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How to Install Smittybilt Adjustable Tow Bar Kit (87-18 Jeep Wrangler YJ, TJ, JK & JL) on your Jeep Wrangler

Installation Time

30 minutes

Tools Required
  • 9/16” Deep Socket, 3/4” Standard Socket, and Ratchet
  • 3/4” Wrench
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Note: This Guide covers installation of Smittybilt Tow Bar to Smittybilt bumper, slight modifications to installation process may be necessary for other applications.

1. After unpacking all parts, locate and install “U bolts” (with one end of safety chain attached to each) to “Front” (Tow Vehicle) end of Tow Bar with 4 nylon lock nuts provided. Attach quick link to free end of safety chains.

2. After removing recovery shackles (if installed), insert spacer sleeves into mounting points on bumper.

3. Attach Tow Bar to bumper using quick pins provided.

4. Attach Towed Vehicle to Tow Vehicle using proper height hitch with 2” Ball. Proper height as required by Smittybilt is maintaining no more than 10 degrees from level across the Tow Bar between vehicles. Attach safety chains to Tow Vehicle and insert Quick Pin into Tow Bar Hitch to Secure.

5. PRO TIP: For ease of lining up vehicles, use safety chain attached to Towed vehicle bumper to raise Tow Bar up and then move Towed Vehicle into position versus backing Tow Vehicle up to it. This allows you to see exactly where your hitch point lines up, making the process much simpler.

6. With all components of Tow Bar now in position, go back and Tighten all fasteners with appropriate socket/wrench. Adjust hitch to ball connection as necessary to ensure a secure connection.

7. Smittybilt recommends replacing Quick Pins with provided 1/2” bolts at D Ring connection point for longer distance towing.

Installation Instructions Written by ExtremeTerrain Customer 08/20/2018