I finally got around to pulling off the front bumper again and finishing my front end mods.
My PREVIOUS POST
I showed how the front hitch / winch mount went on, but it will be highlighted again in this post.
Here's the brackets I made up after welding and painting, they will attach into the two stock holes in the bottom of the Jeep's tube frame, AND be welded additionally to the front hitch mount I put on earlier.
Here's a shot of the Right hand one installed and a few notes added,
There's a total of seven, 1/2" bolts on EACH side of the combination now, (14 bolts tota,l not counting the tow hook bolts) all but two have 1/2" thick 1" X 2" thick spacer washers on the inside, to icrease thier strength, this exceeds the Class III specifications that would be used if it were a rear towing hitch mount.
And an over all shot where you can see the hitch mount
see the dirt driveway I have to work in
.. I REALLY wish I had a garage!!!
... here's a shot from the side with the bumper back on .. I was thinking of painting a couple of "D" shackles black and leaving them in the front tow bar tabs?
So I cut out the bumper for the front hitch before ... and this time just a little 1/4" shave on the bottom where the tow tabs were.
I think I got the tow hook pretty much in the factory location too .. total cost was $70 for the front hitch and $12 or 15 each for the tow hooks.
It still took me all my spare time in two days to fabricate the brackets though (that's time on top of the hitch install earlier) ... they are more complicated then they look, and I had to redo them once as well to get them right.
I like the final result though! I think they look good and more importantly they will WORK good too