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

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Includes a Hitch, a Drawbar and a Hitch Pin
    • Comes with a Wiring Harness and a 2-Inch Ball
    • Towing Capacity: 2000 lbs. (2-Door), 3,500 lbs. (4-Door)
    • Tongue Weight Rating: 200 lbs. (2-Door), 350 lbs. (4-Door)
    • Fits 2007-2018 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.

    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 Details

    MPN# 11580.54

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    What's in the Box
    • (1) Hitch Reciever
    • (1) Drawbar
    • (1) 2 Inch Ball
    • (1) Hitch Pin
    • (1) Wiring Harness
    • Hardware
    Installation Info
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        Questions & Answers (8)

        5 Top Rated Questions

        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.

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        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.

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        Is this compatible with a OR-Fab rear bumper?

        • The Rugged Ridge Hitch Kit is designed specifically for Wranglers with standard factory bumpers.

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        Will this kit work on a 2018 Rubicon Recon?

        • This kit would work with the 2018 Rubicon Recon.

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        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.

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        3 More Questions
        I was about to order this but saw it doesn't fit the Hard Rock, so now I have to ask, does it fit the Recon? If not do you have any options for the Recon? 1 answer
        What is the diameter of the hole in the ball adapter? i.e. What is the diameter of the threaded shaft on the ball? 1 answer
        Will this fit a 2015 Rubicon Hard Rock factory bumper? 1 answer

          Customer Reviews (100+) Write a Review

          Overall Rating 4.9

          out of 5 stars

          Installation Time:Less than 1 Hour

          Installation Cost:0-$100

          • Fit 4.860465 4.9
          • Appearance 4.930233 4.9
          • Bang For Your Buck 4.875969 4.9



          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            November 25, 2019

            Worth it

            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!

            JCenter

            Year: 2018Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            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.

            Dcov

            Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            April 29, 2019

            Great

            Have had it over 2 years and it's been the best hitch to me.

            TheRebelYell114

            Year: 2007Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            April 22, 2019

            quality

            this hitch is heavy duty and quality all the way. for the price you cant beat it. I highly recommend it!

            MichaelQ

            Year: 2018Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            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.

            CharlesC

            Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (4)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            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!

            JamieR

            Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            September 16, 2018

            Excellent quality

            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.

            DarthWrangler

            Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            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.

            DerekF

            Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            July 26, 2018

            Hitch w/ 2" ball and wiring harness

            Great product. Installation was VERY easy. I am really impressed with the quality of the hitch as well as the wiring harness. I would definitely recommend this.

            Josh

            Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            July 11, 2018

            Rugged Ridge Kit w/ 2” ball

            Installed hitch kit on my 2016 JKU Sahara. Took about an 1 1/2 hrs... most time spent removing factory rear bumper (highly recommend). Instructions were fine, but I watched a YouTube video as well. Wiring was straight fwd and clips placed exactly where needed to keep it cleanly secure. Tested next day with open trailer and worked perfectly. Absolutely 100 recommend this kit.

            Marcus

            Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            May 31, 2018

            Works well, slightly hard to install

            Works great so far. Installation was a little difficult. Not much room to tighten the bolts.

            TonyBrown

            Year: 2007Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            May 28, 2018

            Easy

            Perfect fit perfect functionality, Easy to follow instructions, I was able to hook up a trailer and go within one hour. .

            MichaelT

            Year: 2018Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            May 15, 2018

            Complete Kit

            This kit had everything I needed to make my Jeep tow-ready. I took the rear bumper off to allow better access (especially for torqueing the bolts) and the entire install was a breeze. The wiring harness included all the clips to mount to pre-drilled holes in the frame and fit perfectly. A great deal and way less expensive that a dealer install. Anyone with basic hand tools can install this kit in very little time. Well done.

            AlanK

            Year: 2017Submodel: Rubicon

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            April 27, 2018

            Easy day.

            What can you say... It does what it's suppose to. Easy to install with no unforseen problems.

            JeromyL

            Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            April 22, 2018

            Hitch

            Another easy install. The hitch aligns with factory holes and wiring is easy with online instruction.

            MikeK

            Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            April 22, 2018

            Cancel Rugged Ridge Hitch Kit w/ 2 in. Ball

            The hitch was made heavy duty and made well, and installation was simple.

            DarrellR

            Year: 2018Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            April 16, 2018

            Nice kit

            Easy install. Nice kit for the price................................

            DavidE

            Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            April 11, 2018

            Great add on

            Stock Jeep didn’t come with a tow hitch got this one easy to install, looks like a factory one

            IsiZ

            Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            April 09, 2018

            L

            Easy to install and really cool I do recommend it worked real good quality is real good to.

            SergioL

            Year: 2018Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            April 08, 2018

            First addition

            For the first time in my adult life, I’m without a truck and I’m LOVING IT! With no truck, a trailer hitch had to be my first addition to my 16 JKU. This kit was super easy to install, even for someone with little or no mechanical skills. And it is everything you need, down to the frame plugs to attach the wiring. Thank you Extreme Terrain, I will definitely be back to feed this new addiction. Now, what’s next.....

            TommyD

            Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

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