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Old 05-14-2011, 10:24 AM   #1
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New *#$^@Hitch

Finally put on my receiver hitch on my Jeep. Was a #$^%&&#PITA to install. I thought this was supposed to be pretty easy. Probably would've been if all the holes lined up correctly. Anyway, with a lot of swear words and ingenuity the hitch was finally installed. No wiring harness yet, since it's just for the bike rack right now. The good news is I don't need an extender. Bikes fit just fine.

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Old 05-14-2011, 11:22 AM   #2
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i know what you mean! When i ordered mine it said the nuts were already welded on the hitch....well they weren't of course

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Old 05-14-2011, 11:35 AM   #3
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That would've been too easy. That was the hardest part, getting the washers and nuts on the bolts in that itty, bitty space. PITA!!!
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Well done ! I don't think i ever did a mod without at least a couple swear words !

By the way, i like the bike rack what kind is it ?
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Old 05-14-2011, 12:04 PM   #5
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I'm not sure of the brand (XPORT ?) but I got it last year from Performance Bike when I had my Saturn VUE and it fit that fine. I didn't want to have to buy a new rack for my Jeep so I was really hoping this one would fit. It's a good thing because that rack wasn't real cheap. I think we got it on sale for about $170 ish. I know there are way more expensive racks out there. I just couldn't see paying $300+ for a bike rack. My bike was expensive enough!
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Old 05-14-2011, 12:50 PM   #6
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I used mopar installed in 15 mins ..just remember to install when the muffler is cold ( ouch thats hot )
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Old 05-14-2011, 02:29 PM   #7
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You must have been lucky. Mine wasn't MOPAR, but Smittybuilt (went for cost over factory). Hubs gave me a budget to stock to. Oh well...at least it's on and it ain't coming off. Next up, wiring harness and grab handles. I saw a post on WF where someone made his own which I thought was really cool. Wonder if that' something I could make.
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Old 05-14-2011, 02:32 PM   #8
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A double extender can be used as a tire support.
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Old 05-14-2011, 02:39 PM   #9
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I don't think I was clear on my last post. When I re-read it, it didn't make a whole lot of sense. I was talking about making my own grab handles if I can figure out how to do it.
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Old 05-14-2011, 02:59 PM   #10
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This is the cheapest one i`ve found.
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Old 05-14-2011, 05:39 PM   #11
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Only reason i used mopar is cause i work at a car dealer and i can get any part at cost sometimes less .the harness wasnt thay hard but two people would be easier unless you have creeper
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I don't think I was clear on my last post. When I re-read it, it didn't make a whole lot of sense. I was talking about making my own grab handles if I can figure out how to do it.
If you want really good grab handles check out WWW.Raingler.com. They're the best I've seen. I have them front and back and they are well worth the money.

Sorry about your hitch issue. We should have mentioned making sure the nuts were welded on.
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That would've been too easy. That was the hardest part, getting the washers and nuts on the bolts in that itty, bitty space. PITA!!!
Mine was the same way. I just put them on with masking tape to hold them until I got the bolt started.
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Old 05-15-2011, 06:24 AM   #14
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If anyone else buys a hitch where the nuts are not welded, I have a great tip. I learned this when I attended my first and only NASCAR race. We were walking the infield before the race and each crew had a person gluing the lugnuts to the wheels. Glue them to the hitch and you won't have to worry about getting your fingers in there, just the wrench.
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Old 05-15-2011, 06:43 AM   #15
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I had the same issues. But after fighting it for a few minutes I realized that with 6 bolts the bumper would come off. After that it was real easy.

The wiring harness was not too bad either. Just know the Christmas tree clips are normally one shot items. Glad I had zip ties.
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Old 05-15-2011, 06:50 AM   #16
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Our Mopar bars are made by Best Bars in New Zealand - apparently the US version doesnt meet our requirements or something. Nuts also werent welded on, but our rear bar is different to yours by the looks and we have to trim part of it away to fit. So we have to remove the bumper, cut bout an inch off the bottom where our number plate normally mounts then cutout around the hitch itself as well.


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I don't think I was clear on my last post. When I re-read it, it didn't make a whole lot of sense. I was talking about making my own grab handles if I can figure out how to do it.
Get a good strong piece of rope and put a bowline in each end around the roll bar. Use hemp rope for the "outdoorsy" look.
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Get a good strong piece of rope and put a bowline in each end around the roll bar. Use hemp rope for the "outdoorsy" look.
Heh, heh, heh. He said "hemp"
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Rugged Ridge Hitch Procedure

BTW, I just installed a Rugged Ridge hitch on my 09. Very sturdy with no "burrs" or other problems. I had read of others using tape or glue to hold nuts/washers and I tried the tape. Worked great for the first bolt, but not for bolts 2-4. So I just threaded the bolts through and used needle nose pliers to place the washers on the end. Then I used an adjustable wrench to hold the nuts in place until I could thread them by hand. Torqued them down in a 1-3-2-4 pattern just to be cautious.

Note: There is not a lot of room under there so be sure to start this project with a lot of patience. Also, the bolts will need to be coaxed in from above the muffler. All in, took less than an hour.
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I did the same thing that Kmccon did after fighting the nuts. Although now that I've seen what the rear bumper is like, I'm a little nervous about being rear ended. I didn't have to take the entire bumper entirely off, just enough so that I could get my hands in there.

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Old 05-15-2011, 10:16 AM   #21
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We did the same thing with the needle nose pliers & adjustable wrench for the washers & bolts. Just like you, bolt 1 was easy , bolts 2-4 PITA. Anyway, at least it's on and it ain't coming off!
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:59 AM   #23
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I put one in a couple weeks ago. At first I was going to try and install it without taking the rear bumper off, but it was only like 6 or 8 easily accessible bolts to take the rear bumper off. Only took a couple minutes and made the install a snap. (I think the brand of the one I purchased was Rugged Ridge?...don't really remember, they all look the same, I also went for price)
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@nvkid - do they come in other colors? LMAO!!!

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