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post #41 of 48 (permalink) Old 10-20-2016, 11:46 AM
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I agree! Labor should be a LOT less if they're only doing the hitch w/o wiring. From what I've heard, the wiring harness is very time-consuming to install.


The hitch alone can be installed in less than an hour. The body shop that installed mine (the third time) did it very quickly.


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Wow that's weird they didn't include or claimed to know about the harness? You can see in my original post which includes the response from my dealer that they listed the wiring harness, the same one @josh6025 mentions. Mine will be installed Nov 1st.

On your install I have a question. Did they use your stock Latitude bumper? I "believe" they cut out the bumper and there is a facia plate that goes over/around the hitch. This also includes the area of the wiring harness -plug. Can you post a pic of your bumper and the hitch? Would give me a better idea. There was no mention by my dealer of needing a different bumper so I'm curious. Thanks.
Here are the pictures of my install. Hole was cut and bezel installed. @007 @firedude
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Thanks @CherokeeChief2016 it does look nice. I'm happy with my choice if it looks that good. Thanks for the pics! Good luck on your wiring harness issue!
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Thanks @CherokeeChief2016 it does look nice. I'm happy with my choice if it looks that good. Thanks for the pics! Good luck on your wiring harness issue!


Yes, thanks for sharing! It looks way better than I thought it would, based on looking at the installation instructions. I may have to have that done at some point.


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Actually I use a 10" drop on my 4x8 utility trailer . It could be a little more but once I load, even a moderate load, it levels out.
Every utility trailer depending on tire size etc. will have a different drop.
There are some calculators on line for figuring out the drop that you will need.

On your hitch assembly issue I would just have the dealer install the full OEM hitch and wiring harness so you have the wiring for both brake equipped trailers and non brake equipped trailers.
I would assume being in the mountains trailer brakes might come in handy at some point. Any way its a nice option to have even if you don't need them hauling stuff to the dump.
@Jeepster1 how is the ground clearance with the 10 inch drop?
I've been looking for another Latitude driver without any lifts or anything to ask. I'm starting a Junk Hauling business and have been gearing up. I'm getting this hitch and want to be prepared for the various weights and trailers I'll be hauling.

It seems like there are plenty of guys with 10 inch drops but a lot of those have been TH or AD2 guys.
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@Jeepster1 how is the ground clearance with the 10 inch drop?
I've been looking for another Latitude driver without any lifts or anything to ask. I'm starting a Junk Hauling business and have been gearing up. I'm getting this hitch and want to be prepared for the various weights and trailers I'll be hauling.

It seems like there are plenty of guys with 10 inch drops but a lot of those have been TH or AD2 guys.
Actually I have a AD2 Limited BUT that gives me about 1 inch of extra lift. Take that lift away and the trailer in a non AD2, the trailer is closer to level.
A latitude would be virtually the same except for Tires and AD1/AD2. Again a bit more or less drop.

The ground clearance is fine. The hitch on the Cherokee sits higher, that is positioned higher than my previous Jeeps. For example this Cherokee required a bigger drop for my trailers than the previous '04 Grand Cherokee did. The Hitch sat lower on the Grand. Now one thing to keep in mind is the trailer itself. Depending on tire size you might require a lot less drop.
Drop is relative to the trailer and your road clearance will be that of the trailer axle height. Larger tires generally the more clearance you will have.

Actually that $300 assembly is nice but not needed. You are much better off buying a solid unit with a specific drop, for a specific trailer. Even if you have to have 2 different ones for 2 different trailers. Thats what I have at hundreds less.
As I mentioned loading a trailer with a balanced load is most important. My utility trailer sits a couple inches high empty but when balanced loaded its level. Thats what you want.
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Just an update... Hitch, wiring harness and bezel installed. Install looks great and looks factory to me. The process was another issue documented in the post below. Two dealers and 3 weeks later it got done. Install was $220. Dealer ate that one big time. All issues were finally resolved and i'm ready to tow my little utility trailer.

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Looks great, glad it all worked out in the end, despite the hassles.
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