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post #1 of 21 Old 10-30-2013, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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trailer hitch and wiring question

I am thinking of getting a hitch for my 2dr JK 2013.
I was looking at various ones.
First of all its purpose is for a bike carrier or a hitch haul for gear.
Maybe an empty boat trailer or moving with a boat it a short distance. Like feet not miles.

My old yj/tj I needed frame connectors for the bumper i made with a hitch.
i was looking at a uhal style that mounts on either side of the frame.
I also saw some that seem to sandwich the frame with 6 bolts i think. No frame connectors.

I was looking under my Jeep bumper the other day and there appears to be holes already there. Nice to see

But do I still need the frame connectors? I did not see any place they could go?
or did Jeep wise up and integrate the rear member better to it would not be pulled off the Jeep like the older ones.

Also I want to get a plug and play wiring so I don't hack the factory stuff.

Any prices and who is a good supplier etc. ?

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Check for used stuff to, I got my hitch off craigslist for $40 and the plug and play wiring harness for $18 from a local performance shop.

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Yup it’s very easy to add a hitch and the wiring is plug and play. Also your JK already has places to attach the harness in key places that will correspond with clips on the harness. Kinda neat I think.
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Ya I had looked there and 4wheelparts.com
Was wonder why some were 50 something to 175ish.
they all look like they mount the same way etc.

as for the cabling same question. from 20 to 50something
better quality? thicker wires etc?

I have a local 4wheel parts so I will go visit them this weekend. Or tomorrow.

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Here is what I put on my 2011. Very reasonable.

http://www.amazon.com/Rugged-Ridge-1...dge+jeep+hitch

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Here is what I put on my 2011. Very reasonable.

http://www.amazon.com/Rugged-Ridge-1...dge+jeep+hitch
Thanx looks like mixed reviews on the site. but the same one 4 wheel parts sells without the wiring.

I'll have to get my order in this week I think.

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The cross bar where the hitch attaches to is welded to the Jeep frame, so no need for a different hitch.
I also got the Rugged Ridge hitch from Amazon (with wiring). It was less than $70 delivered. Installation of the hitch and wiring was very easy. It's helpful to have a torque wrench handy.

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I didn't play around. I put the MOPAR hitch and wiring harness on my Jeep. It fit perfectly, the wiring was plug and play with no cutting required, and the hitch itself is slim and unobtrusive. The rear crossmember on a JK is considerably stronger than on previous Wranglers and CJ's where it was just a hunk of U-shaped sheet metal basically just intended as a spacer for the side rails, and doesn't need the tubing reinforcement to the side rails that previous Jeeps needed.

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Thanx looks like mixed reviews on the site. but the same one 4 wheel parts sells without the wiring.

I'll have to get my order in this week I think.
The rugged ridge I got came with harness and was plug n play. I also torgued bolts as well. If you do not have torque wrench get 20% cupin from harbor freight buy one there for under $10! You can't beat the price. It has served me well.

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Well I got a smittybuild hitch and wiring the other day. My local 4wheel parts store matched the price i found on the net. So I went with that. They had it in stock and no shipping and I could have it that day.
Convenience factor. It installed relatively easily. I did not have to remove the bumper as some suggested in other posts.
What I did find helpful was a pair of long needlenose pliers to get the washer and nut installed.
Hand to really crank down on things and all was good. Wiring was a snap. literally.

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What I can't figure out is why anybody would go with a hitch other than the MOPAR one. It is inobtrusive, 100% guaranteed plug and play, and ridiculously strong, made of high quality steel and welded well. Purchased from one of the mail order MOPAR parts outlets it isn't even much more expensive than an aftermarket part. Having seen the shoddy quality of the aftermarket parts, it seems a no-brainer to me. But (shrug).

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What I can't figure out is why anybody would go with a hitch other than the MOPAR one. It is inobtrusive, 100% guaranteed plug and play, and ridiculously strong, made of high quality steel and welded well. Purchased from one of the mail order MOPAR parts outlets it isn't even much more expensive than an aftermarket part. Having seen the shoddy quality of the aftermarket parts, it seems a no-brainer to me. But (shrug).
Because saving a dollar is still worth it.

The exact same design can be had with very similar quality for less.

It's only going to be towing 3500lbs max, hardly enough to be worried about.

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Because saving a dollar is still worth it.

The exact same design can be had with very similar quality for less.

It's only going to be towing 3500lbs max, hardly enough to be worried about.
Exactly! Also some or most of those Mopar parts are outsourced anyhow (I think) so why not. I chose to buy the smittybilt one knowing going in that the welds and finish might not be up to my standers but was pleasantly surprised to find it looked great.

All the wiring also looked top notch and all the clips were there and install in the correct places. I have no regrets.
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Exactly! Also some or most of those Mopar parts are outsourced anyhow (I think) so why not. I chose to buy the smittybilt one knowing going in that the welds and finish might not be up to my standers but was pleasantly surprised to find it looked great.

All the wiring also looked top notch and all the clips were there and install in the correct places. I have no regrets.
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Exactly! Also some or most of those Mopar parts are outsourced anyhow (I think) so why not. I chose to buy the smittybilt one knowing going in that the welds and finish might not be up to my standers but was pleasantly surprised to find it looked great.

All the wiring also looked top notch and all the clips were there and install in the correct places. I have no regrets.

I agree. I never saw the mopar one but dlr parts are always over priced. My smittybuilt one was nicely made and easy to install. Wiring was exactly as needed. No messing with splicing etc.
If you have 1/2 a brain you can install it and find the holes to put the little wiring clips into

I just plan to use this for a bike rack or a tray in the back for road trips.
Its a 2 door Jeep and I am not that stupid to pull my boat with it.
I have seen some really stupid people in SFL with Jeeps pulling 2 axle trailers with boats. Saw a good one pulling a camper in 20mph winds. Something makes me think that is just asking for trouble.

But I get off topic.

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