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Wrangler010 04-02-2010 04:46 PM

installing a trailer hitch
 
just got a rugged ridge trailer hitch and attempted to install it......do you have to remove the bumper? there's about an 8th of an inch between the frame and the bumper....doesn't seem possible to get a wrench in here to tighten the bolts......or am i missing something?? thanks!!

USAntigoon 04-02-2010 04:56 PM

The RR has nuts welded onto the hitch body...So the wrenching is from the other (exhaust side)..
I installed a Curt Hitch after I installed my Rugged Ridge bumper and indeed I had the loosen up the bumper mounting bolts to get the hitch installed over the cross member..
But I don't know the situation with a regular bumper..

JIMBOX 04-02-2010 05:08 PM

:) Taking that plastic bumper skin off, isn't that hard

There are two bolts (16MM ??) inside, up against the steel bumper cross member and two on each side on light duty brackets, should take 10/15 minutes

At least thats the way on my '08 and nothing else should attach toit

Good luck

:rofl::rofl: JIMBO

daggo66 04-02-2010 10:28 PM

You shouldn't have to remove anything to install the hitch. It's a 10 minute job tops. The hardest thing is that you many have to wiggle the bolts a little to get them in the hole. As mentioned above the nuts should already be welded on. Make sure your muffler is cool. Here is a video showing the installation. It is not necessary to lower the muffler.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6FjBYAwgTQ

Wrangler010 04-02-2010 10:45 PM

my nuts aren't welded to the hitch......it came in a rugged ridge box but maybe its really something else.....anyway, i took the bumper off and installed the hitch....the whole process took about 15 minutes....there are 6 bolts that hold the bumper on (16mm) so that was easy.....now i want a new bumper!

oakdale bob 04-15-2010 05:45 PM

Daggo66 is right, a slim open end wrench on the nut side is tight, but works. Didn't remove(or scratch anything), LOOKS GREAT!! Curt Hitch..:crash:

woodyg 04-15-2010 10:53 PM

I got the Curt also, piece of cake to install, works great.

Baber3000 06-10-2012 10:41 PM

Removing factory hitch from rubicon
 
My jeep was totaled. I am going to take some stuff off of it tomorrow. Will it come off as easy as the video. What size is the bolt. 2010 rubicon.

SJS 06-19-2012 10:36 AM

I am going to try to install this soon on my new 2012 JK.. so everyone tells me its a 10min job is that true??? how long did it really take you.... also did anyone do the light kit part>

CiDZillA 06-19-2012 11:04 AM

I just installed a Rugged Ridge receiver yesterday.

Amazon.com: Rugged Ridge 11580.10 Rear Hitch: Automotive

I did have to remove the bumper because my bolts were not welded to the hitch so I needed the extra clearance. All the hardware was in a separate bag. Perhaps they changed something... dunno.

I could not get the bolts into the holes due to a lack of room on the exhaust side and there was not enough room on the bumper side either. I ended up removing the back bumper, installing the hitch receiver and then re-installing the rear bumper. All in all it took about 30 mins. Simple.

moscoeb 06-19-2012 11:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CiDZillA
I just installed a Rugged Ridge receiver yesterday.

Amazon.com: Rugged Ridge 11580.10 Rear Hitch: Automotive

I did have to remove the bumper because my bolts were not welded to the hitch so I needed the extra clearance. All the hardware was in a separate bag. Perhaps they changed something... dunno.

I could not get the bolts into the holes due to a lack of room on the exhaust side and there was not enough room on the bumper side either. I ended up removing the back bumper, installing the hitch receiver and then re-installing the rear bumper. All in all it took about 30 mins. Simple.

Tape on a boxend wrench to hold the nut in place works great!!

SJS 06-19-2012 01:54 PM

did you have to remove the exhaust side

MTH 06-19-2012 02:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SJS (Post 2489330)
I am going to try to install this soon on my new 2012 JK.. so everyone tells me its a 10min job is that true??? how long did it really take you.... also did anyone do the light kit part>

No. Gathering the tools, getting off the rear bumper, installing the hitch, reattaching the bumper, and putting everything away took me about 30 to 40 minutes.

I installed the Smittybilt hitch, which as others have mentioned about the RR hitch required me to remove the rear bumper--the nuts were not welded on the bumper side of the hitch and the angle is odd even for a taped up box end wrench. By contrast, taking the bumper off is very easy. I did not have to loosen the muffler.

You'll need a basic socket set and some wrenches.

dhdad 06-19-2012 02:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wrangler010 (Post 588997)
my nuts aren't welded to the hitch......it came in a rugged ridge box but maybe its really something else.....anyway, i took the bumper off and installed the hitch....the whole process took about 15 minutes....there are 6 bolts that hold the bumper on (16mm) so that was easy.....now i want a new bumper!

I noticed that as well right before I ordered the Rugged Ridge hitch, that in the pictures the nuts were not welded on as they are for the Quadratec, Draw-Tite and Hidden hitches. That right there turned me off on the Rugged Ridge, installing a hitch should be simple.

SJS 06-19-2012 03:12 PM

where did you order it from

khickeyman 06-19-2012 03:38 PM

I installed the Rugged Ridge hitch and wire harness yesterday. It took all of 30 minutes pretty easy. I did lossen the plastick bumper enough to get the nuts on.

SJS 06-20-2012 07:07 AM

For the wires did u make a hole

riskyvt 06-20-2012 09:51 AM

I just installed the Quadratec 2" hitch kit on my '09 JKU. VERY quick install, the wiring harness was plug & play, even had plastic pins along the wiring loom to push into frame holes. Looks like a nice hitch.

nwatkins 06-20-2012 10:14 AM

Are the Quadratec hitches available? The website indicates they are still on backorder.

Quote:

Originally Posted by riskyvt (Post 2493134)
I just installed the Quadratec 2" hitch kit on my '09 JKU. VERY quick install, the wiring harness was plug & play, even had plastic pins along the wiring loom to push into frame holes. Looks like a nice hitch.


SJ. 06-20-2012 10:36 AM

The hitch may be one of the easiest things you can do. If you get one with the nuts welded in place, it's a matter of tightening four bolts and plugging in the wires.

riskyvt 06-21-2012 08:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nwatkins (Post 2493200)
Are the Quadratec hitches available? The website indicates they are still on backorder.

I ordered mine about a month or so prior to their stated back-order ship date of May 31st. On May 31st they shipped. I did note, however, the updated ship date is now pushed out, probably for newer orders. Worth the wait IMHO.

SJS 06-21-2012 12:05 PM

did you guys really check that you put 75lbs on the bolts?


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