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wesleyd 06-28-2009 08:52 AM

MOPAR or After Market Hitch?
Going to be installing a hitch within the week and was wondering which is better the Mopar hitch or an after market hitch like Reese or Hidden hitch. The dealer wants too much money for the install, 4 bolts!! I will be installing it myself. I will be just hauling a bike rack this summer and a pop up tent trailer next summer.
Any information is much appreciated.

RickHonzaRubicn 06-28-2009 09:04 AM

after market, mopar is so expensive

Gramps 06-28-2009 09:09 AM

I have the MOPAR and it is expensive and only takes 1 1/2 accessories. Valley Tow Rite, Hidden Hitch, Reese and others cost less and take 2" accessories. If I had to do it over I'd go with an aftermarket but watch out for it hitting on the muffler.

wesleyd 06-28-2009 12:46 PM

I think I'll be going with the Hidden Hitch, its 196.00 plus (brace yourself) 13% sales tax. The Mopar is 285 plus the 13% sales tax. The Hidden Hitch comes with the bar for the tow ball and all hardware the Mopar bar is another 60.00 plus the 13% sales tax. I have seen some Hidden hitches installed on the compass and they appear to be miles away from the muffler.

ChillyWillys 06-28-2009 03:40 PM

I'm sure you already know this but a Patriot or Compass will only handle a class 2 hitch. Having said that, I'll also add that I went the aftermarket route. I've got a Draw-Tite on mine. I had one on my previous vehicle too. I pull a 245 Lb. Aluma 4x6 (all aluminum) trailer to the dump (and other places). I had both hitches put on at the place I bought the trailer. They wanted about $300 to put it on the Patriot. The Jeep dealer said it would be around $600. In fact the guy I bought the Patriot from suggested that I'd be better off going aftermarket; which I already pretty much new anyway.

Good luck with the installation!


wesleyd 06-28-2009 06:09 PM

Thanks for all the feedback.

Knightfallzx2 06-29-2009 10:51 AM

I just got a DrawTite hitch a few months ago. I'm glad I didn't get Mopar's because it's only a Class I. That's not enough for a bike rack either because the vertical load isn't strong enough.

Plus, the cost of Mopar's Class 1 was the same as some Class III's.

Mine is a II, and bolted in with no problems at all. Plus it's low enough I didn't have to cut into the bumper or anything.

ChillyWillys 06-29-2009 01:33 PM

"Knight" makes a good point above saying that he didn't have to cut into the back bumper to install his Draw Tite. That wasn't an issue with the Patriot either. It sits right below the gas tank. It's also still high enough and sticks out far enough that it isn't a real pain to hook up and unhook the trailer.


Ledge 06-29-2009 08:35 PM

Now, I am wishing I got a Draw Tite from the sounds of it.......I got the MOPAR because my dealership threw it in no charge in order to sweeten to deal for the MK. However, with the small cut out in the bumper it is a real pain to get the hitch pin in and out. I've torn up my knuckles every time I install/remove the hitch.

Knightfallzx2 06-29-2009 09:19 PM

^ Your deal isn't a total loss if you got the wiring harness and tranny cooler; neither or which I have.

Ledge 06-30-2009 08:45 PM


Originally Posted by Knightfallzx2 (Post 7497837)
^ Your deal isn't a total loss if you got the wiring harness and tranny cooler; neither or which I have.

They did throw in the the wiring harness as part of the deal but I bought the oil cooler later.

Gramps 06-30-2009 09:04 PM

The factory harness is spendy too. There are some good aftermarket ones with the relays in them.

There is no substitute for the factory oil cooler that I'm aware of. Ledge - did you install it yourself or have the dealer do it? I did my own. Not to bad once you got everything out of the way.

Ledge 07-01-2009 09:33 PM

I had the dealership put the oil cooler on. I looked over your directions for installing it on a previous thread and it looked fairly easy but I was really pressed for time so I had the dealer do it while I used my truck to get around for work. They charged me 140.00 for the cooler and another 140.00 for labor/shop materials/tax. I think that was a little steep but I needed it done before we left for our vacation and I simply could not get it done in time myself.

PirateKatz 07-04-2009 11:15 AM

I'm thinking of getting a hitch for our 2008 Jeep Compass Sport. We primarily want it in order to use a hitch-mounted cargo rack for trips. Before we start calling around for prices, what do people generally recommend for class and size?

We don't anticipate hauling a trailer at this point but we'd probably get the wiring harness installed anyways. Can the harness be installed anywhere or is it just safer to have the dealer do it?

Gramps 07-04-2009 12:51 PM

As long as you get a harness that has the relays you'll be OK. There are a couple of aftermarket ones that work well, I'll let those who have them fill in the blanks. I did my own install and didn't really think it was hard.

I'll recommend getting a hitch with a 2" receiver not for towing capacity but for far more aftermarket options available than the 1 1/2". Lots of good one out there.

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