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    XJ rear tow points

    Killed the budget on the front bumper...
    Anyone know if there is any easy (and cheap) solution to rear tow points on the back of an xj... aside from buying a hitch.

    I was debating just drilling holes in the frame and mounting hooks... suggestions?

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    My mopar hitch only bolts to the framerail nutsert.
    You could reasily reproduce this with tube or heavy plate and mount a hook however I would still want it somehow tied in to the opposite frame rail.
    I would NOT just mount a hook to two holes in the nutsert and try to do a real recovery off it. Have you looked at how thin the unibody is?
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    Buy my old hitch. What do you got against them.

    Or got a welder?
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    I got an XJ hitch you can have for $60.. dats cheaaaap!
    Added some tech:

    The unibody is stupid thin, not safe enough to pull from just one rail...
    I'm going to make an even beefier bumper with another hitch because I don't trust just the hitch itself (8 bolts), which is fine for light recovery... however I will be keeping it installed underneath for towing legalities...
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    you can get a hitch for a good price
    will be excellent tow point and will stiffen the frame too
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    ill be doing some fabricating to my rear bumper and possibly have some ideas for you im taking 2" square tubing and cutting the part where the nutstrip for the hitch goes in open and inserting the 2x2 in there then botling that to the frame and then im welding a hitch to the end of the 2 2x2's and then welding my bumper to that should be plenty strong and nice clearance rather than having the hitch behind the fuel tank

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    i think the hitch somewhat protects the gas tank

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    Ahh, just lift your tank flush with the frame rails like I did!


    I cut the sheet metal on the rear to open up the frame rails. I slide in 24" of 2x3 into rear and plug/seam welded it to the chassis, left 2" out the rear to bolt the bumper to. Best way to mount an XJ Rear bumper.

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    Although it's been a while.... I ended up just buying a hitch... the one from J-roc was fine, but TSC had a class 3 Reese that they ordered in and nobody picked up... on for 99 bux.. couldn't go wrong... it's a damn good thing too ... cause the day after I put it on I got buried in clay up to the rockers and had to get winched out from the rear...
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