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Re: How to: OEM hitch Install

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sorry can't help on wiring install, mine already was hard wired, just needed plug and flash to get it to work, did not have to wire anything, have you checked under your rear bumper to make sure you do not already have the factory wiring in your Jeep, mine is a 2012
Laredo X.
Yea, I checked...nothing there.
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Re: How to: OEM hitch Install

What are the measurements to determine where to cut the bumper to install the hitch bezel??
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Re: How to: OEM hitch Install

when bumper is removed can see cut out marks on rear side of bumper, also hitch kit comes with measurements and a template for cut outs, was pretty
easy to see cut outs.
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Re: How to: OEM hitch Install

Once you have the bumper off it is easy to find the template drawn on the inside of the bumper. I used a Dremel oscillating tool for most of the cut to ensure no over cutting. For the notches in which the bezel clips in it may be easier to use a rotary tool to make the correct size opening. Recommend the OEM mount as it replaces the current metal inner bumper and look is seamless.
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OEM Hitch Wiring Routing

Anybody have a picture of the wire routing from the engine bay to the pinch seam?

I just got charged $150 dollars for the wiring install from the dealer. I noticed that the cable runs from the rear of the vehicle along the pinch seam to the front. Just behind the front tire it crosses by the rear of the control arm and goes up to the engine bay. The wiring is very taut at this point and is one of the lowest points on the vehicle. Looks very easy to snag it on a low rock or branch / brush.

I can take some pictures tomorrow in the daylight.

As well. I noticed that they ran the wiring above the rear suspension cradle rather than through the center hole of it. Any insight as to if this would be a good or bad thing.

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Re: How to: OEM hitch Install

Reviving this thread, as I'm about to install the hitch on my MY14 Limited 4x4 this weekend. Probably won't get the flash done for a while, as I'm only planning to use the hitch for a bike rack at this point.

Looking forward to tackling this using the How To! Shouldn't be too terribly difficult.
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Re: How to: OEM hitch Install

Installed and ready to go. Didn't even really needed the instructions other than to get tools ready for the install. Did have issues installing the pop rivets, but after destroying two, I got the idea to hold them with my trim tool and have someone pull the stems with pliers. Gotta get two more now though. Otherwise, pretty easy install.
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Re: How to: OEM hitch Install

Greetings - first post here, two weeks ago I traded in my 2012 Patriot for a 2014 Grand Cherokee Laredo E "Plus" (which apparently is why it has leather seats and a sunroof).

Thanks for the great how-to! I just finished installing the OEM hitch using this article. This was my first modification, I had some trepidation about taking the bumper off a brand new car and cutting it up.

I initially was set to purchase an aftermarket Curt hitch and then saw the article here, I really like the appearance of the OEM hitch. Now that it's installed, the work was worth it, and it is way better than what I would have gotten for an aftermarket product.

My cost, including the hitch kit and the 4/7 plug was about $275. The dealer wanted $850 for the hitch, 4/7 plug, and installation. The aftermarket hitch with a 7 prong plug was $285 from a local installer.

My observations on the install - the directions here are generally great.

The clips holding the rear section of the wheelwell trim weren't super easy to remove. The driver's side came right off. The passenger side I moved aside to remove the fastener underneath and removed once the bumper was off the car.

The cutting component of this project was about as described here - the printed directions are wrong. Go by the template on the inside of the bumper, and be sure to compare to the trim cover piece. I used a drill and utility knife to cut the slots. I intended to use a dremel tool to cut the large opening, but the Harbor Freight model I bought had a bad switch, so I wound up doing all the cutting by hand. I didn't do the greatest job, and I didn't spend a lot of time cleaning up my work - the trim cover fit fine and covered up all my imperfections.

The hitch itself replaces the rear crossmember, and uses 8 bolts torqued to 122 ft lbs (per my instructions). I really like that the hitch is pulling in a straight line from the frame rails (as opposed to at a downward angle with an aftermarket hitch).

Anyway, thanks a lot for the great write-up. I probably never would have done this myself if there wasn't a great set of instructions like this
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Re: How to: OEM hitch Install

The one thing I did have to do that I didn't mention was pull the exhaust off the rear hangars. I didn't have a 21mm wrench to get to those bolts, so I was forced to use a ratchet & socket. Could probably have just had my helper pull down on the mufflers to access the bolts, but removal made it a bit easier.
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Re: How to: OEM hitch Install

Hi, first post here. Just finished install on 14 GC Loredo. Took a little more than 2 hours. Most of time spent carefully cutting the facia.....drilled 2 1/8 holes in either end of slots, then used dremmel drill to clean out slot and did final trim with utility knife. Used sabre saw with fine blade to cut out large opening.

Some observations: removal of wheel flare trim was hardest part. After removal of 8mm and 10mm bolts, poped out rivets, easy so far...then pulled trim piece straight out starting at door. The tabs poped out, but first one stayed in body( this happened on both sides) no big deal, just pulled it out and reattached to trim piece. (yes the first three tabs are separate pieces from the trim piece). then the real pita....the three tabs on the rear most part of the trim .....they are part of the trim piece.....previous posters said you could unhook them with a screw driver by pressing the tab??? I tried, but don't see how it could be done...bent one of the buggers and it snapped partially....finally in desperation I just pulled and the thing came off....when doing the other side, I didn't try to unhook the tabs, just pulled and they came out.
Once trim piece was off, removed 7mm bolt from facia, Torx 30 screws and two 10mm bolts on bottom...also cut wiring harness free from inside facia.
Easiest part was removal of bumper facia itself.....started pulling forward and out from front....it poped and rest of tabs opened like a zipper. Tip, have someone hold bumper facia in place after you unhook first side cause if you don't, when you pop second side the thing will fall to the ground, or at least you will have a tough time hanging on to it.

last tip...forget the pop rivets ....tried to use trim tool and dykes, didn't work....do yourself a favor, unless you have a plastic pop rivet tool, buy 5/8 in. by 1/4 in push rivets....they look the same and work real easy.


Rest of reassembly real straight forward thanks to OP.....
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Re: How to: OEM hitch Install

Hi guys, any pics in how to take out the member before and after pictures with the hitch install? I have a 2011 jeep grand cherokee and i dont want to mess up, also when i look underneath i dont see any marks for cutting the molding, anything will help thanks
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Re: How to: OEM hitch Install

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Hi guys, any pics in how to take out the member before and after pictures with the hitch install? I have a 2011 jeep grand cherokee and i dont want to mess up, also when i look underneath i dont see any marks for cutting the molding, anything will help thanks
Once the bumper is removed the rear crossmember simply unbolts from the body, very simple and straight forward, the hitch then just bolts in where the crossmember unbolted from, as far as seeing the markings for cutting, you will find them moulded right into the plastic on the rear of the bumper, you will see them once bumper is removed. Sorry I no longer have any pics, but once bumper is off, is very easy and straight forward to install hitch, just take time on cutting and you will do just fine.
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