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Best 1984 Jeep CHerokee Hitch Options

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Best 1984 Jeep CHerokee Hitch Options

Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitches available for the Jeep Cherokee. Now believe it or not, the frames changed so little over the course of the Cherokee's life that these three hitches fit everything from 1984 to 2001.Now the three hitches we're going to be looking at today are all Class 3 hitches. That means they're going to have the 2" by 2" receiver tube opening. Now the most popular of the three hitches we're looking at is part number 13084. That one's from CURT. We're going to follow that up with the Draw-Tite, part number 75054.

Finally, another CURT, this one having a round tube. Drops down a little bit more below the bumper. Part number there, 13160.Now with each hitch being a Class 3, it makes them extremely versatile. They're going to be very handy to have whether you want to do cargo carriers or bike racks, maybe you need a ball mount for towing, you need a table on the back. Just about any type of accessory they make to go on a hitch is probably offered in a Class 3 variety.Now visually you can already see a big difference in the hitches.

Both of our top hitches here have the square crosstube. Now these are designed to stay mainly hidden in behind the bumper on your Cherokee. When we look at the CURT hitch on the bottom, it has a round tube. Now this is going to drop down below our bumper line and it's going to remain much more visible. I think that's why people tend to prefer the square tube, to keep it up and a little more hidden versus the round tube.Now to secure your items in place, both CURT hitches use a 5/8 diameter pin hole.

You can see it there on the side. You'll want to use a Class 3 accessory. There's plenty of room there so if you're going to use just a pin and clip, maybe an anti-rattle device, locking hitch pin, whatever you want, you should have plenty of room to get that in place. They also offer the flush reinforcement collar here. More of a squared-off look as compared to the Draw-Tite.

The square tube has the rounded steel stock-style safety chain connection points. Nice and open. Just about any style of chain will be easily connected there. The CURT round tube is going to have more of a plate style. You can see you've got more of an oval hole. It's a little bit smaller than what you get with the rounded steel stock. If you have large clevis hooks that you plan on connecting, they might not freely rock in there.Now the difference we have in the square tube Draw-Tite versus the square tube CURT, definitely going to be the pin holes. You'll see we've go through the 5/8 diameter pin hole closer to the front of the vehicle. That's the one you're always going to use to secure your items. There's also a 1/2" pin hole just behind it. That's for use with the j-pin stabilization system, which is a form of anti-rattle device. There's also going to be a slight cosmetic difference here remember, the CURT had a flush receiver tube opening or a reinforcement collar. This one's going to be just a little bit more rounded.Now as far as installation goes on our hitches, they're all going to install exactly the same. We have four connection points on the driver side, four connection points on the passenger side, giving us the same install procedure. Now depending on the year of your Cherokee, the exact procedure for installation might change a little bit, but if you have a '95, the hitches are going to install exactly the same way. You'll use the same hardware. It may be different for the 2001, but each one of them, again, are going to have exactly the same install on that year.Now as far as weight ratings are concerned with our hitches, both CURTs are going to offer the same. We have a 500 pound tongue weight rating. That'd be the maximum downward force we can put at the receiver tube opening. They offer a 5,000 pound gross trailer weight rating. That will be the total weight of your trailer and anything that you would load up on it. When using weight distribution with either of the CURTs, tongue weight rating goes up to 600 pounds and the gross trailer weight rating's going to go up to 6,000 pounds. Now the Draw-Tite doesn't quite have those kind of numbers as far as the tow ratings go. It's going to give us a 350 pound tongue weight rating with a 3,500 pound gross trailer weight rating. When we move to weight distribution, we'll have 550 pounds for tongue weight rating, 5,500 pounds for gross trailer weight. Now you do want to check the owner's manual on your Cherokee to see what its tow rating is and be sure not to go over that.Now we'll sum up what we've talked about. Both the CURT and the Draw-Tite square tube offer the best appearance. They're going to remain up behind the bumper and hidden. When it comes to recreational use, the CURT square tube, definitely going to win there. It has the highest tongue weight rating and it's also going to be the highest up off the ground, giving us great ground clearance. Now when it comes to the towing capabilities of our hitch, again, the CURT square tube's going to win. We have a higher tongue weight rating and a higher gross trailer weight rating with or without weight distribution.Now as far as ground clearance goes, the CURT square tube and the Draw-Tite square tube are definitely going to be a little bit better there. They sit up a little bit higher off the ground and they're a little bit further in. That's going to give us good clearance and higher departure angles as we're overcoming obstacles. Now with that being said, I think it's pretty clear to see why the CURT, part number 13084, is definitely the most popular hitch for the Jeep Cherokee.

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