Originally Posted by frayedsheet
So there doesn't seem to be a thread looking at the current tow bar options.
What have people done? Has anyone ordered the gear from the US and fitted themselves?
I put a bit of time into this as initially i thought the dealer price for the bar and wiring was a ripoff (still do).
In September I priced getting a US bar delivered here to around $650 and thought that would be OK.
I checked a local HR dealer for a price that was around $950 fitted and wired but he didn't want to do the job due to issues with canbus wiring systems and previous problems that cost him money. (warning bells started). I went to another HR dealer - similar story.
I checked with HR and they do make a bar for the WK2, rrp @ $708 + fitting. It comes with HR "smart click wiring".
Bit more checking and found that due to the canbus any trailer wiring must be reflashed by the dealer so the PCM will recognise. Didn't get a price for this but could allocate a chunk of dollars. I know HR are a reputable Aus company but I didn't want to get into any bunfight.
Around that time on another Aus forum there were a number of CRD's that had non start issues as well as flat batteries. There was some conjecture these could be related to brake controller and trailer wiring conflicts with the Jeep canbus.
It all got into the realm of too hard and too risky for me so finally bit the bullet and placed an order with the dealer @ $1050 to fit and wire tow bar before delivery. The job will be warranted.
The potential saving to me of maybe $300 just did not stack up against the possibility for the package to go pear shaped.
If I was to have benefit of hindsight i would dig a bit harder at order time to ensure a bar and wiring was part of any deal.