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Re: How to: OEM hitch Install

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Than you everyone for the info posted here. Quick question. I took this picture from under the bumper (sorry was dark and blurry) is this the "pre wired" connector?

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Re: How to: OEM hitch Install

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Than you everyone for the info posted here. Quick question. I took this picture from under the bumper (sorry was dark and blurry) is this the "pre wired" connector?

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Yes, this the the connector. You can see black harness connected to it.
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Re: How to: OEM hitch Install

I tackled this project today, everything came out great except for one small problem I ran into. Removing the wheel well trim to get to the bumper is a major pain in the butt. There are 3 retaining clips that hold on each side, I broke 5 of the 6 clips.
So with lots of searching and visits to the Jeep dealer I finally found the correct part# for these retaining clips, they are fairly inexpensive so if you are going to do this project might want some of these as well.
Jeep Part# 68172491AA - Retaining Clip
Also I read several reviews and statements that you had to order separately the 4pin / 7pin adapter when ordering the hitch and order some extra plastic rivets too. The kit I ordered off Amazon had everything included that you need to install this except the retaining clips you might break
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Re: How to: OEM hitch Install

Excellent howto! I recently purchased a 2014 GC with low miles. In the deal the dealer threw in a trailer hitch. I noticed too late that he had installed an after-market hitch. I did not like the look and ground clearance. After reading this how-to I ordered the OEM hitch and seven pin connector from amazon (~$260 total). The whole process took me about 3 hrs doing the job alone with the toughest part being the cutouts. Turns out it is good thing since the dealer did a shoddy job of installing the original after-market hitch. The plug was mounted on the plastic bottom part of the bumper cover and the bolts holding the after-market hitch were not even close to being torqued down properly (will never darken the door of that Jeep dealer again). It was really dangerously loose in my opinion.
I am very happy with the results and this thread is what makes forums like this so great.
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Re: How to: OEM hitch Install

I tried to add a picture of the finished product but did not upload for some reason
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Re: How to: OEM hitch Install

Hammered this out in about 3 hours last night.

Slow parts:

- Removing the fender trim. There are three pop-in plugs across the horizontal surface (beginning at the door and going back) and on the 45-degree down angle there are three more clips that gave me fits!

- There's a plug on the driver's side behind the bumper (bumper fog lights) that I had trouble unhooking.

Overall, a quick enhancement that will make the old lady's jeep a lot more useful. Thanks for the writeup.
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Re: How to: OEM hitch Install

Tackled this today, wasn't too bad thanks to the advice in this thread. Moulding is pretty easy with some strategically placed trim sticks and a screwdriver. Getting the bumper cover off was the toughest part for me. Went back together pretty easily.
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Re: How to: OEM hitch Install

Tackled this today as well. Took a bit longer than I thought due to needed trips to the hardware store for a few tools I didn't have. I'll list those below for reference. The instructions for the install weren't exactly accurate for a 2014 JGC, they didn't mention the bottom four cutouts you need to make but it was easy enough to figure out.

Patience is definitely top priority here. Took me about 4 hours which included trips to store.

Tools required: 10mm, 8mm, 7mm and 21mm sockets. I didn't have the 21mm sockets. Make sure you have a short 21mm to get above the exhaust or you'll have to drop it. You'll also need 1/8", 3/32" and 3/16" drill bits for pilot holes. Dremel and utility knife as well. Pop rivet tool or pair of dykes and pliers to install pop rivets. Trim tool pry bars and trim tool for popping rivets.

Last, have a drop cloth or something to lay the bumper on and saw horses for supporting while you cut.

Again, take your time. The end result is awesome and you save yourself a bunch of money by not having the dealer do the install!

Good luck! The rest of the install tips shared by the OP are perfect. Thanks to all for the input. Made the comfort level that much more bearable.

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