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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-29-2016, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up <GUIDE w/ PICTURES> OEM Trailer Hitch + Bezel Install

(GUIDE IN PROGRESS) Here will be a guide on installing the OEM Class III Trailer hitch and bezel. Pictures comming asap.




COST: $396 CAD (with ~$75 discounted from the cool guy I talked to at my preferred Jeep dealership)

TOOLS: T-30 Torx, 10MM socket, 11MM Socket, 21MM socket (more I am missing)

TIME: So far 2 hours (also learning how to do it as i haven't found any guide yet)

Progress: Hitch installed, still need to cut out hole in bumper for bezel




Step 1: Remove the 2 bolts (T-30 Torx) at the bottem left and right of the top of the bumper on the outside of the tailgate weatherstripping (tailgate must be open to see them)



Step 2: Remove the 4 bolts ((T-30 Torx)(2 from each side)) from the rear taillights



Step 3: Remove the 2 bolts, 4 if trailhawk?? ((10MM Socket)(1 from each side)) from the rear inside of the wheel well
PICTURE COMING SOON


Step 4: Remove the rear most plastic fender flair ((USE CAUTION, THE CLIPS WILL EASILY BRAKE)(No bolts))
PICTURE COMING SOON


Step 5: Remove the 2 bolts ((T-30 Torx)(1 from each side)) from where the plastic fender flair was
PICTURE COMING SOON


Step 6: Remove the 4 bolts (10MM? Socket) from under the bumper
PICTURE COMING SOON


Step 7: Remove the bumper assembly (Bumper and 2 rear painted parts) You will need to give them a good tug as the clips hold it well



Step 8: Remove the aluminum bumper (6x 14mm? Nuts IF NON-TRAILHAWK ... 6x 14mm? Nuts + 6x 21MM Bolts IF TRAILHAWK?)



Step 9: Install the new hitch with new hardware by sliding it into the frame (6x 21MM Bolts torqued to 122 FT-LBS or 165NM and the 6x 14MM? nuts torqued to 21FT-LBS or 28NM) There is some wiggle room when the bolts are in but not yet tightend, it's a good idea to either pull back or push the hitch into the frame to make sure it's square to the frame (I personally chose to pull the hitch towards the back then torqued the bolts)




BEZEL INSTALL: COMING TOMORROW

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Nice to see a write-up coming, it will be in demand often I'm sure. Interesting to see, even with the amount of dirt on the outside, how clean it is behind the panels.
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BEZEL INSTALL:


Step1: Cut out the two rectangles in on the first template and place it on the BACK of the bumper then drill the 4 holes with a 1/4" drillbit



Step2: Cutout and align the 2nd set of template on the FRONT of the bumper using the plastic rivets supplied, the trace the template with a fine sharpie



Step3:Cut out the plastic required, I used a jigsaw (the template was not accurate at all. I spent about 1.5 hours cutting out the hole for the bezel, making sure i didnt cut out too much and i almost did.)



Step4: Drill 1/8 or 3/16" holes for the studs on the back of the bezel and use the supplied hardware to install (there is no template for the studs so you need to eyeball it)




END PROCUCT

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-0W-20 Quakerstate Full Syth + K&N Filter
-1 1/8" Suspension Lift
-245/70R17 GENERAL GRABBER AT2 Tires
-Resonator Delete + Thrush Glasspack Muffler + 3.5" Chrome Tip
-Custom Roof rails and Rack w/ Tire mount & Fairing
-4x 6" PILOT Halogen Lights
-2x 4" Light Bars
-2x 10,000LB custom Tow Hooks
-Black Plasti-Dip'd Badges and Window trim
-1500W K40 4' CB antenna + Uniden Pro505
-Custom Ladder
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Step 4: Remove the rear most plastic fender flair ((USE CAUTION, THE CLIPS WILL EASILY BRAKE)(No bolts)).....what did you use to get the clips through, I can't get mine to budge.

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Step 4: Remove the rear most plastic fender flair ((USE CAUTION, THE CLIPS WILL EASILY BRAKE)(No bolts)).....what did you use to get the clips through, I can't get mine to budge.
You need to kind of bend the tab with your hand one way while pulling the flair outwords then push the tab the other way. I'll probably make a video for that as it's hard to explain.
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-245/70R17 GENERAL GRABBER AT2 Tires
-Resonator Delete + Thrush Glasspack Muffler + 3.5" Chrome Tip
-Custom Roof rails and Rack w/ Tire mount & Fairing
-4x 6" PILOT Halogen Lights
-2x 4" Light Bars
-2x 10,000LB custom Tow Hooks
-Black Plasti-Dip'd Badges and Window trim
-1500W K40 4' CB antenna + Uniden Pro505
-Custom Ladder
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I did this a while back and this guide would have been great! Instead I had to go off of random threads and the *absolutely wonderful* Mopar install documents. Great write up!
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Those Mopar install docs suck! Thanks for the help, I might work on it tonight since I want to get the hitch on so I can get a basket so I don't have to toss a dead deer in my trunk

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I did this a while back and this guide would have been great! Instead I had to go off of random threads and the *absolutely wonderful* Mopar install documents. Great write up!
Did you install the bezel on your TH?
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Did you install the bezel on your TH?
No, it was on my previous KL. A '15 Latitude.

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Awesome writeup! I will probably be using this if I don't just take it to the dealership to instal.

I am guessing you never ran wiring? If you did was it hard to do so? I don't really want to overpay for the dealership to run wiring but it might have to be the only way to do it without a lot of hassle.
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