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Unread 08-30-2011, 08:19 PM   #1
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Trailer hitch help

I own a 2009 Grand Cherokee and I'm looking to have a trailer hitch installed. I went to my Jeep dealership today and inquired about the mopar hitch that is set into the bumper. Between the parts, electrical and labor they quoted me $1200 to install. Seems crazy expensive. I like the way the mopar hitch looks but don't want to spend that much money. Looking for any guidance on a good hitch and what i should expect to pay to have one installed. Thanks.

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Unread 08-30-2011, 08:23 PM   #2
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I own a 2009 Grand Cherokee and I'm looking to have a trailer hitch installed. I went to my Jeep dealership today and inquired about the mopar hitch that is set into the bumper. Between the parts, electrical and labor they quoted me $1200 to install. Seems crazy expensive. I like the way the mopar hitch looks but don't want to spend that much money. Looking for any guidance on a good hitch and what i should expect to pay to have one installed. Thanks.
I am in a similar situation.... mine doesn't have a hitch.

From what I can tell all you need to do is to find a wrecked WK at a pick a part and pull the hitch, wire harness, etc and you can cut your bumber and just bolt it on.

...If someone knows better, please let me know.
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Unread 08-30-2011, 08:26 PM   #3
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If your not worried about clearance and not going to do it yourself places like uhaul have aftermarket hitches that don't cut the bumper. And probably a lot cheaper

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Unread 08-30-2011, 08:40 PM   #4
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I installed a Mopar hitch on my jeep a few weeks ago, it cost me under $250 and about an hour of my time. looks great.

you need:
the proper wiring for your application (4 or 7 pin)
and
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2006-...item48405f1f4e
and
enough skill to cut the plastic bumper cover - a dremmel or die grinder works nice here
and
an oversized rivet gun or some ingenuity
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Unread 08-30-2011, 08:42 PM   #5
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http://www.justforjeeps.com/hitchreceivers2.html

http://site.justforjeeps.com/guide/82208228.pdf
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Unread 08-30-2011, 11:09 PM   #6
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I purchased and installed a Reese Class IV hitch. Hangs just under rear bumper. Rated at 5500lbs. towing and 500 dead weight. Cost about $120 online and took 15min, a socket wrench, torque wrench, and a case of beer.
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Unread 08-31-2011, 02:17 PM   #7
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I also just installed a Class III Draw-tite hitch which comes out just below the bumper,so not cutting needd. Amazon has similar Curt hitches for about $85 shipped. Installation is a DIY if you have a 3/4 socket. Removing the two bumper push pins is the only slightly tricky part. The center of the push pin needs to be lifted about a 1/4" then the whole pin comes out without damage.
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Unread 08-31-2011, 11:35 PM   #8
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I HAD a 2000 GC and I ordered a class 4 hitch online. Can't remember where right now. I also ordered the plug and harness. I installed it myself in one afternoon and it worked GREAT. This hitch did require trimming the plastic bumper and it came with bumper trim so when it was done, it looked like a factory job. No drilling was necessary, simply a bolt on job.

This was in year 2008 and total cost was around $400.00

My current jeep is a 2007 WK CRD and it came with a hitch.

I highly recommend that you get a hitch that uses load levelers and a sway bar.
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Unread 09-01-2011, 10:57 AM   #9
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I had a Class III Mopar hitch installed at a dealership, included the hitch, wiring harness, bezel to cover the cut in the bumper, and a nice rubber hitch cover with the Jeep logo on it. All totaled, with labor, was around $250. Sounds like you're getting hosed.
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