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Need trailer hitch help!!!!!

What's up forum members? This is my first post so be gentle. I have a 2006 Commander V6. I just picked up all the parts I need to install the trailer hitch. I am looking at the thing and it looks pretty confusing. The dealer wants my first born to install it so I opted to try it myself. Has anyone out there done this and if so, all the tips and pointesr will be greatly appreciated. I live in Santa Clarita, CA, so if anyone out there knows of an affordable shop for installation let me know. Heck, if anybody lives near me I will pay you to help me install this thing. Thanks in advance.
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Re: Need trailer hitch help!!!!!

I paid the dealer to do mine but.. only tip I can give is. Be very very careful cutting the rear bumper cover for the hitch opening. The dealer screwed mine up and had to put a new bumper cover on mine. It is supposed to have a templet. I would under cut it. then trim a little at a time til you get it right..
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Re: Need trailer hitch help!!!!!

I installed mine myself, and it was a pain. The directions Mopar supplies are not good at all, and it took me at least twice as long to install it as it should have. Just get underneath the rear and remove all of the connecters that you can, then get in the rear wheelwells and remove those connectors. Then open up the rear hatch and remove all of the connectors you see for the bumper. Make sure to also remove the plastic supporting structure inside the bumper. That's all that I remember. I can help you only if you live around Chester County, PA.

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Re: Need trailer hitch help!!!!!

Get a sharp razor knife for cutting the bumper. There is a faint line on the inside where you cut it out, just be patient and it should go fairly easy. The wiring is easy enough, disregard running the wire into the cab if you dont plan on using trailer brakes. The only special tool you will need is the rivet gun for the plastic rivets, you can find one online for about $25, IIRC Marsen makes one. Routing the wires underneath is very easy, just keep it above the axle and run it over the gas tank supports. The metal foil covered part should end up with the other metal foil covered harness under the heat shield near the front under the drivers foot. Up into the engine compartment from there to hook up to the battery, just route it all away from moving parts and use the provided zip ties to secure it.
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Re: Need trailer hitch help!!!!!

Well, last night I installed the hitch and bezel. Went fairly smooth. Looks good. Now it is time fot the wiring harness. The dealer sold me a 7 pin harness that looks like it has to be spliced into the vehicle harness one wire at a time and what looks like an adaptor to go from 7 pin to 4 pin. This adaptor has the same plug typ as the 7 pin harness and can't plug into it. Is there another piece I need? Also, there is no piece toattach the plug to the hitch. I don't think I was given all the parts I need.
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Re: Need trailer hitch help!!!!!

I have the 1 1/4 inch stock receiver hitch on my '06 65th Anniverary Edition Commander and am looking to replace with the 2" receiver.

I am aware of all the load capacities and tongue weight issues involved and am never going to approach even the limits of my 1 1/4 inch stock set up. My reason for the switch is to accomodate my 2" hitch attachments (bike rack, ski rack and kayak trailer). The cost of the 2" hitch is less than replacing my current equipment.

It appears the only way to accomplish hitch the swap is to remove the rear bumper. Could someone confirm that fact for me before I begin the process. It appears that there are about 16 fasteners (that I can see) holding the bumper in place. Is it at all possible to remove just the bezel to accomplish the hitch swap?

Thanks in advance for the input.
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Re: Need trailer hitch help!!!!!

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It appears the only way to accomplish hitch the swap is to remove the rear bumper. Could someone confirm that fact for me before I begin the process. It appears that there are about 16 fasteners (that I can see) holding the bumper in place. Is it at all possible to remove just the bezel to accomplish the hitch swap?

Thanks in advance for the input.

You do have to remove it, but it really isnt that difficult. Since you have a hitch allready you wont have to cut the bumper again. The bolts for the hitch come in from the back, above the bezel and they are pretty long, so removing the bezel wont do you any good. The biggest thing is getting a plastic rivet gun to install the new plastic rivets in each wheel well. They are pretty cheap, here is the one I use http://www.sjdiscounttools.com/mar48000.html You will need 6 new plastic rivets which you can also get from that company or the dealership should have them. The other plastic fasteners are re-useable and just pop in and out, there are only a couple of actual bolts. You should have no problem doing it in well under an hour being carefull and figuring it out, I could do that swap in about 20 minutes but Ive done at least 50 Commander hitches since theyve come out.
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Re: Need trailer hitch help!!!!!

Thanks ktek. Should I be concerned about the reverse sensors? Is there a disconnect involved when removing the bumper?
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Re: Need trailer hitch help!!!!!

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I have the 1 1/4 inch stock receiver hitch on my '06 65th Anniverary Edition Commander and am looking to replace with the 2" receiver.
I'm surprised that the 65th Edition comes stock with a 1 1/4" receiver. Wonder why Jeep would do that when most trailers need the 2" receiver?
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Re: Need trailer hitch help!!!!!

I believe it is the class of the tow package that dictates the size of tow hitch. If you get a 3.7L you have only about half of the towing capacity compared to the 5.7L. They don't want you strapping a 26' boat to the back when you should only be pulling a couple of jet skis.

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