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Unread 04-30-2012, 09:37 AM   #1
Davidjata
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Rear bumper bar or install hitch?

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I have a '08 wk. I live in ny city and have dealt with people tapping my bumper while parking for FAR to long. Last week, someone backed into my bumper and put a big dimple and two holes in the bumper cover...he has settled with me for enough to replace the bumper cover in a body shop. While that's all well and good, I think this is the perfect opportunity to combat the problem of people tapping my bumper and effectively scratching my new bumper.

So, I pose a question. Do I install a hitch or do I install a rear bumper bar? Both have advantages and both will help keep my bumper from getting to many scrapes from inconsiderate neighbors.

I did some digging and im confused as to where I can buy a replacement bumper cover..fascia... That already has the mopar oem hitch cutout Or do I need to purchase a replacement bumper cover and cut it myself? If I had to cut it myself, I would obviously practice on the beat up bumper cover.

Now I realize a hitch will allow me to install a bike rack and will keep cars approximately 3"-6" from my car...which makes me happy. But I don't know if it's better to have the hitch installed or get. Bumper bar?

Chim in and if you can, send me link of install guide or video if possible..

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Unread 04-30-2012, 10:09 AM   #2
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Install the hitch, the OEM bumper has score marks to cut it out. Then run drop down hitch, shackle mount , recovery hook or something like that in the hitch to keep people away.

http://www.google.com/products/catal...=0CKQBEPMCMAQ# This will work wonders.
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Unread 04-30-2012, 01:45 PM   #3
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X2 on the hitch. You can always add an accessory like a step or something like this to keep people off your bumper.
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