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Old 08-01-2012, 01:39 PM   #1
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Mopar wiring harness vs. aftermarket

Going to install a hitch for my 2012 Unlimited. Mopar wants aprox. $125 for a wiring harness vs. $28 for some aftermarket products. Of course, they say there's is intergrated into the computer. (Marketing BS or is there some real benefit?) I know nothing about auto electronics so I would have it installed, but wonder if something happened, I would surely void the warrantee. If anyone recommends aftermarket, what would be a quality product?

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Old 08-01-2012, 02:01 PM   #2
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I had to get the wiring harness for my 2012 JKU in order for us to tow it behind our motorhome. I was told by the dealership and the guy that did all the aftermarket work that it had to be the Mopar.

I'm not sure if the same applies to the harness for the hitch, you might call a couple different shops to see.

I went to my salesman and told him I felt they should give it to me since I just spent $40k on a vehicle, plus we bought a 2012 Mazda 3 the same day. He laughed and then said ok.

I don't know how long you've had your Jeep, but maybe it's worth a try to talk to your salesman. Even a discount of some sort would help.

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We got the Mopar one for about $50. Don't know what your dealer is trying to sell you. The Mopar fits perfect and has all of the factory clips to hold it in place. The aftermarket ones we looked at didn't. It was well worth the extra $10 to go factory on it for us.
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Old 08-01-2012, 02:47 PM   #4
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I paid $9.99 for my wiring harness from Quadratec and it worked perfect on my '11. My '12 came with the tow package so it had the factory harness. From what I can tell, the ONLY difference is that the Mopar harness plugs in with no need to attach a separate ground wire somewhere, and the Hidden Hitch $9.99 harness had to have the ground wire attached separately which took an extra 60 seconds of time. Personally, I think the Mopar harness is a waste of money if you buy it after the fact.
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Thanks for the info...Actually I was looking on-line at Mopar's site. I'll check with the dealer to see what they are charging. Thanks all
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I bought the aftermarket rugged ridge unit with the harness and it was all plug and play going in between your brake light connection, including the plastic push pins in the harness that go into the oem holes on your frame. No extra wires at all and everything looked factory.
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I just got the quadratec hitch for $89.99 that included the wiring harness and the Jeep rubber plug. I don't think the Mopar harness would be any better. Id recommend the Quadratec route.
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Thanks for the info...Actually I was looking on-line at Mopar's site. I'll check with the dealer to see what they are charging. Thanks all
Are you sure you are looking at the correct harness? The Mopar tow hitch harness retails for less than $50 on Quadratec. But the Rugged Ridge version is much cheaper and includes the clips to fasten the ahrness to the frame. Who knows, the Mopar harness could be made by RR?
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No, the RR stuff is made in China...which is why I didn't buy their hitch. The welds looked like a 6 year old laid them and the safety chain attach point interfered with the hitch pin. It was well worth it to spend $10 more bucks and get the Hidden Hitch brand.

My '12 came with the factory tow package and I don't like how the hitch is tucked so far under the spare. Will have to use my extension tube more often now.
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No, the RR stuff is made in China...which is why I didn't buy their hitch. The welds looked like a 6 year old laid them and the safety chain attach point interfered with the hitch pin. It was well worth it to spend $10 more bucks and get the Hidden Hitch brand.

My '12 came with the factory tow package and I don't like how the hitch is tucked so far under the spare. Will have to use my extension tube more often now.
Just an FYI, a good portion of your Jeep is made with chinese parts. The made in the USA thing is nothing but PC BS.
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I bought the aftermarket rugged ridge unit with the harness and it was all plug and play going in between your brake light connection, including the plastic push pins in the harness that go into the oem holes on your frame. No extra wires at all and everything looked factory.
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I got the same hitch w/harness and it was plug and play. The push pin fastners even ligned up with the holes in the frame perfectly. The harness is super secure to the frame, I couldn't be happier with how it's installed.
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No, the RR stuff is made in China...which is why I didn't buy their hitch. The welds looked like a 6 year old laid them and the safety chain attach point interfered with the hitch pin. It was well worth it to spend $10 more bucks and get the Hidden Hitch brand.

My '12 came with the factory tow package and I don't like how the hitch is tucked so far under the spare. Will have to use my extension tube more often now.
I have news for your. Many of the Mopar accessories are in fact made by RR.
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Stop listening to dealer BS about Mopar and connecting to the computer. The wiring harness is a simple plug and play. I bought mine at Pep Boys for $15. All I had to do was remove the left tail light, plug in the new harness and then plug the tail light into the harness. You can spend more if you want, but you're getting the same thing.

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