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Recovery Hook Location On 76 Cj5

Discussion in 'Intermediate CJ-5/6/7/8' started by Downs, Dec 18, 2020.

  1. Dec 18, 2020
    Downs

    Downs Kubota Orange Rattlecan

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    Did they come with recovery hooks from the factory? If so where were they mounted? I currently have none and have a set to add but I'm going to need to drill some holes to mount them. I can't find a front mount receiver hitch to save my life, everything I've seen requires me to replace the stock bumper with an aftermarket bumper which I don't want to do.

    To be specific I'm talking about hooks similar to what you see on the front of most factory TJs. Similar not the same. The ones I picked up are the typical generic ones from CURT. 2 holes, with the spring metal strap keeper. Wanting to add one front one rear until I can get my rear 2in receiver hitch but would like to put them into a close factory position if they had them.
     
  2. Dec 18, 2020
    PeteL

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    Mounted mine by drilling down through the front frame rail 'horns' with a heavy angle iron backer also bolted through the side of the frame channel.

    On the rear, I have standard clevis type chain-grab hooks I can attach to the draw bar. But the OEM tow ball usually does fine.

    This is on an early CJ5. YJ had them from the factory mounted in a very similar way.
     
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  3. Dec 18, 2020
    Downs

    Downs Kubota Orange Rattlecan

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    Alright I found some random forum posts elsewhere it looks like on the front you just use the factory bumper bolt for the front hole then use that as a guide for the second hole which you have to drill (1/2 inch). If someone knows differently let me know.
     
  4. Dec 18, 2020
    Downs

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    I think I have some spare angle from a previous project may do that.
     
  5. Dec 18, 2020
    PeteL

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    Don't know if they were OEM on a '76, but that is the era when they were considered very sexy.

    I prefer not to have anything protruding beyond the bumper, so I did not use the bumper bolt.
     
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  6. Dec 18, 2020
    tomasinator

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    Here's how I bolted those hooks on my '76. The winch and winch plate had been installed by a previous owner. I bolted on the hooks.

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  7. Dec 18, 2020
    nickmil

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    They did not come from the factory. Whatever is added is owner mounted in those years.
     
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  8. Dec 18, 2020
    zila

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    I have always said. Own a Jeep? Buy a welder.
     
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  9. Dec 19, 2020
    Downs

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    Unfortunately for some people they get a little carried away. This video is from my CJ5 about 4 months ago when I was starting to tear it down. One or more of the previous owners had a welder and got a bit carried away.



    Not seen in that video is where they also welded side step tubes on INTO the body mounts. Which when I pulled the tub required me to break off the tubes by cutting them midway then levering them around with a breaker bar until they broke close to the frame. Then I had to break out the Plasma cutter to cut what was left out to the point I could get to the body mount bolts. Total crap show. Having a welder is good and all but some folks take it too far haha.

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  10. Dec 19, 2020
    zila

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    Some folks have zero fabrication skills. Looks like you found at least one of those guys.. Fugly... I built bumpers for my CJ front and rear, but I made em so they could be removed and used 2X4 tubing..
     
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    PeteL

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    This. I've fabricated many custom add-ons, but I always try to make them reversible, and do the minimum of impact on the original vehicle.

    On my M38A1, I mounted and used a snow-plow without drilling a single hole in the jeep.
     
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  12. Dec 19, 2020
    Downs

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    I found a picture of some factory add on recovery hooks and put one in that location on the front. In the rear I got some extended grade 8 hardware and use the mount holes for the shackle mount.

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  13. Dec 20, 2020
    sterlclan

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    I have an angle iron rear bumper drilled two one inch holes in it to fit a shackle. The front bumper/winch mount is three inch channel I hook a short strap to both ends and tension pulls it tight to the frame on both sides so the eyes don’t slide off.
     
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