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06-19-2014 03:25 PM
JeepinMan
Hitch Bolt Question

Quote:
Originally Posted by tampa nole View Post
i have a 10A, and put a hitch on. got the hitch from jeep parts. it did not have the nuts welded on. you remove the 4 bolts and there is a spacer plate between the frame and bumper, remove this plate and the hitch fits . the hitch comes with bolts nuts and washers. i reused the stock bolts and the nuts are attached inside bumper.
when i went to remove the plate it flipped up inside the bumper so i had to remove the bumper to get the plate out. should not have to remove bumper, if you do besides the 4 bolts in the middle there are 2 on each end. comes off pretty easy.
the wiring harness fits well

I have the same hitch as you on my JK Sport. I am adding the 10A rear bumper, so I don't have the 10A bolts for the rear bumper. Do you know if the bolts are the same size and length on the rugged ridge hitch as the bolts from the 10A rear bumper? I guess I'm asking if I'm going to be OK with using the bolts from hitch or if they will be too short and the wrong size.

Thanks for your help.
06-15-2013 09:44 PM
psukydd
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Originally Posted by Kirkm View Post
I installed the Rugged Ridge in the same manner as you and the fit is fine. Bumper did not need to come off. The spacer slides out once you take the bolts out. As other have mentioned you don't have the nuts welded to the hitch with the Rugged Ridge mount.
I guess a better way to ask my question would be, is bolting directly into the 10a bumper's threads secure enough for the hitch. I did torque directly into the threaded bumper holes(no extra nuts) but was worried I would strip them or they were simply tacked in the bumper lightly and not directly made for the hitch.
06-15-2013 07:06 AM
Kirkm
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Originally Posted by psukydd View Post

I just finished installing the Quadratec hitch. I did have to grind off the 4 nuts on the bumper side first. I used the oem bolts that held the spacer in place. The spacer was the same thickness as the hitch bracket so I figured I could mount the hitch and tighten the oem bolts into the metal threaded 10A rear bumper.

Is this not the correct way? I'm confused how some of you guys used other nuts to tighten the hitch? Did you find nuts that fit the 10A bumper bolt threads and just add them to the space where the spacer was located? The bumper was not secure without those four oem bolts.
I installed the Rugged Ridge in the same manner as you and the fit is fine. Bumper did not need to come off. The spacer slides out once you take the bolts out. As other have mentioned you don't have the nuts welded to the hitch with the Rugged Ridge mount.
06-15-2013 01:36 AM
psukydd
Quote:
Originally Posted by von-shep View Post
i didn't have to remove the bumper bolted right up took 20 min the one i used didn't have the bolts welded so i used a little masking tape and a long flat open end wrench
I just finished installing the Quadratec hitch. I did have to grind off the 4 nuts on the bumper side first. I used the oem bolts that held the spacer in place. The spacer was the same thickness as the hitch bracket so I figured I could mount the hitch and tighten the oem bolts into the metal threaded 10A rear bumper.

Is this not the correct way? I'm confused how some of you guys used other nuts to tighten the hitch? Did you find nuts that fit the 10A bumper bolt threads and just add them to the space where the spacer was located? The bumper was not secure without those four oem bolts.
06-01-2013 06:57 AM
von-shep i didn't have to remove the bumper bolted right up took 20 min the one i used didn't have the bolts welded so i used a little masking tape and a long flat open end wrench
05-31-2013 10:12 PM
spurscar I ordered this one, put it on a few days ago. Did have to remove the bumper to
install, not a big deal. The worst part is the "clip" on the side that's supposed to hold
the 4-pin wiring harness is bigger than the 4-pin harness end I bought at Uhaul.

Rugged Ridge 11580.10 Rear Hitch : Amazon.com : Automotive

Also ordered this extension for our bike rack to get it out past the spare tire:

Amazon.com: Heininger 6000 Advantage Adjustable 11-Inch Hitch Extension: Automotive
05-31-2013 10:08 PM
10Anvil Ordered the quadratec with welded on nuts and am planning to have to remove bumper. Looks easy enough even if I have to take the bumper off.

BTW, where does the wiring harness plug in at?
05-30-2013 06:28 PM
tampa nole Rubidan, LT Dan, the hitch i got came from shopjeepparts , it comes from rugged ridge the part number is 11580.51. that comes with wiring harness price $59.95
05-30-2013 02:02 PM
Rubidan tampa nole - was the hitch you purchased from jeep parts a Mopar Part# 82210230? I'm looking to mount one on my 2013 JKU 10A and noticed the steel plate - thanks for posting.
05-23-2013 02:54 PM
tampa nole i have a 10A, and put a hitch on. got the hitch from jeep parts. it did not have the nuts welded on. you remove the 4 bolts and there is a spacer plate between the frame and bumper, remove this plate and the hitch fits . the hitch comes with bolts nuts and washers. i reused the stock bolts and the nuts are attached inside bumper.
when i went to remove the plate it flipped up inside the bumper so i had to remove the bumper to get the plate out. should not have to remove bumper, if you do besides the 4 bolts in the middle there are 2 on each end. comes off pretty easy.
the wiring harness fits well
05-23-2013 09:01 AM
Barmanvarn
Quote:
Originally Posted by Caveman1965 View Post
Nope.....the bumpers not the same. I bought a rugged ridge hitch and wiring harness and I had to return them both. The bumper is using the 4 bolt holes in the frame that would usually be used for mounting the hitch. Also, the bumper is so close to the frame, that there's no room for the hitch bracket to slide over the frame (that's the side with the welded nuts too).
If someone knows how to make this work, I'd be interested in the solution. I bought the hitch from a local Jeep shop and when I returned the parts, the guy who owns the shop was surprised that it didn't work.

Well, that blows. I should have know they weren't the same.
05-23-2013 08:49 AM
10Anvil Nobody with a 10A has done this yet?
05-23-2013 07:27 AM
theStickbug That would suck if the 10A bumper is using those four holes. The only aftermarket hitches I've seen for Jeeps use those four holes to mount the hitch. I'm sure there's a solution... Maybe ask the dealer?
05-23-2013 06:05 AM
Caveman1965
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Originally Posted by Barmanvarn View Post
I'm gonna guess your bumper is the same as the rest of us? If so its no big deal. Think there are like 6 bolts that hold it on. It's very simple to remove.

Nope.....the bumpers not the same. I bought a rugged ridge hitch and wiring harness and I had to return them both. The bumper is using the 4 bolt holes in the frame that would usually be used for mounting the hitch. Also, the bumper is so close to the frame, that there's no room for the hitch bracket to slide over the frame (that's the side with the welded nuts too).
If someone knows how to make this work, I'd be interested in the solution. I bought the hitch from a local Jeep shop and when I returned the parts, the guy who owns the shop was surprised that it didn't work.
05-22-2013 11:32 PM
Barmanvarn I'm gonna guess your bumper is the same as the rest of us? If so its no big deal. Think there are like 6 bolts that hold it on. It's very simple to remove.
05-22-2013 11:16 PM
10Anvil Gotcha, that is what I was curious about. On the 10 A it also looks like it would be a tight fit to get the hitch positioned properly.
05-22-2013 11:07 PM
Barmanvarn Depends. Some hitches have nuts welded on so you don't have to remove the bumper. Others don't.
05-22-2013 11:06 PM
10Anvil
10A Hitch Install Q

Does the rear bumper need to come off to put on a hitch? When I look it looks like it does.

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