Mopar Trailer Hitch Receiver for 2011-2021 Grand Cherokee WK2
*Does not include orders shipped to AK, HI, & PR
*Not valid on skid plates, rock rails, bumpers, body kits, some cargo liners, soft tops and certain oversize items.
|2011-2021||Grand Cherokee WK2|
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I did not follow the instructions provided though. The instructions called for removing the taillights and entire bumper, which you would have to remove part of the trim above the wheels as well. This is all completely unnecessary. At least on my Grand Cherokee, you can simply remove the lower bumper fascia. This is attached by one bolt in each wheel well, two bolts attaching it to the bumper cross member, and 10 or so body clips. The majority of clips are easy to access. They can be pinched and pried out. There are a few behind the cross member that can't be seen, but can be found by feeling around. There are a couple that are behind the heat shield on top of the muffler. These are the hardest to get to. You can remove two of the three screws holding the heat shield in place and gently bend it out of the way. This took just a few minutes, where removing the entire bumper could take hours. Then the only issue was getting to the bolt above the muffler. A regular socket won't fit, so I had to buy a single 21 m wrench for this one bolt. I suggest putting some towels or something cloth between the top of the cross member and the bottom of the bumper, when removing the cross member. It could cut the painted bumper pretty easily if not removed with care.
In comparison, E-trailer provides their own videos. However, E-trailer does send their products missing some bolts. I went with Mopar as I wanted the hitch height higher and a custom, in-bumper appearance.
I own a 2018 JGC Altitude.
Some points I think are relevant to add to the youtube videos:
1. Give yourself 5 hours
2. Get familiar with the various types of plastic connectors, rivets, and screws that hold the trim, wheel well cover, and rear body section on.
3. Turn on some good music in your work area to help relax as you curse out the Jeep Cherokee designers as you disassemble your Jeep.
4. Drill out the plastic rivets.
5. Take a picture of the wheel well trim and wheel well cover as you disassemble it to remember how it goes back together.
6. The 21mm bolts holding on the bumper are compatible with 13/16.
7. Convince a "lackey" to help you out. They can remove/install the hitch while you cut the rear body section.
8. When you start cutting the rear body section to accommodate the hitch, look at the 10 connectors attached to the black outer cover that will "border" your cut out area as these are smaller and straighter than the marked cut outs on the rear body section.
9. A utility knife and cutting wheel on a drill can do the job.
10. Anticipate casualties. Replacement trim connectors are cheaper at local auto parts stores than at the Jeep dealership.
11. Save the bar code on your box as you'll cover up the one stickered on the hitch.
12. Remember that you are saving yourself several hundred dollars. When you look at what you assembled, it looks custom made. I have no doubt on the hitch's ability to haul.