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Old 02-07-2011, 05:08 PM
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No Tow Hooks, where to hook up cable/rope?

My Pat has no tow hooks.

Where can I hook up a rope/chain if I need to be pulled out of getting stuck or if I want to help out a buddy pull out his car?

I need a good location in the front and the back?

Any ideas? I want a location that is fool-proof, dont want to damage the Pat.

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Old 02-07-2011, 06:02 PM
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there's a couple threads on this already, there's a Y strap that hooks up to the control arms or something im not sure. however that tow point is about 2ft under the car so not exactly ideal for recovering in snow or mud.
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The wuick answer to this,(from personal experience) is that withput tow hooks there is not a safe.place to recover a Patriot. This can be solved by either installing the tow hooks, or installing a trailer hitch. The hitch seems to be the easier, and cheaper option and will provide you with a solid point to hook a tow chain/strap to. When my 08 became stuck, the only thing that saved my ass was hooking to the rear suspension and the fact that both my friend who was pulling and I both knew that he needed only pull just enough to let my Jeep get itself unstuck. If he had pulled to hard, my rear suspension would have buckled causing tons of damage.
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Those straps connect to where the tow hooks go, should work. Alternatively, check local bone yards for wrecked FDII's and get the hooks from those.
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Link to another thread with Tow Hook and tow-truck extraction hooks

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there's a couple threads on this already, there's a Y strap that hooks up to the control arms or something im not sure. however that tow point is about 2ft under the car so not exactly ideal for recovering in snow or mud.

No, not the control arms, but the J-hooks are popped into the reinforced holes in the bottom of the frame near the Jack points, and pulled from there.
Front : just in the rear of the front wheels
Rear : in the front of the rear wheels

There are double-sided very strong holes. These kind of tow points must be towed with a mini-J hook.


It's useful if you are being towed out of a ditch, but not as useful if you are buried to the axles in mud.

See this thread for many more details and a photo of this strap/hook arrangement.http://www.jeeppatriot.com/forum/sho...ighlight=hooks
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Last edited by psaulesl; 02-23-2011 at 04:14 PM. Reason: Found more info from the other thread on where those strong tow-holes are located.
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Thanks alot. Im gonna go to Canadian tire and see if i can buy the ropes and chain hook and make my own. 80 bucks is still a bit of money for a rope with a metal hook!
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Those chain hooks can slip off. Better to get a tow strap with the looped and sewn ends - these ends go onto the hooks on your vehicle.
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4wheelparts.com sells a 20ft 20,000lb tow strap made by smittybuilt for $20 free shipping i lived near one so i picked 2 up today as for tow points.... you can get a hitch for the rear for under 150$ and takes less then 30min to install i got one off craigslist for 80$ uhaul even makes them or etrailer.com im still working on something for the front though. i wouldn't tow from control arms/a-arms or wheels suspension isn't strong anyways for this model.
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There is no good place to pull from the front without hooks, from what I know.
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I am trying to get a custom front hitch so then I can mount a hook to that, as well as get a winch that I can take front and back to pull either way with a hitch mount

http://www.cabelas.com/hitches-ball-...w-hook-1.shtml
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too be honest i would just by a ball insert, because you can tow trailers and used it with a loop on a tow strap. just my 2 cents.
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It's not a good idea to loop a strap over a hitch ball for recovery. If you have a strap with 2" loops, you can slip it in the receiver and pin it there. If your strap is bigger, then get a receiver insert with a D-ring/shackle on it. If the back of the receiver is open, most chains can be inserted in the receiver and hooked on the inside edge. I'm not a big fan of the tow hooks that slip in the receiver. Most are of questionable quality and they can puncture the tow strap. $.02.
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