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2016 Grand Cherokee Overland High Altitude

I have received mixed information from online requests, dealers, and friends for the installation of tow hooks to this model. Responses ranging from "it can't be done", "the model's design doesn't allow it", warnings to not modify the front end in the owner's manuals, to "just bring it in and I'll weld some on for you". Does anyone here have the definitive answer? LO

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Re: 2016 Grand Cherokee Overland High Altitude

Search the forums. It can absolutely be done, the frame is the same as any other GC. However, it does not have the pre-made cutouts to access where the tow hooks connect. I would not simply have a shop weld some on for you, but search the forms and see how others have done it using the OEM Mopar/Jeep tow hooks. It requires cutting a slot into the "eggcrate" plastic.

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Re: 2016 Grand Cherokee Overland High Altitude

Kinda wished I would have waited on a High Altitude model. I like the fender flares and I'm not planning to use the tow hooks ever.

Are you planning to use the tow hooks or do you mainly like the look?
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Re: 2016 Grand Cherokee Overland High Altitude

I bought a Jeep and I think there should be accessible strong points (tow hooks) on the front end.
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I bought a Jeep and I think there should be accessible strong points (tow hooks) on the front end.
Keep in mind that the HA and Summit were not marketed for off road frolic...but both are perfectly capable of having the tow hooks installed with some minor modification of the front fascia. The mounting points are all there.
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Jim-in-PA:
Although I now live North of Seattle, WA; I was born and raised in Berks County in the Reading, PA area, and went to school in Philadelphia. It's good to hear from a home town boy. I dated a girl from Bucks County in the mid-1960s. I wish I could find her so I could talk to her once more.
My Jeep was purchased to get me up and down muddy, snow covered, old logging roads in the mountains out here while hunting. I was very surprised to find out the dealer would not install tow hooks, and wouldn't discuss a tow bar despite the vehicle having the proper features to be able to flat tow it. Perhaps they should re-name it a JINO* rather than a Jeep.

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Re: 2016 Grand Cherokee Overland High Altitude

Lynn, your dealer may be refusing to install the tow hooks because of the required physical modification of the fascia to accomplish that on the HA and Summit. Not many dealers are going to be willing to make cuts like that. Self-install or hiring a local, independent mechanic for that is a good solution and the labor may very well cost less than it would have been if a dealer was willing to do the work.

If by tow-bar you mean front mounted accommodations for flat-towing, you're going to be in the same boat. Dealers will not often install third party solutions for things like that...AFAIK, Jeep doesn't offer it themselves. You can acquire the parts and just have an independent mechanic or RV specialist install them if you're not comfortable with the task.

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Re: 2016 Grand Cherokee Overland High Altitude

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I have received mixed information from online requests, dealers, and friends for the installation of tow hooks to this model. Responses ranging from "it can't be done", "the model's design doesn't allow it", warnings to not modify the front end in the owner's manuals, to "just bring it in and I'll weld some on for you". Does anyone here have the definitive answer? LO
dealerships wont even put on different wheels

seems like standard practice just to not modify the vehicle in any way, shape or form


that said the towhook DIY's on here look badass
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Re: 2016 Grand Cherokee Overland High Altitude

FYI: I purchased a tow hook from Ohio Diesel Parts
<ohiodieselparts.com> , and will attempt to install it on the passenger side where the, what appears to be a removable section, in the fascia that has been cut by Jeep. They say it can be done without removing the fascia. The drivers side is questionable, but I will be checking it out. More later.
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You can also install the driver-side tow hook, but you will need to cut the fascia to do so. Many folks have done this on the Summit which shares it's fascias with the HA.
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The hook went on without a problem. I didn't remove the fascia only the splash shield. The driver's side will be just as easy after making a hole in the fascia on that side. I didn't reinstall the splash shield, I ordered another hook, and I'll put it all back together after it arrives on Wednesday.
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The hook went on without a problem. I didn't remove the fascia only the splash shield. The driver's side will be just as easy after making a hole in the fascia on that side. I didn't reinstall the splash shield, I ordered another hook, and I'll put it all back together after it arrives on Wednesday.
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