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Old 12-16-2011, 02:28 PM   #1
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Quick add a Tow hitch question

I'm sure this has been answered before but I couldn't stumble on the answer in a way that made sense.
I'd like to add an inexpensive tow hitch to a stock JKU.
Not so much for towing, though feel it would be good to have just in case, but to use to mount a bike rack or cargo basket.
Is it as simple as getting one of the ~$75 things I see on Quadratec or Amazon and just bolting it on? Or do you need to install a cross beam or such?
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Old 12-16-2011, 02:37 PM   #2
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The four bolt one is all you need. Make sure you get one with the nuts welded on unless you have another set of hands.

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Old 12-16-2011, 04:42 PM   #3
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I put on a Hidden Hitch brand from Quadratec. Cost just under $100, took about 15 minutes to install. Note that if you ever want to really use it for towing you will also need to buy the electrical harness for lights on the trailer.
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The four bolt one is all you need. Make sure you get one with the nuts welded on unless you have another set of hands.
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Old 12-16-2011, 07:24 PM   #5
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Me too................

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I learned the hard way.
I wish I had held out for the "Factory Tow-package"

I too have the quick connect hitch from Quadratec (for bike carrier) ! I do get most everything for my 2012 from Quadratec
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Old 12-16-2011, 08:08 PM   #6
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Then get a dual hitch extender to support the spare.
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Old 12-16-2011, 08:58 PM   #7
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I also put one on. I was unaware that there is one with welded on nuts. Would have made it much easier. Bought mine at 4 wheel parts, have one semi locally, for about 60 bucks. They didnt have a wiring harness in stock so the dealership lightened up my wallet by another 50 bucks. Nothing else to buy, very simple to install.
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I purchased and installed both a rear and a front reciever hitch on my 2012 Rubicon. I bought them through Etrailer.com along with a basket and the wiring for the back. I am pleased with the Curt brand. Good quality.
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I was unaware that there is one with welded on nuts. Would have made it much easier.
Quick tip for those that happen to be in the same boat. You can easily take a box end wrench and put a piece of painters tape on one side of it. This will hold the nut in place while you fiddle it into place and get the bolt started.
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Quick tip for those that happen to be in the same boat. You can easily take a box end wrench and put a piece of painters tape on one side of it. This will hold the nut in place while you fiddle it into place and get the bolt started.
I did the same with some duck tape. Took a bit of cursing to figure that trick out though.
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I did the same with some duck tape. Took a bit of cursing to figure that trick out though.
You have no idea how much cursing went on when we installed mine...
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You have no idea how much cursing went on when we installed mine...
There was no "we" for mine, just me. I have big dumb sausage fingers, I could get a ball park estimate on how you felt.

Oh yeah, I also didn't wait for the muffler to cool off before instal when I got home cuz I was so excited to see a cardboard box on my doorstep, so I got a few nice burns to go with it.

Other than that, it really was pretty easy.
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Old 12-17-2011, 06:24 AM   #13
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Here's a trick I learned from NASCAR. I went to my first and only race a few years ago at Richmond. We got to walk around on the infield before the race. I noticed there were some guys doing something to the wheels for each car. I took a closer look and found that the were gluing the nuts to each wheel so that they didn't have to be held on. It wouldn't eliminate the need for a second wrench like the weld ones, but it sure would help to get them started.

You can buy a plug and play harness from Pep Boys for $14.95.
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There was no "we" for mine, just me. I have big dumb sausage fingers, I could get a ball park estimate on how you felt.

Oh yeah, I also didn't wait for the muffler to cool off before instal when I got home cuz I was so excited to see a cardboard box on my doorstep, so I got a few nice burns to go with it.

Other than that, it really was pretty easy.
I just took the bumper off when I installed mine. Is only like 4 bolts.
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With my install I held the nut in place with a pair of long nose pliers, untill the bolt got started, the used a wrench, pretty quick to install.
The wiring harness from Amazon was also simple to install, remove tail light and just plug it in and you good to go.
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Thanks for the advice. I was just about to get the rugged ridge one with the harness, but can't tell if the bolts are welded on or not. Any recommendations on one that is?
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Thanks for the advice. I was just about to get the rugged ridge one with the harness, but can't tell if the bolts are welded on or not. Any recommendations on one that is?
I went wit RR. A s of 4 mths ago they were not welded. May have changed since then, but doubtful. Nevertheless, it's still a great product.
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Got mine about 2 months ago and the nuts weren't welded. Wish they had been.
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I installed the Curt. Great product with heavy duty paint.
I removed the 5lb. black plastic milk jug, Jeep calls a rear bumper, by removing 6 bolts in 5 minutes. Since it only weighs like 5lbs. it's easy to take off and put back on by yourself.
Only bad thing now is I have to order a new rear bumper.
I don't think 5lbs. of plastic will help save my 12JK frame and body on a light rear-end accident.
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I did the same with some duck tape. Took a bit of cursing to figure that trick out though.
I bought the Rugged Ridge version and plan on istalling in the next week or two this will save me aton of cursing and I now have another great use for the rolls of duct tape in the garage. Thanks!
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I bought the Rugged Ridge version and plan on istalling in the next week or two this will save me aton of cursing and I now have another great use for the rolls of duct tape in the garage. Thanks!
Stick them on with crazy glue to hold them in place until you thread the bolts. If it's good enough for NASCAR...
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With the appropriate insert can a standard receiver hitch be used as a recovery point?

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With the appropriate insert can a standard receiver hitch be used as a recovery point?

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I just installed the Rugged Ridge hitch and wiring harness on my 2012 JKU this past Friday. It took me about 30 minutes to install and no the nuts are not welded on but an open end wrench with some Duct Tape to hold the nut in place worked great. The wiring harness is plug n play and is very easy to install. Great directions were in the box. I ordered mine from Quadratec and recieved it 2 days after I ordered it.

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