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Old 07-15-2015, 10:07 PM
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Class Trailer Hitch Install - 2015

Wow, I thought the install of my trailer hitch on my 2015 wrangler sport would go easy, however, if you don't remove the bumper, there is difficulty.
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I tried the duct tape remedy, however, I couldn't get the duct tape off once the nut threaded on.
There just wasn't enough room to hold the nut&washer to get it started.
What I ended up using to hold the nut was a magnetic extension tool to hold the nut to get it threaded on the bolt.
Worked great!

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Various glues work as well and no need to remove them..... I've used silicone before.... then I discovered the hitches that came with the nuts welded on.

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Old 07-16-2015, 05:53 AM
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Not sure why a little tack-weld couldn't be done from the factory. Would save a lot of grief for mere pennies.... ?
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Not sure why you wouldn't just take the bumper off, it's just plastic and 6 bolts that are easy to get to. Once the bumper is off, the install of the hitch is super easy, and you can make sure you are properly tightening all the nuts/bolts without contorting your arms.
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Not sure why you wouldn't just take the bumper off, it's just plastic and 6 bolts that are easy to get to. Once the bumper is off, the install of the hitch is super easy, and you can make sure you are properly tightening all the nuts/bolts without contorting your arms.
This is what I did. When I got under there to put the hitch on it was apparent that was the easier route. Added maybe 10 minutes to job. I painted my muffler as well while it was off.
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I was able to do it with the bumper on no problem. Just put a little bit of electrical tape covering 1 end of the wrench I was using so the nut wouldnt fall out. And once it got started on the threads, it was easy to pull it off.
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I just finished putting a Rugged Ridge on my Willys a few minutes ago. Did not take bumper off. Used double sided stick tape and held the nuts up with a flat blade screw driver while I started them. Not too much of a problem, just hot in the garage here in Texas.
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I bought a hitch with the bolts welded on.

Before I put the hitch on, used an impact driver to start all of the bolts then removed the bolts.

The holes in my hitch we slotted on the muffler side so I didn't have to drop the muffler.

When you're pushing the bolts through it helps to wiggle the hitch to get the bolts started.

Used a short socket (about 1 inch) and a ratchet.

Didn't remove the bumper or drop the muffler. Took 10 minutes.
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My hitch must have had the nuts welded on because I don't remember it being an issue.
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Didn't take my bumper off, either. I already had the magnetic pick-up tool so it was a piece of cake to get the nuts on. The wiring harness was cake, too. Never had such an easy hitch and harness install.
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I am sure the hitches with the nuts welded on are much easier to install. I bought a Mopar take off and it was fairly easy to install. Just needed a little persuasion from a dead blow hammer.

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