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Old 12-10-2011, 09:53 PM
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Re: Adding a Tow Package

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That's what I'm tossing around - like you, I lean more towards having the factory doing it. Just don't want it to end up costing me $1,000 or more if the deal goes south.

Does anyone happen to know how much easier the MOPAR aftermarket trailer hitch package is to install on 2012 than 2005-2010? I know they had to cut the bumper in the previous models - something that would make me take the risk of the deal and have the factory do it.
Lookin at the non tow vs. tow i would guess the bumper would need to be cut. obviously they use a completley different bumper on the tow equipped vehicles...but dont take my word for it, ask the dealer.
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Lookin at the non tow vs. tow i would guess the bumper would need to be cut. obviously they use a completley different bumper on the tow equipped vehicles...but dont take my word for it, ask the dealer.
The bumper does get cut. But you can not tell the difference from the outside or underneath if it was done at the factory or put on by the dealership. Where the cutting gets done, there is a molding (same as factory) that slips into the hole to give it the finished look.
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Re: Adding a Tow Package

From having OEM tow receivers added to previous cars, usually they end up replacing the rear crossmember on the frame (or portion thereof) for one that comes with the receiver welded to it. It may also have a slight "bend" in it to lower the receiver around the functional part of the bumper. This is a lot stronger than an aftermarket "bolt-on" design and I have always preferred the OEM receiver, even if installed post-factory, to a pure aftermarket solution.

Does anybody know what the Jeep part looks like?
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Does anybody know what the Jeep part looks like?
Here's the install guide that has a diagram of the hitch..

http://site.justforjeeps.com/guide/82212180.pdf
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Re: Adding a Tow Package

The hitch itself isn't bad to install. The most tedious part is connecting the harness to the TIPM in the engine bay. If you aren't handy with wiring, I wouldn't mess with it. Option b) is those plug and play adapters, but they have always quirked me.

Cutting the bumper recover does require you to remove the cover from the vehicle. It's honestly not hard at all. Only takes a few minutes.
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Re: Adding a Tow Package

Thanks to all for the advice. I ended up not being able to change my factory order, and had the dealership do it. Parts and labor total cost was 353. 7 and 4 pin adapter, wiring, MOPAR crossmember with hitch, install, the whole thing. Looks great! Loving this thing!

I am also glad I didn't go with the V8, for what I do. Towing for me is once-in-a-blue-moon. I did a 8 hour drive when I picked the car up from Charlottesville, VA to Nashville, TN, average MPG was 19.5. I drive pretty fast, and it's mostly 2 lane highways so there is a lot of slowing down/speeding up with the semis and mini-vans thinking the fast lane is their lane.
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