I spent all week ordering and returning rear hitch assemblies from local companies. Every hitch I order does not fit over the fuel tank skid plate. Does anyone know of certain part numbers that will work for sure?
1. Remove the left side paneling in the trunk.
2. Look for a black/gray foam bag the wiring harness plugs into the pigtail & unclip it.
3. Left rear corner floor board lift the carpet and you'll see the hitch harness running thru a rubber grommet
4.go underneath the WJ and unclip the harness from the hitch...
5. Pull the harness up thru the floor board from outside.
I found it easier to unplug, and pull the grommet and wiring down thru the floor, and left it attached to the hitch. Attached the hitch, then pulled the wire through the floor, and attached to the main harness and put the grommet into place.
The beatings will continue until attitudes improve!
When you pull the hitch make sure to grab the factory bezel, when I pulled mine off the donor WJ, I found that the plastic studs that attach the bezel to the bumper were melted to hold it in place instead of using screws or bolts. I ended up having to pry it off which snapped most of the plastic studs off leaving nothing to attach it to my bumper. What I ended up doing, was drilling through the bezel where each stud was with a drill bit the same diameter as the plastic studs. Then using plastic rivets, similar to, but a little smaller (Marson PN# 48106) than the ones used in the wheel well to connect it to the bumper. In my opinion it looks like it could have come from the factory that way.
I have been looking at the junk yard to. I know now that if I don't get to pull it myself, I better clarify and re-clarify that I want a factory hitch and not just any hitch. The first time, I was unsure of the knowledge of the guy pulling it. I asked to make sure it was the right one. The guy had the bumper completely off and was getting ready to start unbolting the hitch. I stopped him before he got any farther.