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Today on our 1998 Jeep Cherokee, we'll be installing the Curt Hitch part number 13084. This is what our hitch will look like once it's installed. Next we'll go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch, such as a draw bar, a bike rack, or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is four inches. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is sixteen inches. Now let's go ahead with installation. Our first step, we'll go ahead and point out the attachment points here on the passenger's side.
Our rear and two center attachment points will be weld nuts already built into the frame and our forward attachment point will be this weld nut here where the bolt is installed currently. We'll remove that bolt and install a new hardware with the hitch. First, we'll start here on the passenger's side. We'll need to clean out the weld nuts. To do this we'll use some spray lubricate and a half inch nylon tube brush, part number 814092 to thoroughly clean out the threads. We'll go ahead and take our new bolts and thread it in to the weld nut to make sure it's going to go nice and easily.
Now once we've done that for all three attachment points, we're ready to go ahead and remove the forward bolt that is currently installed. We'll go ahead and set that aside as it will not be re-installed and we'll be using new hardware with the hitch. Now we can move over to the driver's side. Point out the mounting locations for our hitch which will be here. We'll be using the pre-drilled holes in the frame. We'll be using carriage bolt and blocks for our forward three attachment points and a bolt and block for our rear attachment point.
We'll need to use the bolt leader provided with our install kit and our carriage bolt and block and feed them into the frame. The easiest way to do this is use the open end of the frame at the rear of the vehicle near the bumper. We'll go ahead and take our bolt leader, feed it through the attachment point and out the end of the frame. Then we'll slide on our block and thread on our bolt. Once we do that, we'll go ahead and feed them both up into the frame and pull them into position. Now that they're into position, we'll go ahead and remove the bolt leader and repeat the same process for the center two attachment points.
Here for the rear attachment point, well be simple using a bolt and block. The end of the frame is open so we can go ahead and set them directly into position. Now we can move over to the passenger's side. We'll be using the bolt and conical tooth washer with the teeth of the washer facing the hitch to secure the four weld nuts. For the driver's side, we'll be securing it with the half inch flange nuts provided with our install kit. Now we're ready to go ahead and put the hitch in position. We'll slide the passenger's side up into position over the exhaust and then bring the driver's side up into place. Be careful not to push your hardware back up into the frame. Now we'll go ahead and secure it with the half inch flange nuts. On the passenger's side we'll be using the weld nut in the frame along with the new bolt and conical tooth washer with the teeth of the washer facing the hitch. We'll go ahead and repeat this same process for our other attachment point. On the driver's side where we installed the carriage bolt and blocks for the forward three fasteners and the block and bolt for the rear attachment point, we'll be using the half inch flange nuts to secure the hitch. With all eight fasteners in place, we're ready to go ahead and tighten them down. Next, we'll go ahead and torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. That will complete our install of the Curt Hitch, part number 13084 on our 1998 Jeep Cherokee. .
Average Customer Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (75 Customer Reviews)This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant.
by: Edan C.06/27/2010
took me longer than 40 minutes This hitch is definitely a good buy because it can pull a 5000 lb trailer with 500 lb tongue weight as opposed to the competitors that can only do 3500 lb - 300 lb tongue weight. It is relatively simple to install, BUT takes quite a bit of time. It took me a LOT longer than 40 minutes. It's not that I'm new to installing something myself, but it's because I hit a few snags and I don't have the greatest tools. On the passenger side, there are 2 bolts attached to the frame that hold the muffler that are supposed to be removed to mount the hitch. Threadlock was put on these at the factory, and I do not have a pneumatic wrench thus making it a PAIN to remove them. The ONLY way I could get them off was by putting a piece of pipe over the end of my ratchet for better leverage. The other snag I hit was that as I was trying to bolt the hitch on, it was hitting the bottom edge of the bumper. So I had to undo the passenger-side bolt that holds the underside of the bumper to let the hitch go flush with the frame. In order to put that bolt back, I had to take a Dremel tool to enlarge the bolt hole in the bumper. There is a dent in my bumper which might have caused the bumper to hit the hitch. 5* Reliability - because it is the strongest hitch 5* Performance - also because it is the strongest 5* Ease of Use - how hard can a hitch be to use? 3* Installation - because of my snags mentioned 5* Cost-Benefit - it is cheaper than some of the competitors and stronger than them For some great tips, I recommend watching etrailer's install video at: http://www.etrailer.com/tv-hitch_install_1997_jeep_cherokee.aspx 3179
by: Todd M12/21/2011
this is open a 2000 cherokee sport The back hitch was great went right up and all was nice fit just don't take off the bumpier the hitch hides the nuts and make it even harder to get off and on same with the front hitch and you can't put the bottom piece on but of then that it went right up the times they have are after you take the bolts and nuts off and clean it all then you can put them in at that time I broke two in the front and one in the back I had to weld a nut on to them to get them out P.S. the wiring harness is a must have very clean instill with it no cut wires I love that 28458
by: Lenny H.07/04/2014
The instructions say the time to install says 30 - 40 minutes. That would probably be true if there were no corrosion on the nut strip and the installation were done on a hoist. In my case I backed my Cherokee onto ramps for a little more working room. I did cheat by using a forklift to raise the receiver into position....... that was handy, since I did this solo. The "Fish line" is an excellent idea and it took fishing the 4 bolts through to become an expert! My sons Cherokee is next......... I backed off the bolt holding the rear leaf spring-to-shackle, one side only, to make it easier to fit up there......Also installed the wiring kit. Super clean and super easy for an excellent price. This is a real nice installation and the 5,000 Lb rating is Waaaaay more than I will ever put my Cherokee through. My Cherokee is a '98 with 210,000 miles and in perfect pristine condition.......never had a towing setup, but now the wife and I will utilize it for our little tent trailer. Thanks for a great product and great video resources! 139251
by: Jason R.04/14/2011
This hitch that I received is great, easy installation and the video is spot on. The shipping was insane, ordered it on Monday night and it came Friday, usually things that bulky take 2 weeks or more. I bought the complete towing package which included the two ball mounts and 1 7/8" and 2" balls, and the wiring harness also (which the video for that was awesome too). Took me about 1 hour to install the hitch and wiring harness, but did it by myself. The hardest thing about it was getting the muffler bracket bolt out, other than that it was a breeze. A word of advice that helped me was using the muffler bracket bolt to clean out the other welded nuts in the frame and a lot of WD40 (LoL). But that bolt has the unthreaded end on it and it lined up a lot easier than the supplied bolts. So in closing thanks a million eTrailer, your products are superb and your price is the best thing I liked about my purchase. Thanks again, Jason R. 11749
by: Troy G.03/14/2011
I received the hitch very quickly and decided not to wait for a second set of hands to help me install it. I don't have access to a lift, so I just back the Jeep up onto a set of ramps, which gave me plenty of room to work. The bolt leader made the install go pretty smoothly and I just supported the hitch on a set of jack stands. Easy enough to line up the bolts. 40 minute install time might be a little misleading... I'd say give yourself a good 90 minutes just in case you run into any snags. Watching the install video was very helpful as well. I also purchased the wiring harness and that was also an easy install. Great product... fast shipping... fairly simple install... one happy customer. THANKS! 9266
it came fast. they upgraded my shipped to expedited for free. I had to drill two holes in the gas tank protectors steel. i then used the jeeps built in nuts that were on a strip in the frame. i used a floor jack to put in the steel gas tank protectors two back bolts and then lifted the hitch reciever with the floor jack and bolted the other bolts in. i had a very hard time taking out the original bolts for the steel protector. I guess after 14 years, they were a bit rusty. they came out with a three foot breaker bar. besides that it is installed. i have the hitch kit with two balls and four types of heights and i installed the connector for the wireing harness and i am all set for trailering my boat! 53672
I bought the #13084 curt hitch for my 96 jeep. Etrailer expedited the shipping at no extra charge and the part was on my doorstep in Virginia 5 days after the I placed the order. I had the hitch installed in an hour after I started. My wife predicted i would be cussing out in the garage like i usually do but i was proud to prove her wrong (this time) :) I used 2 jack stands to hold the hitch in place while i started the nuts on the bolts. Worked like a champ. Also the video was very helpful in showing the steps using the fishwire to install the carriage bolts. I got my christmas present and the next step is the boat for my birthday . Definitely will recommend etrailer to my friends. 110305
by: Dana F.04/03/2012
I have never written a review for any product I have ever purchased on-line, good or bad, but felt compelled to do so for etrailer.com. I ordered a Curt hitch for my 2000 Jeep Cherokee. I did alot of searching and was impressed by the instructional videos provided on their site. I received continuous updates on the shipping of my order and it arrived sooner than expected. The on-line installation video was reviewed prior to the install and the hitch was installed in just about 45 minutes without any problems. I was surprised however that a Curt hitch plug/cover was not included. I will use etrailer.com again and will recommend to anyone in need of any towing products. 36070
by: T-Bird 9004/21/2013
Installation on my 01 Cherokee was easy. Some suggestions to cut the time needed. 1 Have a badass air wrench with a swivel joint available for the OEM tailpipe hanger bolt removal, or have a mechanic back it out and bolt it back loosely for you. 2 Use a 12mm x 1.75 tap to clean out the weldnut threads, dont fiddle around with the wire brush option. DO use WD40 or cutting oil. 3 Orient the spacers properly and send them down the wire before pulling the bolts through. 4 If working alone, hold up the left side with a toolbox and loosely bolt up the weldnuts before moving to the hanging bolts. If you do all this, expect a half hour max installation! 77093
by: John K.04/14/2012
I read all of the reviews that were previously posted prior to purchasing this hitch for my 1996 Jeep Cherokee, thus a major reason why I purchased it here. It was shipped and received in a matter of only a few days, arrived in perfect condition and was so easy to install that I am still surprised! I installed the hitch with hand tools, the vehicle slightly lifted and on jack stands in less than 45 minutes. The previous bolts were a bit rusty, but WD 40 took care of that. I did watch the installation video online prior to installing the hitch just to make sure there wasn't anything too out of hand that could happen. I really didnt think it could be this easy! 37197
by: Scott A.06/21/2011
This is my second hitch from etrailer. Simple installs with the instructions and supplied mounting hardware. This time I got a hitch and ball mount kit and it couldn't have been any easier. The different ball mount drops fit my trailers nicely. 17511
by: Ken S.04/05/2011
The product is exactly as advertised. Installatio was a direct bolt-up process with no additional drilling or modifications necessary. The T-One wiring also installed quickly and easily. I was very pleased not to have to splice wires. Etrailer's customer service is to be commended. My order was shipped promptly, and I received personalized emails from the shipping department containing tracking information for the package. I ordered my hitch on Wednesday, received it on Friday, and installed it Saturday morning. I will definitely recommend Etrailer to others! Thank you for a very pleasant shopping experience. 11172
by: Dave Boyer06/17/2013
I finally had the chance to install my hitch this weekend, even though it showed up the day after I ordered it. The directions were very clear and easy to understand. After I managed to clean the threads on my Jeep, it only took about 20 minutes to put it on. BUT!!! don't waste your time with a wire brush trying to clean the threads on the nut strip. My Cherokee is 13 years old and the threads showed it. INVEST in a 12MIL by 1.25 TAP!! It will be the best 10 bucks you ever spent... 85079
by: Rodger Gable03/12/2012
Product was delivered very quickly and fit perfectly. The online Instructions were spot on. and I reviewed them just before instalation. Package arrived undamaged and the hitch was perfect. Shipping tracking information was great. It di take me about an hour and a half. but that included the one-connect trailer light kit. I did not have any problems, but I am sure if I did, etrailer would have been on top. I highly recomend this company for all your trailer hitch procuctes and accessories 33653
by: Tommy S.03/18/2013
The product was delivered and assembled as advertised. It was very helpful to have the video instruction in addition to the paper instructions. My wife and I just moved across the country and carried 2 bikes on a bike carrier off the hitch and we had no complaints. Very solid product. 71464
by: David W.11/23/2014
The hitch is heavy duty and has performed flawlessly. Installation was a breeze on my 1996 Jeep Cherokee 5 speed, Chevy 6. I have been hauling a 5x8 covered cargo van to our home in SC from MD roughly a 9 hour drive and the hitch works perfectly. I feel very secure with it while going up to 75mph empty and 65-70mph loaded. I highly recommend your hitches they are really quality and like the old good products AMERICAN MANUFACTURED to last. Not chineesee junk. 162291
by: Todd C.04/16/2014
Packaging worked well. Everything intact on arrival. Nice even welds everywhere. Solid even powder coat. Everything seems to be square, find out when I mount it. Hard ware kit is complete. I will spray clear lacquer over the stickers to keep them from damage. Only thing I guess you could call a negative was left over powder coat inside the frame, easily cleaned out with a vacuum. First job is to use it to tow a car trailer, we'll see what else after that. 125626
by: Jeff D09/24/2014
Instructions and Videos on installation of the hitch were very helpful. Installing the T-One wiring Harness was a breeze. So nice not needing to cut and splice wires for the lighting. My one problem with the installation was stubborn weldnuts on the passenger side. They had rusted over time, but suggestions by the technical staff resolved the issue. Highly recommend etrailer.com 's products and technical staff 152893
by: John J.10/12/2011
Removal of the old hitch was a pain, as inferior components allowed the bolts to spin in the frame. I eventually had to cut the bolts off. Installation of the new Curt receiver hitch was a breeze. I've had parts from the factory not fit as well as this did. The holes lined up. The new bolts and other components were high quality. And the "fish line" provided made getting the parts into the frame rail a breeze. 25453
by: Jeff G08/23/2012
Easy to install and etrailer was great with supplying additional instruction with installation. My only issue was that my Jeep's weld nuts were super rusty, so I had to PB Blast and take a wire brush to them for a few hours. Once that was all finished up the install was a breeze. The hitch overall seems solid I plan on using it for a bike rack and a solid tow spot on my Jeep just in case I get stuck. 52680
by: Jose M08/11/2014
I needed a trailer hitch for my 2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport. I wanted to add on a bike carrier on a hitch. I went on etrailer.com and saw this Trailer Hitch and read the reviews. I ordered it and it arrived with in a few days. I was surprised how fast the delivery was. I went to my local mechanic and he installed it with no problem. Great product awesome quality and great service from trailer.com 146141
by: Jeremy R.03/14/2014
Great product! The video made the installation easy. The hardest part is cleaning out the weld nuts. You really need a thread chaser-but if you cut two slots on either side of one of the the bolts with a grinder it will give the same affect. My hitch was installed 45 minutes after UPS dropped it off and that included cleaning out the factory weld nuts on my 2000 XJ. Etrailer is awesome! 120656
by: Mike S.07/08/2013
I ordered the Curt hitch for my 2000 Cherokee and had it on my front step in four days. The hitch came with all the installation hardware and easy to follow instructions. A review of the suggested installation video, along with the written instructions made for a simple install. The hitch fit exactly with all mounting holes lining up with the Jeep with no bending or forcing necessary. 88361
by: Jeremy A.06/13/2011
Was very impressed at the speed of shipping. Product arrived in excellent shape. Very impressed with the quality and how well it was packed. Only complaint was the nineteen year old bolts I had to remove from vehicle to install the hitch. Instructional videos very helpful and made the paper instructions alot clearer. Will order from etrailer.com again and have recomended to others. 16833
installed the hitch this weekend. mounted perfectly. no issues at all. this is my second purchase from etrailer.com so now both of my Jeeps are ready for when I need them. I highly recommend etrailer.com as they always kept me informed as to the status of my order & the product arrived well packaged so protect it during shipping which was quick as well. great job etrailer! 107623
by: Peter T06/03/2013
The complete experience with etrailer was phenomenal. The videos gave me the confidence to know I was ordering the right product & gave me suggestions to make the install as easy as possible. The communication and shipping fast and professional. And the actual product was of high quality - even came with extra parts, just in case. Would highly recommend their service. 83062
by: Collin L09/16/2014
Really happy with this. The build quality is very good. Install was easy -- make sure you have a good breaker bar or a pipe to slip over the end of your rachet, this made all the difference for me. My only complaint is that the bag of install materials (nuts + bolts) was open on the inside of the shipping box so everything was rattling around. Nothing got lost, thankfully. 151354
by: Allan R. Evans08/26/2013
Hello Fellas at etrailer, The trailer hitch is on my Jeep Cherokee, the wiring harness has been clipped in place, the trailer lights has been installed all with the help of my 7 year old son. He is so happy that he helped me with this project. We are now towing our boat out to Henry Hagg Lake for the first time. Thanks so much for everything, Allan R. Evans 97044
by: Aaron R.08/30/2014
When I bought my 96 XJ it had everything I wanted, except tow package. The Curt receiver & Curt wiring harness are excellent products. Thanks etrailer.com 149330
by: James, Oklahoma City02/13/2012
Phone order went extremely well. Hitch and accessories shipped promptly and arrived boxed and orderly. Installation instructions were included. Website videos provided insight and reference. Great product, easy installation once videos were viewed and followed. Nice personal interaction, follow up, and world class customer service. 31791
Great hitch at a GREAT price This Curt hitch is very nice. It is definitely a quality product. Powdercoat finish is great (very glossy). Installation was kind of a pain, but it always is. I was able to do it by myself. One of the nicer hitches I've had. etrailer price was fantastic and shipping was ridiculously fast. 1549
Hitch went on "without a hitch" as descibed in the very helpful video. The light hook-up was very easy as well and took only a few minutes. Customer sevice was very professional and prompt. If you want a great product that fits with great service go to etrailer. Prices are very competitive as well. Thanks. 7009
by: Rick G.06/11/2012
I ordered a Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver for my '91 Cherokee from the website and received it within a week. Installation was fairly easy with the help of a friend who had done one of his own before. I'm very satisfied with etrailer. I've since been able to haul my 3500 lb. sailboat and trailer. 43660
Great trailer hitch. The bolt fish wire was a little tricky after the first bolt (didn't want to unthread easily). but got it to last entire install. Customer service and Order placement was EXCELLENT and Fast! Much Appreciated. Would buy from etrailer again, and recommend to friends. 140990
by: Scott W.07/24/2011
Hitch is well made with a very nice coating. Installed easily as advertised with no fitment issues. I've received many heavy items that were received with broken boxes and missing parts. e-trailer taped all the parts to the hitch so everything arrived despite the broken box. Smart move! 20132
by: Mark P.07/16/2014
My hitch came fast and it was a great price. My only issue was that I had to go out and buy 4 (7/16-14) bolts because the ones that were included did not fit the welded bolts in my 1998 Jeep Cherokee's frame on the passenger side. Luckily, my local hardware store had exactly 4 left! 141631
by: Stephan K.01/11/2012
Again, this wasn't as easy for me to install since I didn't have a lift or air ratchet. Still, it was easier (and half as expensive) as having it installed by a mechanic or at a trailer rental place. The customer service is OUTSTANDING and I would highly recommend this company. 29508
by: JOHN W.04/12/2013
The hitch is great! had a little trouble getting old bolts out (1 1/2 hrs ) but was happy with installation,much faster. Would and will recommend you and your products any chance i can. Video helped too. Sorry no pics but,it looks really good! Thanks, John 75543
Overall the hitch is very good and easy to install. It takes longer than stated however I find that to be normal. I like the fact that the reciever tube is open on the back side so it does not fill with crud when you have the reciever stored in your vehicle. 75807
by: Jason C01/08/2012
The hitch arrived on time. It took a little longer than expected to put on, but this was due to rusty bolts on my 2001 XJ. The process is relatively simple and straight forward. The hitch is very well made and should handle anything my Jeep can haul. 29295
by: Kevin Muszynski03/08/2011
The trailer hitch was delivered on time and was a moderately simple to install. I had a little trouble with the spring tool stretching towards the end but that was my fault. Over all great product! I would definatly buy this again! 8803
by: Ken H.03/15/2011
I am not mechanically inclined but found the hitch receiver very easy to install. My greatest problem was breaking the bolt loose that held the tailpipe. The videos were great and I knew what I needed to do from the outset. 9416
by: John T.08/13/2012
Really like the hitch. Great product and etrailer was nice to work with. Had install video specific to my vehicle... as always things don't always go as smooth as shown in video, but no fault of product or vendor. 51610
Product as described, delivered rapidly. Easy installation and fast with the instructions provided on the website. Very pleased. Even the price was lower than other sites with no support information. 67530
by: Paul D.08/05/2011
Great Product Sturdier than The The Draw Tite I had and cheaper too since free shipping on orders over 150$ I just bought the 5$ curt plug for the square hole so water does not get in during use 21174
Difficult and long installatio Good hitch at a great price. Shipped fast. Took me and amechanic friend FOUR HOURS to install. Forget about 40 minute installation - no way!!!! 3101
by: John S.11/09/2011
Easy to use web site when searching for and purchasing a product. Trailer hitch was shipped and received in a very short period of time. Quality of the product is excellent. 26774
by: Scott F08/21/2012
Easy install as long as you have the tools. Only suggestion I would make is that if you're going to also mount a 7-way electrical connector on the bumper you do that first. 52529
by: Larry B.04/05/2012
Hitch for my Jeep, good directions, excellent fit, once i got the rusted nut strip out of the frame the new hitch went on smoothly and with out a hitch! :):) Thank you 36217
by: Larry B.04/05/2012
Hitch for my Jeep, good directions, excellent fit, once i got the rusted nut strip out of the frame the new hitch went on smoothly and with out a hitch! :):) Thank you 36215
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