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HOW TO: Install the OEM hitch w/pic's

Howdy Fellow Commander owners,
Just wanted to share my OEM hitch installation pic's.
I own a Limited JC and it came with out a tow hitch GRRRR… So I went online and got one with the bezel for about 200.00 to my door. Installation time was bout 1 1/2 give or take. The bezel kit came with plastic rivets which on the limited you only use 2 of them.
Well let me start posting the pic's and explain what steps I did. I also have scanned the instructions (PDF format) that came with the hitch and bezel. (Instructions! we don’t need no sinking instructions) LOL.....
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Re: OEM hitch install w/pic's

Let me see if I can post the first Pic for y'all...
first you have to remove about 12 plastic (reusable) rivets. Then slide the bumper mask straight back.
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Re: OEM hitch install w/pic's

this is what the back end of the commander looks like naked..
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Re: OEM hitch install w/pic's

then you tape down the template that comes with the bezel, this way you know where to drill (1/8 bit) holes.
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Re: OEM hitch install w/pic's

remove the template and tape up the area that you are going to cut. I used a jigsaw at slow speed.


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Re: OEM hitch install w/pic's

next pop the bezel in after you cut out the holes you drilled out. Use the clips that came with the bezel to hold it in place.


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Re: OEM hitch install w/pic's

install the backing of the bumper mask back on. There are two clips holding that in place to the bumper mask.
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Re: OEM hitch install w/pic's

Now all you have to do is install the hitch with the 4 bolts it comes with. (115 lbs)
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o...hitch/pic9.jpg

now just reinstall the bumper mask back to the way you took it off.


Well that’s all in a nut shell. I hope this helps those who got a commander with out a hitch. I also have the scan PDF sheets of the install instructions.
Now all im looking for is the wire kit that will fill that hole on the left of the hitch. So I any of you know where I can find the 7 pin round to 4 pin at a good price let me know.
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Re: OEM hitch install w/pic's

looks good.
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Re: OEM hitch install w/pic's

AWESOME! I am going to grab one of the many internet hitches available and do this too, can you give me more details? I have a dremel and/or rotozip that I think will make an easy clean cut. Where did you get your hitch/bezel?

Thanks,

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