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Old 10-16-2014, 04:17 PM
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Re: Trailer Hitch Installation

In case anyone still thought that cutting the bumper might be difficult the bumpers now have the markings of where to cut from the factory. The instructions will tell you which areas to cut (but of course they're wrong) so there's no need for you to measure yourself.

I posted a video about it here.

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Re: Trailer Hitch Installation

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Hi everyone, I'm in the market for a used WK2, this forum has been very helpful. One of the GC's I'm currently considering is a 2011 that does not have the factory tow package. This is a must for me. Does anybody have any experience with adding a hitch aftermarket? Any guess on cost? Or would I be best advised to find a WK2 with this already installed from the factory?
I just purchased a 2012 GC Limited and they wanted $600 for OEM and $275 for aftermarket (with lights outlet only). The OEM package looks better and has better receptacles for trailer wiring plugs. If you find a WK2 without the tow package thats right for you just buy it and get the tow package as an after market. OEM package will run about $250 - $300 with wiring harness (often sold separately). Easy to install but I understand it may require a visit to the local dealer to update computer software.
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But again, without factory towing installation, the limits are lower. Factory tow is more than just the hitch and wiring.
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Even if you were to go OEM the dealer does not add the load leveling suspension do they? What about 220 amp alt?
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Even if you were to go OEM the dealer does not add the load leveling suspension do they? What about 220 amp alt?
That's correct...no suspension mods; no extra cooling where it's part of the package for some configurations; no change in alternator, etc. Factory tow is always the best choice when it is available. For aftermarket, I consider the OEM hitch still desirable from an aesthetic perspective (and it's not down below the bumper where it can bang into something...like the ground). It's actually user installable for someone who is mildly handy, too. The Dealer still needs to code the vehicle so that the OEM electricals work, but that's a lot less expensive than having them install the hitch receiver and wiring, too.
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Re: Trailer Hitch Installation

For those wanting to know what kind of plug to get that will fit the factory wiring plug under the back bumper, I got a Hopkins #40975 and it plugged right in to the factory wiring plug on my 2015 GC. You can use either a flat 4 pin connector or a round 7 pin connector with it.
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For those wanting to know what kind of plug to get that will fit the factory wiring plug under the back bumper, I got a Hopkins #40975 and it plugged right in to the factory wiring plug on my 2015 GC. You can use either a flat 4 pin connector or a round 7 pin connector with it.
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I bought a Pollak 7 and 4 connector which is a direct replacement of the OEM.

On another note, Went to dealer to activate sales code for trailer wiring and was quoted $125. A bit steep...
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Re: Trailer Hitch Installation

I checked at a couple of nearby dealers and one wanted $101 to activate the wiring and the other wanted $85. I think I'm going to wait and go back to where I bought it for my first free oil change and tell them they had agreed to activate it in the deal when I purchased it, and were supposed to have done it before it left the lot. Can't hurt to try.
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