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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-12-2002, 12:22 PM
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Tow bars

What are the best and cheapest tow bar options for towing a mostly stock sami (2" body lift and slightly larger tires? I'm mostly looking for safety and ease of use.
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Re: Tow bars

I bought mine from u-haul, mounting brakets were easy to install. Removing and installing the tow bar is easy and quick, I use chains on both side of tow bar (truck-towbar, and towbar-zook)never had a problem with it
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How much were they from u-haul?They have auctions or you just went up and asked??
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Re: Tow bars

Check Ebay, I have one I'm putting on there. It's used, but in great shape. I tow mine with a tow bar as well, this one is a spare. I'd like to get $40 for it if you're interested.



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Whaddya use for mounting hardware Jeepn?Id like to start towing mine behind the XJ,but it only has a class 2 hitch.I dont have a front bumper anymore on my zuk(saves on gas [img]images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img])Would it still work?
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Re: Tow bars

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I just went up to the rental place and asked for a towbar, I think it was just over $100, for the towbar and 4 chains. It a ajustable towbar and it comes with all the mounts for on your zook and hardware
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Re: Tow bars

I changed the width on mine and have it attach to the S/R setup on the front, where the bolts go. Mine are 1/2" grade 8 bolts, so they're more than strong enough. A Class 2 hitch is more than enough for a Zuk, it's good for 3,500 lbs.

Mxnhid and I have towed a lot or Zuks with the shackles in the front by making up a plate that replaces the inner one on the shackle. The tow bar then attaches to this using another bolt, so it is easily removed. The plates would be easy to make, they're just 3 bolt holes in a triangle.

I also made my own wiring setup using some old Jeep lights, some bar stock, the front end off a Zuk bumper (I throw NOTHING away), and some wiring I found while dumpster diving. It attaches to the rear spare tire mount. I made it for about $10 or so, but that was for the split tubing and end connections. I have it setup so I can remove the lights but leave the mount in place.

I have flat towed for thousands of miles, usually a few hundred at a time. It's nice because I can take everything with me (like the spare complete axles, tranny, and transfer for EMWF III), but still have enough room. It's also nice to cruise towing at 80 mph in comfort.




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Re: Tow bars

i actually built my own out of 2" thinwall square tube and some angle iron.
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Re: Tow bars

Here's how I did mine. Fits in the shackle plates I made.


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Re: Tow bars

I useto use tow shackles with pins which was a very easy, fast and safe way to tow a samurai. The towbar I use is made of 1" square tubing, with 2" wide ends that pivot left to right. Now that I have S/R I welded 2" wide mounts on my front bumper, works well.

These are the tow shackles I useto use. Something similar could easily be made, they don't have to be this fancy (they're water cut).

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