(approx) 30 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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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.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
Function. Components in this Receiver Hitch Kit from Rugged Ridge will help you install a trailer hitch to your JK for towing purposes. The 2-inch hitch has a capacity to tow up to 2,000 lbs. and a maximum tongue weight of 200 lbs. for the 2-door models, while this hitch will have a towing capacity up to 3,500 lbs. and a maximum tongue weight of 350 lbs. for the 4-door models . The hitch features a sturdy construction with a black powdercoat finish for excellent resistance against corrosion.
Kit Includes. This kit from Rugged Ridge has a hitch, a drawbar, a hitch pin, a wiring harness and a 2-inch trailer ball.
Installation. Designed to mount to factory locations, this hitch kit is 100% bolt on and is designed to work on models equipped with the standard factory bumper.
Application. This Rugged Ridge Receiver Hitch Kit is designed for 2007-2018 Wrangler JK models equipped with a standard factory bumper.
Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
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February 14, 2020
I was amazed at the ease of installation and this hitch looks and works great! Took a little more than an hour for me to install!Helpful (1)
February 03, 2020
Only took about 20 minutes to get it on and put everything back together. Works great and have no issues with it.Helpful (1)
November 25, 2019
The install was easy and the product is of good quality. I’ve towed several things with my Jeep and haven’t had any problems. Another great purchase from ET!Helpful (2)
June 07, 2019
hitch and ready
The Rugged Ridge Hitch was a great addition and works for my bike rack as well as my utility trailer. Easy quick install.Helpful (2)
April 29, 2019
Have had it over 2 years and it's been the best hitch to me.Helpful (2)
April 22, 2019
this hitch is heavy duty and quality all the way. for the price you cant beat it. I highly recommend it!Helpful (2)
November 22, 2018
It is the perfect fit!
I have a 2015 Willy’s edition. And this Hitch assembly is a perfect fit. Just had to remove plastic bumper guard and installed easy. And wiring harness was just as easy. Definitely worth buying.Helpful (6)
October 19, 2018
Fits like a glove!
Slid right on, so easy to install...I did it my self! Has a low profile and is not clunky looking. Great pick!Helpful (7)
September 16, 2018
I couldn't believe how easy this was to install and what quality this is. It took less than an hour to install the kit.Helpful (7)
August 13, 2018
Great Product and Relatively Easy to Install
This is my first Jeep, so newer to after-market product installs, so it probably took me longer to install than it would take most. The part that was most difficult to me (and Jeep enthusiasts will probably laugh at me for this), was removing the "plastic covering" and not the entire bumper for the install. Once I figured this part out (duh!) it was an easy install and looks like a normal hitch and performed wonderfully with no issues.Helpful (7)
what hitch will work for a '17 Rubicon hard rock? And do you have video for install?
At this time we do not offer any receiver hitches that are designed to clear the Rubicon Hardrock rear bumper.
Will this hitch fit a 2017 Wrangler Unlimited 75th Anniv Edition bumper?
I just installed on my 2017 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock, which I believe has the same bumper as the 75th Anniv. Edition - but it took some extra steps than just simply bolting on. The rear bumper has to be removed (4 center bolts and 2 on either side) and a spacer removed. I kept the center bolts that were holding the bumper instead of the bolts in the kit, since the original were longer and bolted directly into the bumper. When ready to put the bumper back on, I found that reattaching one bolt on each side of the bumper helped with aligning the 4 center bolts and getting them threaded. The electrical portion worked exactly as the instructions said.
Is this compatible with a OR-Fab rear bumper?
The Rugged Ridge Hitch Kit is designed specifically for Wranglers with standard factory bumpers.
Will this kit work on a 2018 Rubicon Recon?
This kit would work with the 2018 Rubicon Recon.
I was thinking about ordering this kit but in the video it mentions Something about the brake/Turn signals connection. Would I be able to use the light on the trailer or no. If so do you have a plug play set that would allow hook up for trun signals/braking etc.
The Rugged Ridge Hitch Kit w/ 2 in. Ball will include a standard four wire harness, which means it will include tail lights, stop lights and turn signal lights.
The Rugged Ridge Hitch Kit will not clear the rear bumper offered on models such as the Rubicon Hard Rock and Rubicon Recon.
The Rugged Ridge Hitch Kit uses a 2" Ball with a 3/4" Shank.
Unfortunately the Rugged Ridge Hitch Kit, 2 in. Ball (07-17 Wrangler JK) may not work with the Hard Rock factory rear bumper. This will however fit with standard bumpers on the regular Rubicon.
(approx) 30 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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