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Rugged Ridge 2 in. Receiver Hitch Kit w/ 1-7/8 in. Ball (07-18 Jeep Wrangler JK)

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    • Ideal for Your Towing Needs
    • With a 2-Inch Trailer Hitch
    • Hitch Accommodates Up to 2000 lbs of Weight
    • Bolt on to Factory Location
    • Fits All 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler 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.

    Simple Upgrade. The Hitch Kit from Rugged Ridge includes everything you need to turn your stock JK into a towing machine. This bolt on kit makes upgrading for that trailer or pop up tent a simple package, providing you a one stop shop to get you rolling. Function. The 2-inch trailer hitch offers a 200 lbs maximum tongue weight and can tow up to 2000 lbs of weight. This kit includes everything you'll need to set up and start towing, including a 1 and 7/8-inch chrome trailer ball, 2-inch trailer hitch, drawbar, hitch pin and a wiring harness. Fitment. This receiver hitch kit is designed for 2007-2018 Wrangler JK models.

    Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Details

    MPN# 11580.53

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    What's in the Box
    • (1) Hitch
    • (1) Draw bar
    • (1) Wiring harness
    • (1) Hitch pin
    • (1) Trailer ball
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          Overall Rating 4.6

          out of 5 stars

          Installation Time:Less than 1 Hour

          • Fit 4.4 4.4
          • Appearance 4.75 4.8
          • Bang For Your Buck 4.65 4.7



          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            February 13, 2019

            easy install

            good product for the price. well made. fit perfect. easy to install. although there were some slightly tricky things to remove from the jeep to facilitate the install, it was still fairly simple. I did it on a rock driveway. in a garage with tools nearby install time would have been greatly reduced. 100 satisfied.

            MarkR

            Year: 2010Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (3)

          • 3/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            September 01, 2018

            Tough to install

            This model does not have nuts tack welded on the side facing the bumper. It is difficult to install without removing the bumper. This should be recommended in the instructions. Or, you could buy a hitch with the nuts attached greatly simplifying installation. Wiring harness was great. Otherwise, all was fine.

            KevinW

            Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (4)

          • 3/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            May 25, 2018

            A reasonable deal

            This set was easy to install and looks nice out of the box. The wiring took less than 5 minutes to set up. Installation does require removal of the rear bumper, thankfully a very easy task. I gave this a 3 out of 5 for two reasons. First - The fitment left me with some questions. When you first slide it on there is ~1/4 of an inch of space between the bracket and the rear frame member. This is eliminated as you tighten the 4 bolts. But it left me wondering if a tighter fight wouldn't have been more secure. Second - I'm nervous that the coating won't hold up. I dinged it a couple times during installation and it broke relatively easily. I don't know yet if this will produce rust. Despite these issues this is still a good buy. Very similar to the OEM part. Simple installation. Reasonable price.

            Yosh

            Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            April 20, 2018

            Rugged ridge hitch

            Super clean, super easy to install, fits great, looks factory.

            DaveM

            Year: 1997Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            February 08, 2018

            Hitch install

            Package was delivered quickly and it was an easy install.

            AmandaP

            Year: 2018Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            December 19, 2017

            Great Product

            The product came in a fast and timely manner, and It came with all the items that was listed. Install took me about 45 mins because of of the screw did not fit in smoothly, but that was expected. With a little bit of fidgeting around it posed into place and the rest is history. I recommend this product tot anyone who is looking to buy it. Quality product for fair price.

            CliffordJ

            Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            April 04, 2017

            Easy install

            This took no more than 30-40min to install. Just take the bolts out that hold the number cover on and then it easily moves out of the way for you to install the hitch onto the bumper. Take the two screws holding the back drivers side light off and connect the harness. This was an easy install and feels really solid. Beats the $500 option from OEM.

            JonathanF

            Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (6)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            March 10, 2017

            Great Hitch

            What a great all in one hitch package. Very nice quality and super easy to install.

            DavidD

            Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            February 21, 2017

            Very easy install

            This kit was very easy to install. All the parts needed were there. The fit and finish of the product was great. I will buy products from this company again.

            Jason

            Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            November 24, 2016

            A little tow job

            Great hitch for a great price. Easy as pie to install and start towing!!!

            1

            Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            July 27, 2016

            Great

            Vary easy to install took less than an hour. Would recommend this product to any one.

            WanglerMan09

            Year: 2009Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            February 10, 2016

            Rugged Hitch install

            Unit came well packaged, and finish on hitch was very good. Instructions could have been a little better. Wiring harness was the best I have found when installed it looked factory and worked as well. The channel frame spacing on the unit is a little wide. when tightening use even turns across all four bolts. make sure there is no gaps between hitch and frame when finished. My trailer required a two inch drop receiver to level my trailer, so I didn't use the provided receiver Over all a very good value, install time 1.5 hours.

            Easyrider

            Year: 2010Litchfield, IL 62056, USA

            Helpful (6)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            November 13, 2015

            Very useful upgrade

            It was a cinch to install with easy plug and play wiring. Can't beat getting a complete kit at this value.

            AustinOwner

            Year: 2015Austin, TX, USA

            Helpful (6)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            October 12, 2015

            works

            very pleased but if I had to do it over again I would have purchased the Red Rock hitch as the nuts are welded in place(thought that`s what I was getting). Not much room with loose nuts and washers especially if you have only normal size fingers.

            Osprey

            Year: 2015Florida

            Helpful (6)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            September 14, 2015

            Hitch

            Great hitch, looks great, fits great and easy to install.Well spent money.

            Pete

            Year: 2015Elkhart Indiana

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            July 17, 2015

            Great Hitch

            This was very easy to install and in expensive. Meets all my towing needs

            Phil5119

            Year: 2015Long Beach, CA, USA

            Helpful (5)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            June 13, 2015

            It's a good deal.

            needed a hitch so I bought one. Very pleased with it.

            Knob31

            Year: 2007Ackerman, MS, USA

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            June 13, 2015

            Great hitch kit

            Bought one for my '14 rubicon and ordered a second one for my wife's Sahara Xtreme. If I had a third jeep I would buy another kit. Easy installation. Perfect fit.

            Ljboyle2

            Year: 2014Colorado

            Helpful (6)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            June 12, 2015

            Great product

            Easy to install; looks great - great product! I highly recommend this kit!

            jcp1313

            Year: 2015Charlotte NC

            Helpful (6)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            May 16, 2015

            Rugged Ridge hitch kit

            Overall great product easy to install with great plug n play, took me about an 1hr and I just had to take the rear bumper off.

            Jkbean

            Year: 2015San Francisco, CA, USA

            Helpful (6)

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