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post #1 of 8 Old 01-16-2012, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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Looking to purchase a hitch sometime in the near future. I have looked at non MOPAR hitches and wondered if you have to cut the bumper out like the factory one?

Does anyone have any suggestions for a hitch too? I like the look of the factory (hidden mostly in the bumper plastic) but don't like the price.

Thanks for the help/advice!

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post #2 of 8 Old 01-16-2012, 04:43 PM
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mopar one is only hitch i no of that fits tall under bumper all rest sit lower and does not require bumper triming so u will lose some clerance.
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post #3 of 8 Old 01-16-2012, 05:40 PM
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I installed a Class III Reese hitch on my 08 KK a few months ago. It was a snap, 6 bolts all together. It didn't require any bumper trimming at all, sits about 3-4 inches below the bottom edge of the bumper, looks good.
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post #4 of 8 Old 01-18-2012, 03:48 PM
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get from burdick dodge on ebay class II

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post #5 of 8 Old 01-18-2012, 05:50 PM
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I ordered one from hitchmart on ebay yesterday and it arrived today. I am at work so I haven't seen it yet and the description didn't give a brand but I got one last year from them for a van and it was a Curt. I ordered the one that came with the KK wiring for trailer lights and it was $189.77 with free shipping. I will install this weekend and let you know what I think. Wife just bought the KK Monday and I was informed "It will NOT be wheeled, that is what your YJ is for!" So being below the bumper is not much of a concern for this one. I will be towing a 2100 lb. pop-up camper.
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post #6 of 8 Old 01-24-2012, 11:43 AM
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Installed the hitch Sunday. It is a "Hidden Hitch" and was well built. I removed the 1 bolt that was in the way, ran a tap through the 5 unused holes in the frame to clean them out and bolted the hitch on with the 6 bolts. Couldn't be easier! Then I installed the 7-pin receptacle on the tab provided on the hitch. For wiring, I removed both taillights and plugged in the wiring harness that came with the hitch. This harness needs a power wire ran to it and a ground and it provides the typical 4-flat trailer plug that plugs into the 7-pin I bought.

I ran 3 wires from the front to the back. 1 battery (fused) for the taillight wiring harness and recharging the trailer battery, 1 wire for the brake controller, and 1 wire that will be a wire for backup lights on the trailer. The most difficult part of this project was finding a place to run the wires where they could be tied up out of harms way. Would be nice to have a hoist sometimes.

All I have left to do is find a convenient, out of the way place to mount the brake controller. I am thinking the left corner of the dash by the A-pillar. So far I am happy with the hitch and wiring kit. I could see where the bumper gets cut for the mopar hitches, and it looks like they would only be about 1 1/2 inches higher than this hitch.
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post #7 of 8 Old 01-24-2012, 02:07 PM
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Originally Posted by musclezmarinara View Post
get from burdick dodge on ebay class II

Hows it fit up and look? Class two is prolly all Ill ever need. Got a truck for the heavy stuff. Didn't have any luck finding it on eBay. Could u post a link.? Thanks.
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post #8 of 8 Old 01-31-2012, 08:08 PM
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If you're still looking for a factory Class III hitch here's an option. Car-part.com will find parts in your area and at very good prices.

Hopefully this link works for an '09 Liberty trailer hitch. Fifty bucks ain't bad!

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