How to: Fit towhooks to an '05+

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  1. jhblackwell

    jhblackwell New Member

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    You would have to on an '06. I assume an '05 would be similar. Actually, you remove the plastic bumper cover. Following is part of how I installed my front shackles with how you remove the grill and bumper, etc.

    pop hood and release clips at top of front grill, starting at headlights
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    continue releasing clips along top of grille
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    lean grill top out to release lower clips and remove grill.
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    unscrew each turn signal lens.
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    pull assembly out of slot in fender cowling
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    remove bolt from fender cowling at headlight
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    remove bolt on bottom of cowling by bottom of radiator, each side
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    pry plastic pop rivet off at bottom, each side
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    pry pop rivet off at leading edge of front fender well lining
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    slide screw driver, etc., behind head of pop rivet and carefully pry out
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    release clip at top of cowling by wheel well
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    gently pull on turn signal harness rivet and remove from cowling
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    twist turn signal bulb socket and remove. cowling should drop off
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    front of KJ with plastic removed
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    remove all three nuts from tow hooks and remove
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    remove "w", or double bolt leaving spring clip nut in place
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    remove access hole cap
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    tow hook access hole ready to modify
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    Once you have the access hole cap off you can retrieve the "M" bolt. Hope this helps.
     
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    HoosierJeeper Gold Supporter/Admin Staff Member Administrator

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    Nice write up...saved me! :)
     
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    Nice work can you throw up a pic of it all done
     
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    Love the write-up, and the pics were great - always worth a thousand words... Especially the last one of the whole thing re-assembled.

    My only question is why you didn't cut out the areas around the hooks for better access? I don't mean to be critical, as I may have a problem chopping into mine some day as well, but the cut-out areas are clearly defined in the bumper, and I think with it off even I could follow the lines... Id tape them up first to protect the finish, but some carefull work with even a hacksaw would be all that is needed.
     
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    thank gawd this was here. was about to cut a hole through my bumper to fit my hooks! haha
     
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    A few more pics during the installation:
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    dude?! why?1 i did mine with the bumper on lmao
    just gota take yoru time... oh well
     
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    I like how HJ has a fancy shoe polisher in his garage. Not only does his KJ need to be spotless, but apparently his shoes do as well :eek:

    :D :p
     
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    Yeah, I'm a bit OCD about those too.... :D

    Geeky: I dropped the M bolt in the frame....so that was my only option...
     
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    oh dude that [email protected]!!! i was terrified to do that..

    but i also wasnt goign to be able to take off my skin.

    and i kinda wondered about the ocd.
     
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    btw.. nice writeup!
     
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    HJ, you need to cut out the access holes on the bumper just above the hooks. I used a dremel when I did mine and it went through the plastic bumper like it was butter. Just hold the dremel steady and follow the indentation for the cut-out on the bumper.

    Dave
     
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    i used a blade and took my time. then i used a tool i kept from working at fabriform ( make dumpester lids) and removed the burs.
     
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    If you have trimmed your bumper you don't need to take of the cover. I just used a ratchet strap to pull the cover out a bit, removed the cap and installed the tow hook.
     
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    I need to do that. I need to get a better cut off wheel for my dremel though.
     
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    on the flip side.. chains and straps arent going to come off easily ( these hooks didnt come with a spring..)
     
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    Cut it HJ. You can do it. Then wax the cut......:D

    Dave
     
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