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Unread 02-23-2013, 06:25 PM   #1
AnotherRedZj
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what hitch for my zj?

I need to add a trailer hitch to my zj for towing (prob very light duty) and more importantly be strong enough for use if I were to get stuck on the trail. As of know I have no anchor points and figured this would kill to birds with one stone. Ideas?

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Unread 02-23-2013, 06:49 PM   #2
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Be sure it's 2"
Most accessories like multi mount winch plated, bike racks etc are 2"
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Unread 02-23-2013, 07:02 PM   #3
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Noted!
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Unread 02-24-2013, 07:39 PM   #4
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I have used etrailer.com over the years for hitches and other stuff. They should be able to point you in the right direction.
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Unread 02-25-2013, 07:57 PM   #5
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I have used etrailer.com over the years for hitches and other stuff. They should be able to point you in the right direction.
Cool, ill check it out!
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Unread 02-25-2013, 10:42 PM   #6
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get a factory mopar one from a junkyard, probably cost you less than 50 bucks. make sure its not rusty.
the factory mopar hitch is a class III/IV, and with it since you have the V8 you can tow up to 6500lbs (with a weight distributing hitch and all the other goodies). has a nice mount on it for a 7 way plug as well. another thing i like about the mopar hitch is that it tucks fairly tight up under the bumper, so there is less chance of it getting caught on something while off roading. when i bought my ZJ, it had a reese hitch on it, I swapped it out specifically because it hung so low (bottom of the reciever was a good 2-3 inches below the level of the gas tank skid)
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Unread 02-26-2013, 06:15 AM   #7
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Great info. I'll see what's out there. Unfortunately, chances are if there is one at th jy in my area, it is pobly rusted out cuz everyone with a hitch is launching boats or jet ski's. But I like where your head is at! Thanks
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Unread 03-01-2013, 07:10 PM   #8
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Update...... Ordered a stock tow package from a semi-local salvage yard, one of those that remove parts and inventory them. They had to get it from another yard of there's that's a few hrs away so ill be picking it up tues. After wards ill prob have the local aftermarket shop that I got my tires from do the wiring.....I'm bad news when it comes to wires! oohh yea, ran me 90 bucks. Fuds sure are pround of removing them parts.
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