait for the Cheif ones
Much better option
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