|10-03-2011 06:34 PM|
|warwickjeep||do they make it for the front bumper|
|10-03-2011 03:24 PM|
|j0nx||Quick question that I hope I'm not thread jacking on. My '12 auto sport has the max tow package so does that mean I get the trans cooler? I know I got the 3.73 with that but didn't know a trans cooler came with that package or not? Also I don't see any wiring harness on mine either. Why would a max tow package come without the harness? It didn't come with the hitch pin either so I'm thinking the max tow package is really nothing more than a hitch and a 3.73 rear end.|
|10-03-2011 01:57 PM|
|Motorbreath||Nice...still debating to go this route or use it as an excuse to slide a new rear bumper past the wifey. I have a feeling she is already gonna freak when i tell her I gotta drop 1k on new BFG's this winter.|
|10-03-2011 01:30 PM|
Rugged Ridge reciever and JK wiring harness, $89 shipped from Ebay.
I'd say it's plenty strong. Been hauling bikes on it for 3 years now and it's holding up just fine.
|09-29-2011 08:06 AM|
lol... I've had the same hitch saved in my Amazon shopping cart for the past 6 months! I was planning on using it during our summer vacation to attach a cargo carrier, but ended up just cramming everything in the back of the Jeep instead.
One of these days I'll actually BUY the thing.
|09-28-2011 10:39 PM|
I installed mine and ran the pigtail inside to the storage compartment above the tire jack. Completely out of the weather. Very limited towing duties.
For REAL towing, I'll use this:
|09-28-2011 10:17 PM|
|Phil T||I saw this thread and ordered the Rugged Ridge from Amazon. It came in three days and I installed it tonight. I am very happy with the hitch and installation was easy. I did use a open end wrench and some duct tape to start the nuts.|
|06-29-2011 08:19 PM|
|mike636||I saw this post and went to Amazon to look at it. I think it's exactly what I need. The reviews say that it is made to factory standard ( JK 200, 2000lbs) so my question is if I have a small camper, would this be a good choice for towing? Thanks for the help guys!|
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|06-09-2011 04:27 PM|
It is actually easier than the fumbling way that I just described it. I am mechanically declined and did it in a snap.
|06-09-2011 04:21 PM|
I've got the same hitch on order, and I wondered where the wiring connector was going to go. They don't mention it in the installation instructions online, so I thought I'd be on google looking it up. Sounds pretty simple
|06-09-2011 04:05 PM|
|Wandell||I just installed one myself. My ten year old helped me with the nuts between the bumper and hitch.|
|06-09-2011 02:19 PM|
Have the same hitch - easy as pie. Had to remove the back bumper though just to make it easier to get my fat fingers in there for the bolts. Hitch and wiring harness took about 20 minutes to complete even with the off/on of the bumper.
Rented a trailer to haul a small load with and worked perfectly.
Wiring harness is a piece of cake. Remove the driver tail light, plug the harness in and run it through to the undercarriage. Even had some small "push-pins" (technically called "thing-a-ma-bobs" I believe) to attach it to the existing holes in the undercarriage.
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|06-09-2011 01:28 PM|
I have the same hitch. I don't think we can call it a "DIY" solution, though. There are some pretty handy folks on here to whom DIY means they fabricated it themselves out of a block of steel.
But you're right in that this is a much better solution than paying the MOPAR ransom for the stock tow package. Nice job.
|06-09-2011 01:18 PM|
Easiest DIY Hitch Ever! And Under $100!
Hey guys. I just picked up a new 2011 JK (Sahara) last Saturday and unfortunately, it didn't come with the towing package. Since I sold my 32' camper earlier this year, I don't have a need for any "major" towing however, I do have a 12' open top utility trailer (for misc. hauling, dirt bikes, etc).
The dealer wanted several hundred dollars to put one on for me (as did my local hitch shops). Then, thanks to my best friend Amazon.com, I found one from Rugged Ridge for on sales for $71.05 - with free 2-day shipping I might add since I'm an Amazon Prime Member (click here for a link directly to it on their site). For $28 more, I got a "plug & play" wiring harness that simply connects inline to the brake light harness.
The best part? A 15 minute install using just 4 bolts and the existing holes within the rear frame of the rig. Couldn't have been easier (except if I had smaller hands and fingers to get into the tight space to tighten the nuts).
Posting pics in the event any of you are in the same boat and want an easy and cost-effective solution to your towing needs. I realize I do not have any trans cooler and other components to really tow with this thing but again, for my limited (and infrequent) towing needs, I couldn't have asked for a better solution.
(My wire harness is due to arrive today so looking forward to the finished install).