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Old 08-29-2009, 01:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can anyone show me a design on how to mount a tow hitch to the front frame members on my 88 Suzuki?
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A couple of options...
If you are going to an aftermarket bumper, just weld the mounts to the bumper. Just make sure you mount the bumper to more than just the front bolt holes on the frame...
Stock mounts:

Also use the upper front body mounts:


Or you can use a set of CJ Tow Shackles and just hook the tow bar up to those.




I have towed both ways and prefer the tow shackles.
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A couple of options...
If you are going to an aftermarket bumper, just weld the mounts to the bumper. Just make sure you mount the bumper to more than just the front bolt holes on the frame...
Stock mounts:

Also use the upper front body mounts:


Or you can use a set of CJ Tow Shackles and just hook the tow bar up to those.




I have towed both ways and prefer the tow shackles.
Currie Enterprises CJ Axle Parts
Thanks Billjohn
I want to use the CJ Tow Shackles, they are good and simple. The CJ tow shackle is 4 1/4 inches and my stock shackles are 2 3/4 inches long. They are 1 1/2 inches longer than the stock Samauri shackles but it looks like there is enough material there to drill new holes. I don't want to raise my samuari.
Your thoughts Billjohn?
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Thanks Billjohn
I want to use the CJ Tow Shackles, they are good and simple. The CJ tow shackle is 4 1/4 inches and my stock shackles are 2 3/4 inches long. They are 1 1/2 inches longer than the stock Samauri shackles but it looks like there is enough material there to drill new holes. I don't want to raise my samuari.
Your thoughts Billjohn?
The shackles will only lift the vehicle 3/4" (half the difference). They are MUCH stronger than the stock stamped shackles. Replacing the rear shackles with an aftermarket set will strengthen the back and level out the ride. I doubt you will notice a 3/4" height difference, but it will allow you to move up to a 29" tire without any problems. It seems to be a win/win situation. But only you know how you want to build your rig.

The way the Curry shackles are designed, the force pulls equally on both bolts, I think redrilling holes may compromise the design. But if you have access to materials and cutting tools you may be able to duplicate the design at a shorter height if you leave out the strengthening bolt. Remember that you will need to leave enough room for the tow bar to fit in there.

Food for thought.
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AWESOME i've been on this forum for a while now and have been looking at different ways to tow my sammy and i don't know how i've missed this till now this is perfect cause i have two zuks i can put the shackles on both and interchange them with out having to bolt up two different mounting points thanks guys this is great. and also for the light issueharbor freight sells like magnetic lights that you can easily mount and just plug into your hitch light kit on your tow vehicle just an idea
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Do the CJ bushings in the Currie kit fit the Samurai stock leaf springs or do the Samurai bushings need to be use?

With the Harbor Freight tow bar on sale right now for $69.99 and the Currie kit for $80, this seems like a very good way to have a tow bar with the stock springs and bumper, and also get 3/4" of lift.
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I think I had to use the Sammy bushings. They really have to fit the sammy springs.
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Would you happen to know if the oem or aftermarket shackle kit bushings should be used?
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You could use either, it all depends on what kind of ride you are looking for. OEM are softer but will wear faster, Aftermarket (poly) are harder and will stand up to time and abuse. It really doesn't matter where the tow shackles are concerned. The poly bushings may take a slightly longer bolt, but new bolts are going to be longer anyways... Choose some grade 8 bolts with nylock nuts and you are good to go.
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Thanks. I was looking at the LowRange Offroad spring bushings and they were showing different bushing kits for factory and aftermarket shackles. My thought was that the aftermarket bushings may use a different bolt size than the oem.
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