I have a1985 cj7 what set up Towbar do I use ? Do I weld a base plate or what do you suggest
asked by: Bruce K
In order to flat tow a vehicle you will need to install base plates first so the tow bar has something to attach to. For a 1985 Jeep CJ-7, you will need to use Blue Ox base plates, # BX88230. These will actually bolt to the bumper. They need to be bolted to a flat surface on the bumper and in most cases, the bumper will need to be modified and reinforced to tow the vehicle.
You can then use the Adventurer tow bar, # BX7322 that you referenced. Make sure the base plates are spaced 16 to 34 inches apart on center to use this tow bar.
You will also need safety cables like # BX88196, which are rated for 5,000 pounds like the tow bar. You will then need a lighting solution. If you do not plan on towing the Jeep very often, I recommend a magnetic kit like # C-ATL20A.
If you will be towing the Jeep often, I recommend a more permanent solution by using diode kit # RM-154. I have included a link to a video that shows a typical installation for you to view.
Most states now require a supplemental braking system on the vehicle being flat towed. The easiest system to set up and use is the Blue Ox Patriot, # BRK2012. This is a proportional system that applies the vehicle brakes in proportion to how much the towing vehicle is braking. Proportional systems are the safest way to stop and they reduce wear and tear on both vehicles.
I have included a link to our series of FAQ articles on flat towing for you. You will want to consult the vehicle owners manual to determine if you can flat tow this vehicle and on the proper procedure for flat towing.
expert reply by: Michael H
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