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post #1 of 14 Old 02-13-2013, 08:08 AM Thread Starter
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Getting Hitched!

Ok, so I'm new to the Jeep world. Just picked up a 2003 Wrangler Sport, 4.0L, with of course the inline 6. I pretty certain it's all stock, with exception to the 31" tires on it. It did not come with a hitch receiver, so I was looking into getting one. Was looking around and came across Curt first, then someone mentioned Reese as well. I was originally just going to go with this one:

http://www.suspensionconnection.com/...ler-hitch.html

Then I started seeing pics of ones that curve out slightly and thought that might be the way to go to avoid interference with the spare. I figured I'd come to where the experts would be and have the most experience with Wranglers and Towing. Can anyone provide any insight?

For the record, I only expect to be using it for light towing. Quad mostly, and perhaps some firewood from time to time at camp.

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post #2 of 14 Old 02-13-2013, 10:12 AM
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You won't spare interference with any of them. They mount fairly low, so unless younstart hanging a 40 on the tailgate there shouldn't be an issue.

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post #3 of 14 Old 02-13-2013, 10:13 AM
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And a 40 on the tailgate will fix the 8nterference problem the first time you hit a bump anyways

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post #4 of 14 Old 02-13-2013, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the reply!
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post #5 of 14 Old 02-13-2013, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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Can anyone recommend a good hitch receiver and wire harness? I was leaning towards the square look of Curt, but the round Reese comes with the welded on platform to attach the wiring to. I know I could get a plate welded on, but it would damage the already coated receiver assembly and possibly leave a place for rust. Here's the Reese one.

http://www.righttoolusa.com/p/Reese-...l-2907149.html

Thanks for any help!
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post #6 of 14 Old 02-14-2013, 08:29 AM
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Get a 2" receiver
Our TJ came with the 1 1/4" ( or what ever size it is ) that thing was a pain
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post #7 of 14 Old 02-14-2013, 08:36 AM
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Also I put a Curt hitch on the front on my Tundra
It fit well if that helps at all
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post #8 of 14 Old 02-14-2013, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks. Was definitely going with the 2" receiver. Just wondered if anyone has a nice clean way of doing the wiring instead of leaving them hanging. Might go with the Curt square and just drill and mount my own wiring platform similar to the one welded onto the round Reese one I linked to.
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post #9 of 14 Old 02-14-2013, 10:59 AM
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There should be a plug-n-play wiring kit
Like this
http://www.etrailer.com/Custom-Fit-V...id=20031173638


Also look into a bumper that has the hitch built in but make sure it's rated
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post #10 of 14 Old 02-14-2013, 12:28 PM
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On my YJ I mounted a plug box (sell at walmart) just inside the tailgate. With the tailgate closed you didn't know it was there, total cost about $10. A standard 4 wire fits through the panel gaps with no issue. Just open the gate, connect the plug and close it again. And since its inside, never any wires dangling. Running a thicker cord may be an issue but you shouldn't be trying to tow anything that needs more than a 4 wire with a wrangler.

No pics, it was a while and several vehicles ago.

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post #11 of 14 Old 02-14-2013, 01:48 PM
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I would look for one integrated in the bumper. Cleaner looking ad you won't lose any clearance. I have had an Olympic one for over a decade and towed with it many times and had no problems.

As far as your wiring. If yours is like my 01 you can get one that plugs in line behind your rear taillights.

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I would look for one integrated in the bumper. Cleaner looking ad you won't lose any clearance. I have had an Olympic one for over a decade and towed with it many times and had no problems.

As far as your wiring. If yours is like my 01 you can get one that plugs in line behind your rear taillights.
I was considering the integrated bumper/receiver, but they seemed to be a little more than I can afford since I just bought the Jeep. I did end up finding the Olympic 253 Model that looks good enough for me. I couldn't find much of a rating or class on it though, except for JCWhitney saying it's a 2500 lb capacity. That only gives me 250lb of tongue weight, and would be half of the cargo carrier I'm getting, but I don't know that I'd ever load the cargo carrier up to 500 lbs anyway.

As for the wiring. I know about the ones that hook in line with the tail lights, I was referring to a way to keep the end the trailer would plug into from hanging and getting filthy.

Indy, great idea, i'll ahve to look into it, but not sure where you'd mount the box in the rear to keep it out of the way from getting hit loading/unloading things into the back. Not that I do that often, but it's only been a week.
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post #13 of 14 Old 03-14-2013, 08:08 PM
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i put a Curt on my XJ and love it. it was so easy to install. there are ppl (stores) on ebay that sell the Hitch AND the wire harness. and a ball included most times...

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post #14 of 14 Old 03-14-2013, 08:10 PM
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