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post #141 of 144 (permalink) Old 12-04-2016, 09:03 AM
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I recently had the OEM itch, Bezel and Harness installed on my 6 mo. old KL. Cost for parts and labor totaled $750. Yes I'm limited to 2K towing capacity and that is fine with me for what I wanted and using it for. I wasn't about top pay the additional money for a different bumper. Looks great to me bezel and all. I also found out that if dealers have never done this install they are in for a surprise. The wiring harness is the worst part of it all to install. Very elaborate and time consuming. Parts alone were more than $450 give or take and the rest in labor. The dealer that did mine took it in the shorts on labor and their own parts guy tried to tell them lol. Average cost of install total parts and labor is right at $800. Dealer thought it would be a 3-4 hour job lol. They had my KL 2 days and the biggest reason was the detailed harness install.

I just bring this up and good timing. I was out Christmas shopping 3 days ago and as I approached my KL a man came up and asking me about the hitch etc. He pointed out his KL a 2016 Latitude like mine next row over. Told me he was having the hitch, harness and bezel installed next week. I asked his towing weight and he said he'd be towing a trailer right at 3500#. I educated him on the towing weight limitations and the difference between his/my KL and one with the tow package. He was very thankful and decided against it for obvious reasons. I'm good with the 2k limit and knew it going into it. I saw other comments about the bezel and realize this is a very old thread however my install looks great and to me almost factory and quite happy with it. Here's mine...
Thats a great job they did and looks 100% OEM. Actually 2k will tow a lot of most people would need to tow. Also my point is if I was going to pull 3500+ RV or boat I would be looking at a Grand Cherokee with tow for that purpose. Thats not to say that I could not use my Cherokee with factory tow to do it. Just personal preference.

Also you raise a good point in as far as tow limits. Did they include the actual 7 pin connector also with the harness as they show the opening cover for it?
I would imagine they would have to include it to provide trailer brake ability if needed.
If you traded in that Cherokee and another person bought it, they would see OEM tow set up and assume what limit? Lets see a Cherokee with OEM tow set up is 4500 correct?
Obviously there might be an issue or maybe not. I would take a good guess that if under 3500 there would be no noticeable issues developing. The issues I would imagine would start to manifest themselves over 3500 as the demands of that extra weight puts stress on the cooling system. Actually extra transmission cooling and higher CFM engine cooling could be added if needed.
No, I am not advocating violating that 2000k limit but occasionally going over it a bit will not hurt anything. It may impact the warranty coverage though.

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post #142 of 144 (permalink) Old 12-04-2016, 09:39 AM
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@Jeepster1 Yeah I'm real happy with the install and yes the 7 pin connector is wired so both are usable at your choice. I have to say at least at the dealership that did my install didn't hesitate to bring up and talk about the 2K weight thing. Of course I already knew, but they did bring it up. I'll probably never go over the 2K limit and most likely stay well below that for my needs, but the limits are placed for obvious reasons. "Cheating" a bit probably wouldn't hurt anything, but wouldn't recommend it by any means for obvious reasons and liability. Conditions and environment come into play as well. In my case living in the mountains I have quite a steep uphill haul for 30 miles to get home. That would be too much on my KL to try and stretch the limits by much.

Kind of reminds me of the RV dealers telling a guy who wants a heavy 5th wheel that his 1500 size pickup can pull a 12.5K 5'er with a pin weight of 1200# that his truck will pull it fine. Some will tell you anything you want to hear to make the sale then you are on your own. The limitations placed on an after market hitch install on a KL without the tow package are there for a reason. Yeah I sometimes think the 2K may be conservative, but they have to set a limit and for liability purposes they are probably setting it a tad low, but exceeding it you take the matter into your own hands. The other issue is warranty etc.

As far as post sales of such it could be an issue for an unassuming buyer. If I ever was to sell or trade mine in I would be specific with the buyer or dealer to the fact it's an aftermarket add on with the obvious restrictions. About all you can do from you end. As we all know dealers aren't always forth coming on such info.

Anyway the reasons I needed the hitch and my uses keep me well below the 2K actually so I'm happy with the decision albeit a bit expensive. In hindsight I would have gone after a KL with the tow package. Everything with the aftermarket add on is the same as the tow package like hitch and wiring harness, but as well all know the vehicle if not tow package equipped is far less "mechanically" capable thus the reduced weight limits.
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The wiring harness is the worst part of it all to install. Very elaborate and time consuming.
I'm assuming its because they have to tear up the interior to run the wire for the brake controller. Lots easier to install in the factory when you don't have all this carpet, trim, seats and a dash board in the way.

If you read my above posts Towing Package was our first requirement and came in handy moving my son to Schenectady. Got the middle size uhaul trailer and everything fit.

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I'm assuming its because they have to tear up the interior to run the wire for the brake controller. Lots easier to install in the factory when you don't have all this carpet, trim, seats and a dash board in the way.

If you read my above posts Towing Package was our first requirement and came in handy moving my son to Schenectady. Got the middle size uhaul trailer and everything fit.
greed lol and like I said in hindsight I'd been better off going for the tow package indeed, but as far as tearing up the interior for the harness install I was a bit worried about that and looked things over extremely well and can't tell a thing was ever done. Yep I saw the harness and install instructions that came with it and it's quite a job as my dealer found out, but it all worked out.

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