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post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-17-2017, 01:52 PM
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@SkipW @Len1304 I stand corrected. In that case, I recant my previous statement!

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@SkipW @Len1304 I stand corrected. In that case, I recant my previous statement!

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It's okay. The recovery hooks are a bit of a gray area for jeep. The Cherokee to this day is the only vehicle with recovery hooks that are not specifically addressed in the owners manual and when I approached FCA about it I was told they wouldn't tell me what they are rated for (recovery weight limit). Ideally it's 1.5x the weight of the vehicle or the GVW of 5,500lbs.


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Forgot the pic of the Plasti Dipped rear recovery points previously mentioned...


Stealthhawk,

What D-Ring are you using on the back bumper?

Is it one like this one?
https://www.amazon.com/Rugged-Ridge-...D+ring+shackle



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Stealthhawk,

What D-Ring are you using on the back bumper?

Is it one like this one?
https://www.amazon.com/Rugged-Ridge-...D+ring+shackle



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The bolt on clevis mount is this one from Teraflex:

https://www.amazon.com/Teraflex-4603...JNXKM6H598FBD5

The "pretty" anchor shackle is an inexpensive Smittybilt that I would not worry about someone "borrowing":

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001CF1A6U...ing=UTF8&psc=1

For actual recovery work I would not use anything other than a Crosby, but they are kind of ugly to have hanging on your Jeep. Their red ones are nicely finished, but you can see I have a no red theme going on. I have several of these in the recovery bag (maybe even a red one):

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005648RGY...I3NQX2BHPNHO8T

To keep the anchor shackle from swinging and rattling, I have a couple of these washers on there:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004IARSFI...ing=UTF8&psc=1

I have one of these in the Jeep to secure and remove the shackle pins:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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So I had my car transported from Houston to SLC, and I failed to realize that they had damaged my tow hooks. The red coating is completely gone in some parts, I was looking at the replacement cost, and they are 168$ a pop. Any way to have them re-coated?
I've used this stuff to cover up rust/metal/rusty metal and I can't say enough about it. It's called POR-15 (www.por15.com) and it almost turns into a porcelain surface after re-coating. It comes in a bunch of colors and is pretty easy to use and holds up extremely well. I've only used it on rusty surfaces, but it should work for your tow hooks...

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I'd go after the transport company, Lazy = they pay

get a quote for replacement including labor.

then do what you want to fix it.

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Finally got around to removing the right side Tow/Recovery Hook this afternoon. For anyone who wants to know, this is how you can remove them with no fascia removal required.

Tools needed:
3/8" ratchet wrench
8" wobble extension
1/2" to 3/8" socket adapter
30mm socket (1/2" drive) - for large nut on end of hook, there is blue loc-tite on this nut
16mm socket - for two front bolts on each hook
13mm scoket - for front skid plate bolts

1) Loosen the three leading edge front skid plate mounting bolts about 3/4". Remove the four trailing edge bolts completely. Lift up on the trailing edge of the plate and slide the plate off of the three front bolts.
2) Break the large left side hook nut loose with the 30mm socket. No more than a turn should be needed with the wrench to break the thread locker loose. Remove by hand once loosened.
3) You can get to the large nut on the right side hook by reaching into a gap between the wheel liner and some frame/body components. I used the 1/2" to 3/8" socket adapter with the 30mm socket and the 3/8" ratchet. A 1/2" ratchet would likely be too big to get in there and try to turn.
4) Remove the inboard front hook bolt from each of the hooks.
5) Loosen the outboard front hook bolts from each of the hooks enough so the hook can slide to the rear. The front fascia will be interfering with this bolt a bit. The wobble extension and a little pushing will get you onto the bolt. Once the hooks have been slid toward the rear, turn the two outboard bolts snug to get the heads out of the way.
6) With a little rotation and some gentle pulling, the hooks will come right out the front.

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So I had my car transported from Houston to SLC, and I failed to realize that they had damaged my tow hooks. The red coating is completely gone in some parts, I was looking at the replacement cost, and they are 168$ a pop. Any way to have them re-coated?
I doubt the hooks actually are damaged (as in, will not function). There is a little paint wear, but what the heck? Spend six or seven bucks on a rattle can of the appropriate red, do a little masking, and in about fifteen minutes you're good to go. If you actually use the hooks for their intended purpose they are going to lose paint again and again, but you've got a lot of paint in that spray can.
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I'd go after the transport company, Lazy = they pay

get a quote for replacement including labor.

then do what you want to fix it.
Agreed. Their use of the tow/recovery hooks for other than their intended purpose was either negligent or reckless behavior, either of which makes the transport company liable for all parts and labor required to restore the hooks to their original condition. They're a transport company (or they're a company that does transport) -- they are charged with the knowledge of how to transport a vehicle properly.
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Agreed. Their use of the tow/recovery hooks for other than their intended purpose was either negligent or reckless behavior, either of which makes the transport company liable for all parts and labor required to restore the hooks to their original condition. They're a transport company (or they're a company that does transport) -- they are charged with the knowledge of how to transport a vehicle properly.
agreed again, and the longer you wait to contact them, the harder that route will be. this is why they do inspections after a car is unloaded. every second OP waits makes that route harder and harder to go down.

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