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Re: 2016 Grand Cherokee Overland High Altitude

I don't but I may take some. If you look at the installation instructions at Chief products <http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0277/9567/files/wk2-recovery-point.pdf?5910844371740396621> and Ohio Diesel <http://www.ohiodieselparts.com/downloads> They each have better pictures than I could take. I didn't have to remove the fascia only the splash guard. The angled hooks from both companies will foul the fascia opening on my model. The straight ones won't require as much cutting of the fascia.
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In mid-2016 I bought a 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland High Altitude. The High Altitude trim package gives the Overland many features of the Summit model.

My purposes in buying a Jeep were: I’ve always wanted to have one; I have friends that own them and speak of camping, hunting, and exploring in the mountains of western Washington; access to which are old logging roads: and traveling over the mountain passes in winter for family events (my grand children, both sexes, play hockey and travel frequently over the passes for games and tournaments. As grand parents, we choose to attend the games. My oldest grand daughter is a music major at Central Washington University and has frequent concerts throughout the year). I bought the Jeep model I did because I also wanted to be comfortable and the Overland High Altitude has many creature comforts. But, it is a Jeep.

After I took position, I researched accessaries and ordered skid plates, tow hooks, and rear fog lights. The parts came into the dealership. The service department installed the skid plates, but wouldn’t install the tow hooks telling me there was no where to install them and the fog lights didn’t have the correct electrical connections. They then charged me a restocking fee saying that I provided the MoPar (Jeep) part numbers, not the part’s department, implying that they never would have ordered the parts because they would have known they were un installable. I then searched the internet looking for answers. What is an automobile, let alone a Jeep, without strong points where one can attach tow straps,?

The information from my search was inconclusive and confusing at best. “...of course you can” said one. “...just come on over and I’ll weld some on for you” said another. The owner’s manuals cautioned about altering the front end because of all the sensors and stuff. Some talked about removing the “front fascia” and others said that the fascia on the model I had wasn’t designed to be removable. The most confusing was the dealer’s service manager repeatedly telling me I had a Summit model while the paperwork said it was an Overland High Altitude. The “Coup De Gras” was the sales department and the service department asking me “ . . . why do you want to take such a nice car off road? ....” My reply was; “because it’s a ****ing Jeep.” All the positive and negative responses above never had specifics about the issue I was having.

Finally, six months later, I found a company and web site that had a specific explanation and answer to my issue. It was refreshing to write and eventually talk with someone that had answers to my questions.

I always wondered why the fascia had what appeared to be a “knock out” or precut piece on the passenger’s side fascia. It seems Jeep decided that on its “luxury” models they would equip and sell a portable tow hook that would screw into the front end through the port on the passenger side. It appears no one bought them. Therefore, the “port” is still there, but the internal components are not. Why retool the fascia? Other car makers used the same concept, a search of the internet and You Tube will show how they were to be used.

There are manufactures that make bolt on tow hooks, and in their installation instructions describe the removal of the fascia to gain access to the mounting area. Some Jeep models have an easily removable fascia in order to increase the entry angle for off road use. Designed to be removed before and reinstalled after your off road venture. The High Altitude and the Summit do not.

This company’s representative was knowledgeable, knew my issues, and had the answers to and an explanation for my issues. I ordered their parts.

They were easy to install and only required dropping the splash shield under the radiator and the cutting of an opening on the driver’s side fascia. I now have “tow hooks” A.K.A. “strong points” on my Jeep. I am still working on the rear fog lights, but with a much lower priority.

Installation notes from me:
1. My cutting of the driver’s side fascia could have been done better. I used the passenger side knock out dimensions for my driver’s side cut lines. The cut out I made is much larger than it could or should have been.
2. The fascia is made of reinforced plastic, kinda like fiberglass, with fibers mixed with the plastic. Oscillating cutting devices, cutting discs, and side cutting rotary tools foul and generate heat which causes the plastic compound to melt, and the design of the pattern makes the approach to the desired cut lines difficult making the precise dimensions of the opening difficult to control. The fouling of the tool and the melting of the substance makes mis cuts from the desired cut lines problematic. I had problems.
3. Although the opening I made is much larger than it could or should have been. It is unnoticeable unless you lay down in front of the Jeep and look directly at the cut opening. I opine that it will not affect the utility or function of my Jeep. Also I doubt it will affect the trade in price or resale price of my Jeep.
4. If I were able to cut again, I would only remove the center of the fascia to accommodate the unobstructed height and width of the shaft of the hook.

I hope that my comments will help others that may be dealing with the need for tow hooks on their High Altitude and Summit Jeep Grand Cherokees.

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Re: 2016 Grand Cherokee Overland High Altitude

I'm a bit confused because it's indeed possible to install the OEM tow hooks on the MY15-16 HA and MY14+ Summit...many folks have done so. It just takes some extra work because of the need to cut the fascia. The mount points are there regardless of trim level, however. The process has been documented here by one or more Jeep Garage members over time.

That said, I'm glad you found a vendor and solution that worked for you!
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I have pictures, but I am unsure how to upload them. I'm an old guy and technology is not easy for me. I've attempted to attach a photo to this post.
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Sorry!! No luck! I'll keep working on it, or can someone direct me to the directions and where to do so.
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I may have done it. My profile picture shows the front end with the newly installed tow hooks.
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After family health issues, I think I have finally posted photos that you asked for.
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