View Full Version : Tow bar on whale?

22-01-2013, 12:32 PM
So I find myself not wanting to drive my Wrangler on road much, given I went nuts jacking it up and fitting bigger tyres, and need to cart the fam's push bikes around.

So it's either whack a tow bar on the wife's car, or mine. Given I also tow a boat, I figure the whale's gonna get the 'bar.

So who's got a hitch style bar, and what's it done to your rear bumper (in terms of cut out)? Got pics?


22-01-2013, 01:42 PM
For the earlier Grange they make a tow bar that comes from under the rear skirt. Twice the price of a "normal" bar but no cutting. Did inquire quite a while back but we bought a ute as a back-up vehicle.

22-01-2013, 04:26 PM
Sorry, should have mentioned it's the current model..... D'oh....

22-01-2013, 06:28 PM
Put it on the wife's car!

23-01-2013, 12:15 PM
The back end of the WK and the WM don't appear to look very different; check with the dealer about the part. When I asked, the bar was about $780 (I think), vice $400 for a standard bar - fitting extra of course.

27-01-2013, 03:41 PM
cant help with the hitch type not sure i guess they have a bar lever next to the tow bar.
i have had two WMs, they DONT have cut out marks and are not easy to fit, the grey lower bumper
looks like thick fibre glass, in melb they had to sand and paint after the cut although it was
about 3mm gap both sides, my 12 model about 6mm gap, i worked on about $650 for the 1600kg fitted
that gives the GMH workshop profit without paying the garbage price they stat on-line.
with wires in place it should be about 90minutes work but may take three hours of mucking around
cheers andrew if you want a photo let me know but its not a hitch? its a large box type.

27-01-2013, 09:19 PM
Thx heaps. Pic would be good, just to get an idea of how it looks.

27-01-2013, 10:36 PM
this is one already on photo bucket that shows the HR towbar.
have a good look at how the bumber sits around the rear light panel and against the
rear panel if its not done well you may end up with a few mm of sage and the long
alignments will look sus.
once a bumber has been removed i doubt you would ever get a perfect fit even with new
plastic clips although they heaps some. cheers andrew

29-01-2013, 09:19 AM
Gotcha, thanks mate.