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NHWK05 08-19-2009 03:45 PM

Front Tow Hooks and Install
Dont know if this belongs here or in Offroad mods section.

I bought a set of Two hooks for my jeep because well you never know when your going to need them and not all WKs have them. (most jeeps for some reason only had them with certain packages and you would think being a JEEP that should be a standard item)

The install is very easy and takes about 45 mins to do.

To start open the hood and remove the 6 push pins that hold the grille in place and set them and the grille to the side.

Then remove the 4 smaller push pins that are located at the top seam of the bumper right under where the bottom of the grille clips to the bumper. Set aside.

Then go to each wheel well and remove the 2 Plastic rivets on each wheel well edge.

(note, you can buy new rivets on ebay for $10 for 20 pcs usually and about $25 for the rivet gun on just for jeeps, BUT, if you dont want to do that, you can buy the same size push pins used to hold the grille on and those will work fine to replace the plastic rivets.)

Then remove the 8mm bolts that are facing upwards from the bumper in to the front fender at the corner.

Then remove the 3 10mm bolts under the front middle of the bumper behind the air damn on the cross member. (i love cordless impact guns for this kind of stuff. )

Then carefully unclip each corner of the bumper under each side of the head light and unplug the fog lights and set bumper cover aside. there is no need to remove the bumper asorber.

Next find the black bulge covers that are located on each side of the front X member covering the access hole of the frame rail/unibody rail. remove each 10mm bolt and set aside. one bolt per cover.

Now this is where its easy or some what difficult.

If you have all the hardware for the hooks this is really easy. (hardware kit is $45 from just for

The bolts are welded to a tab and you slide the tab in the frame rail and drop the bolts through the hole and there is no need to use 2 hands to hold the nuts and bolts.

Drop the longer frame tab in the holes and had tighten with hook in place. then drop in the single tab for the forward most hook bolt. tighten all hardware to 50ft lbs.
Repeat for the opposite side.

If you do not have the hardware kit like me then you need to go to the local hardware store and buy 6 grade 8 7/16ths bolts, 12 flat washers and 6 cut washer or lock washers and 6 lock nuts. (i had the 2 single bolt factory hardware tabs and only needed to buy 4 bolts and hardware to replace the 2 long 2 bolt tabs. )

Then you need to put 1 washer on each bolt and drop them in the holes 1 by 1.

Then put on 1 washer, 1 cut washer and 1 lock nut per and tighten all bolts evenly to 50 ft lbs.

Then re install frame access hole cover with 10mm bolt, re install bumper cover and all other hardware, grille and take pics.

Hooks are offered in black or chrome but the chrome ones do rust faster over time.


Hooks & Hardware kit.

Rivet gun (this may become very useful to buy if you plan to do a mopar body kit or constnatly remove riveted body parts. )

Rivet gun on ebay.


B.P.O.D 08-19-2009 03:54 PM

Re: Front Tow Hooks and Install
awesome write up kyle!!! +rep

Scottina06 08-19-2009 04:57 PM

Re: Front Tow Hooks and Install
the beastie now has fangs

NHWK05 08-19-2009 05:11 PM

Re: Front Tow Hooks and Install

Originally Posted by B.P.O.D (Post 49403)
awesome write up kyle!!! +rep

Thanks :)


Originally Posted by Scottina06 (Post 49434)
the beastie now has fangs


Scottina06 08-19-2009 07:29 PM

Re: Front Tow Hooks and Install
awesome write up....we need more of this!

NHWK05 08-20-2009 07:58 AM

Re: Front Tow Hooks and Install
Thanks Scott. I will try to do a write up with any mod i have done that does not already have a good write up.

I still dont get it though, jeep only puts tow hooks and skid plates on the specific models with the "up country suspension" package or limited models. 90% of people own a base model jeep and actually use it like a jeep where tow hooks and skids should be stock where most people with the limited and the models that actually have tow hooks and skids never see a dirt road.

08Hemi 08-20-2009 12:38 PM

Re: Front Tow Hooks and Install
My ltd does not have the hooks :( Thanks for the write-up Kyle, I am thinking some hooks for my LTD that will never see dirt would be nice...prolly get the chrome ones to match since they won't get much use :)

iJeep 08-20-2009 01:48 PM

Re: Front Tow Hooks and Install
Yes, very good write up. We encourage this kind of threads.. :thumbsup:

NHWK05 08-20-2009 03:53 PM

Re: Front Tow Hooks and Install
Thanks guys.

1 GRAND 08-20-2009 05:42 PM

Re: Front Tow Hooks and Install

I had to install the tow hooks on my old 94, and they have been used well since I did lol.

My Overland come with tow hooks but I want some chrome hooks for it.

Marlin 08-20-2009 05:46 PM

Re: Front Tow Hooks and Install
Our WH's all come with tow points but they're not as out there and dare I say... ugly as those...... :(

Marlon_JB2 08-20-2009 07:26 PM

Re: Front Tow Hooks and Install

I'm doing it TOMORROW! I have the hooks on standby!

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