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Custom Rear Tow Hooks

I did my first mod to the 2010 XK I bought back in February over the weekend.

Basically I mail ordered two 3/4" bullnose rings online, went to Sears Hardware and picked up two 3/16"x2"x36" weldable stock and four 7/16"x3" grade 8 bolts.

Cut the 3/16" stock in half (four 18" pieces) drilled two 7/16" holes in each piece for mounting and a 7/8 hole at the end for the bullnose ring. Trimmed the 18" pieces to be tapered on the visible end for asthetics and minor ground clearance. Drilled matching 7/16 holes in the rear subframe that stretches back for the receiver mount and bolted it all together.

The mounting plates had to be slightly bent with the vise and a big C-clamp to fit the hooks.

Hope the images are viewable. Feel free to provide feedback about looks and durability, don't worry about hurting my feelings..... it was all under $50 and a few hours on a Saturday.
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Looks good but a lot of work when you could have just used the hitch receiver. Actual pics of how they are mounted would be nice.

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Pics of the actual piece would be good. Sure sounds good. I take it is all bolted,
no welds?
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I've been thinking about this idea in my head for some time now. Looks great BTW, I would also like to see how you did it. Tho, mine will be a bit different......it's still bassically the same as yours, great job.
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I'll take some better pics when I get the chance..... those were done with the cell phone and it's overcast today. They give a good impression of what the average passerbyer will see

I agree that the rear receiver would work, but consider this practice for a front receiver that will be my next project (didn't have time this weekend for that one, else it would have been first).
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Yes, all bolted.

I have a welder... and I have welded ...... but I am not a welder.
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It appears that you have bolted these to the rear frame rails, so correct me if I am wrong. The factory rear tow hook also mounts to the rear of the driver's side frame rail. However, the hook also includes a u-shaped heavy duty brace that bolts to the end of the frame rail on one end and to one of the four holes in the transverse frame member where the hitch receiver bolts in. This brace keeps the frame rail from twisting whenever a lateral load is put on the hook. Just something to think about. Otherwise, they look slick.
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I like the utility of hooks in those spots:



This is from our WK, but it shows 4xGuard's Rear Sliders (and a Rear Guard 2 prototype) that will also fit the XK.
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I like the utility of hooks in those spots:



This is from our WK, but it shows 4xGuard's Rear Sliders (and a Rear Guard 2 prototype) that will also fit the XK.
when is the skid going to be on the market?
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It appears that you have bolted these to the rear frame rails, so correct me if I am wrong. The factory rear tow hook also mounts to the rear of the driver's side frame rail. However, the hook also includes a u-shaped heavy duty brace that bolts to the end of the frame rail on one end and to one of the four holes in the transverse frame member where the hitch receiver bolts in. This brace keeps the frame rail from twisting whenever a lateral load is put on the hook. Just something to think about. Otherwise, they look slick.
I don't believe those hooks are useable with the hitch installed.
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