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Unread 10-19-2004, 07:52 AM   #1
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Trailer Hitch

Hello All,

I am considering installing a aftermarket hitch on my 04. I really don't want to fool with pulling the rear fascia off and cutting out the template to make it look like a factory install. I don't tow that much but would like to have the hitch just in case and as a recover point. Has anyone installed an aftermarket hitch that doesn't require pulling/cutting the facia? I checked out a hitch on-line that doesn't seem to require the extra steps but I want to be sure before I order. Any help will be appreciated.

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Unread 10-19-2004, 08:31 AM   #2
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I don't think there are any after-market hitches that require cutting the bumper.
An after market bumper hangs down below the bumper and you WILL hit it if you if you do ANY wheelin' at all (even just bumpy dirt roads) .
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Unread 10-19-2004, 01:05 PM   #3
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yeah what chrisca said.......you would have to get a factory Mopar hitch for it to actually fit where the stock one does. any aftermarket one will sit below the rear bumper. and as said before, you will hit it on something.
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Unread 10-19-2004, 03:30 PM   #4
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...unless you put a lift kit on that bad boy!
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Unread 10-27-2004, 12:26 PM   #5
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det69,

i just did it this last weekend (factory hitch on an '04) its really easy. the bumper facia already has guides on it, where to cut and where to drill. the only thing that takes a little bit of time and patience is taking the bumper facia off, the rest of it is a slam dunk. nothing beats the fit and finish of the factory system, soo worth the extra bucks.

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Unread 10-27-2004, 12:33 PM   #6
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det69,

i just did it this last weekend (factory hitch on an '04) its really easy. the bumper facia already has guides on it, where to cut and where to drill. the only thing that takes a little bit of time and patience is taking the bumper facia off, the rest of it is a slam dunk. nothing beats the fit and finish of the factory system, soo worth the extra bucks.

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Thanks for the reply. After much consideration I will probably install the factory one; it does look much better. How did you install the plastic rivets during reassembly? I read the article on www.wjjeeps.com in which it stated you could use pliers vs. getting the rivet gun. If you used the pliers was it a hassle?
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Unread 10-28-2004, 10:17 AM   #7
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i just did the pliers/box end wrench technique and yeah, its kind of a hassle...but i'm not about to drop 30-40 bucks just for a tool that only services my jeep's wheel well liners. i'm much more likely to install some jack-nuts next time i'm in there. that way i could use real screws. in fact i'm probably going to just buy a box of 100 and replace all those stupid rivets/sliding plastic expander dodads as i go....
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