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Unread 07-05-2009, 04:27 PM   #16
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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.
I called around and got several quotes -- It sounds like a Class III w/2" receiver is the most common route and is all that the local places have in stock.

If I have an aftermarket harness installed, will it require a reflash or anything?

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Unread 07-06-2009, 03:36 AM   #17
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No re-flashing that I'm aware of. Disconnecting the battery during installation, a common safety procedure, resets everything in 10 - 30 minutes.
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Unread 07-08-2009, 07:05 PM   #18
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I picked up a Curt Class 3 for 180 bucks and installed it myself in about 45 minutes. I ordered the Jeep wiring harness as I am a little iffy when it comes to altering electrical with aftermarket stuff, I also ordered the oil cooler now just trying to find a half decent tent trailer around here.
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Unread 07-08-2009, 07:48 PM   #19
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My initial estimate from the dealer was over $700. I took the Compass to UHaul, and had a 2 inch receiver installed for about $160.

I had a factory wiring harness from my original factory order. I had to find an automotive electrician to install it. That cost me $145.

Overall, I had a functional CL 2 receiver installed for just over $300 including labor.
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Unread 07-09-2009, 03:00 AM   #20
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Damn you guys have things so much better over there! Here, the stealership wants just shy of 1000 euros for a detachable tow hook installation. A Jeep parts store is selling the parts for about 750€. I feel these prices are ridiculous.

I am left wondering, could I order the parts from the U.S. or would the shipping costs kill me? I'm not really looking to tow anything, I would just like the mount point for possible spare tire holder, expedition antenna, tow/lift point etc. Since off-road performance is an issue, I take it I would have to cut into the rear bumper?
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Unread 07-10-2009, 06:01 AM   #21
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I just had a hitch & harness installed by UHaul. I was a little iffy about the aftermarket electrical but went with UHaul for price (and my neighbor, who I do trust is the manager there). The receiver, harness, ball & riser/mount, and installation came to about $320. I don't have any plans on actually towing anything right now and am planning on using it entirely for a cargo rack and bike rack; I think if I were to tow, I'd probably get the factory oil cooler installed.

I'm very impressed with the hitch and it looks aesthetically nice, as it's nearly entirely concealed behind the bumper.
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Unread 07-11-2009, 07:19 PM   #22
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Have the Hitch, the Oil Cooler and The Mopar wiring harness all installed. Not sure why the instructions for the cooler tell you to drain all the oil and coolant. I just took the oil filter off and lost about two tablespoons of oil. I did use about four liters of coolant while removing the hoses and installing the new ones. The hardest part I found was installing the wiring harness as I was laying on my back in the driveway trying to snake the cable underneath to avoid any moving parts. I pick up my pop up trailer on Wednesday, found a 10 foot that weighs 1500lbs unloaded so that gives me some freedom to store the essentials in it while towing. I will repost after a weekend trip to let you know how it worked out.
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Unread 07-11-2009, 07:39 PM   #23
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Just going over the instructions for the wiring harness, in my 2009 Compass I left the wire that can be cut intact is this correct? Step 24 b only mentions the Patriot not the Compass so I didn't cut the wire.
Your help is appreciated
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Unread 07-12-2009, 08:11 AM   #24
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reese hitch simple install

Performance Innovations of Wilmington NC did my hitch along with all my other mods, no cutting 2" receiver, and straight forward installation.
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Unread 08-05-2009, 10:08 AM   #25
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Sounds as if you all are pulling trailers? What would be a good hitch for a bike rack? I already own my bike rack which slid right into my previous SUV's hitch amd was secured by a pin. Thanks!
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Unread 08-05-2009, 10:15 AM   #26
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is this what I am looking for? http://www.etrailer.com/products.asp...9&make=Jeep&h=

I just need to measure my current bike rack to determine the hitch opening I need correct? The drawtight is a good price!
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Unread 08-05-2009, 05:44 PM   #27
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DrawTite is a good hitch. A 2" reciever is the most popular by far.
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Unread 08-07-2009, 09:40 AM   #28
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Does anyone know if this tow hitch is legit? I am thinking of getting it. But want to make sure its a good one.
http://www.autoanything.com/towing/75A3957A0A0.aspx
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Unread 08-07-2009, 10:48 AM   #29
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is this what I am looking for? http://www.etrailer.com/products.asp...9&make=Jeep&h=

I just need to measure my current bike rack to determine the hitch opening I need correct? The drawtight is a good price!
The UHaul hitch that I got looks identical to both the Hidden Hitch and Draw-Title 2" hitches. Unless there is something very subtle, they all look the same to me.
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Unread 08-07-2009, 04:36 PM   #30
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Valley is a very good hitch. I trust that site, haven't found anything wrong with whatever they sell.
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