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Old May 5th, 2004, 09:35 PM
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Dixon-Bate 3.5-Ton Tow Jaw

Received and installed today. Can't wait to use them now.
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Old May 5th, 2004, 09:37 PM
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This pic should be a little better.
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Old May 6th, 2004, 06:49 AM
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Aaron Shrier
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The ARB is not an Air Bag bumper??
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Old May 6th, 2004, 07:07 AM
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Craig Kobayashi
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Let's hope it's not.
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Old May 6th, 2004, 07:42 AM
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Why do you hope it's not?
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Old May 6th, 2004, 09:17 AM
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John Lee
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You're good. The ARB is an airbag-compatible bar, but it has a different design than the TJM has. Pulling on your Dixon-Bates is little different from using the ARB's factory eyelets on the leading edge. I would have liked to see the Dixon-Bates mounted a little more outward though, closer to the frame horns. This would make the winch basket a little less likely to deform on a hard yank and also make the Dixon-Bates less likely to interfere on a side pull.
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Old May 6th, 2004, 10:07 AM
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I also wanted to mount them out farther, but I would have had to put one of the bolts between the frame rail box section. Doing that would not have allowed use of the backing plate. As it is the backing plate just barely fit between the frame section and winch box (if that makes sense).

I would think that if the bumper is designed for the use of a 9000 lb winch, the tow jaws should also be fine since they are closer to the frame horns than the winch basket.
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Old May 7th, 2004, 12:02 AM
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Shane - Regardless of function that looks absolutely badass. IMO - the torturedly ambivalent side of me says that you used every single part that I hate that the D2 owner has to use: ARB bumper, Warn winch, & those ghastly '03-'04 headlights.

Somehow you have managed to pull it off. The is one mean looking SOB. Suggestion - take the crush cans to a fab shop and have them redone in true steel. This will help out with strength and maintain those good looks!

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Old May 7th, 2004, 06:48 AM
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Thanks alot curtis. Hopefully it's functional enough, time will tell. I'll most likely think about doing the crush cans in the future when I modify the bumper to improve approach angle. I haven't gotten to do anything too hardcore around here so the current setup is good for now. Just need rocksliders now.
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