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Posted: 03/09/20 06:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm prepping to flat-tow my 2015 Wrangler Rubicon JKU. I want to attach my coiled safety cables to the frame rails, but the jeep has an aftermarket front bumper, and no "slot" or other anchor point in the side of frame rails.

I'm looking for suggestions, experience, wisdom with this. Is it possible to add an anchor point somewhere - other than the bumper?

I suppose I could install anchors on the bumper, but that kinda defeats the purpose of the safety cables if its the bumper that fails.

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Posted: 03/09/20 07:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What base plates are you using?
Base plates normally have a place to connect safety cables.


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I attach my tow bar to the shackle/recovery tabs on the bumper. Its a beefy aftermarket offroad bumber with a winch, etc.

Was easy with my old Wrangler - my cables attached to a slot in the frame. Easy-peezy.

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enblethen wrote:

What base plates are you using?
Base plates normally have a place to connect safety cables.


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Your base plate has the hooks to attach the safety cables..

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Posted: 03/10/20 06:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I’m pretty sure he is not using a base plate.


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wildtoad wrote:

I’m pretty sure he is not using a base plate.


Correct. I apologize if I didn't make that clear in my post, or my 1st reply. [emoticon] I am NOT using a base plate.

To re-frame my question: to anybody that has experience attaching safety cable to a jeep wrangler with an aftermarket bumper (ie, not the factory bumper) and NO base plate - HOW do/did YOU attach the safety cables?

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You need to attache it to the frame rails some how. You might check out this option from eTrailer

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Posted: 03/10/20 08:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What attaches he after-market bumper to the frame?
What kind of tow bar attachment to the Jeep?

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All aftermarket bumpers are not created equal. Mine is made from 3/16" steel, and bolted to the frame rails in multiple places, with grade 8 hardware. The hitch will likely tear free from the motorhome before the Jeep bumper comes off.

I had considered drilling two holes on the bumper bottom lip, and using shackles. But I decided to use the fairlead roller on the winch to mount the safety cables. This is also 3/16" steel, and uses 4 grade 8 bolts.

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Take a look at where the safety cables/chains attach to the MH tow hitch. There's the weak link in my case. YMMV!


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Its not rocket science, just attach them !!


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