Originally Posted by Barboots
Hi Elvin. What was the reason for wanting the Mopar bar changed out? Just wondering...
I will try and answer this in under 1000 words.
I had to wait for my towbar like many others mainly because the wiring harness was,nt available but that is another story of deceit on its own.
I had the Mopar towbar installed and when i arrived home i climbed under the Jeep and as is my nature looked at the towbar.
I grabbed a ringspanner and checked the bolt tensions .
The correct tensions on these bolts are 165 nm. Mine were so loose they wouldn,t register on my tension wrench.On the Jeep diagram there are eight bolts that are threaded into the chassis.Mine had different bolts installed and had nuts on the inside of the chassis which just turned when you tried to tension them.To tighten the bolts one has to remove rear bumper.Not a nice job.
The other problem is the width of the towbar is less than the crossmember that is removed to fit the towbar.This means that if suitable shims are not in place overtensioning of the towbar will result in a cracked chassis.So i was told and i believe that as well.Hence loose towbar bolts.Check yours i and see if i,m wrong.
Maybe owning transport business ,9 years running repair shops and 30 years boatbuilding has made me a fussy bugger but the next part i couldn,t handle.
If you look at the mopar receiver you will find it to be off centre angled to the right.
While this not only looks ugly there is also a problem with that.
If you were to get a straight edge and put it in the receiver tightly holding it to one side you will find that the 5mm at the hitch (where it angles to the right) becomes quite considerable after a few metres and a lot by the time i get to my rear trailer wheels some 5 mtrs away.
This would have the effect when the wdh is conected of the trailer wanting to be to the right and the WDH trying to straighten the trailer with its tension thus creating wear and tear.
This just isn,t my own observations and common sense but Hayman Reeses as well as i had a long discussion with them with my concerns.
I took the Jeep back to get the towbar swapped over for one that wasn,t faulty and received a phone call saying that the other tow bars in stock were worse than mine so i demanded and got a Parkside towbar that is simular or same as Hayman Reese.
The other advantage with the new towbar is the WDH fits all the way into the receiver thus less overhang and less sway of course.
With the Mopar towbar the receiver is very short and i was told in no uncertain terms that the shank of the WDH is engineered to go the full 304mm
into the receiver and that shortening it would void all warranties.
The reason i think the Mopar receiver is angled to one side is in the welding process where the robot would maybe weld one side first with the heat pulling it to one side in the process.
I could add as much again in my adventures with the towbar but i hate typing.