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Rugged Ridge Black Hitch Kit 2000-3500lbs. (07-17 Wrangler JK)

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  • Ideal for Towing 2-Door Jeep Wrangler Up to 2000 lbs and 4-Door Jeep Wrangler Up to 3500 lbs
  • Sturdy Construction
  • Powder-Coat Finish
  • Works Perfectly with 2007 and Up Jeep Wrangler JK Models

Review & Installation Video

Review & Install Video

I'm Ryan from ExtremeTerrain.com, and this is my review of the Rugged Ridge Hitch Kit, fitting all 2007 to 2016 JK's. This kit is available in about nine different configurations. At the heart of each is this bolt on receiver and then from there you can start adding parts. It's available with this plug and play wiring harness, with a branded hitch plug, a tow bar and your choice of tow ball sizes, a tow hook, or a D-ring shackle mount, and the D-ring. So, depending on how you use your Jeep and what you want there's a kit for you. These kits are for those of you who don't already have a factory OE receiver but you want one because you either want to tow with the Jeep or you want that extra recovery point. It's important to note that these will definitely work with a factory rear bumper or with an aftermarket rear bumper that has a cutout for an OE style hitch. But, if your aftermarket rear bumper already has a receiver built into it, you won't be able to use one of these kits because they occupy the same space. At the heart of every one of these kits is this fully welded two inch solid steel receiver. This thing is really beefy. It's actually designed really similar to the OEM style receiver, so it's gonna bolt in all the same locations, which makes for a nice easy no drill installation. This also has a couple of loops on it for your trailer safety chains which is a nice feature. The amount that you'll be able to tow on this receiver is only limited by the towing capacity of your Jeep. For those of you with the two door JK, you're gonna be limited to 2,000 pounds with a 200 pound tongue weight capacity and those of you with the four door can tow 3,500 pounds with a 350 pound tongue weight capacity. So, as you can see, a Jeep is not going to be a great dedicated tow pig. But, if you need to pull around a light trailer this will definitely get the job done. As far as some of the parts you can get in the kit with this hitch, I really like the plug and play wiring harness. Now this is a standard four wire harness, but chances are with your Jeep you're not going to be towing a trailer that's large or heavy enough to have things like trailer brakes or reverse lights, so this should suit most of your needs. Like I said, it is completely plug and play so all you have to do is unplug the factory brake light wiring harness. This plugs right in and you're done. It couldn't be any easier. Aside from the wiring harness, there are a couple of different accessories that you can get to go in your new receiver. And Rugged Ridge does a nice job of kitting those together and making this a nice, easy one-stop shop. If you're gonna be doing some towing, that option is obviously available. But if you're using this for recovery you have two options,between a hook and a D-ring mount and D-ring. I personally like the D-ring shackle mount option over the hook because if you're using something like a strap for recovery, sometimes the loop from the strap can slip off of a hook. With the D-ring, it's locked in and you don't have to worry about it. Like I said before, Rugged Ridge makes the installation of this kit really, really easy by modeling this similar to the OEM receiver. The rear cross member of the Jeep already has the four holes drilled in it that this meshes up to really nicely. And the hardware that you need for the installation is included in the kit. All you'll need to do is remove the bolts that hold on the bumper cover, bolt this into place, and reinstall your bumper. If you do get one of the kits that have the wiring harness, like I said before, it is plug and play and really easy to install. However, you will need a Phillips head screwdriver to pop out the tail light to get to the connectors. The whole installation should take about an hour and you won't need any specialty tools at all, just a socket set and an open-ended wrench. Any of the other accessories that you might get with these kits will slide right into the receiver and be held into place using the included hitch pin. Anytime you're purchasing a kit like this, there's a chance that you can go out and source all the parts for about the same cost, or maybe save a couple of dollars. The benefit to a kit like this is, it's already put in a box for you. It's a one stop shop and it's nice and easy. In my opinion the components that are included in this kit are really high quality and you get a ton of value. So, I think a kit like this is worth every dollar. So, if you're looking to add a receiver to your Jeep either for towing a light trailer or for recovery purposes, Rugged Ridge has you covered with one of the many kits they offer. You'll definitely find what you need. So, that's my review of the Rugged Ridge Hitch Kit, available for all 2007 to 2016 JK's that you can find right here at ExtremeTerrain.com.

Reliable Performance. With a custom design, the Rugged Ridge Hitch easily attaches to factory mounting points in your vehicle for effortless towing. This one-piece hitch is sturdy and is capable of towing any 2-door Wrangler up to 2000 lbs and 4-door Jeep Wrangler up to 3500 lbs.

High Quality. Its durable powder coating repels water and a rust-free finish prevents corrosion. This Jeep Wrangler hitch kit comes with wire harness that meets the OEM specifications and plugs into the existing wiring harness in your vehicle.

Fitment. This Rugged Ridge hitch kit is designed to fit 2007-Up Wrangler JK models.

Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Details

What's in the Box
  • Receiver Hitch
  • Trailer Wiring
  • Hardware
Installation Info
Will it fit my Wrangler?
  • JK - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
  • JK Unlimited - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
  • JK Rubicon - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

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5/5
Great Price and Easy Install

After reading the reviews, I decided to remove the bumper to help with the install. I'm glad I did. It only took 20 minutes to remove it, 20 to add the hitch and about 10 minutes to put the bumper back ...

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5/5
EASY AS 1,2,3 !

This is a great hitch that is very easy to install by yourself and is made for years of trouble free use for almost all your towing needs. The finish, quality and price make this an irresistible package ...

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Overall Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars
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does this include the trailer plug and play lights or do I have to get it??

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  • The Rugged Ridge Black Hitch Kit includes the plug and play wiring harness to wire the OEM harness to the trailer lights.

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Overall Rating 4.9

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Installation Time:Less than 1 Hour

  • Fit 4.774194 4.8
  • Appearance 4.967742 5.0
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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    July 05, 2017

    Great Price and Easy Install

    After reading the reviews, I decided to remove the bumper to help with the install. I'm glad I did. It only took 20 minutes to remove it, 20 to add the hitch and about 10 minutes to put the bumper back on. I'm so glad I didn't pay $400 for the hitch and install from the dealership.

    DavidH

    Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    November 30, 2013

    EASY AS 1,2,3 !

    This is a great hitch that is very easy to install by yourself and is made for years of trouble free use for almost all your towing needs. The finish, quality and price make this an irresistible package that will make you feel good that you haven't wasted your hard earned money on junk! It comes complete with everything that you'll need for installation (-tools) and only takes 30-60 min to install. You won't be disappointed!!

    richardevans253

    Year: 2013Puyallup, WA, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    November 11, 2013

    Looks Great

    Ordered on a Thursday after 2pm and received on a Friday before 3pm. Easy to install. Everything matches up with the pre-drilled holes. GREAT PRICE!

    BlackDawg

    Year: 2012Lavonia, GA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    August 08, 2013

    Great buy

    What a great item. Easy install. Great price. Auto parts stores wanted almost double the price I paid. I have found my new store to buy my jeep parts from.

    superstar56

    Year: 2007maine

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    September 05, 2013

    Great product to work with your kids

    Nice looking works great easy to install me and my 15 years old daughter put it on in about 15 minutes.

    Hemibigjeeps

    Year: 2013Delaware

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    January 22, 2013

    Excellent Product

    Fits exactly like factory and even has the correct wiring harness. Since the dealership wanted something like $350 for theirs, this is a steal. Definitely recommend.

    Nivek

    Year: 2013Dallas, TX

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    September 27, 2017

    Needed to make a quick move

    Threw this hitch on it about 30-40 minutes. Works like a charm.

    MatthewK

    Year: 2015Submodel: Rubicon

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    September 20, 2017

    Rugged Ridge Black Hitch

    The Black Rugged Ridge Hitch Receiver fit perfectly on our 2016 Wrangler. With the help of 2 friends who had the tools, it took approximately 20 - 25 minutes to install. A black hitch plug was purchased the same day the receiver was installed. Now the rear of the Jeep looks complete and ready for most towing purposes!

    ChuckG

    Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    September 19, 2017

    It's a hitch...

    With an aftermarket bumper it took a little work, but well worth the price.

    DwayneM

    Year: 2014Submodel: Rubicon

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    August 24, 2017

    Wilith

    Easy install, looks great, well made. Did install myself, no problems. You need to remove plastic bumper. Everything matches OE holes. Trailer light wiring was a perfect match.

    WilithC

    Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    July 31, 2017

    Easy and looks great

    Very simple to install. Fitment was perfect. Great way to add a hitch if yous didn't come it won.

    jk2015bg

    Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    July 25, 2017

    Saved my car

    This is amazing i got rear ended after putting this on my car and it saved my back end. It works great and fit perfectly.

    Envy2017

    Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    July 24, 2017

    Simple as it gets

    Took maybe 30 minutes to get installed and wired. Haven't used it yet but it's Sturdy and was simple to install and wire

    JacobJ

    Year: 2014Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 21, 2017

    Easy

    Easy to install, arrived quickly. Good instructions. Recommend it if you are not changing to aftermarket bumper. Much cheaper than factory tow package, and just as functional.

    ChrisB

    Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 20, 2017

    Wonderful!

    I have yet to be disappointed with any of their products!

    KendraG

    Year: 2008Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 19, 2017

    Easy to install

    Easy to install. Haven't tested towing with it yet.

    TS

    Year: 2014Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    May 24, 2017

    Hitch

    Super easy to install. Just need a couple of wrenches and it's done in no time.

    AaronS

    Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    October 20, 2016

    Hitch

    I love the hitch, it was easy to install it took me 45 min including the rear light cable. It is what I expected the delivery was on point and I'm very happy ..

    Tee

    Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    July 14, 2016

    Get this hitch kit!

    This hitch receiver fit perfectly, and was easy to install. With only moderate mechanical skills, I was able to install this receiver and wiring in less than 30 minutes. A great product!

    msd

    Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    July 14, 2016

    Quick and easy

    Really easy to install. You can do this in probably 20 minutes. The hardware doesn't feel cheap and fits like a glove

    Nick

    Year: 2011Submodel: Wrangler

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