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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-18-2016, 09:34 AM
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Final gearing on a FWD/AWD design isn't located in the rear diff. It's in the main diff/PTU. That said, it's interesting we have a higher final gearing with Tow Package on AWD Cherokees while FWD KLs get the lower ratio and can still tow 4500lbs with the package. I'm sure the engineers know why this is.

About the cooling thing : it's all in the owner's manual. It's not just engine cooling, it's tranny cooling too. Both the I4 and V6 have their own different coolers and each gets one extra with Tow Package. TH already has one of the extra coolers, but not both. So if you want to add cooling to match the Tow Group, you need to look further into this because there are two separate coolers involved.

One last thing that wasn't mentionned : Tow Package also gets a different anti-sway control program which uses existing stability control sensors. I don't think you can have this flashed on a non Tow Package Cherokee's computer.

So whatever you do, the litterature says you cannot tow above 2000lbs unless you have the factory Tow Package. Installed at the factory. No matter which cooler you add and no matter which receiver you use.
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I just got my 2016 Cherokee Sport Altitude a couple weeks ago and am looking at hitches for it.

I have one dealer quoting me about $850 for the OEM setup, so I'm also exploring aftermarket versions.

Is there really much of a difference between the ones on etrailer? I want a 2" opening so there are 3 options, but are there really any difference between the brands or styles? Is one any better than the other, or purely aesthetic?


Hello and welcome to the forum. In respect to your Cherokee and an aftermarket trailer hitch, I personally would go OEM. But that's because, especially if you have the dealer install it, it preserves your factory warranty. It's one less thing they can complain about later. (We all know they can't but that they do anyways)

A hitch from etrailer should do you just fine and be fairly easy to install but it will sit below the bumper much closer to the ground and you will only have a 4 pin connection, which for most 2000lb loads will serve you just fine. I personally recommend curt as a brand. I've had many of there products over the years and never had a problem.

In the end it comes down to what you like and if you want to keep the integrity of the factory warranty. Please always remember to give yourself extra space when stopping and to slow down while towing if you aren't comfortable.


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Thanks for all the input. I'm scheduled for an OEM install at a dealer Sat morning.
Another quick question, does anyone know the standard drop I'll need for a 4x8 harbor freight trailer? I already have the trailer from my previous TV but it had the lower aftermarket hitch.

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Thanks for all the input. I'm scheduled for an OEM install at a dealer Sat morning.
Another quick question, does anyone know the standard drop I'll need for a 4x8 harbor freight trailer? I already have the trailer from my previous TV but it had the lower aftermarket hitch.

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You'll have to measure the height of the tongue with the trailer level or slightly tongue down. It can be very different. For me, a uhaul 6x12 is 5 1/4" drop.


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Having owned a Journey with the 3.6 and Trailer Tow Group, part of the extra engine cooling is an oil cooler which mounts between the filter and the engine block. It may be the same for the 3.2.

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Thanks for all the input. I'm scheduled for an OEM install at a dealer Sat morning.
Another quick question, does anyone know the standard drop I'll need for a 4x8 harbor freight trailer? I already have the trailer from my previous TV but it had the lower aftermarket hitch.

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One big difference with cargo trailers from the box stores (and anywhere else) is whether they are built with the axle over or under the springs in the suspension. This can change the height of the trailer by up to 4 inches. You can look at your trailer and see that part quite easily. Axle over springs, lower trailer, axle under springs, higher trailer. The higher the trailer, the less drop you need on your hitch.

And, a simple way to measure is to put the trailer on level ground and prop the tongue up to level and measure the coupler height from the ground. This will give you a basis for measuring from the receiver on the KL. Just measure the KL receiver from the ground as well on level ground.

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Thanks again for all the input. I got back this afternoon from a dealer who installed it for a steal thanks to an incorrect quote that they honorably stood by.
If I need any more things professionally installed in the future I will certainly look to them again.

I am so glad I didn't go aftermarket and did OEM, not just for the price but **** it looks amazing!
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