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Jeep Rear Hook Install

Article written by Moab Man

Date Added: 06/05/2006

Installing front hooks on your Jeep is pretty straight forward and easy. You may already have them from the factory, but many of us are lacking rear hooks.

If you do have a rear hook from the factory, you most likely only have one on one side. Of course one hook is better than none, but what if your vehicle is being recovered from a tippy situation and that rear hook is on the wrong side?

The quick and easy fix is to pick up another rear hook from the dealer. Quick and easy but not cheap.

Fortunately, there is a simple and affordable modification for correcting your rear hook dilemma.


1. What you will need

A couple of aftermarket front mount hooks
Access to a Tap & Die set, specifically a 1/2" tap
4 Grade 8 steel bolts with lock washers (Lowes or any hardware store)
Drill with 1/2" drill bit
Oil for lubing the bit while drilling steel

2. At the rear of the Jeep, figure out the placement of your hook. Drill & Tap it. (.5" Tap shown)

3. You want to place it as far to the rear as you can, keeping in mind you must be able to get a rope in there. Additionally, turn the hook down a bit so that the rope, when on the hook, is not rubbing across the edge of any rear bumper bracketry.

4. With the first hole tapped, install 1 bolt, tightening the hook into the position / angle you want it set at.

5. Note the silver dimple. This was made using the hook's bolt hole as a template for the drill.

6. Finished! Here we have the rear hook installed and ready to use.

Now repeat for the other side.

Final Thoughts

This total mod was less than $15, including hooks from 4 Wheel Parts. Barney is now ready to be pulled, not that it would ever happen, from any angle.

This is a MUST mod for any off-roader with a frame. DO NOT try this with a unibody.

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