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post #1 of 20 Old 10-27-2010, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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WK Tow Hitch Install

Hoping someone could answer a couple questions for me... Just purchased a '10 WK Limited, HEMI, Torch Red (By far the BEST GC I've ). I HAVE to install a hitch (the only drawback is that the factory tow package box was not checked).

1) Any suggestions as to what hitch would work best? I don't tow a lot. Brand, Class IV, etc.?

2) The only hitches I have found online attach behind the license plate and require me to remove the tow hook PERMANENTLY. IS THERE ANY TRIMMING OF THE FACTORY BUMPER WITH THESE?

3) Has anyone installed a tow hitch that does NOT require trimming of ANYTHING? Name, brand, model would be VERY helpful.

Any other suggestions, please feel free... I really appreciate all the help in advance... Have a great day all!

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post #2 of 20 Old 10-27-2010, 02:57 PM
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Yes, i have my 07 with the 5.7 also no factory tow package, i just went to uhaul and they installed it for me no cutting no nothing i would check it out

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smcginnis- cost? I was looking for an excuse to do it myself... But goo to know. Is it the full boxed frame type> Thanks!
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post #4 of 20 Old 10-27-2010, 03:06 PM
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you can buy a curt hitch which rests below the bumper. If you buy the stock hitch you have to trim the bumper which is easier then it seems. There is a template already on the bumper and you just use a dremmel to cut it out. I'm about to install mine most likely this weekend. The curt would be easier but the OEM hitch will look much better.

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bumzo- let me know how it goes.... GOOD LUCK and THANKS!
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smcginnis- cost? I was looking for an excuse to do it myself... But goo to know. Is it the full boxed frame type> Thanks!
its been years so i really have no clue....and what do you mean by full boxed frame?

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Brain fart- I meant the hitch that bolts to the frame rails as opposed to the curt hitch...
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post #8 of 20 Old 10-27-2010, 03:24 PM
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Brain fart- I meant the hitch that bolts to the frame rails as opposed to the curt hitch...
You do understand that these vehicles are unibody and have no frames?

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post #9 of 20 Old 10-27-2010, 03:31 PM
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The oem and the curt hitch mount in the same spot

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mine hangs past the bumper it attaches to some sort of frame.... but not directly in the stock location,...if you can see it in these pics
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everybody picking on the noob... Sorry for my transgressions... The pics are great and a big help! Thanks!
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cstrait37 - by the Jeep hitch and surround and cut the bumper.

I bought a 'bolt under' hutch for my WJ and did not like the look of it against the factory fit, so when I bought my WK I decided to take the plunge and cut the bumper.

The worst part is psyching yourself up to make the first cut. As someone above said the template is already marked on the inside. Once you get going its easy, just make sure you have a set of helping hands because the bumper is too much to hold, support, move and cut at the same time.

The kits come with all the new clips to put the bumper back on. It took me about 30-45 minutes start to finish.

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can you remove the spare tire and cut the bumper while it's on the vehicle? I haven't had time to crawl up under it and have a looksee.

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can you remove the spare tire and cut the bumper while it's on the vehicle? I haven't had time to crawl up under it and have a looksee.
Nope. It's gotta come off to mount the hitch anyway.

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I would think so but you would get much better results if you just take the bumper off

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