weight distribution hitch on a Wrangler, DON'T
In the past I have given out some bad info about this. Ther have been some recent posts about this issue.
Do not use a weight distributing hitch on any vehicle not designed for one. Without proper receiver designed to use a weight distrusting hitch that is matched to that particular frame that is designed to use that type receiver things can be damaged.
I have a V6 4Runner and used a weight distrusting hitch. About a year ago this was a hot topic in 4Runner Forum. The V6 4Runner is rated to tow much less weight than the V8. Through some research it was discovered it was not the motor, the length or the this or that. What the issue is the design of the receiver, how it mounts to the frame and if the frame is up to the task.
It is not just the weight that is transferred through this type of hitch but also the rotational forces. When you tow just a ball the trailer can twists and turn at that point as needed. When you sue the weight distributing hitch those forces are transferred through the bars used in that type of hitch, to the hitch into the receiver and finally to where the reviver mounts to the frame. Often lighter vehicles the hitches mount to a cross bar of the frame. The hitches do not mount along the length of the frame to properly distributing the weight let alone the twisting forces.
Many of the aftermarket “frame mounting hitches” I have seen for wranglers do not mount to much of the frame.
On the Toyota forum someone was able to find a service bulletin that explained this and it was the reason why the V8 4Runner could tow more than the V6. The key thing to look for in your owners manual is in the towing section when next to the max tow rating it say “when properly equipped” this means you can use a weight distrusting device. Other t5hings such as coolers gearing etc that are factory option are not only what is meant. Often that will be mentioned separate if there is a trailer package option. When it does not say this the weight is limited to the vehicle itself and no other non-factory equipment should be used, or at least that is Toyota’s take on this. In some owner’s manuals this is made more clear than others.
After reading and think about this I would think this would ably to the Wrangler or any other vehicle as it does to a Toyota.
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