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Adding OEM tow receiver to JGC Summit

I am looking at purchasing a 2014 Summit 4X2 without tow package and was wondering if any bumper cutting is necessary on the Summit trim level if I decide to add the OEM hitch receiver? It looks like there is already a cover in place (looks identical to the 4X4 Summit which has the tow package) but haven't got under the car to see if this is really a removable cover.

Also, my understanding is that the 2014 is prewired for the tow package so I would only have to plug in the connector at the back of the car (and get the dealer to activate the harness wiring). Can someone confirm that I would not have to run any wiring to complete the install?

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Re: Adding OEM tow receiver to JGC Summit

Why 4x2 ? Are you worried of fuel economy or why? There's no meaningful fuel economy difference between 4x4 and the 4x2. Another reason to get the 4x4 is resale value. Really, there's no technologically compelling logical reason for the 4x2 Jeep to even exist.
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Re: Adding OEM tow receiver to JGC Summit

Wiring harness will be there...I don't know about rear facia cutting on Summit, I know you have to cut and install new bezel on all other models
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Re: Adding OEM tow receiver to JGC Summit

Wiring should be there...'don't know if there is any cutting or not. They may use the same bumper cover with the 4x2 as the 4x4 and if so, I think you'll be in good shape.

That said...I agree with the advise about going with the 4x4. You don't lose any fuel economy that can be measured and gain better handling characteristics even on wet roads. You get the heavy duty stuff that comes with the included factory tow, too. If you put the OEM hitch receiver on after the fact, you get the hitch receiver, but you do not get the towing capacity...it's much lower than with factory tow when you go aftermarket.
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Re: Adding OEM tow receiver to JGC Summit

It mainly comes down to cost, complexity and need for me. I live in Texas where there are a fair number of 4x4's running around but it's certainly not mandatory given our climate and terrain (Dallas area). I have no off roading requirements.

I would love to read some further details on how the 4x4 enhances resale value given the cost delta up front, increased maintenance costs over time (air suspension, 4x4 components, etc.), and although the fuel economy ratings are similar, I don't understand the physics of carrying an extra ~230 lbs of weight around and not having an impact on fuel economy.

One item of interest to me is the improved safety rating of the 4x4 JGC vs the 4x2 model (which is also due to physics).

For the towing, I am only using the receiver for a bike rack and the occasional U-haul trailer for picking up mulch or an appliance so don't care too much about the extra items included with the full tow package.
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