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post #171 of 181 (permalink) Old 07-22-2016, 02:13 PM
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Cherokke Latitude Tow Hook Brackets and Grille Modification

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Wow! That looks awesome. I would be very interested in any info on how to do that with my latitude.

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can you do a write up on how to achieve this.. very interested .. looks bad ass.great job..
I made up some drawings the best I could on how I made the brackets for the tow hooks. I have access to scrap steel plating and welders, cutters, grinders etc. so this was fairly easy for me. It is really important to get them positioned just right so my front bumper had to get installed a few times to get the placement of all the parts just right before welding.
I am typically a purist when it comes to swapping parts so it killed me to use F150 tow hooks but their design made sense for the way I wanted to mount them. The tow hooks are from a 2010 F150. In my fabrication, I made both sides at the same time.

First I had to modify the lower grille by cutting out the outer sections of its honeycomb. there are two ways you can do this. The first is to cut to the first contour which is a lot easier than cutting the honeycomb out only as you will be left with holes where the honeycomb attached. I wanted a deeper inlet so I went with the harder second option. I had to reinforce behind the holes with mesh and used a two part bumper plastic filler to fill any holes. This took many hours as it needed to be sanded many times to get it smooth. I also had the electronic shutter as I have the cold weather package. I had to cut out the openings in the sides of this too.

The first Illustration shows the extension below the bumper on the right side. I removed this and made a new base plate out of thicker steel plate using the old piece as a guide.(Illustration #2)

I then had to make the inside side brace from the same plate steel as the base plate. You will note in the design that there has to be a bend to clear the lines that run in beside this bracket. I used one piece of steel and bent it accordingly to keep its strength.(Illustration #3)

I positioned and welded the inside brace on the back plate to clear the line, while just pressing lightly against the plastic outer radiator shroud.(Illustration #4). Before welding, I installed the bumper to make sure the tow hook was centred in the hole.

I then cut a similar sized piece of square steel tubing as the original extension and welded in the almost identical position of its original piece. The tow hook has to fit snuggly between the square tube and the inner brace. (Illustration #5)

Next, I installed the bumper again to position the tow hook before welding it.(Illustration #6) The whole bracket and tow hook assembly was removed and painted and then reinstalled using grade 9 bolts and washers and the bumper was finally reinstalled for the last time!

The whole project was under $100 in materials but it did take 8 hours over several days which could be an inconvenience if you need your vehicle as your daily driver.
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Does anyone know what the actual purpose if this part is? I don't see any place for connecting to this; nor have I seen any pictures showing any use for these...
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Does anyone know what the actual purpose if this part is? I don't see any place for connecting to this; nor have I seen any pictures showing any use for these...
I don't. If anyone knows it would be interesting. When I installed base plates for towing, both Blue Ox and Roadmaster called them frame extensions, IIRC. Can't imagine what function they might perform. They certainly are not strong.
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No, they are thin aluminum; I doubt they would hold up to much.
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Lightbulb I've got an IDEA!!!

So, if someone came up with a welded steel bracket that bolts to factory mounting points to provide USABLE tow hooks/recovery points on the front of the KL, would anyone be interested???

I've got a design in the works and I'm looking to see if there would be a market on the forum. The total cost will likely be about $225-250 for the entire kit (including hooks).

THIS IS NOT A SALES POST and I don't want to hijack this thread. I just want to see if there is still some interest. I've noticed that this thread has seen a lot of response with some really good research and ideas. I posted this here to *hopefully* catch those with an interest!

I have started another thread for comments. There is also a poll on the other thread. See following link and let me know!

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price is high .. I have those parts and with just that, no it will not work.

there is still the ring that goes around the headlight .. then who knows what else is different. I have not pursued this in a while. It gets more discouraging every time I attempt it.
Hi, I still cant put this behind me. Ive read over this thread multiple times in many months. There is nothing I would love more then to swap the ugly front fascia off my limited and swap it with a TH that has recovery hooks. Ive found parts that I could get my hands on.

Apart from the bumper beam, side finders, fascia, tow hooks, it sounds like the only issue is the ring around the headlights? could you possbily explain this a little more I dont quiet understand.

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I'm interested in brackets to mount tow hooks to my 2016 Cherokee Sport Altitude. Have you made any additional brackets and have they worked out ok?
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I'm interested in brackets to mount tow hooks to my 2016 Cherokee Sport Altitude. Have you made any additional brackets and have they worked out ok?
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Add-On Recovery Hooks for NON-TRAILHAWK Models

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Fabricated my own version this weekend.
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Fabricated my own version this weekend.
Those look really good!

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