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Old 09-26-2013, 07:43 AM   #1
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Receiver Hitch

Any tips on a particular make/model? I need to add one, and just want to make sure there aren't any issues with accessories (bike rack, cargo carrier, etc) not being able to clear the spare tire. Or do they all place the receiver tube pretty much in the same spot?

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Old 09-26-2013, 08:09 AM   #2
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I put a Curt on my '98. Easy no-drill install, and got the plug and play wiring harness with it. All my toys and attachments work fine. Etrailer.com.

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I used the Curt hitch on my 06 LJ also. Easy to install and it does not affect access to the spare or anything, but it does reduce the ground clearance for the back of the Jeep, and it's not much to look at. If I had it to do over, I'd look at one of the hitch-bumpers instead.
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Old 09-26-2013, 08:26 AM   #4
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Check CL. Look for a 2 inch receiver. I found a Mopar 2 inch with hardware and draw bar and ball for $45. This is the same one sold for the 04-06 Unlimited. I ground off the box for the plug in and coated it with bedliner. Around here they sell all the time for $40 to $60. Lots of folks do not like the reduced angle of departure of a hitch on a Wrangler. I just do light trail and back country roads and it is not a problem.
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Check CL. Look for a 2 inch receiver. I found a Mopar 2 inch with hardware and draw bar and ball for $45. This is the same one sold for the 04-06 Unlimited. I ground off the box for the plug in and coated it with bedliner. Around here they sell all the time for $40 to $60. Lots of folks do not like the reduced angle of departure of a hitch on a Wrangler. I just do light trail and back country roads and it is not a problem.
Thanks for the tip....that's Craiglist I am assuming? Mopar 2 inch receiver. Just picked up my 05 LJ yesterday and now I'm on the hunt for a hitch.
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Thanks for the tip....that's Craiglist I am assuming? Mopar 2 inch receiver. Just picked up my 05 LJ yesterday and now I'm on the hunt for a hitch.
Yes, that is correct. I don't know who builds the Mopar hitch but it is a nice unit. You will love your LJ. I had purchased 04 LJ new and could not stand it as a daily driver. Sold it after two years. Now retired I wished I had it.
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Old 09-26-2013, 10:42 AM   #7
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I have the same mopar hitch... paid $50 for it and a set of faded stock bumpers. It attachs directly to the frame so when/if you drag it on a trail it's not going anywhere unless you do something real dumb. Very easy to install, you just lose the recovery/tow hook on the rear drivers side in the process.
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Old 09-26-2013, 01:05 PM   #8
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plug and play harness? not sure what that is, but I like the sound of it!

does this mopar hitch fit multiple models, or is it tj-specific?


I wouldn't expect the hitch to be a problem in terms of "departure angle", what with the gas tank hanging down so low right there. But I'm not planning on doing any serious off-roading, anyway. My main concern is that the receiver tube is far enough "aft" so that a bike rack, etc, won't bump into the spare.
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Old 09-26-2013, 01:15 PM   #9
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When I bought my Jeep, I told the dealer I needed a 2" receiver or I wouldn't buy it.
They took it to U-Haul and had one mounted. Looked just like that Mopar hitch pictured above.
I kept hitting and dragging it on stuff when I started going on harder trails. I ended up selling it years ago on Craigslist for $50.
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When I bought my Jeep, I told the dealer I needed a 2" receiver or I wouldn't buy it.
They took it to U-Haul and had one mounted. Looked just like that Mopar hitch pictured above.
I kept hitting and dragging it on stuff when I started going on harder trails. I ended up selling it years ago on Craigslist for $50.
I kind of did the same thing. I wanted to tow a small bike trailer so I got the hitch and then dragged it all over the trails. I recently put on an Olympic bumper with the hitch built in and it works great. I now have the other one to put on Craigslist.
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Old 09-26-2013, 05:52 PM   #11
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LJ = decreased departure clearance

Receiver hitch= decreased departure clearance

LJ + receiver hitch = double decreased departure clearance but it may help protect the tail pipe
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Old 10-06-2013, 06:24 PM   #12
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I installed a Reese Towpower 51145 Pro Series Class III Hitch with 2" Round Tube Receiver. I had gone round and round about replacing the rear stock bumper with a new one that had a built in receiver, but found this one on Amazon for $116. It bolts right into the stock frame locations.

I did have to make a slight modification to the exhaust pipe. It was right in the way of removing the bumper bolt and while I got it off, I had no room to install with the bumper there as the bolt was located behind the new receiver. The bracket that attached to the frame was outside the bolt location and the tailpipe was below the frame. Therefore the only location to get a wrench was inside the frame and there was not enough room. So I cut about 1 1/2" off of the tailpipe and could get a socket wrench with an extension in there to tighten the bolt.

Other than that, it was a piece of cake. Now I can use this with my Hitch carrier to take my party on the tailgate, gear to the beach and camping and tow a trailer now and then. I am glad to finally have this receiver added.

One thing I really like about this receiver is how it is really snug up against the bottom of the stock bumper. Since it is round, you barely notice it there as it seems to curve up underneath the bumper.
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If you offroad much, I would definitely not install a low-slung hitch like is shown above in post #4. That type of hitch can drag on the terrain way too often & way too easily when the terrain gets a little uneven. That's the type of hitch I first installed but it didn't take long to figure out it had to come off if I wanted to continue offroading on tougher trails.

A better choice would be a 2" receiver hitch that is integrated at bumper height into a replacement aftermarket bumper. That type of bumper is really not much more to buy than the type shown above in post #4.

Dirt Worx has such a bumper, as does Olympic with their Rock bumpers.

This is one from Dirtworx at Rearbumpers

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Old 10-06-2013, 07:49 PM   #14
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I just put a curt hitch on my jeep. I also put one on my fj very solid product and easy to install. Both 35 mins to install.
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Old 10-06-2013, 10:12 PM   #15
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Get a tow rated bumper with provisions for safety chains if one plans to tow a trailer on a public road. Doubtful that your insurance company would pay out on a tow related claim on one that is not tow rated.
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Old 10-06-2013, 11:08 PM   #16
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I have the Mopar hitch receiver that I will be taking off my LJ this week when I mount up my new bumpers. Im in FL though
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I bought the Reese 51145 from Amazon for a similar price, but can't get it to fit on my 2005 LJ. The inside distance between the top flanges (centered on the holes) is 42 9/16".

The distance it has to clear on my Wrangler is 42 11/16 (or even 12/16). There is no bending this solid piece of steel.

Every single review on AMZN says it is simple to install. I just spent 30 minutes with my son and couldn't get it to go. It simply isn't wide enough.

Anyone insight would be helpful. Is this is a "made in Mexico" thing or am I just missing something? I can return it, but don't want to if its user error on my part :-)

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Pics would help
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I'll post some this evening. Thanks.
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Old 04-23-2014, 08:32 PM   #20
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Never mind. The ends were welded at a bit of angle making the ends of the flanges more narrow than the bar. I just hit it with a sledge hammer ten times or so and it bent out enough (1/8 inch) for it to fit on. Wasn't that hard to do, just wasted a lot of time wondering if the piece was wrong.

Thanks anyway!

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